People are always looking for some spa-like and even elegant ways to pamper themselves in their own home. Not only that, the pandemic has shown many of us that once the world goes into panic mode, toilet paper disappears, especially when we’re spending much more time at home and thus in our own bathrooms rather than public ones. Additionally, sustainable homes and germ-free surfaces have become top of mind for most of us.
Bathroom Design Trends
Bathroom and kitchens are arguably the two most highly used areas in the home. They tend to be where homeowners want to impress their guests. According to a recent home upgrade study, bathrooms may actually top the charts as it is the primary room of the house that Americans are targeting for upgrades. The polls showed 45% of homeowners wanting to upgrade their homes with smart-solutions. It’s no wonder that everyone from interior designers, to home improvement specialists and even DIY’ers, are looking for the latest design and accessory elements that can help them wow their guests or win over clients.
To abide by trends, both residential designers and high-end hotel properties transform their bathroom spaces into elegant designs and even incorporating smart hygienic solutions. Andrew Taylor, CEO of Bathroom Butler, a leading bathroom tech innovations, accessories and finishes company provides his insight on bathroom remodel ideas. Their products are found in hotels worldwide namely The Hilton and The Shangri-La. Thanks to the expansion to residential homes, designers can now bring the same bathroom finishes and technologies used in high-end hospitality properties right into the homes of their consumers.
Bathroom Remodel Ideas
Finding ways to live comfortably while minimizing germs and our carbon footprint are a part of modern living. Since most people head to the bathroom first thing out of bed in the morning, some experts say that this is the perfect place to add some elevated features. A touch of warmth and sustainability that can provide peace of mind, and help the environment as well as your heath and well-being can go a long way.
Heated Towel Rack
Consider the latest bathroom innovation of installing a smart-tech heated towel rack. Some believe it’s not just a luxury but also a real necessity. Not only does this solution provide a touch of warmth to bathroom towels, but more importantly it completely dries the towels to help mitigate tons of germs and bacteria to promote health, hygiene and wellness all year long.
It’s one way to achieve that hotel luxury and comfort without breaking the bank. It can be remotely temperature programmed to dry ongoing wet towels or dialled it up to provide a heated, germ free towel experience.
If you are considering a bathroom remodel, you might as upgrade your bathroom accessories as well. Many bathroom fixtures are affixed superficially, like towel bars, soap dishes, and toilet paper holders. How many times has your toilet paper dispenser come undone? Or your towel rack fallen? Using sturdier fixtures and accessories can add a more elegant and spa-life feel to your bathroom. These upgrades can save you time and money down the road since they require fewer repairs and replacements.
Bidets clean your backside using water, allowing you to forgo toilet paper altogether. They’ve gained popularity thanks to Covid-19 due to the toilet paper hoarding that occurred at the beginning of the pandemic. In Japan, 77% of people use a bidet. It’s a common item in Asia and Europe but much less in other parts of the world.
One study found that using a bidet properly can decrease the amount of bacteria in your urine, which signals a more thorough cleaning. Water and soap clean you up better after going to the toilet and it’s more hygienic than simply wiping with paper. When you use a bidet, your hands don’t often come into close contact with fecal matter, limiting particles from getting on your hands and spreading.
A bidet with medium-low water pressure could help relieve pressure on your anus, thus potentially reducing your risk of hemorrhoids. The wash-and-dry bidet in nursing homes enhanced the overall toileting experience of the residents.
Best of all, switching to bidets from toilet paper, or just using less is good news for your wallet and the environment. With a population of 384 million in the United States and counting, the potential environmental impact of normalizing bidets is huge.
As part of your bathroom remodel, considering a bidet is a financial, hygienic, health and sustainability plus.
There are several types of bidets and depending on space and preference.
These are the porcelain bidets that can be look like a low sink. It sprays water to the genital area as you squat or sit down and turn it on.
Handheld hoses are an economical and effective option that you can install yourself. They can be found at most home improvement stores for under $100. You can easily attach to the plumbing fixtures from the toilet. These are great if you don’t have an extravagant bathroom with lots of space to kill.
You can opt for a new toilet seat that functions as a bidet. These options often come with other features such as a fan dry. Depending on the model, there is a control panel or remote located on the side with different functions. Others come as an additional piece to be added below your toilet seat.
The Gist of it
Bathroom remodels don’t have to be expensive especially if the benefit is more than aesthetics. Adding a heated towel rack will add just the right touch of warmth that can give you a sense of comfort, while properly drying out your towels to keep them healthy and hygienic. Considering an upgrade to your fixtures can reduce repairs to your bathroom and be cost-effective. Installing a bidet is helpful not only to your wallet, but the environment and your health. These bathroom remodel items can now seem essential for modern-day lives, especially as we spend more time at home.
What are bathroom remodel ideas you consider essential or useful?
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