Homearama 2017: Top Bathroom Trends

One of my favorite events of the year is Homearama, which comes every July. Homearama is an event featuring many new construction homes, which showcases the latest and greatest trends in building and interior design. This is a great way to see what the hot items will be for the year, and see some of the incredibly beautiful spaces that the builders and designers put together.
Today, I’ll be showing you what we found to be the top bathroom trends at Homearama 2017 at Poplar Woods. If you’re in the market for a new construction home or remodeling your bathroom, you might be able to use some of these great ideas!

Homearama Bathroom Trends:

Freestanding Tubs

One of my absolute favorite trends in bathroom design from Homearama is the emergence of freestanding tubs. You typically won’t see standard tubs in master bathrooms anymore. They’re really only found in kids bathrooms these days. I for one don’t mind a bit. They’re larger than most regular tubs. They’re called soaker tubs for a reason, you can really stretch out and they are much more comfy on your back.  They also look like an art piece in your bathroom!
freestanding tub homearama 2017

freestanding tub homearama 2017

Walk In Showers

Due to the lack of master bathroom shower/tub combos, we see many more walk in showers. The showers we’re seeing are HUGE and tiled from top to bottom. Mesh back tile is featured on the floor, and a mosaic tile is usually used as an accent or to cover the walls.
walk in shower homearama 2017

walk in shower homearama 2017

Hexagon Tile

Hexagon tile was a trend at KBIS and Homearama last year, but I don’t wish it out of style any time soon. It’s a classic shape that adds geometric interest to your space. It looks great on the floor of your bathroom, in small format or large, and can be found often on shower floors or as shower accents. You can see it below and on the two shower floors above!
Hexagon tile Homearama 2017

Herringbone Tile Patterns

Herringbone has also been popular in recent years and looks like it’s here to stay. Herringbone pattern tile can come in all shapes, sizes and materials. We saw a lot of glass mesh back wall tile, as well as some herringbone pattern marble floor tile, among other things. It’s a great look for any bathroom! You can see it above in the accent strip, and below.
herringbone pattern tile homearama 2017
Herringbone Tile homearama 2017

Large Format Tile & Large Format Subway Tile

Large format tile, specifically large format subway tile has become popular recently, but we saw it EVERYWHERE at Homearama this year. It flooded the shower walls and surrounded the bath tubs. Large format tile is anything that is larger than 15″ on any side. You’ll see it in almost every shower featured above. Large format subway tile is typically 4×16 as opposed to the typical 3×6. It makes the space look bigger and goes up much quicker than smaller format subway tile and it’s such a classy look!
herringbone pattern tile homearama 2017

Large Format Subway tile homearama 2017


One trend from Homearama that I’ve seen in other rooms in previous years has now made it’s way to the bathroom – Wallpaper! It’s definitly making a comeback. I for one love wallpaper, and it can really add a punch of personality to your space. Most of the time you’ll find it in the powder room, although you can use it in whichever bathroom you want!
Wallpaper homearama 2017

Wallpaper homearama 2017

Neutrals – Cabinets & Countertops & Flooring

The main thing I spotted at Homearama bathrooms this year is the clean neutrals on just about every surface. The painted vanities were usually in white, often in grey, and sometimes in black or beige. White countertops with grey or black veining was prevelant, and the tile in the showers and on the floor were neutrals as well. However, they still managed to pull of a lot of personality! Your colors don’t have to be bold in order to have style.
Neutral Bathrooms Homearama 2017

Neutral Bathrooms Homearama 2017
What do you think about this year’s homearama bathroom design trends? Will you be trying any in your home? Let us know in the comments below!


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Builder’s Surplus Guide: Top 10 Bathroom Remodel Upgrades for the Modern Home

In today’s fast-paced world, our bathrooms have transcended beyond mere functional spaces to sanctuaries of relaxation and luxury. As homeowners increasingly seek spa-like experiences and advanced features within the comfort of their homes, bathroom remodeling has evolved dramatically. In this blog, we dive deep into the world of premium bathroom upgrades. We’ll shed light on ten of the most recommended enhancements, seamlessly blending functionality with opulence. Whether you’re embarking on a full-scale renovation or simply looking for refined touches to elevate your space, this guide promises to inspire and educate. Prepare to embark on a journey of transformation as we unravel the best in modern bathroom luxury.

Top 10 Bathroom Remodel Upgrades for the Modern Home


1. Motion-Sensor Under Vanity Lighting

Under Vanity Lighting

Under Vanity Lighting

A staple in luxury bathroom renovations, motion-sensor under vanity lighting infuses both functionality and contemporary elegance. It’s a game-changer for those midnight visits, illuminating your path without the need for blinding overhead lights. A practical and energy-efficient solution, it’s high on the list for modern bathroom upgrades.


