Bath Trends for 2016 (and Beyond)
As we’ve discussed before, here on Hotel Tubs Pro, consumers expect hotels to be at least as good as what they have at home (or what they aspire to.) While this list is primarily focused on the residential market, there are trends that hotels should pay attention to and consider for their upcoming renovation projects.
Blending Natural Materials
The natural, organic, clean look will continue. Spice up your designs with continuing your tile work onto the walls, or reusing materials in other parts of the suite. Not only are these aesthetically pleasing designs but they can also be lower maintenance for your cleaning staff. While we might be hesitant to incorporate wood directly in line with water, consider wood-like tile products that incorporate the look, while still remaining durable for industrial, high-volume use.
White on White
There’s a big reason why white is so used: it’s clean, it’s elegant. It can help small rooms seem more light and airy… So why wouldn’t it be commonly used in the bath? Note in this photo, too, other smaller trends: the use of the trough-style sink, the freestanding soaking tub, and wood floors — all of which are ongoing trends for you to consider including in your hotel baths.
As shared on interiorzine.com, “When one uses a combination of modern and organic, it creates a dynamic atmosphere that evokes clean and stylish sensation. The juxtaposition of wood and stone to synthetics is very clever, combinative and suitable for many variations of design.” Take note of the mosaic, bold color tiled wall behind the free-standing soaking tub: these are continuing trends from 2016 to consider as well. (Note in the picture above the use of wood accents. The smooth cement flooring trend can also be incorporated here as well.)
Shower Benches/Grab Bars
With an aging population, it’s wise for hotels to at least consider adapting what they normally might look for in shower design. Shower seats and safety bars can get a bad rep, with most thinking they’re clunky or awkward looking in the shower. But they don’t have to be. Instead of thinking “chair size” – go big and think “bench.” The mental shift immediately changes your concepts in what is possible in designing the space. Also, draw in other design elements: the antiqued brass or mosaic patterns/graphical treatments.
Rethinking Water Spouts
Whether it’s a metal “fountain-like” faucet, or one out of clay materials with room for plantlife, your choice in faucetry can bring big personality to a small space.
We’ve talked about “living walls” here before, but now we’re seeing them included in bath areas. Also shown here: open shelving as storage to help your guests stay organized (and yet still within reach/sight so that guests aren’t as likely to leave personal items behind after checkout.)
At the other end of the spectrum, matted big, bold and dark colors can create drama in a counter-intuitive way. Normally, we think small spaces should incorporate light colors to create a lighter feel of spaciousness. But dark colors can create drama, warmth, a feeling a relaxation and cocooning. Neutral colors can also go dark – think charcoal grey. (Note here too: the continuation of tile on the walls and open shelving.) Also consider the shape of your tiles. While the traditional, rectangular subway tiles are common, consider other standardized shapes like hexagons (see above).
When most people think of “brass,” they think of the high-shine metal: but there’s more than one way to finish or treat brass. There’s just something about the classic elegance of the right treatment of brass with marble (another trend we’ve talked about.)
As mentioned earlier, dark neutrals are in — especially when used in combination with one other color (ie: black, or a dark teal, etc). Also note here the use of a longer, trough style sink, and unique organizational method/open shelving — all of which helps your guests stay organized while on the road.
Water Efficient Fixtures
It seems like a contradiction in terms: the “luxury” feel evoked in rainshower showerheads, versus being “environmentally friendly.” The two trends couldn’t seem more in contrast. … Until now.
While the EPA required that manufacturers make showerheads that only used 2.5 gallons of water per minute (gpm) in 1992, (down from 5.5 gpm), they also have a “voluntary WaterSense” classification using only 2.0 gpm flow for certification. That might not sound like much: it’s a 20% savings, which, added up over time — and in the volume hotels use it — can mean buckets of cost reduction.
Fog free mirrors work for both you and your staff: low maintenance upgrade that gives your guests frustration free early morning routines.
Smart Showers with Added Health Benefits
Smart showers are another element of tech-infused hotel rooms. Some smart showers can change shower stall glass from clear to opaque with the touch of a button. Others control temperature, water pressure and spray pattern preferences. Some stalls now include waterproof TV screens, while others have speakers that can play your favorite music from your iPhone.
While trends come and go, these are the ones we see as having “staying power” that you can include in various aspects of the design of your hotel rooms and baths as you begin renovating/refinishing your rooms.
Check out more bath trends:
- Why are baths SO important to your guests?
- Hotels: Create Spa-Like Get-a-ways… Just Don’t Unplug Too Much
- Eight tips for Renovation Decisions