Late last month Realtor.com published a post called "7 Bathroom Design Trends Home Buyers Want to Flush Away". Obviously, being in the professional bathroom remodeling business for many years, this article caught our undivided attention immediately. While we can't agree with all seven trends completely, there are a few that we would advise our clients and future customers to be cautious of when it's time for bathroom renovations:
All White Box : They look absolutely beautiful when we wrap up a project, but a year or two of real-life use in all white bathroom tends to leaves marks, stains and other issues that stand out like a sore thumb to potential home buyers. Add color to your white bathroom box by creating an accent with paint or wallpaper, as well as colorful towels, bath mats, window treatments or sink skirts.
Overly Funky Color Schemes : At the opposite end of the spectrum from the All White Box are the bathrooms focused on "natural" colors like mustard, salmon, raspberry and avocado. Beyond a wild use of colors, these bathrooms tend to have an a surreal mix of tile types and surfaces. We heartily endorse their common color formula (70% neutral, 20% contrasting colors and an accent for 10% of your bathroom).
Massive Tubs : Unless you're playing for the Chicago Bulls, average people tend not to need massive tubs that look impressive but are more frequently impractical. The reality is that the cost of these whirlpool and soaker tubs tend to be complete losses when it comes time to sell the home. Many homeowners seem fixated on installing a massive tub in a space that is simply too small making the entire bathroom feel cramped and unbalanced.
We do take exception to their concerns over dual sinks: While we understand that this bathroom design trend does reduce bathroom counter space slightly, we've found great success by installing divider cabinetry between the sinks (see below) to create exponentially more bathroom storage space while also creating a sense of privacy More of our "After" photos for this Cary, IL project available here. If you have some space saving concerns within your bathroom, be sure to check out this recent blog post with a gallery of great ideas. And, if NOW is the time for your professional bathroom renovation, Contact Diamond Bath today!
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