What’s trending in bathrooms for 2019What’s trending in bathrooms for 2019

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Beautiful design and materials aren’t just for giant, resort-style master bathrooms. Indulging in a quartz countertop or designer tile in your powder room won’t break the bank, and lets you experiment with out-of-the-box designs without splashing out for a full bathroom remodel.

Warm metal fixtures

Warm metals are back. Brass, oil-rubbed bronze, or gold fixtures come in a variety of modern, traditional, and transitional styles to match your preference.

Turn up the tech

The longer any technology sticks around, the more affordable it becomes to have installed in your home. In the bathroom, that means radiant underfloor heating and temperature-controlled medicine cabinets.

Floating vanities

Furniture-style vanities have been all the rage for years, but not everyone has a vintage sewing machine or credenza to repurpose, and furniture-style vanities can look clunky in a small space. A floating vanity gives your bathroom a sleek modern look without taking up much room.

Hack your storage

You don’t have to limit storage to linen cabinets or the space under your sink. There are all kinds of tricks to use up the wasted space in your small bathroom. Hang baskets behind the door or mount a ledge shelf above your vanity to take advantage of all your spare space.

Organic materials

Natural stone or wood-look porcelain tile will add a little warmth and serenity to your bathroom. Adding a plant, like aloe vera or bamboo can also give your bathroom a peaceful, spa-like feel.

Accent walls

Whether you choose to use paint, wallpaper or tile, an accent wall is a great way to liven up any bathroom. Consider using the wall behind the sink or even one of the shower walls to add something a little extra to your life.

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People want Amazon’s Alexa on the toilet (and brands are listening)

U by Moen shower system, which can connect with Amazon's Alexa voice assitant. 

Consumers are getting increasingly comfortable with voice assistants like Apple’s Siri, Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. So comfortable, in fact, that they’re looking to use those assistants in their bathrooms — even while on the toilet.

That’s according to public relations firm Walker Sands’ 2018 “The Future of Retail” report, based on a survey of 1,600 U.S. consumers. Owners of voice-enabled devices reported using them most frequently for common functions, “like playing music, looking up information or checking the time.” The majority of people kept them in the living room, kitchen or bedroom.

But others want to use voice commands while in the bathroom: 14 percent of survey respondents said they keep their devices there already, and 19 percent said they would like to be able to use hands free commands in the shower. And, 13 percent “wanted more voice-controlled options for hands-free commands while on the toilet,” according to the report.

It appears some brands are listening, though it will cost you.

In August, Kohler is releasing a suite of voice-enabled bathroom fixtures from faucets to mirrors. Using your preferred voice assistant (Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit) you can turn on the sink with your voice using Kohler’s Sensate Faucet for $660, or get your shower running at the perfect temperature with its DTV+ Shower System for an estimated $3,300. The $1,332 Verdera Voice lighted mirror has Amazon’s Alexa technology embedded within the product, so you can ask it to play music, listen to the news, look up facts or use it as a hub to control the other devices in the suite. There is also the Numi Intelligent Toilet, launching in early 2019, which has a heated seat, plays music and displays colored lighting.

The company sees voice technology as a way to make rushed grooming routines easier. “Voice command in the bathroom makes sense because most of our tasks in the bathroom already utilize our hands — shaving, applying makeup, brushing hair — so having the ability to simply use our voices is an efficient and effective way to multitask,” Nicole Allis, a marketing manager at Kohler tells CNBC Make It.

In March, Moen released an Alexa-enabled shower system called U by Moen. It can turn on the shower, change the temperature and preset shower preferences with just a voice command. A system that controls two shower heads costs $1,225 and a system that controls four shower heads costs $2,265.

“Whether it’s connectivity with our home heating and cooling, sound or lighting systems, consumers are personalizing their spaces with smart home technologies,” Michael Poloha, a senior product manager at Moen tells CNBC Make it. “We thought, ‘Why not give consumers connected water?’”

The system currently just works with Alexa, but Moen has plans to work with Apple’s HomeKit in the future, and possibly Google, according to the company.

While privacy is an obvious concern with smart devices in your bathroom, Kohler CEO David Kohler says the technology is here to stay.

“Our life is connected now. We have devices on our wrist, we’re living in a connected world. We’re learning how to use this [technology] and how it can really hopefully improve our lives,” he told CNET in Januaryabout the line of voice-connected products. “Because of the intimacy of the bathroom space, you want to be careful and you want to preserve privacy, but at the same time, it can be an area where you can enjoy a lot more convenience.”

