Hotel bathrooms set the mood through color and light

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Adam Rabinowitz, national sales manager for projects at Dornbracht Americas, believes that the latest trends in hotel bathrooms seem to be the use of colored metals like black-metal finishes or earth tones rather than the standard chrome. Personalization also seems to be popular, he noted, and designers are asking new questions to change the established rules. “Does the bathroom faucet and sink just have to be about brushing your teeth or washing your hands? Can you add a pivoting spout in order to clean your mouth or take a drink? Do we add a deck-mount hand shower for a quick wash of the hair or just to rinse parts of the body in an easier manner?” Rabinowitz asked.

Lighting also helps create a unique mood. “The bathroom is not just meant for cleansing, [but also] to be a relaxing environment,” he said. Lighting is essential to this relaxation. As automation technology continues to become less expensive for the hospitality industry, we will see lighting scenarios for the main room as well as the bathroom. Having an invigorating scenario in the morning or having a relaxing scenario at night will be started with one push of a button or done by a pre-selected program when you check in.”


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Chris Robinson, senior commercial sales manager at Delta Faucet, agrees that new finishes, more specifically matte-black, are increasingly popular. “It’s fresh and easy to coordinate in contemporary, transitional or even some traditional designs,” he said. 

Renee Rudder, senior design manager at Innvision, however, has seen a rise in “fresh and light color palettes” as hotel guests want to see cleanliness in their hotel bathroom. “Light-colored wall tile with intentionally dark grout assists in providing a clean look, and oversized wall tiles as large as 24x48 [are] also reducing the amount of grout necessary,” she said. “Sliding barn doors are being used both at the bath door and for showers in order to make the small footprint of these rooms seem larger.”

Like Rabinowitz, Rudder also understands the importance of lighting in creating a mood. “With the improving color quality of LED lamps, we are seeing a shift from fluorescent [lights],” she said. “We are also seeing mirrors with integrated lighting in all levels of the hospitality market, when previously those products were reserved for higher-end hotels.”

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