To answer this question we need to look at where we are in the evolution of bathroom design. How were bathrooms designed during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and why were they designed that way? How have bathrooms evolved into what they are today? And what is on the horizon for them in the future.
First of all how was a bathroom designed during the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, and why was it designed that way? It seems that during the 60’s and into the 70’s bathroom design was mainly focused around function and purpose. Meaning it had a place for bathing or showering, a sink and a toilet. Bathroom lighting was very basic as well. There was a main light in the center of the bathroom and one over the mirror. Not much flair but very basic and functional and down to earth. Unless you were wealthy and could afford extra amenities they weren’t there.
During the 70’s and into the 80’s people started to see their old function-only-style-bathroom as outdated. At this time there seems to have started a revolution in bathroom design ideas that transformed the bathroom from a place of chore and duty to a place of relaxation and sophistication, where a person can unwind and escape from the labors of the day. People wanted more, and because of demand design took off in new directions.
The price of materials came down and large department stores started to realize there is big money in the bathroom remodeling and design business. About this time big box stores began to come into general existence and replace a lot of your smaller home improvement stores. The race was on for your money. Who could offer the best price for the product and help you do the job yourself? Every store developed a design center where you can design the bathroom of your dreams, then walk down the aisles and pick out exactly what you want in your bathroom. If you don’t want to install it all yourself, they have multiple contractors lined up to give you competitive bids on your project. If you decide to do your remodeling yourself, there are in-store classes to teach you every step of the way. Anything to keep you coming back for more in their store.
There is a great side effect to all this competition and that is the price comes down and selection of products goes up. That means we have more design products to choose from for our bathroom than we ever have had, and new ideas are appearing all the time.
Bathroom design has become an art in its self. People go to great lengths to hire the right designer, pick the right colors, make sure their lighting is perfect for every occasion, pick the right tiles, fixtures, and trim to create that wonderful place that will not only serve as a place of utility and function, but become a place of style, elegance, comfort, and romance.
The ultimate bathroom is probably different for everyone, but I am sure it would probably include a bathtub Jacuzzi with massaging jets that has at least enough room for two. I’m sure it would also have a spacious walk-in shower that takes the experience of just washing with soap to get clean to an experience of relaxing sounds of music, scented essential oils that fill the room with relaxing aromas, and massaging jets of water kneading you from every angle possible helping to create the perfect ambiance as they wash away the day and take you to your happy place. The colors lighting and whole atmosphere of your bathroom from the tile and paint, to the lighting, is designed to make you feel as if you are in your favorite private spa getting pampered just the way you want. There are sinks and vanities for you and your significant other everything is centered around making your state of mind more relaxed and calm, while you take care of those personal functions of daily life
No longer is the bathroom a place of lowliness and disdain, but it has become equal to one of the most highly prized places in our homes. Just look at how much we spend on remodeling our bathrooms. The only room that is remodeled more and costs more per square foot to remodel is the kitchen. The kitchen brings the family together and is the focal point of the home, but the bathroom is a place of seclusion, privacy, comfort, and intimacy. Two opposites that we spend a lot of money on to get just right.
The evolution of bathroom design has come a long way since the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Bathrooms are like a creature of evolution that are always evolving and changing to become the environment we want to make them into. So what is the future of bathroom remodeling and design? I guess the future depends on where we want our imaginations to take us. It might be a blast from the past, something totally futuristic, or a mixture of both. Only time will tell.