Bathrooms embrace several trends in 2018

Many area experts say that two bathroom trends are popular. Most popular is the embracing of zen-like spa spaces, but there is also a growing interest in bolder colors, whether they are found in vanities, paint, tile, or accents. “Neutral colors are trending,” says Erica Bunten of True North Designs. “Also, on the flipside, bolder colors and patterns are hot. It all comes down to personal preference. I’ve seen more people lean toward the natural, neutral, zen kind of space.” Joi Albright with PDI Kitchen, Bath & Lighting agrees that a common trend is the creation of a spa-like bath, …

Fresh beginnings: Clean your bathroom faster with these tech tools

If you’re like most Americans, you prefer to have an immaculate bathroom — you just don’t like cleaning it. In fact, in a recent study by Kohler (conducted by independent research firm Vision Critical), 42 percent of consumers admitted cleaning the toilet is one of their most disliked chores. That said, domestic guru Martha Stewart recommends scrubbing your tub/shower enclosure, toilet and drains at least weekly to maintain decent standards of cleanliness. And a study from researcher Mintel shows 49 percent of American adults place importance on doing their housecleaning right, though 27 percent would like to minimize the time they spend …