High-tech bathrooms on the up

High-tech features in updated bathrooms are on the rise, according to interior design platform Houzz.

In the 2016 UK Houzz Bathroom Trends survey of more than 2,000 homeowners, 16% of updated showers, 11% of updated toilets and 6% of updated baths include high-tech features, such as digital controls, mood lighting and motion activated toilet cover and seat.

Almost half (47%) of homeowners said that a bathroom that helps them relax is a top priority when renovating, only trailing behind one that is easy to clean and disinfect (62%).

Popular luxury features include rainfall showerheads (71%), towel warming racks (71%) and baths with room for two (24%).

Reasons for the rise of luxury features in a bathroom could be due to the amount of time people spend in a bathroom, Houzz has claimed, with 52% occupying the bathroom for 30-60 minutes daily, and 7% spending over an hour a day in this room.

During a renovation project, nine in ten homeowners change the style of their bathroom, with contemporary, Scandinavian and Victorian styles being popular choices (50%, 8% and 7% respectively).

Houzz suggested that this shift in style could be due to the fact that a significant number of homeowners wait 16 years or more to update their bathrooms (42%).

Homeowners most frequently choose neutral palettes that “stand the test of time”, such as white walls (36%) and grey floors (35%), as well as white cabinets and worktops (47% and 31% respectively).

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