It’s one of the most important rooms in the house, and somewhat unassumingly so. It’s such a necessity that we sometimes overlook the potential it has to also be beautiful. Over the years, it’s certainly seen an awakening in the design world and earned the attention it deserves. Bathroom remodeling is one of the most sought after renovations in the industry. Homeowners are aware that if you have an outdated bathroom, this lessens the value of a home and could deter a potential offer on a property if you’re looking to sell. Buyers are looking for bathrooms that are remodeled and up to date. 

So whether you want to remodel for your own enjoyment, or to bring up the resale value of your home, here are some trends in 2020 that are sure to be inspiring. Some are simple and appealing to a wide audience, while others a little more bold and aimed towards risk takers.

Stand Alone Tubs

We’re seeing separate and stand alone bathtubs make a comeback in modern day bathroom remodeling. They’re not only visually stunning, but luxurious in the way that they only serve one purpose – bath time. You want to shower in a hurry? Do it over there, in the shower. You want to relax and enjoy a nice soak? Come right in and get comfortable. Whether you choose an old Victorian claw foot tub, or a super sleek and modern design, a stand alone bath tub will demand appreciation in any bathroom. 

It Wood Be So Nice

Rich, warm, natural wood is making a huge splash in the bathroom remodeling. With recent trends favoring mostly modern and light, with lots of white all around, wood accents and focal points give depth and warmth to the space, keeping it from looking too sterile. It brings in a natural element that’s needed among all the tile and hardware. From vanities, built-in shelving, wall accents and more, incorporating the earthy feeling and warmth of wood is a great way to update a bathroom.

Black Beauty

If you don’t think black is on the list when it comes to bathroom color compatibility, be ready to have your mind changed. In the last several years we’ve seen a big trend with the color grey in bathrooms – grey cabinetry, tile, walls, etc. Well, we’ve seemed to take a chance on being bold, and are now going full dark mode. Black is a strikingly beautiful contrast in a space with a mixture of colors and materials. Crisp white walls with black light fixtures, sleek and solid black vanities against shiny subway tile, or a black accent wall gives a clean atmosphere a bit of an edge. Many modern home renovations will showcase the color black throughout the home in various ways.

Floating Vanities 

Modern design has a big emphasis on functionality. We’ve come up with innovative ways to save space, create it, and use it. One of these new design tricks, if you will, is a floating vanity. This is when it’s built directly into the wall, without having to stand on or touch the floor at all. It keeps the floor space open and clean looking, giving the vanity the illusion of “floating.” Many people will do this with nightstands in the bedroom as well. It’s a very common design choice in minimalist and modern design. 

A Touch of Gold

One of the biggest trends we’re seeing in bathroom remodeling design is gold fixtures and finishes. Different variations from a dusty light gold, to a shiny and bold brass tone. It works well with other current trends, such as bright and bold splashes of color, or sophisticated and muted palettes; adding the perfect pop of energy to each feel. Gold adds warmth to the space, in contrast to the usual shiny and polished chrome look, that can feel too modern and cold. 

We hope to see more new and exciting design trends soon, and will be sure to share them with you! If you’re in the market for a bathroom remodel, don’t hesitate to take some chances and make a creative design choice here and there. Subtly and boldness can work very well together. 

Our Top Picks for Kitchen Countertop Materials

One of the most important and difficult decisions you will make in the process of a kitchen renovation is what type of countertop material. With so many choices available at a homeowners’ fingertips, it becomes even more difficult. Since this surface area has a strong influence on many kitchen palettes, it is crucial to select what appeals most to you, and will hold up the activity in your kitchen.

1. Marble

Due to the high price, marble kitchen countertops are not seen often in whole kitchens. But marble has still kept its unrivaled, classic look that always appears to be in style. To achieve the clean, luxurious look, use it as a countertop choice on an island or inset at a baking center.

Pro: BEAUTIFUL, heatproof, waterproof, softer stone than granite,

Con: more expensive than granite and other stones, scratches and stains easily, porous, may need resealing occasionally according to manufacturer’s instructions

2. Engineered Stone

This particular selection of stone is composed of 93% quartz stone , and 7% polymer resin. The range of colors is larger than of granite and has a non porous that resists scratches.

Pros: easy to maintain without annual sealing, resistant to stain and acid,

Cons: Expensive, but comparable to granite and significantly cheaper than marble.

3. Solid Surface

This surface is exactly what they are called, solid, all scratches can be sanded out.

Pros: comes in a variety of colors and patterns, seamless, and stain resistant

Cons: susceptible to hot pans and stains which can damage the surface, moderately expensive.

4. Ceramic Tile

Not only is ceramic tile easy to maintain, it is durable, and is a great choice for countertops in a standard home.

Pros: withstands hot pans, easy to clean, larger range in price, texture, color and design

Cons: surface is not entirely balanced, chipping and cracking can occur, grout becomes susceptible to stains, and custom designed tiles can raise the price .

5. Wood or Butcher Block

Wood offers a warm and homey look, and is available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. For a few, wood and countertops just don’t appear to mix. However, finding the right high-quality wood with the right sealer can make for a beautiful and long lasting kitchen countertop.

Pro: Easy to clean, smooth, little maintenance besides the occasional sanding and re-sealing if necessary

Cons: frequent contact with water and stain over time makes wood susceptible to damage, scratches need to be oiled and or sealed

6. Granite Countertops

Granite is easily the countertop material of choice – this natural stone has plenty of character with unique grains, colors, customizable finishes, and defines the elegance in a kitchen. When sealed accordingly, it’s one of the most reliable options out there. As the popularity of granite rises, the price decreases. The natural beauty of the stone compliments even the most modest kitchen.

Pros: sustains heat, comes in a wide array of colors to pick from, will last a lifetime, 2nd hardness rating, and has a high value to homeowners.

Cons: can be expensive, but becoming more modest, requires some maintenance, stains can be permanent if not sealed properly, dullness can occur if you cut on it with knives, potential to crack if not stressed or installed inadequately.