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Bathroom renovation trends

Top 10 Bathroom Renovation Trends in 2024

Bathroom design is continually evolving, influenced by technological advancements, sustainability initiatives, and shifting lifestyle preferences.

In this article, we’ll explore the top bathroom renovation trends taking centre stage in Canada in 2024, providing some insights and hopefully some inspiration.

Sustainable materials and practices

Sustainable renovations take an integrated, holistic approach when planning your bathrooms’ renewed life cycle. Any material that will help your designer or building contractor reduce the environmental impact of your bathroom renovation can be considered green or eco-friendly.

Natural, renewable or plentiful materials are those that grow rapidly, require minimal processing or can be sustainably harvested. These include FCS-certified wood products, cork, and bamboo. By choosing locally sourced materials, transportation demands are greatly reduced. Sustainably-sourced local lumber that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), could therefore be a better choice than renewable bamboo shipped from Asia.

Building materials made with recycled content, such as Enviroboard, Terrazzo or Alkemi-polyester are popular options that reduce the demand for resources. While recyclable products, such as metals, glass, wood, and plastic may not include any recycled content, these are designed to be recycled or reused at the end of their life cycle.

According to the 2023 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, “The overwhelming majority of homeowners (87%) choose sustainable options for their renovated bathrooms.” Choosing renewable or recycled materials can offer significant cost savings and health benefits while helping to conserve energy and resources.

Timeless aesthetics

To promote sustainability, bathroom spaces that feel timeless are becoming increasingly popular again. Homeowners are planning to stay in their homes longer, often well into retirement. The hallmarks of enduring design and sustainable homes are meticulous attention to detail and old-world craftsmanship, with classic elements such as handmade tiles, brick, natural stone, thick plank hardwood flooring, and built-in cabinetry and millwork that lend an understated elegance to your home.

Choosing a neutral colour palette, instead of the Pantone colour of the year, or the hottest designer colour palettes, ensures that your bathroom spaces will remain eternally relevant and inviting. Choosing hues like soft creams, warm beiges, or subtle greys, offers endless design possibilities when choosing your decor and accents.

Water- and energy-efficient fixtures with a long service life and warranty have also become important sustainable considerations. The product’s total life cycle is its use from the point of sale to the point of discard. The longer appliances and fixtures last, the more sustainable your home is, and the greater the savings in replacement costs.

Smart technology integration

In 2024, you can choose from smart features such as voice-activated faucets, motion-sensing lighting, and smart mirrors equipped with built-in displays that remember personalized settings. With AI and loT integration, these innovations will not only streamline your family’s daily routines but also contribute to a more luxurious bathroom experience.

Smart toilets offer personalized cleansing and can be connected to voice assistants, with touchless options that allow safe hands-free operation. Smart faucets help conserve water, while smart showers optimize your water usage while allowing for personalized temperature control.

LED mirrors can provide weather updates, time and temperature, with custom settings. Options include magnification, LED lighting with motion sensors, and anti-fog technology. Backlit mirrors have LED lights behind the mirror surface, to create a soft and even glow.

Aromatherapy and chromatherapy devices, soaking and flotation tubs with Axent A.S.T technology temperature monitoring and bubble massage, and smart scales that monitor body composition, are just some of the smart options now available.

Spa-inspired retreat

Today’s luxury bathrooms boast features such as luxury fixtures, freestanding soaking tubs, and steam showers. These spaces tend to be open and airy and may have vaulted ceilings with exposed beams, flooded by natural light from skylights or large windows.

A well-appointed home spa might include a freestanding tub, centred in a bay window with a breathtaking view, with gleaming floor-mounted faucets, beneath a gorgeous chandelier. Custom-height water jets relieve stress and provide muscular therapy. The no-threshold, walk-in floor-to-ceiling double rainfall shower also includes a convenient hand shower and bench.

Double floating vanities are often placed opposite each other, and there’s a dressing table. Floors may be herringbone or plank hardwood, chevron-pattern tiles or marble, with walls clad in Carrara marble, Moroccan or porcelain tile, or even onyx. The space is lit by soft white LED fixtures, cove lighting at the ceiling and clusters of pendant lights.