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These Are The Hottest Trends In Bathrooms For 2019

Eric Roth

If you’ve been contemplating that bathroom reno for a while now, it’s time to take the next step. The new year is bringing with it a a bunch of new design trends, and some things that have been around for a decade (hello, wall-to-wall mirrors) are being replaced with new, fresh, and fun ideas. Interior designer and Creative Director at Emily Henderson Designs, Brady Tolbert, let us in on what’s hot for bathrooms in 2019, and you’re going to want to copy everything on this list.

1 Storage Ledges Are Happening
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Eric Roth

You know that catchall niche you use for literally every product you need in the shower? It’s opening up, and making room for the ledge. “It’s a cleaner look, and one that can be used in almost every bathroom, no matter the style,” Tolbert says.

2 Expose Your Hardware
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Industrial design fans, this ones for you.”Exposed hardware and piping is coming into the bathroom in a very beautiful way,” Tolbert says. “We used to see it a lot in older and antique homes, but it has come back in a more clean lined and sleek way.”

See more at Nicole Franzen.

3 Concrete And Plaster Are Getting A Makeover
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We know—concrete and plaster are notorious for being cold and stark, but forget everything you think you know about them, because in 2019, you’ll see them looking way more refined. “Concrete and plaster are seeping into bathroom design, bringing the once ‘cold’ material into a new form that feels sleek and warm,” Tolbert says.

4 Stick To One Material
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“We’ve seen subway tile for years, but the sizes and shapes are changing, and it is now on every surface of the bathroom,” Tolbert says. “Using a simple tile in a big way gives a lot of impact, without having to break the bank.” Subway tile all day, every day, and we’re totally here for it.

See more at Nicole Franzen.

5 Make A Statement With Your Mirror
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William Abranowicz

You could stick with your basic wall-to-wall mirror, but 2019 is making a case for choosing something a little more interesting. “It might not be for everyone or every bathroom, but an impactful mirror can make a statement and create something that feels personal and unique in your home,” Tolbert says.

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The Coolest Farmhouse Bathrooms We’ve Ever Seen

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Farmhouse fans—where you at? If shiplap and weathered are your go-to touches, you’re going to be obsessed with these bathrooms. Whether you want a cooler, more modern take or to stay true to the classic look, the following rooms are packed full of inspiration.

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These Are The Hottest Trends In Bathrooms For 2019

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Eric Roth

If you’ve been contemplating that bathroom reno for a while now, it’s time to take the next step. The new year is bringing with it a a bunch of new design trends, and some things that have been around for a decade (hello, wall-to-wall mirrors) are being replaced with new, fresh, and fun ideas. Interior designer and Creative Director at Emily Henderson Designs, Brady Tolbert, let us in on what’s hot for bathrooms in 2019, and you’re going to want to copy everything on this list.

1 Storage Ledges Are Happening
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Eric Roth

You know that catchall niche you use for literally every product you need in the shower? It’s opening up, and making room for the ledge. “It’s a cleaner look, and one that can be used in almost every bathroom, no matter the style,” Tolbert says.

2 Expose Your Hardware
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Courtesy of Nicole Franzen

Industrial design fans, this ones for you.”Exposed hardware and piping is coming into the bathroom in a very beautiful way,” Tolbert says. “We used to see it a lot in older and antique homes, but it has come back in a more clean lined and sleek way.”

See more at Nicole Franzen.

3 Concrete And Plaster Are Getting A Makeover
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TREVOR TONDRO

We know—concrete and plaster are notorious for being cold and stark, but forget everything you think you know about them, because in 2019, you’ll see them looking way more refined. “Concrete and plaster are seeping into bathroom design, bringing the once ‘cold’ material into a new form that feels sleek and warm,” Tolbert says.

4 Stick To One Material
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Courtesy of Black Lacquer Design

“We’ve seen subway tile for years, but the sizes and shapes are changing, and it is now on every surface of the bathroom,” Tolbert says. “Using a simple tile in a big way gives a lot of impact, without having to break the bank.” Subway tile all day, every day, and we’re totally here for it.

See more at Nicole Franzen.

5 Make A Statement With Your Mirror
moroccan bathroom

William Abranowicz

You could stick with your basic wall-to-wall mirror, but 2019 is making a case for choosing something a little more interesting. “It might not be for everyone or every bathroom, but an impactful mirror can make a statement and create something that feels personal and unique in your home,” Tolbert says.

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10 Fresh Ways To Use Subway Tile In Your Bathroom

Subway tile is maybe one of our favorite design features ever. It can work in almost any design style—coastal, modern, farmhouse, you name it—and even though it seems pretty basic, there’s actually so many different ways you can switch it up. Play with color, shape, or arrangement to instantly update the shape. But before you get out the grout, check out the following ideas.

1 Give It Some Depth
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Choose subway tile with a little more depth to add subtle texture. It still feels soft and not too visually crazy, while still giving interest.

See more at Emily Henderson.

