The design team at Mosby Building Arts share their thoughts on emerging St. Louis bathroom trends, based on the bathroom remodeling projects they’ve recently completed and what their clients are asking for in 2016.
I am seeing more high contrast bathrooms. Any size bathroom with white walls and floors with dark cabinets – not necessarily black cabinets (though, that looks amazing)- but very dark woods, like the example shown above. I also predict all white bathrooms with lots of sparkle from chrome or polished nickel fixtures.
Master bathrooms are becoming large rooms where we spend a lot of time, including dressing ourselves. So the trend of adding a closet to the master bathroom makes good sense. It can be open storage like the adjacent walk-in closet for the bathroom above, or a more elaborate closet with drawers and closets.
I have been designing more bathrooms with freestanding tubs. They can be a space saver in smaller bathrooms, and because of the wide variety of styles – from the traditional claw foot look (above) to modern vessels – you can create a unique look to match every taste.
Many of our clients are drawn to the look of wood, especially a rustic look, but wood and water isn’t a good match so you can’t have that look in the bathroom. Or can you? I’m real excited about porcelain tile that looks like wood, which we’ve used on a powder room floor (above). There’s also textured versions of most any species to be used as wall tile. So I see a lot of “wood” bathrooms happening in St. Louis this year.
I continue to see the removal of unused bathtubs to create a larger shower. The added benefit of a walk-in shower is it can have a no-barrier entry and bench seating so it remains accessible at every age. Bathrooms are where universal design is really taking hold because it delivers long-lasting value for your bathroom remodeling investment.
Bathrooms with a color scheme of white and grey (above) remain popular in St. Louis, and that’s a good design move to make because it’s a timeless look. Even 10-15 years down the road it will still look fresh.
Clients are also planning ahead for accessibility in the bathrooms by integrating grab bars into the initial design no matter their age. They’re especially taken with towel bars that double duty as grab bars.
Bathrooms are taking on a decidedly contemporary look in our market. It’s a clean look, with simple geometric lines and minimal details. This modern aesthetic ages very well, and makes the bathroom a calm retreat for de-cluttering the mind. It’s also easy to “hide” accessible features in a contemporary bathroom, and I like that kind of multi-tasking design.
Are there any of these trends you’d like to incorporate into your own bathroom? Have the Mosby design team help you with your 2016 bathroom remodel by calling the Mosby office at 314.909.1800 or contact them here.