Technology is constantly emerging and changing the way we live. As these changes take place, they have started to reach so far as design. Today, even the modern bathroom is utilizing technology in ways that we could never have even imagined ten or twenty years ago. Technology has paved the way for the kind of luxurious and spa-like bathrooms that have become a part of the contemporary expectation. Because new technology is always evolving, we have the opportunity to be continually surprised and enlighten by these new systems and devices, which create ease of use, and often solve problems or make our lives better and more efficient. So what are the top tech trends that can push your bathroom to the next level?

Programmable Shower
Let’s start with the basics – what could be everything you want in a shower? How about the ability to set the temperature to the exact degree you want, an overhead faucet for a rainfall flow, the ability to set the ability to set the strength and position of the water stream, speakers that play your favorite tunes while seamlessly connected to your favorite device through Bluetooth capabilities, and chromatherapy through the use of LED lights built into the faucets. Technology brings you all this and more, creating the perfect shower experience. We’ve only come across one problem – you may never want to get out.

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Tub Sound System
If you have a decked out shower with all the works included, it doesn’t make sense to skimp on the bathtub. Technology has also brought some pretty neat innovations to the tub district. Aside from high-functioning whirlpool and hydrotherapy tubs, you can get a tub that works as its own sounds system. When the tub is empty, the system works like simple stereo, filling the room with sound; but when the tub is full, you can enjoy a relaxing bath not only to the sound of your favorite tunes, but through the vibration the music sends throughout the entire tub, creating an enhanced massage feature to your bathing experience.

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Hands-Free Faucet
Sure, we’re all familiar with hands-free faucets, they’ve been adopted by restaurants and savvy businesses everywhere; but when was the last time you noticed a hands-free faucet in someone’s home? With increasing technology, it’s becoming easier than ever to have these simple luxuries in your home. Why would you want a hands-free faucet, you ask? Well, a hands-free faucet can not only help you stay clear of infections or illness by the reduced hand-to-knob contact, but it can also be a great way to conserve water and help the environment while cutting down on your water bill.

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In-Door Sunbathing
We know, it sounds like a novel idea, but it is actually a thing. The contemporary bathroom style is big on windows. From the wall-sized window of a tenth story building, to the slightly-larger-than-standard bathroom window that looks out onto a home’s backyard, windows are big in contemporary bathroom style. And if you live somewhere that commonly has 100+ degree days, going outside might not sound so pleasurable. Instead, you can enjoy a sun bath from the comfort of your bathroom while you control the inside temperature.

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LED Bathtubs
Similar to the sound system tub, modern technology brings us the LED tub that can light up your bathroom with subtle luxury. Not a fan of candles? No problem. The LED tub will replace the classic candle-lit bath and provide your bathroom with a fresh, sophisticated vibe. If you want the true white-glove experience, you won’t want to skip this.

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Self-Cleaning Toilets
Nobody likes cleaning the toilet, but we’ve all had to do it at some point or another, some of us more frequently than others. But with modern technology, you can now invest in a toilet that cleans itself with every flush, keeping it clean and sparkly for longer periods of time between cleaning cycles. Still other toilets feature self-closing lids and toilet seats that the issue of leaving the toilet seat up is never a problem again.

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Water Proof Television
Have you ever debated between watching an episode of your favorite show and taking a shower? Or maybe you’re someone who likes to be able to catch the morning news as part of their morning routine. Well, with modern technology, you’ll now be able to do both things at once.  With increasing technology updates, we now have water-proof Televisions that will allow you to catch up on news or watch your evening show without wasting time anytime.

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Warming Drawer
Similar to a traditional towel warmer, these warming drawers keep your towel nice and warm for you until you are finished bathing and ready to use them. Many of the warming drawers come with temperature adjustments so that you can set the heat as high or low as you prefer.

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These are some of our favorite bathroom gadgets that modern technology has brought about. Many of them are not needed, but they can be fun perks that liven up your bathroom space and help give it that spa-like vibe. It’s nice to be able to treat yourself to extravagant luxuries here and there, and we’re firm believers that this is as much, if not more true of the bathroom as anywhere else.

