Is a bathroom makeover on your to-do list this year? For many homeowners, it’s one of the first rooms renovated in a home because of its frequent use as well as its return on investment. Because a renovation is not something you do annually, choose wisely in what you install and how you update so that the room does not become outdated quickly.

The biggest contemporary bathroom makeover trend is the natural look. Natural does not mean plain. Rather, it’s a reflection of design and materials that are reminiscent of nature’s natural beauty. Master and adult bathrooms are no longer sporting bright colors. The natural bath trend is soothing, with rich woodgrains or minimalistic, Asian-influenced cabinetry and ceramic or porcelain tiles that mimic nature. Recycled and other environmentally-friendly materials are also gaining in popularity.

Colors such as pale green, sky blue and warm neutral colors, including varying shades of grey, taupe and ivory are popular. Tile textures with surfaces that mimic pebbles or stone finishes will give your bathroom a spa feeling and make bathing or showering more enjoyable. Floor-to-ceiling tile on walls in a neutral off-white dominate, along with carefully placed color accent tile to provide subtle highlights.

Chrome fixtures have long gone by the wayside. Oil-rubbed bronze is the current preference of many, but the warmth provided by any of today’s metal fixtures will bring a pleasant accent to any bathroom makeover.

Accessibility is also a hot trend, with many people replacing traditional tub-showers with zero-threshold walk-in showers that are ideal for individuals with limited mobility. Add a shower seat and you have a comfortable oasis. Glass shower doors are also a growing trend, particularly in small bathrooms, as they open up the space and give it extra light.

Don’t forget to use low-flow toilets, showerheads and other energy- and earth-saving items that will help reduce your home’s carbon footprint.

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