While aging in place is of primary interest for many homeowners these days, when it comes to the bath, those elements need to mesh with other desires such as spa-inspired aesthetics, wellness factors and minimal germ and bacterial growth. Today’s accessible baths go way beyond grab bars and walk-in tubs, with the next generation of showers, toilets, vanities and fittings delivering cutting-edge amenities.
Smart style in the bath now includes touchless elements such as digital showers that can be controlled by phone or voice, faucets that can be turned on and off with the wave of a hand, and remote-operated toilets and bidets that provide everything needed for personal cleansing. Among the current trends in the accessible bath include the following:
- Touch-free and voice-control faucets have made their way into the bath, delivering ease of use and a cleaner environment.
- Toilets and bidets have gotten smarter, with electronic elements that provide automatic open/close lids, automatic flush, LED lighting, easy-clean surfaces and cleansing options.
- Shower systems now offer a range of options, such as slide bars that double as grab bars and smart options that allows for presets with regard to temperature, water usage and massage.
- Modular vanities and bath furniture provide options for placement, allowing for items to be placed at desired heights for homeowners.
- Barrier-free showers are becoming more commonplace, with non-slip tile and shower pans available in a larger selection for safety and beauty.
- Grab bars and other assisting bath accessories are getting more decorative, with multiple finishes and styles available to blend in with the fixtures in the room.