Do you use any fun technology in your bathroom? Are there any tech gadgets that you’d like to try? Leave your comments below and let us know which products of modern technology sound best to you!

If you want the ultimate spa experience for your new bathroom, chances are you’re looking at tubs that provide hydrotherapy.  The use of hydrotherapy has been around for centuries, providing therapeutic solutions for people with arthritis, muscle aches, partial paralysis, and more. Those massaging jet streams you enjoy when you soak in a Jacuzzi or hot tub don’t have to be a once-in-a-life time luxury. Instead, they can be a permanent part of your bathroom that you enjoy on a daily or weekly basis. But out of the numerous tub options that are available today, how do you decide which one is right for you? It all depends on your specific needs and what works best with the design of your bathroom.

Air Tubs
Air tubs have several unique features, but the primary difference between them and other hydrotherapy tubs is that they work by releasing thousands of tiny, relaxing air bubbles throughout the tub. These stimulate your muscles and help reduce the pain associated with things like arthritis and excessive exercise. Another feature of air tubs is that they envelope the body in champagne-like fizz that gently caresses the skin. These tubs also stimulate and invigorate touch receptors to mildly release tension associated with tension and stress. These bubbles also appeal to multiple senses, including a blend of aromatherapy bath oils. Air tubs optimize your bathing experience by implementing a tub cleaning system that makes your life easier over time by taking off some of the pressure of frequently cleaning and maintaining your tub over time. Not only will the experience feel delightful, but it will be a constant source of physical therapy whenever you feel the need for it.

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Whirlpool Tubs
Whirlpool tubs are just what they sound like: tubs that move water strategically to create increased pressure that circulates. Whirlpool tubs also normally feature air jets that can be used for massage purposes in addition to the way they help circulate the water in the tub. Whirlpool tubs soothe muscles instantly through a stronger deep tissue massage. If you are experiencing severe muscle soreness or simply want the ultimate massage experience, a whirlpool tub might be the best option for your new bathroom. Whirlpool tubs often create a customized bathing experience with adjustable jets to fit your body and hit the places of soreness. Whirlpool tubs often maintain a comfortable bath water temperature when used with an inline heater. This can prevent the water from becoming scalding hot, as well as keep the temperature at an event state so that you do not have to leave more quickly due to the plummeting water temperature.

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Total Massage Tubs
Perhaps one of the best options for the ultimate spa experience is the total massage tub. With a total massage tub, you will enjoy luxury and sophistication every time you walk into your bathroom. Total massage tubs blend the technology of air tubs and whirlpool tubs to create a symphony of fizzy bubbles and pressurized water. Total massage tubs provide ultimate relaxation through the combined sensations of soft effervescence and targeted massage. Like the whirlpool tub, the total massage tub ensures optimal water temperature through the duration of your bath with an inline water heater. You can also enjoy a more advanced experience by incorporating any combination of aromatherapy oils into your bath. As the relaxing and detoxifying scents move into the air, you might even transcend reality for a few moments, enjoying the ecstasy of the moment. Total massage tubs also offer in-built tub cleaning systems that take the worry out of total massage tubs. Without the stress of maintaining your luxurious tub, you’ll be able to enjoy its features without hassle.

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A Word on Design
Most suppliers will feature tubs of various shapes and sizes within the different tub categories so that you can be sure to enjoy the tub you want without sacrificing the design. However, it’s important to think how your tub will fit into your overall design plan before you begin construction. If possible, already have the specific tub in mind, along with its measurements and constraints so that you can perform your remodeling according to the tub of your dreams.

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This is simply an overview of the different hydrotherapy tub features and we hope we’ve given you some points to consider when determining which one is right for your home. Do your own research and don’t be afraid to ask questions before making that final purchase.

Do you already enjoy the features of a hydrotherapy tub in your home? Which attributes were instrumental in helping you come to a decision? Leave your feedback in the comments below and let us know if there’s anything you like to consider that’s not included above!