2. LED Lighted Mirrors

LED Mirror

LED Mirror

As the trend shifts towards sleek bathroom designs, LED lighted mirrors have become a must-have. Offering shadow-free illumination, they ensure flawless makeup applications and precise shaving. Enhancing the aesthetic appeal, these mirrors are pivotal in bathroom makeovers.


3.Radiant Heat Flooring

  1. Radiant Heat

    Radiant Heat

One of the top bathroom remodeling trends today, radiant heat flooring marries comfort with luxury. Say goodbye to cold, unwelcoming tiles in winters. It’s an upgrade that not only boosts the comfort level but significantly elevates property value, making it a favorite in luxury bathroom designs.


4. Multi-Shower Head Showers

Multi Shower Heads

Multi Shower Heads

With homeowners seeking spa-like experiences in their bathroom remodels, multi-functional showers are all the rage. Customize your shower experience, from rainfall effects to therapeutic jets, making each bath an indulgence. It’s the epitome of modern bathroom luxury.

5. Thermostatic Shower Valves

  1. Thermostatic Shower Control

    Thermostatic Shower Control

    Gone are the days of abrupt temperature shifts during your shower. Thermostatic shower valves are specifically designed to maintain your chosen water temperature consistently, regardless of any other water usage in the house. This means no more sudden cold or scalding hot surprises if someone else flushes a toilet or uses a faucet. By regulating the water temperature and ensuring it remains stable, thermostatic valves are not just about luxury, but also about enhancing safety in your bathroom.


6. Feature Tile Wall in the Shower

  1. Feature Wall in Shower

    Feature Tile Wall In Shower

Making waves in bathroom renovation ideas, a feature tile wall transforms your shower area into an artful retreat. With a plethora of tile designs available, this focal point elevates the overall design and provides an artistic touch to modern bathroom remodels.


7. Water Closet

water closet

water closet

An upgrade that subtly combines luxury with privacy is the addition of a water closet. Essentially a separate room for the toilet within your bathroom, a water closet offers a distinct space for one of the most personal routines. Not only does this mean enhanced privacy, especially in master bathrooms that might be shared by two, but it also allows for multiple users: one can take a shower while the other uses the toilet. In today’s world, where bathroom space is being maximized, the water closet stands as a testament to thoughtful design, giving an elegant touch while optimizing functionality.



8.  Soft-Close Vanity Drawers

    Soft CloseSoft Close

Incorporating quality bathroom fittings like soft-close drawers ensures longevity and minimizes wear and tear. It’s a subtle upgrade that speaks volumes about attention to detail, making it a favorite in premium bathroom renovations.


9. The Ultimate Steam Shower

Steam Port

Steam Port

Elevate your daily ritual with the spa-like luxury of a steam shower. More than just a typical shower, a steam shower offers the therapeutic benefits of steam, enveloping you in a warm cloud that soothes muscles, opens up pores, and aids in relaxation. Incorporating a steam generator into your bathroom design means the luxury of a spa is just a button-press away. Steam showers have also been linked to numerous health benefits, from improved circulation and relief from arthritis to enhanced skin health. Furthermore, the humid environment can be beneficial for respiratory conditions, helping to clear nasal passages and ease breathing. Aesthetically, steam showers can be integrated seamlessly into contemporary bathroom designs, offering clear glass enclosures that showcase feature tiles and premium fixtures. This is an upgrade that not only uplifts the physical senses but also serves as a sanctuary for mental well-being, right in the comfort of your home.


10 Glass Shower Walls

glass shower walls

glass shower walls

Transform your bathroom into a modern oasis with the installation of sleek glass shower walls. Not only do they impart a contemporary, clean aesthetic, but they also help make the bathroom feel larger by allowing uninterrupted sight lines. The transparency of glass ensures that natural light floods through, brightening up the shower space and showcasing any feature tiles or design elements within. Easy to clean and maintain, these walls also resist mold and mildew, making your bathroom healthier and more appealing.


At Builders Surplus, we’re more than just a store – we’re your trusted partner in turning your dream bathroom into reality. With established presences in Louisville and Florence, Kentucky, and even extending our expertise to Cincinnati, Ohio, we’ve solidified our reputation as the go-to hub for bathroom remodeling essentials. Whether you’re in search of the perfect bathroom vanity, exquisite countertops, or mesmerizing tiles, we’ve got it all. Our commitment extends beyond products; our talented interior designers are always ready to lend their expertise, and our free design consultations and measurement services ensure your vision is realized flawlessly. We pride ourselves on offering products for every budget, from the basics to the premium, ensuring every renovation dream is attainable. And for those seeking an end-to-end solution, our top-notch installation services have got you covered. Dive into the world of Builders Surplus for a comprehensive remodeling experience and let us be a part of your transformation journey. Until our next inspiration session, here’s to creating spaces that resonate with luxury, function, and style. Happy Renovation!  T.B.