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Trends in Bathroom Design

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey and host Kevin O'Connor visit a bathroom showroom


1 Make an appointment to visit a bathroom showroom.
2 Check out bathroom displays to see various styles of installed fixtures.
3 Contemporary designs include vessel sinks with water-spouting faucet inside of wall.
4 Ceiling-mounted faucet provides unique way to fill bathtub.
5 Larger baths can accommodate direct-vent fireplaces.
6 Bath lavs come in wide variety including, traditional farmhouse sinks to contemporary clear-glass vessel sinks.
7 Marble is a popular material for creating tub decks.
8 Hydrotherapy whirlpool tubs have a fan motor that blows air—not water—through dozens of tiny holes to create the whirlpool experience.
9 An integrated, multipurpose shower stall contains showerhead, handheld sprayer, adjustable body sprays, aroma-therapy system and steam heads.
10 For uniformity, consider buying all the fixtures from a designer's line.
11 To create a minimalist look, install a wall-mounted toilet that has a concealed, in-wall tank.
12 A classic, retro-look can be obtained with an updated version of an old-fashioned console sink with matching toilet.
13 After selecting the fixtures, choose complementary accessories, such as towel bars, toilet paper holders, door pulls, and mirrors.


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