Bath Trends for 2020

Easy maintenance and cleaning are at the forefront of bath trends this year.

The demand for new master baths in Denver is increasing. Now that many families in Colorado are spending almost all of their time at home, they have a new appreciation that a bathroom can offer so much more than function. A master bath can be a refuge from Zoom fatigue, a wellness center and a room to spend a few minutes devoid of email, texts and family members, all to yourself. That’s why the results of a recent 2020 Houzz.com bathroom trend study does not come as a surprise.

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A Desire for a Master Bath Makeover

Most homeowners nationally and in Denver want to change their master bath style when they renovate. The Houzz study found 69% of homeowners perceived their existing bath as projecting “an old and outdated look.” The primary reason homeowners in the Denver Metro area want a complete makeover is to achieve a current vibe with clean lines. The most popular design trend is modern, favored by 20% of homeowners in the Houzz study, followed by transitional motifs (19%) and contemporary (18%). Traditional motifs were favored by 12% of homeowners, and 5% of survey respondents opted for a farmhouse design.

Health and Wellness Take Center Stage

More than 40% of renovating homeowners converted their master bath into a space for relaxation. 55% of Houzz study respondents reported that soaking in a tub helps them relax. Conversely, 54% of respondents enjoy taking long showers.

Shower appeal is growing. Nearly 50% of homeowners removed the tub during the remodel, opting for larger and multifunctional showers.

High Tech Bathroom Fixtures

Nearly 50% of faucets and more than a third of toilets in renovated baths feature advanced technology that includes increased water efficiency and finger-proof finishes on faucets and self-cleaning toilet systems with heated seats.

Accentuated Spaces

Accent walls are hot in bath remodels in Denver. Nearly 40% of remodels cited in the Houzz study featured accent walls in the master bath. 19% of homeowners opt for an accent wall inside the shower; 18% placed an accent wall outside the shower. Using different surface materials, such as tile or stone, was the most popular method to create an accent wall in the master bath, followed by colors, patterns or textures that differ from the rest of the bath. The most popular accent wall color was blue.

Light Up Your World

80% of homeowners renovating a master bath improved their lighting, and that makes sense because lighting affects how a room looks and feels.

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New Bath Trends adding mixed metals

  • Undercounter and console sinks for vanities are on-trend.
  • White remains the dominant color for bathroom sinks.
  • 2020-2021 is likely to bring sinks that incorporate more mixed metals such as copper or cast iron, hand-painted sinks or those with textures and patterns.
  • Matte black and warm brass will be trending faucet finishes in the coming year.
  • Skirted one-piece water closets will increase in popularity because they are easy to clean.
  • Self-cleaning toilets will grow in popularity as will toilets that feature integrated bidet functionality.
  • Free-standing system tubs that offer jets, whirlpool capabilities and heated surfaces.
  • Color and shape options for tubs will continue to grow and give homeowners the ability to truly customize their bath.
  • Wallpaper will gain traction as a means for homeowners to make personal design statements, especially in smaller spaces such as a powder room or foyer.
  • Open, curbless showers are expected to increase in popularity.
  • Mixed textures and finishes will expand the spectrum of visual interest in the bath exemplified by combinations such as matte black faucets and warm brass pendants.
Industrial Chick Bath Trend

Industrial Chic is another trend we are noticing particularly in downtown Denver. Exposed pipes and trough sinks are standard features of industrial-inspired baths. One key to making the industrial look work is to embrace the mantra that less is more. We advise our clients to be judicious in their use of decorative pieces in an industrial motif. Industrial style requires paying attention to the design’s raw, unfinished components such as combining a wood ceiling with exposed plumbing or drawing attention to framed shower doors. We recommend playing up the bathroom’s aesthetic by adding accents wherever possible without overdoing them.

Want to incorporate some of these trends in your bathroom? Call either of our showrooms at  (303) 300-4400 in Denver or (303) 688-8279 in Castle Rock or arrange for a virtual or in-person design consultation by contacting us here.