Bathroom design gets more high-tech

Special to GateHouse Media Florida

Technology is entering more bathroom design, and it’s one of the top design trends of the year, according to the 2019 Bathroom Design Trends Study from the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The survey results are based on responses from 583 NKBA members, consisting of designers, remodelers, architects, and product manufacturers.

Some of the technology solutions seeing the most growth in popularity are temperature control and thermostat smart controls, water conservation technology, and internet-connected products, the survey noted. Other technology solutions entering bathroom design include controls for lighting, music, and water temperature; leak detectors; mirrors with a TV; app-enabled control for radiant floors; and digital shower valves, the survey notes.

Designers also noted that some of the most interesting new products for bathrooms are shower surrounds (such as solid-surface walls and touch controls) and floating vanities and open shelves.

But survey respondents agreed that more innovation is still needed in several areas in bathroom design, such as hardware, sinks, and cabinetry. For example, designers said they’d like to see more innovations around finish options for linear drains, grab bars, and safety products. For cabinetry, they’d like to see improved solutions for smaller areas and storage of jewelry, hair products, and other essentials as well as more wall-hung cabinetry, according to the survey.

This article was contributed by National Association of Realtors.