Trend Report from KBIS 2016 | Bath Edition

During our visit to the KBIS 2016, a number of trends in bath design seemed to be resonating among the industry partners. According to the acclaimed futurist, Faith Popcorn and her marketing consultation company, Brain Reserve, who coined the term “cocooning” in 1981 when describing home buying needs as “The need to protect oneself from the harsh, unpredictable realities of the outside world , she thinks 2016 has evolved into “bunkering” or “uber cocooning” . This need to hunker down has been a great influencer in home designs in the past and even more so today where we are seeing the Master Bath elevated to more of a destination inside the home than has ever been in the past. Simple design lines merge with universal design and nature employing a variety of elements creating spa-like spaces that becomes rooms to truly linger in. Soft colors, minerals, stone and wood take center stage while comfort points like music, lighting and built-in storage solutions provide the reason to never leave.   As a lover of beauty in functional design, I was elated to see the direction we are moving in this regard. Comfort rules with unique plumbing fixtures such as bidets, self-cleaning toilets and luxurious soaking tubs that play music to soothe and quiet your soul.

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Kohler introduced several new VibrAcoustic® Hydrotherapy tubs that play music. Kohler explains, “With VibrAcoustic technology, vibrations surround your body and resound throughout your core as the sonic rhythms pulse both above and below the waterline. Choose one of our four original compositions, or listen to music on your own personal device. Either way, the experience results in a relaxation and calm that’s about as close to a spa session as you can get at home.”

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Winning Silver in the KBIS 2016 Best of Bath is Toto®’s luxury dual flush Neorest® 750H, featuring a waste repelling titanium bowl with heated seat, a personal cleansing and drying system, and an air purification system. At over $10,000, the lid opens and closes by itself, automatically flushes and when all is said and done, will also clean itself. We are seeing more aging-in-place features like comfort height toilets, decorative grab bars, 36” high floating vanities and no threshold showers and wet rooms, an open concept that houses both the luxury tub and shower.

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Also presenting easy access as we age are floating shelves and back saving roll out shelves and storage solutions. Although, the freestanding tub is becoming more of a mainstay, especially in urban areas than the usual built -in tub, we discovered an unique, environmentally friendly indoor spa system which can be used as both a bathtub and an therapeutic quality spa with the flip of a switch. It features a touch friendly control panel to operate various levels of massage and air, LED lighting, eco-friendly sanitizers. Its own cover and internal heating system keeps the water temperature at the perfect level for you to use nightly without the need to drain and refill with water. A remodeler’s dream bath solution, the Hydreddi Revolution in a variety of shapes and sizes will be ready for distribution by Builder’s Choice, Inc. in Houston very soon. For more information contact 281-820-6771.

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