In a recent post, we discussed some of the biggest bathroom trends for 2016 and among those trends was the prevalence of the free standing tub. Back in the day, bathtubs were purely functional and even then, normally used for the little ones. With the hustle and bustle of daily life, who has time for a bath? It’s normally a quick shower before you jolt off to work in the mornings and maybe a bath in the evenings for the kids, because trying to shower them is just too much work. But the purpose and style of contemporary bathrooms are changing. Bathrooms are being built for luxury and relaxation, a place where you should be able to unwind from the day and feel like you’re experiencing a private session at the spa. With this trend, has come the emphasis on the free standing tub, and these are a few of the designs we like best.

The Modern Plate
We just had to start with this creative dual tub-shower design. If you look closely, it looks a little like a contemporary plate or bowl used for traditional dining. Yet, with the slightly uplifted corners and the wide, flat bed, this unique design serves as both a shower and tub design that is big enough to lie down and stretch out in. It’s unique, creative and edgy, and it definitely made our favorites list.

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The Egg Shaped Pool
This tub design is unique in that it breaks from a traditional tub design in its slightly egg-shaped symmetry. We also liked the stand-alone faucet, which gives the space a more elegant and sophisticated appearance. This bathtub is simple, yet it is also modern and edgy. It’s not too boisterous and it’s an all-around lovely design.

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The Corner Spa
Finally, you just have to admire this corner spa-like design. It mimics a traditional Jacuzzi in its style and design, but it fits snuggly into the comfort of your bathroom, even leaving room for a partner if you so choose. The design is luxurious, modern and comfortable – a must-have for a truly spa-like experience.

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What are your favorite bathroom tub designs? Do you have something of which you’re especially fond that wasn’t mentioned in our choices above? What kind of interior options truly make a room feel superior? Leave your suggestions and feedback in the comments below, we’d love to hear from you!

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Design culture is heavily influenced by DIY trends. Performing certain renovations or upgrades on your own has become a proven money-saver in the long-term scheme of things. The bathroom can be an intimidating space to try to upgrade by yourself, but it’s often one of the best rooms in your home to start with if you are looking to get into the DIY industry. If you want to start with a small and somewhat simple project, we suggest beginning with the bathroom sink. Installing an undermount sink is one of the best small projects to undertake when you are looking to make some renovations on your own. Follow these basic instructions to get a head start on installing your new undermount sink.

Step One: Planning and Prep Work
The most important thing to consider is the counter that the sink will be fitting into. Many Steam Showers Inc vanities come with easy, drop-down sinks that simply have to be secured into place. However, if your countertop or vanity does not already include room for the sink, you will need to measure the sink(s) you want to install and cut out the appropriate section within the countertop. We recommend installing faucets before the sinks are secured, as this will make the job much easier in the long run.

Step Two: Drop in the Sink and Seal it in Place
Once you have prepped the recess hole for your sink, you’re ready to drop down the sink. Fit the sink in place and make sure that everything aligns correctly and fits as it should. At this time, if there is anything that needs to be updated or corrected, you should make these changes and then seal the sink into place.

Step Three: Assemble the Sink
Now it’s time to secure the faucet on the underside of the sink and install the piping underneath the sink. Install retaining clips around the edge of the sink and tighten the retaining clips to the underside of the countertop. You should also wipe away any sealant that might have squeezed out from around the sink before it dries and becomes more difficult to get rid of. Once you have finished installing and setting up your new sink, it’s time to turn on the water and test your results!

Have you ever installed your own bathroom or kitchen sink? Did we miss anything as far as the installation process is concerned? Leave your feedback in the comments below and let us know if you have anything to add!

It’s hard to believe, but 2015 has come and gone, and with the New Year comes a new set of bathroom design trends. Some of the trends may seem familiar compared to the trends we discussed last year, and this is the result of many popular carry-over trends. However, you will notice that some of the trends we previously discussed are rising in popularity and are quickly moving to the forefront of the bathroom design industry. So, if you’ve been following our blog but you haven’t yet begun renovations, or you’re still in the process of considering trends before you break ground with your new bathroom project, check out these hot design trends that will be the spotlight of bathroom décor in 2016.

Free Standing Bathtubs
The free standing tub has always been a trendy design, but you might see an increase in the popularity of the design in 2016. The free standing tub is a trademark of contemporary style bathrooms and it promotes a sense of luxury and sophistication in the bathroom.

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Vanities with Open Shelving
Vanities with open shelving have always been around, but they have been used sparingly and strategically where storage and space is sometimes an issue, but the New Year will bring with it an increase in open vanities. They give your bathroom a spacious and refined appearance and can be a great addition to any modern bathroom.

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Trough Style Sinks
Trough-style sinks have been a popular choice for the modern kitchen in homes all over the country, but in 2016 we will see an increase in the trough-style sinks for bathrooms. With its diversion from the norm, the trough sink has become a favorite alternative for the contemporary bathroom design. It promotes a sense of rustic beauty with sophistication and grace, all in one.

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Walk-In Steam Showers
Steam showers have been popular for a long time, but they normally denote the marking of the wealthy and out-of-reach for those of us every-day folk. However, the bathroom is undergoing continued emphasis on being a very important room in the house, and not one that is simply necessary and redundant. With the emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation, the 2016 bathroom will see an increase of walk-in showers, but customized for your specific bathroom, as well as ready-to-install kits.

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Heated Floor
Finally, heated floors will be making a grand appearance as one of the most popular trends of 2016. We’ve heard of heated towel racks, bathroom heaters for those cool winter mornings, but heated floors are something of a myth to many of us. Yet, this marvelous technology will soon become standard in the 2016 bathroom space.

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As the New Year progresses, we can only hope to see what other new and exciting trends will arise in the world of bathroom décor. Do you know of any other new trends arising in 2016? Let us know in the comments below. Out of the trends listed, which ones do you like best? If you could only choose one, which would it be?