Bathroom Trends

There are lots of new trends out there for bathrooms in today’s Charlotte homes.  The most popular of the trends are granite vanity tops and travertine tiles.  A few other trends are heated floors and seamless glass doors.  With a good plan in mind, you can remodel a bathroom and include these trends without breaking the bank.  There lots of things to consider when deciding which trends you want to include in your bathroom remodel.

Stepping out of your newly remodel shower onto a heated floor is a nice feeling on a cold winter morning.  This is easily done with the proper kit.  There are a few kits on the market today so choose the one that best fits your needs and wallet.  To install the electric floor warmer, pull the old flooring up and following the instructions on your kit or have your contractor install it for you.

Another upgrade for your bathroom is seamless shower and tub doors.  Unlike the older versions of shower and tub doors, the new and improved not only look better but are easier to keep clean.  No more of the white film build up to scrub off weekly.  There are many models and styles to choose from.  The most popular is the seamless.  They give the illusion of not having any doors at all.  They come in many different finishes as well as the different styles.

Tile has come a long way from the older ceramic tiles with color choice only to personalize your bathroom.  Today you have ceramic, porcelain, travertine, marble, metal, glass, and a few others to choose from.  Tiles come in different shapes, sizes, colors, and textures as well.  When choosing your tile, keep in mind how much time you want to spend keeping your tile looking clean and new.  Some tiles are easier than others so do your research.

Finally, the most popular trend in bathroom remodeling is adding granite tops to your vanity.  With the advanced sealers available today, granite is the easiest, most economical stone to use in your bathroom remodeling.  There is a wide variety of stones to choose from.  The most popular that I see installed in today’s bathrooms is New Venetian Gold.  The best way to choose your granite is to go to your local granite distributors and look at their remnants.  Remnants are generally “leftovers” from larger slabs.  Using remnants can save you a good amount on your budget.  Make sure if using a remnant there is enough for your backsplash on your vanity.
Installing a granite vanity in your bathroom can change the look of your bathroom vanity quickly and easily. Installation for a granite double vanity or smaller granite vanities barely take any time at all to complete, so the install is easy to fit into your schedule.

These are just a few of the newest trends in bathroom remodeling.  As with all home remodeling projects, seek advice from a professional and work with a good budget in mind.  Remember, the bathroom remodeled right will add hundreds to your homes’ value.

Light Granite Colors, New Venetian Gold and Granite Level Price

The pricing of your granite usually depends on the level or type of granite you choose. Most granite companies have several granite levels. Granite level or price is not determined by color, but by quality of the stone. You can read more about granite levels and how they are priced by reading Bob’s blog at: GraniteCountertop Prices and Granite Levels

New Venetian Gold is just one of many light color granites.  New Venetian Gold has a gold background with quartz, garnet, light brown, sometimes rust or orange colors throughout the granite color. New Venetian Gold also has a sporadic pattern showing very little movement.

When choosing your color of granite, you should consider your floors and cabinets over the maintenance.  With darker cabinets and floors, your best choice would be light color granite. This light color granite will give more of a contrast between the countertop and cabinets.

New Venetian Gold and Sante Cecelia are two very popular light color granite colors. Both granite colors are typically Level II pricing. Both colors do have more movement than a Level I Color.

With lighter color cabinets, a darker granite will stand out more than the lighter granite.  Tan Brown and Tropic Brown are the most common darker granites to use.

Here are some photos of New Venetian Gold (a lighter granite color with gold):

New Venetian Gold Granite Slabs

New Venetian Gold Granite

New Venetian Gold Granite Slab

New Venetian Gold Granite Installed

New Venetian Granite Countertops

New Venetian Gold Granite Countertop 

Light Color Granite Maintenance

Most customers go with darker granite over the lighter granite.  I find this is due to maintenance more than anything.  As the darker color granites do have easier maintenance, with the proper sealer, the lighter color granites can have the same type of maintenance.  There are other factors over maintenance that should guide you in your granite color choice.

As granite is a form of a rock, granite will absorb liquids.  When using granite in your kitchen, a proper sealer should always be applied.  The lighter the granite, the stronger the sealer should be.  We use a one year sealer on our granite as our standard.  We have a fifteen year sealer and a lifetime sealer available at an additional cost.  The fifteen year sealer will protect your granite for fifteen years with proper care.  The lifetime sealer, Granite Shield, will protect your granite for the life of your granite, again as with most sealers, with the proper care.  When using lighter granite such as New Venetian Gold, Sante Cecelia, or one of the many exotic granites, the fifteen year sealer or Granite Shield would be a very wise investment.  With these sealers, you can go use most commercial cleaners on your granite.  The sealers also keep the granite from absorbing liquids, which in turn, keeps your granite from staining.

When choosing your granite, let your likes and dislikes dictate your decision, not the maintenance of the granite.