Looking at improving your bathroom(s) in 2016? Our contacts at decoratorswisdom.com are steering clients toward three trends taking hold in bathroom design:

1. Trough Sinks - According to the site, a “trough sink” also known as a “double sink” is more elegant than it sounds. While there are plenty of vintage examples around, the latest trough sinks are styled to appeal to contemporary consumers, and they offer outstanding style and functionality.

2. Freestanding Tubs with Tub Fillers - Decoratorswisdom.com says built-in bathtubs are declining in popularity, and some are abandoning bathtubs altogether in favor of walk-in showers. For those who don’t want to give up their bathtubs, freestanding soaking tubs are the preferred bathtub of choice among 2016’s trendsetters because they offer a lot of flexibility in their placement.

3. Open Shelving - It’s chic and trendy to roll up soft, colorful, sumptuous bath towels and display them on open shelves in the bathroom.

The folks at remodelworks.com in San Diego are seeing more grout being used as a design element. Grout can be an exciting detail when done properly –  if you go for an intricate tile design, contrasting grout can really make the colors come together and pop. If you go for a single color tile, the grout can be one shade darker or lighter, to give the tiles more edge and crispness.

Remodelworks.com is also incorporating more natural elements like wood and stone to bring a sense of connectedness and harmony to the bath. Rugged-looking wood is very hot, and living walls are also gaining in popularity.

Out on Staten Island, NY, dreamkitchenandbathsi.com are seeing subway tiles making a comeback, along with modern wall tiles incorporating bright colors and designs. Subway tiles are great for your bathroom because they’re durable, water resistant, and appealing to the eye.

If bright colors and florals aren’t your style, you can choose subway tiles from a neutral pallet.

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