These New Digital Tools Will Power Up Your Remodeling Project
Homeowners who integrate technology into their bathroom remodels are finding some unexpected advantages. The latest high-tech features for the bath keep users plugged in, provide added luxury, and create a contemporary aesthetic.
Enjoy trying the latest gadgetry? Integrate technology where you’ll use it most. Start with these popular bath tech trends befitting the most modern homeowner.
Stay Plugged in – Everywhere
If you’ve always wanted to combine a relaxing soak with a little Netflix after a long day, there’s no time like the present. Built-in media screens are all the rage when it comes to new features for the bathroom. Look to the Seura Hydra television for waterproof TV watching in the shower. Docks for devices and Bluetooth are today’s must-have accessory, and shower/speaker combos like this one from Kohler are all but required. Those who prefer a bit more ambiance can opt for programmable tubs with music that vibrates through the water when you are bathing.
If you want a bathroom experience that’s more like The Matrix, meet Mirror 2.0. This technology from Brit + Co creates a “private bathroom experience” that turns the bathroom mirror into an interactive display for weather data, headlines, flight info, even e-books. It uses voice command and face and gesture recognition – a very innovative way to start the day.
Light & Warmth for Today’s Bath
Light and warmth are central comfort features for bathrooms and spa-bath combination rooms. Today’s tech takes both to new heights. Lighting trends include underlighting for vanity, sink and bath, creating a wash of calming hues that also serve as a subtle night light. Choose phosphorescent light that glows from bath, toilet seat and basin (using daylight to power them through the night), or an LED tub to enhance luxury with some stunning designs. Toe-kick lighting beneath the cabinets is popular as well, assisting nighttime trips to the loo.
In heating, popular heated floors have been around for decades and remain a favorite feature – when a small space is all that’s needed the investment can be small and they have a cozy payoff. Upping the ante is the boom in ventless fireplaces. Fireplaces, installed into walls are fairly easy, affordable at under $1000 and up, and provide bathers with an unmatched fireside soak.
Shower Yourself with High Tech Comfort
Today’s showers don’t just clean, they provide experiences. Many do so through digital shower centers – touchscreen panels like Moen’s ioDigital Shower saves your ideal temp settings, sets and adjusts speaker volume levels, and sets water temperature flow. Those who consider high luxury of ultimate importance can now consider a virtual reality shower, a true escape to start or end the day. The “portal shower” features VR technology was introduced a few years ago with great tech fanfare but ambivalent consumers. But what’s not to like? This VR shower projects a screen of the environment of your choice, say a beach or a jungle, creating the feeling of being transported to another place. Ceiling mounted rain shower head completes the relaxing scene.
Today’s high-tech fixtures for the sink go a long way toward creating a contemporary space. They include many selections for elegant waterfall taps, and options for digital on-off and temperature regulation that put an end to clunky levers and handles that are so yesterday. There are many choices on the market today for LED faucets that run water in different colors based on temperature – red for hot, blue for cold. For users who prefer touch-free options, homeowners can add touch-free drying to their touch-free faucet at many different price points. Dyson’s hand dryer, for example, blasts hands with air for quick drying and has an ultra-modern design. Pair with a high-tech towel rack that serves as a disinfecting device, eliminating the need for towels, soap – even a sink.
If it seems as if toilets can’t be improved upon, homeowners’ minds might be changed by the Kohler Numi Toilet. It incorporates an SD card reader, Bluetooth technology, docking station, and touchscreen interface that allows users to control music playlists and apps from phones and tablets. Bathroom remodels are a perfect time to opt for an auto-rise and auto-fall seat, or a toilet that automatically cleans itself every time it flushes – now that’s truly useful tech!