(BPT) - Bathrooms are some of the most frequently accessed spaces in a home, so it comes as no surprise that they consistently rank high as top places homeowners desire to remodel. Updating a bathroom helps improve functionality and enhances property value, but thoughtful enhancements with long-term impact matter, and that's why timeless bathroom design is a top home improvement trend.
"Timeless design can be customized based on space and personal preference, but at its core is meant to embody lasting style utilizing features that enhance life," said Lynn Schrage, Manager of Kohler's Design Services. "Timeless bathroom design embodies three main elements: simplicity, beauty and functionality."
Focusing on simplicity does not mean cold or bland, Schrage stressed. Rather, simplicity is being mindful of materials and colors that embody ageless elements that work for an evolving life. For instance, prioritizing balance and symmetry in shower and vanity layouts creates timeless visual appeal.
Colors, materials and finishes are also an important part of a simplicity approach. "This includes enduring color palettes that feature warm, layered neutrals that appeal year after year," said Schrage. "Additionally, materials with long-lasting characteristics are popular, such as cast iron or tarnish-resistant faucet finishes."
Timeless style will appeal decade after decade. Schrage said one method for achieving this includes layering materials within the space, such as different tiles, metal finishes and fixture colors. Beyond materials, you can also layer and mix finishes, such as gloss and matte to create texture variations with depth.
"Timeless beauty often includes digital technology solutions that blend rich tradition with smart, hidden technology," Schrage said. "Kohler Designers are experts at assisting in mixing new technology for lasting appeal. For example, the DTV+ digital showering systems provide customizable technology, voice control, and can be paired with the classic look of the Artifacts shower faucets and fittings."
For timeless bathroom design to be a success, it needs to be fundamentally functional. What's more, that function needs to be as applicable today as it should be years from now.
"That means considering all aspects of the bathroom, from ideal lighting and flooring, to maximizing the use of space for different generational needs," said Schrage.
For example, she said timeless design needs to consider vanity position, showering space, task spaces like a makeup counter and upscale additions like a soaking tub. Additionally, incorporating digital technology creates a one-of-a-kind bathroom experience that enhances your bathroom today, but also is easy to use as you age in place.
Creating a plan
While bathroom updates can vary in cost greatly depending on a variety of factors, it's important to plan before diving in. The job cost of a midrange bathroom remodel in the U.S. is $24,424, according to Remodeling Magazine's 2021 Cost Vs. Value report.
If you desire timeless design but would benefit from professional guidance to design your dream bathroom, consider virtual Kohler Bathroom Design Services. A flat design fee of $499 includes three meetings with a professional designer to personalize your space, photorealistic renderings of the remodel and a materials list to provide to your contractor.
The process starts by providing pictures and measurements of your current bathroom and completing a survey to help the designer understand your preferences, priorities and budget. The designer collaborates directly with you to create a floor plan and find the right products, materials and colors for your style and budget.
Investing in a new bathroom featuring timeless design is a wise step that will benefit you and your family for many years to come. With the right planning and strategies, you can enjoy the remodel process as much as the results.