Top 4 Bathroom Trends for 2014

Top 4 Trends for Tile:

Now that spring is here, and many remodels are under way, I thought it would be great to look at some of the wonderful materials on the market. These will absolutely be more unique then you will find in your average remodel. I’ve pulled together a list of 4 tile and 4 plumbing ideas that will surely turn heads!

1. Matte Tiles
Matte tiles are a great alternative to high-gloss, and work great on the floor or wall. Matte tiles create a clean and modern look and are even more resistant to scratching than traditional glazed tiles. These tiles are great for bathrooms because they are more slip-resistant than those with a high-gloss or glazed finish.

Image Sources: Pinterest and Houzz
Image Sources: Pinterest and Houzz

2. 3-Dimensional Tiles
2 Dimensional tiles are so 2013! This year will see an increase in the use of 3D tiles to add texture and interest! These can be used on a feature wall in the shower or behind a vanity. Creating patterns with these tiles using different colors will give this look even more texture and dimension.

Image Sources: Pinterest
Image Sources: Pinterest

3. Reflective Tiles
These shiny reflective tiles make a huge statement and are becoming increasingly popular for high-end bathrooms. Since these tiles are so high-impact, it is important to balance them with other finishes, for example, wood or painted cabinetry, natural stone or other non-reflective tiles.

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Image Sources: Pinterest

4. Patterned Tiles
Whether you’re after a contemporary or traditional look, patterned tiles can add high impact to your bathroom. These tiles are beautiful and versatile. They can be used to add drama to you bathroom walls, floors or even the ceiling!

Image Sources: PInterest
Image Sources: PInterest

Here are a couple L.A. stores that carry patterned tiles:
1. Ann Sacks Tile & Stone
2. Filmore Clark
3. Walker Zanger

Top 4 Trends for Bathroom Fixtures:

1. Futuristic Fixtures
This year we will see the both the look and function of bathroom fixtures changing and incorporating more technology. We’re starting to see fixtures with more and more features like toilets with automatic seats and seat warmers, faucets with LED lighting and more automation, and adjustable multi-spout shower heads. Not only are the look of these fixtures different, but so is their functionality!

Image Sources: Pinterest Toilet: Kohler "Numi" Shower Head: Visentin "Spider" Faucet: Graff "Ametis"
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Toilet: Kohler “Numi”
Shower Head: Visentin “Spider”
Faucet: Graff “Ametis”

2. Black
Whether it be bathtubs, sinks, or faucets, black will be making a statement this year. These sexy fixtures look great to accent a white or grey space, but can also look great in combination with color. Black fixtures may not be the norm, but they are definitely making a statement!

Image Sources: Pinterest
Image Sources: Pinterest

3. Audio Visual Experience
Getting clean is becoming an “experience” with the addition of audio and visual elements to the bathroom. With shower heads wth built-in speakers, t.v.’s in the mirror, and tubs with built-in and/or retractable audio/visual components, bathrooms are getting with the times and giving us all the conveniences we’ve become accustomed to!

Image Sources: Pinterest Shower Head: Kohler TV Mirror:  Séura  White Bathtub: Saturn "Luxe TV Bathtub" Red Bathtub: Water Games Technologies "Red Diamond Bathtub"
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Shower Head: Kohler
TV Mirror: Séura
White Bathtub: Saturn “Luxe TV Bathtub”
Red Bathtub: Water Games Technologies “Red Diamond Bathtub”

4. Color Color Color
If you want to make a bold statement in your bathroom this is definitely the way to do it! These bold fixtures are not for the faint of heart. But if your looking to do something really unique in your bathroom, this is the way to go. Use these fixtures to contrast white, bright spaces or to accent other colours in your space!

Image Sources: Pinterest Sinks: Johnathan Adler for Kohler Faucet: Powder coated in Benjamin Moore's "Razzle Dazzle" Tub: ADM Matte Red Stand Alone Resin Bathtub
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Sinks: Johnathan Adler for Kohler
Faucet: Powder coated in Benjamin Moore’s “Razzle Dazzle”
Tub: ADM Matte Red Stand Alone Resin Bathtub

The 4 part guide to selecting the right countertop surface for you:

Stone Pit Vermont

Have you ever shopped for a countertop material and felt like it was so overwhelming your head was going to explode?

