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Mar 13

Bathroom Design Trends for 2012

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Mar 13

Keeping your bathroom up to date is an important part of maintaining the value of your home. Because most visitors to your home will see the bathroom at some point, it’s important that this room reflects the overall style you want to achieve, whether contemporary or traditional. Whether you’re starting fresh or updating an older look, begin brainstorming for your perfect bathroom with these popular design trends:

Go Natural

Beautiful bathrooms give a nod to Mother Nature by incorporating naturally inspired design motifs such as leaves, dragonflies, or Asian themes. You can also go natural in your bathroom with the colors you choose and the materials you use.

●      Natural materials—Stone and granite are among the most popular for countertops, while wood and bamboo make excellent accent materials throughout your bathroom.

●      Naturally inspired colors—Earth tones, grays, soft greens, and muted blues evoke the feeling of nature without overstating.

Add Bright Accents

While earth tones and muted colors form a soothing backdrop for your overall design, bright pops of color create eye-catching character. Add energy to your color scheme by accenting with vivid reds, oranges, and yellows.

Incorporate Tile

Every bathroom will benefit from the addition of tile to the floor, shower, or backsplash. Tile updates the look and is available in a wide variety of styles to suit any decorating scheme. Create your own floor design with small tiles or use large tiles for a chic, trendy look.

Update Your Shower

Many new homes now install a barrier-free shower in at least one bathroom in order to facilitate those who have difficulty stepping into a tub. Glass enclosures will also update your look and work especially well for a minimalist style.

Luxurious Touches

Put the finishing touches on your design with a few luxurious touches. Polished metal fixtures look great in both contemporary and traditional designs and lend a touch of elegance, while large mirrors and wall decorations reflect your personal taste and add warmth to the room. If you really want to feel pampered, install a heated bathroom floor to eliminate the shock of ice-cold tiles after a hot shower.

No matter what your personal taste, these design basics will get you off to a great start as you plan your bathroom design or remodel. Modern bathrooms should not only incorporate the latest trends in colors and materials, but should also reflect your individual style for a room that makes you feel pampered every day.

 

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