One of the top trends for 2016 bathroom design is wood. Wood in the bathroom is not necessarily a new idea, but for 2016, wood will no longer take a backseat in the bathroom design, and instead it will be a major component in the contemporary bathroom space. Designs range from ninety percent wood that covers the appliances in addition to walls, floors, and ceiling, to a minimal amount of wood that only covers small sections here or there. Traditionally, bathrooms with a wood-theme are normally rustic and country-themed, often giving them a more antique appearance. However, the contemporary wood bathroom does not have an old-style design, but rather uses the wood to enhance the quality of the space and create a luxurious and sauna-like feel to the whole bathroom, giving wood a whole new meaning with the modern edge. We’ll discuss some of the trends and possible design options in the details below.

Max It Out
One of the quickly emerging design trends to feature a bathroom completely surrounded by wood fixtures, including the flooring, walls, and ceiling. Now, we know you might be wondering how this could ever work, but if done right, it’s not such a bad idea and it can give your bathroom an exotic, yet contemporary look. This contemporary design features wood floors with selective wood walls. There is a lovely wood bench by the tub, and the tub also features plated wood on the surface to flawlessly integrate with the rest of the bathroom.

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For a slightly more rustic look, this bathroom features two solid walls with wood drawers surrounding the small floating vanity, as well. The hanging light fixtures also add to the rustic feature of this bathroom design, and give it a classy, sophisticated experience. The other half of the wall is white, which allows for the bathroom to seem bigger than it actually is.

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This lovely bathroom blends the old with the new, with an even-toned wood color that is slightly between the first two. With a cream-colored laminate floor and white bathtub, the viewer’s eyes are immediately directed to the beautiful woof fixtures within the bathroom. The walls are made from wood, as is the ceiling and the floating vanity. The tubular lighting and swinging towel rack give this bathroom a modern rustic feel and complement the wood design.

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Another example of a full-bodied wooded bathroom is this small contemporary design that is fully wood aside from the white tub interior and the vanity countertop. Even the mirror is nearly invisible at first glance, because it simply reflects the wood from the barnyard door interest. This bathroom is also very minimalistic, creating small, nearly sightless hooks in the bathroom for towels, a clear shower curtain, and using only a single, undecorated light bulb for artificial lighting. The sunroof above the shower provides enough light during the day that it doesn’t seem like more intricate lighting is really necessary. Even the tub/shower features only a small, single floating shelf to house the toiletries, leaving the rest of the room to show off.

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This conceptual bathroom design features a sleek, contemporary look with extravagance in its spacious layout. Aside from the dividing wall that goes to the shower, this bathroom is almost completely solid wood from the floors and ceiling to the fountain-like whirlpool tub. The greys and browns work very well together, making this bathroom an ideal fit for the modern home.

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Finally, this bathroom does adhere to more of a rustic feel, but we couldn’t help but include it because we just like the design so much. Not only does this bathroom feature a full-wooded design, but it we really love the loft-style for the bathroom. The hanging light bulbs, washtub towel holder, vessel sink, and towel stand all work together to give this bathroom a homey, country vibe.

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Subtle Undertones
Think an all-wood bathroom is just a little too much for your design ideas? Not a problem. There are still plenty of ways to incorporate wood design sparingly within your bathroom if that’s something you might be interested in doing. Below, is a list of subtle wood designs that we thought were effective, yet not overbearing.

This simple design incorporates a slab of wood for the minimalistic, yet aesthetically pleasing floating vanity. It adds to the trend of wood in the bathroom, but isn’t overly excessive and gets the point across without going overboard.

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This bathroom features a solid wood floor and includes a matching vanity sink and tub design that is sand-colored and meant to accentuate the wood floor. The bathroom looks trendy and definitely the wood feature, without letting the wood take over.

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Finally, this lovely modern bathroom features wood in its eloquent design, and it is beautiful incorporated to the pristine, white design with marble tile. This bathroom design does a great job of maximizing the 2016 emphasis on wood in the bathroom, and the outcome is stunning.

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We hope these designs have given you an example of what the contemporary wood bathroom is all about. What are your thoughts? Is the wood design something that you would consider incorporating into your bathroom remodel, or do you think it should be kept for the more rustic and eccentric designs?