2 Switch Up Your Colors
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See how cool multi-colored subway tiles can look? Varying shades of gray makes a seriously statement-making wall.

See more at Veneer Designs.

3 Extend It
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Annie Schlechter

To give subway tile even more of an impact, let it extend it out to your sink. The bolder, the better.

4 Limit Yourself
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You don’t have to go ham and subway tile every single surface. Limit it to a single wall, then contrast with bold patterned tile.

5 Calm It Down
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Trevor Tondro

The shower stall of a California guest bathroom features a checkerboard pattern floor. Since it’s bold and busy, gray subway tile on the wall helps balance things out.

6 Combine it With Black
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Is there actually a chicer combo than white and black? White subway tiled walls are the perfect accent to a black shower stall.

See more at Nicole Franzen.

7 Go Gold
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Trevor Tondro

Oh, you fancy, huh? These gold leaf subway tiles make this master bathroom extra luxe.

8 Play With Your Grout
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Annie Schlechter

Gray-grouted subway tiles help add dimension to an all-white bathroom.

9 Shrink It
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Courtesy of Black Lacquer Design

A little bit modern, a little bit industrial, this skinnier, wider version of subway tile is a fresh new take on the classic. We’re all about this warm, light-filled bathroom.

See more at Nicole Franzen.

10 Try A Nautical Theme
frank roop blue master bathroom

James Merrell

Embrace nautical decor head-on with coastal accents. This coastal cottage’s bathroom features navy subway tile and pale blue shades.

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Local Veteran, Glenn Smith, Will Be Given a Bathroom to Say ‘Thank You’ for Serving Our Country

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​This Veterans Day, Reborn Bath Solutions, Southern California-based home remodeling company specializing in bathrooms and kitchens and a division of Reborn Cabinets Inc., is teaming up with ten home improvement companies from across the country on an initiative called Baths for the Brave. This one-day special event is planned for Thursday, Nov. 8, and will provide 10 veterans from across the country, including Glenn Smith from Orange, California, with a brand-new tub or shower system, free of charge, to help improve the lives of those who sacrificed so much for our country.

Glenn Smith was enlisted in the Air Force and served from November 1954 – November 1956. He was stationed in Clovis, New Mexico, now known as Cannon Air Force Base. Glenn had a dream to be an airman but his dreams to fly were shattered when his vision wasn’t strong enough to be airborne.

Not one to let a setback keep him from pursuing his purpose, he took the role of being an officer and a gentleman to a new level. Known for his excellent character, communication, and being an encourager, the 23-year-old was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and led a team of 20.

Smith recalls those days of service as ‘being hard times’ as the F-86 was just being released and 13 pilots lost their lives including his neighbor, a 36-year-old General who died while trying to land a test plane at Clovis. His commitment to keeping morale up during tough times landed him in a coaching position for the Air Force Base’s Volleyball and Basketball teams, where he was able to use competition and team comradery to help his fellow enlistees navigate the pain of war time losses. His passion for service continued as he served as a Reserve for 8 more years.

Fast forward to the present, Smith shared with Reborn Cabinets how losing many of his financial resources while caring for his late wife of 43 years who lost her battle to dementia changed his life. Losing a partner after a lifetime of love and memories is a huge obstacle to overcome, but being the encourager he is, he presses on. He fondly looks back at all the good memories and wouldn’t change any of it. He built a legacy of perseverance and leadership for his 3 children, 16 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren. No matter what happens in life, character is something no one and no war can take from you.

Reborn Cabinets salutes Glenn Smith for his service and commitment and is honored to present him with a new bathroom.

This year, Reborn Cabinets, along with the other ten home remodeling companies, will be posting the Baths for the Brave crash live all day on Facebook and Instagram.

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Why you should never bring your cell phone to the bathroom

Researchers concluded that you could be exposing yourself and others to germs like salmonella, E. coli, and C. difficile.

Ever since mobile devices became the primary mode of contact for people, it seems no boundary exists to separate hand and cell phone. This includes the bathroom. Despite it being a mostly solitary endeavor, many are using it as an opportunity to multi-task—checking and responding to emails, scrolling through friends’ photos on social media, and even responding to texts or talking on the phone. But, according to research, this isn’t just objectionable behavior. It’s actually dangerous!

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MetroUK asked three researchers to weigh in on the dangers of taking a phone into the bathroom, and they concluded that you could be exposing yourself and others to germs like salmonella, E. coli, and C. difficile. This could happen when you wipe yourself, touch the flush handle or door lock and then touch the phone prior to washing your hands. Or, of course, without washing your hands at all. These are the 8 places you should never, ever touch in public bathrooms.

