Showers are hot, hot, hot right now, increasing in both size and features, while steam is also trending. Demand continues to grow for open, accessible showers with clear glass that shows off gorgeous tile designs, while technology adds luxurious extras – from music and chromatherapy to seating and oversized raincan showerheads and handshowers.
At the same time, technology is also leading to water savings, with new water delivery systems providing a drenching, high-performance shower experience with minimal water.
Below are some of the hottest trends in shower systems right now.
–While bathrooms may not be expanding in square footage, the space devoted to showers seems to be increasing, with growing demand for larger, more luxurious showers.
–Shower designs are following home design trends in general, with clean lines and simple styling; chrome and brushed nickel continue to be top finish choices for fixtures, though warmer golds and matte colors, especially matte black, are also seeing interest.
–The spa trend remains hot, with homeowners increasingly renovating their baths to include double showers with oversized raincan showerheads, separate handshowers, benches and steam units to allow for a customized and luxurious showering experience.
–Technology continues to infiltrate the bathroom with showers that incorporate pre-set temperature controls, steam, task and chromatherapy lighting, music, integrated monitor/TV displays and more.
–Water conservation continues to impact the shower experience, with technology fueling a host of new water delivery options – such as aeration and atomizing – that minimize water use while still creating the feeling of a robust shower experience.
–No- and low-threshold showers are also on the rise for their easy accessibility. These not only promote aging in place, they also allow the shower to become a striking focal point, with clear glass enclosures showcasing beautiful tile designs and bath fittings.