Well I am going to take away all the confusion with a simple guide I have created. It’s a small excerpt from my E-Book I am writing (which of course you’ll check out when it’s available, right?). This should help you get some clarity of the options as well as a few designer tips I’ve thrown in for you.

So here is a simple “short list” breakdown of the basics.

1. Quartz – One of the world’s strongest minerals! Currently in the American market, this is the most popular product for kitchen and bathroom countertop. You may have heard of several large companies like Caesar stone, Sile Stone, and Euro stone etc.
This is one of the strongest materials available for countertops! Why, you ask? That’s because it is a combination of natural stone and a man made polymer (or glue). The natural stone is grinded and compressed together with man made glue to make an outrageously strong material. One other great quality is that it is VERY consistent in color. So for those of you looking for a modern clean look, this is the best way to go.

*A Tip- for those of you looking for a GREEN solid surface option, this also falls into the Quartz category. Companies like Terrazzo and Caesar Stone create their product in the same way, but also used recycled glass and other objects in making the slabs.

Caesar Stone

2. Granite – This is also a great material that is very strong and has a lot of natural beauty. However, unlike quartz, it varies greatly in color and pattern. If you appreciate the natural beauty of the patterns, veins, and colors that are in slabs, then this is the best option for you. I will also throw into this category a few softer natural materials like marble, limestone, and onyx. These show their natural beauty in the same way that granite does.

*A Tip – Before selecting one of these softer natural stones, think about the area that you are installing it. Does it have high traffic? If so, you need to keep in mind that this is a natural element that will need maintenance. The shine of a marble countertop on a kitchen island will dull over time and will need to be buffed and sealed to keep its glorious sheen.

Granite Slab

3. Manmade – A great man made product is Corian by DuPont. You may remember this as a nasty pink material from the 80’s, but it has a lot of popularity in the European market as a highly contemporary and sleek looking option. The great thing about this product is that it has a lot of room to mold and form into many shapes. I’ve seen complete kitchens made of this material where the sink and cabinet side panels are all integrated as one piece…and it’s beautiful! Not to mention very easy to clean!

*A Tip – If using this in a retail space, a very cool feature is that you can backlit it for a lovely glow! It’s an inexpensive option that gives a huge impact!

4. Other – Left are the other options of tile, concrete, wood, stainless steel, and laminate. Yes budget can play a huge roll in your selection for countertops, but here are the other things you should think about:

a. How much use (and abuse) will the surface have?
b. What is the overall style of the space?

Lastly, take into consideration that the countertop material is a horizontal surface and it is the equivalent of about 25% of the overall look in a kitchen or bathroom. The more visible items are the cabinets, walls, and flooring….so, try not to lose sleep over your decision.

The Perfect Vanity Sink

There are three different types of vanity sinks; undermounted, surface mounted, and vessel sinks. An undermounted sink is a sink that goes underneath your stone or tile countertop, meaning that is below the level of your countertop. A surface mounted sink sits directly on top of the countertop, exposing the rim of the sink. And lastly a vessel sink sits fully on top of your surface, exposing not only the rim, but the entire bowl of the sink. When choosing a sink there are many factors that should take part in the decision process. For example, if you are looking at a vessel sink, take into account the height of your vanity. A vessel sink places the rim of the sink much higher than other options, and thus the vanity should respond accordingly. A surface mounted sink is the most commonly chosen, as it recquires the less treatment to the countertop since it can cover a raw cut completely. An undermounted sink demands a treated edge on the stone or tile around its opening. This creates a much cleaner, simple surface.

Today, vessel sinks are quickly becoming a popular choice. There are far more options of color, opacity, and texture when choosing a vessel sink as more of the sink is visible.

TOTO Vessel Lavatory with SanaGloss from Modern Bathroom