If you’re alarmed by the possibility of contracting such germs, but desperate to stick to your habit of relieving yourself with cell phone in tow, then you’ll be glad to know there are ways you can lower your risk.

“Read the book or phone in your right hand, then transfer it to the left,” hygiene expert Dr. Lisa Ackerley explains to MetroUK. “Wipe with your right, flush with the right, carry the book or phone out in your left hand without touching anything else and then wash your hands.”

She goes onto say, “If you wipe your bum then pick up your phone, you may as well not bother washing your hands because all the bacteria you put on your phone will end up back on your hands.” Read up on the 22 germiest things in your home.

Still a bit perturbed on the matter? Dr. Ron Cutler, director of biomedical science degrees at Queen Mary’s University London, is with you. “Basically, you just shouldn’t (take your phone into the toilet) if you are at all concerned about the transfer of viruses and fecal contamination.” Next, make sure you know these 11 other things you should never keep in your bathroom.

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Pizza Shop Owner Apologizes For ‘Caitlyn Jenner’ Bathroom Sign

Pizza Shop Owner Apologizes For 'Caitlyn Jenner' Bathroom Sign

A pizza shop owner has apologized after catching flak for signs he hung outside the bathrooms in his restaurant.

To identify the two bathrooms at D’Acosta’s Pizza Bakery on Millbrook Street in Worcester, owner Marc Felicio posted a picture of Bruce Jenner on the men’s room door and Caitlyn Jenner on the women’s room door, he explained on the company Facebook page. The post contained an apology, clearly referring to reaction from customers who were offended.

“It was never our intention to ridicule a celebrity who, for many, is the face of the transgender community,” said Felicio in a statement shared with Patch. “What we wanted to say is that we accept and welcome everyone regardless of their gender identity or sexual orientation.”

The bathroom signs, which have been up for 2 1/2 years, referred to famous transgender woman Caitlyn Jenner. Bruce Jenner, the Olympic gold-winning decathlete turned reality TV star revealed herself as a trans woman to Vanity Fair in 2015. Later that year, her gender change and name officially became Caitlyn Jenner.

The incident at D’Acosta’s comes less than a week after Massachusetts voters overwhelmingly voted yes on Question 3 , which upheld the country’s first statewide referendum on transgender protections that Governor Charlie Baker signed into law in 2016. Nearly 70 percent voted “yes” on the ballot question in Tuesday’s election.

The law added the term “gender identity” to the list of groups protected against discrimination in places like hotels or stores, a list that now includes race, color, religious creed, national origin, sex disability and ancestry.

The act relative to transgender anti-discrimination does not dictate language to be used to label a business’s facilities, but protects the right of a person to use either bathroom.

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Kid stands up to bully teacher’s ‘no bathroom breaks’ rule, becomes class hero.

Kid stands up to bully teacher's 'no bathroom breaks' rule, becomes class hero.

Being a teacher has got to be one of the most underpaid and thankless jobs out there. Obviously, there are countless jobs that deserve more pay and recognition, but teachers hold a special place as molders of minds. They work day in and out teaching and influencing a whole generation of citizens, and yet they’re often given scraps when it comes to resources.

With these less than ideal circumstances in mind, I’m normally empathetic towards the measures teachers have to take to keep an orderly classroom.

However, there are always exceptions, and verbally abusive teachers who needlessly enact cruel rules deserve whatever hellfire they inevitably receive.

Since most of us have witnessed both the very best of teachers, and the very worst, it’s deeply satisfying to read about kids taking back the power from the abusive teachers at large.

So, when the Reddit user EmeraldEmesis shared a legendary anecdote about a child who stood up to a bully teacher who berated him for needing to use the bathroom, well, it was pure catharsis to read.

“I originally posted this as a comment on another post, but my SO thought it was worth sharing as a standalone. I’m adding a bit more detail and correcting some spelling and grammar. Also, posting from mobile, so apologies for formatting. Context: This happened in the early 90’s and at the time the teacher had been teaching for 30 plus years. It was a rural area, so many of my friends parents had also suffered through at least one year of primary school with this awful woman. I’ve seen a grown woman cry recounting memories of her experiences –she was really that bad.”

“My second grade teacher took pride in being a mean old cunt to her students. Wielding control over our tiny little bladders was something that gave her a particular satisfaction. One day during cursive lessons this kid named Joseph asked to use the bathroom. She told him he should’ve used the bathroom during morning recess and would have to wait until lunch. A little while later he started squirming in his seat and again asked to use the bathroom, this time with more urgency.”

“At this point our teacher starts berating the kid by telling him he is a little baby for not holding his bladder like a big boy and suggesting that he should wear diapers. Joseph gets tired of her shit, stands up from his seat, stares her directly in the eye and proceeds to unleash the most epic man-sized piss he could muster. “

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