Modern Bathroom Fixtures And Accessory Ideas
Whether you are adding a new bathroom or renovating an existing one, here are some ideas we have seen from bathrooms we have worked on.
Fixture are critical when designing the layout of your bathroom because they can sometimes dictate the layout if you have limited space. A normal bathroom consists of a sink, a toilet, and either a tub or a shower. In our office we have seen the following trends:
Sinks and Vanities
For sink there needs to be 30” x 48” clearance in front for ADA compliance. Sinks in a bathroom are more commonly referred to as lavatories or wash basins
- Double Sink
Double sinks are very common in master suites. They are great for a shared bathroom as well. They are usually very wide so you will need to have a enough space for them as well as the side clearance if you put your toilet on the same wall.
- Wall Mounted Sink
Wall mounted sinks give a very minimal look to a bathroom. They really highlight the hardware.
- Floating Vanity
Floating vanities also give a very minimal look, while providing you with cabinet space underneath the sink.
- Recessed Medicine Cabinet
Recessed medicine cabinets are great way to add storage space without adding the bulk and depth of a medicine cabinet that people sometimes don`t like.
- Alcove Tub
Alcove tubs are the most common tub, they are the three wall enclosed tubs you see in most homes. They are most common due to the tub shower combo condition they create.
- Free Standing Tub
Free standing tub are becoming more common lately. While they require a lot of space, they give you the freedom of accessibility.
- Wall Mounted Toilets
Wall mounted toilets are usually more compact then a standard toilet. They are usually designed to hide the plumbing and mounting them shows the floor underneath giving a cleaner more minimal look to a bathroom
- Smart Toilets
Smart Toilets are a new trend that are popping up in bathrooms. They can open and close automatically. They can warm the toilet seat, clean themselves, some can also act as bidet, play music, and can even connect to your smart home hub.
For people who rather a shower than a tub, you are more flexible in the size and design due to the fact that showers are built rather than installed from a manufacture, so you have more freedom in the design
- Infinity Drains
Infinity drains are recessed into the floor so they can be covered with title and become almost invisible. They can make a shower look cleaner.
- Rain Shower
Rain shower heads are common for a luxury shower experience. They are usually used in addition to a hand shower
- Steam Shower
Steam showers are a great way to elevate your shower. By sealing your shower in glass and getting a concealable tank. You can turn any shower into a steam room
- Shower Niche
A shower niche is a shallow recess that in designed in the wall so you can have a small nook to organize all the items you use in the shower
More and more entire houses and apartments are designed with the use of smart home devices in mind. Adding new and more technological advanced systems are very common.
- Towel Warmers
Towel warmers are very popular in Europe and have been for a while. They are no become more popular in America and are very common in projects we are currently working on. They are mounted on the wall and can be put almost anywhere
- Radiant Heating
Bathroom floors made of tile or stone can get very cold especially in the winter and if you don’t have heating in the bathroom itself. Radiant heat floors are becoming more and more common for bathrooms. They hook up to yours central heating system and guarantee you will never have cold feet after getting out of a shower
- Digital Shower Interface
Digital shower interfaces are most commonly used to control the temperature of your shower. They act as a thermostat for your shower, but you can also connect them to lighting or music.
- Wall Speakers
Wall speakers are very common in renovations. People put speakers throughout their apartment or house.
Author Jorge Fontan AIA
This post was written by Jorge Fontan, a Registered Architect and owner of Fontan Architecture.