The annual Houzz Bathroom research is always a good read, whether you want to make tweaks to be sure your bathroom is keeping up with trends or if you're planning a major renovation.
Here are some highlights from the 2022 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study.
The biggest trigger for bathroom renovations is an outdated style. This year, 87% of respondents changed the style of their bathroom, with a transitional look being the top choice (25%). That was followed by contemporary and modern (16% each).
The transitional style has been steadily gaining ground in recent years. In 2018, just 16% chose it, but by 2021,19% opted for it. This year's least popular styles include Mediterranean, Rustic, Craftsman, and Eclectic (all at 2%).
There's also a shift in taste around vanities. Though white is still the leading color (32%), 30% opted for wood.
In addition, the popularity of multicolored countertops slid by four percentage points, with most choosing solid colors, including white (59%), gray (10%), and beige (9%, up by two percentage points).
Other motivators for renovating include:
· Finally having the money to make upgrades (28%)
· Improving resale value (28%)
· Personalizing a recently purchased home (22%)
· Safety or health risk, including removing toxic materials and mold (9%).
In addition, homeowners are budgeting more to upgrade their primary bathrooms, with the median spend rising 13% to $9,000. Spending by homeowners with bigger budgets (the top 10% of project spending) jumped by 17 percent to $35,000 or more.
Forty-one percent of homeowners say they use their newly renovated bathroom as a place to rest and relax. Features contributing to that vibe include cleanliness, a lack of clutter, soaking in the bath, long showers, and natural light.
Premium features that further enhance the space include a rainfall shower head (52%), dual shower (19%), body sprayer (16%), mood lighting (8%), and a soaking tub (71%).
See the complete report at https://bit.ly/3dRU8Jg.
Jason Gelios, SRES-Senior Real Estate Specialist, Author, Public Speaker, and Expert Media Contributor of real estate expertise across the globe.