Elegant accents may include crown moulding, Corinthian columns to frame the freestanding tub or whirlpool, a personal steam room or perhaps an adjoining massage room.

Vanities and fixtures that make a statement

The vanity units and fixtures serve as focal points in your bathroom’s design. This year, homeowners are gravitating towards statement vanities crafted from richly veined marble, sleek quartz, or warm reclaimed wood. They are complemented by distinctive oval porcelain vessel sinks, and faucets in bold finishes such as matte black, brushed gold, or gunmetal.

Floating vanities continue to be popular again this year, due to their modern aesthetic and space-saving appeal. According to the Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, “wood is now the color of choice for the majority of renovating homeowners (33%), taking the top spot from white this year (29%).” White continues as the most popular colour for countertops and walls, but there’s a shift towards warmer neutrals like beiges, and creamy off-whites.

Minimalist aesthetics

Minimalism remains popular in bathroom design, characterized by clean lines, simple forms, and elegant uncluttered spaces. Canadian designers and homeowners are choosing understated fixtures with clean lines, monochromatic neutral colour palettes, seamless cabinetry and hidden storage solutions for their bathroom renovations.

Wall-mounted toilets and vanities contribute to the illusion of space, while frameless glass shower enclosures provide a visual sense of openness and flow. Minimalist bathrooms emphasize open space and take advantage of natural light to enhance your feeling of calm and tranquillity.

Biophilic design elements

Biophilic design elements such as living green walls, natural stone accents, and large windows that offer natural light and views of the outdoors became very popular in 2021 when people were required to stay in their homes. Seeking a deeper connection with the natural world has remained a top priority when designing bathrooms.

Biophilic design is a design approach that connects you with nature through the use of natural elements in your home environment. Popular Biophilic design elements in the bathroom typically include skylights or strategically placed windows to flood the space with natural light. An open and airy ambiance is created to promote relaxation, improve your mood, and contribute to a greater sense of well-being.

Natural materials and organic textures such as stone, woodgrain, terracotta, ceramic, and marble bring nature into the space. Indoor plants offer a soothing and harmonious environment. Curves and imperfect rounded shapes mimic natural forms, while sensory elements such as the sound of water and natural scents further enhance your connection with nature.

Handmade features, customization and personalization

Personalization reigns supreme in bathroom design, encouraging you to tailor your spaces to suit the individual tastes and preferences of your family. Contrasting neutral walls with vibrant furnishings or artwork can infuse a space with personality, while still preserving your home’s timeless aesthetic.

In 2024, Canadian homeowners are pursuing custom solutions such as bespoke cabinetry, personalized tile patterns, reclaimed hardwood plank floors and custom-built shower enclosures to create unique and one-of-a-kind bathrooms. From handcrafted hardware to custom lighting fixtures, every detail is carefully curated to reflect the personality and lifestyle of you and those of your household.

Functional layouts and multifunctional spaces

Open floor plans that promote connectivity and fluidity between spaces offer a sense of expansiveness while allowing for flexible furniture arrangements. Open floor plans support multifunctional areas, such as versatile living rooms that transform into entertainment spaces or home offices, or spaces that alternately serve as play or workout areas, nurseries, studies and guest rooms.

Well-planned storage solutions, such as built-in shelving and hide-away panels or compartments, are essential for multifunctional spaces. Rolling tables, shelving and bins allow a room to be repurposed in only minutes.

Features for aging in place

According to the Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, “Two-thirds of homeowners (66%) address special needs during a bath renovation, up from 54% in 2021. The needs of aging household members remain the top priority, both currently (38%) and for the future (50%).”

One of the key aging-in-place decisions is placing the main bathroom on the first floor. Installing grab bars in the bathroom decreases the risk of falls and improves mobility. Replacing a traditional high-step tub with a low or no-step shower and bathtub will enhance safety and accessibility. Widening the doorway helps accommodate wheelchairs and walkers.

Adding anti-scalding temperature controls on bathroom faucets will prevent scalding and increase safety. Installing a shower head that can be adjusted for height and used while sitting will improve comfort and accessibility.

The takeaway

Whether you’re seeking relaxation, functionality, or personalization, the possibilities in your bathroom renovation are virtually limitless, as you create spaces that reflect your unique style, to cater to your household’s evolving needs.

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