The problem with trends is that while some are here to stay, others are as fleeting as summer in Siberia. Rest assured, when we’ve looked at what will be hot in the bathroom in 2023, we’ve included those trends that won’t go out of fashion in a hurry.
Our list includes heated towel rails – which are definitely hot – smart technology, wet rooms and a whole lot more. We promise it will worth a read, particularly if you’re planning a bathroom renovation in the months to come.
9 things you’ll see in bathroom renovations in 2023
- We briefly alluded to it in the opener, but it’s worth highlighting further, that heated towel rails will be hot in the bathroom in 2023. And we don’t just mean temperature wise. More and more bathroom renovations these days are including heated towel rails and homeowners are also adding them to existing bathrooms.
- The popularity of frameless shower screens isn’t going away and will continue to be hot in the coming year. They cost a bit more than framed screens, however, many homeowners agree that it’s worth the extra expense. The lack of frames creates valuable light in bathrooms and the perception of more space. They’re also easier to clean.
- More and more homeowners want their bathroom to be a place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, which is why bathrooms that look and feel like spas are becoming popular. Think features such as floating vanities, large shower heads, seats in showers and steam showers.
- Another trend to emerge from the desire for a more relaxing and comfortable bathroom is larger spaces. For new builds, bathrooms are on average getting bigger. For renovations, some homeowners are taking space from bedrooms and other areas of the home in order to have larger bathrooms. This helps to create a more chilled bathroom vibe.
- Our bathrooms aren’t just getting larger, they’re also getting smarter. However, unlike other parts of the home, technology is being put to use more to add to the luxury of bathrooms than improving productivity. Features such as touchless taps, smart toilets and bidets, heated flooring and voice controls are becoming more commonplace. Plus, there are digital showers that can be programmed to instantly deliver the water pressure, temperature and spray mode that’s perfect for you.
- While we love luxury in the bathroom, more of us are also wanting environmentally friendly features and this will grow further in 2023. These include water-wise toilets, showerheads and mixers, LED lighting, super-efficient exhaust fans and the use of more sustainable materials. Homeowners are also choosing more efficient heated towel rails and using them smarter (more on this later).
- Walk-in showers, walk-in shower and bath zones, and showers without any screens at all (e.g. wet rooms) are also a growing trend. This adds to the spa-like feel of bathrooms and creates a minimalistic space that is highly accessible. It also helps to reduce cleaning.
- While some renovators are compromising and removing baths to create more space, most homeowners still want to include a bath in their bathroom. The trend is away from integrated baths to freestanding models and deep baths that people can truly soak and relax in.
- When it comes to colour choices, it appears that all-white is no longer alright, with more and more people steering away from what was once considered the safest choice. What you will see more of are lighter tones, earthy tones, timber and more use of bolder colours, particularly for features.
Heated towel rails can be environmentally friendly
While heated towel rails do use electricity, homeowners are choosing more efficient models to save on energy costs and help save the planet. Plus, they’re also being smarter in the way they run their heated towel rails.
For example, one of the most popular heated towel rails on the market is Eskimo Heat’s Gordon. It’s made from 100% recyclable aluminium and innovatively designed, which allows it to heat up more quickly than most models. It also dries towels in about one-third of the time.
What this means in practice is that you can use your heated towel rail for fewer hours in the day, but still enjoy dry, warm towels after a shower or bath.
While you can turn many heated towel rails on and off manually, the best way to operate your model is with a timer installed. This can then be programmed to turn your heated towel rail on and off to a set schedule.
By using your timer and being smart, you can use your heated towel rail for say four hours a day rather than 24 hours, slashing your costs. For the Gordon, this means you’ll spend around $70 a year to dry and warm your towels rather than over $400.
A tidy saving indeed!