While it may seem surprising, wood and natural materials have become popular in bathroom design. Lighter, more natural colors and textures accompany well-sealed hardwood floors, offering warmth and a homey feel to 2012 bathrooms.
As the aging-in-place and universal design requirements become more popular, the wet room or open shower trend is growing. Bathrooms are now more spacious and roomy, allowing for comfort today and accessibility tomorrow.
We are seeing the use of highly durable and more natural flooring materials this year, such as marble, stone, recycled glass, concrete and wood. Subfloor heating coils are being used to keep some of these hard surfaces warm.
High Efficiency Faucets and Showerheads.
As the drive to become more energy efficient increases, we are seeing a trend to cut down on water consumption without sacrificing style. Water-efficient faucets are designed to use 30% less water than regular fixtures, and 2012 bathrooms are equipped with more efficient showerheads and toilets, as well.
If a bathroom makeover is one of your 2012 resolutions, read this up-to-date Style at Home article highlighting additional “2012 bathroom design trends.”