Imagine a world where your bathroom could offer you a host of services; from healthcare information, tips and advice on keeping your wellness at its peak, to an alert telling you when it’s time to buy new shower supplies. How smart!
Bathrooms have come a long way since their humble origins in Ancient Rome, but technology is now giving them even more functionality and convenience. Here’s what we know about the future of bathrooms.
In a few years, your current bathroom may be non-existent. It may be replaced by a small room containing large holographic projections and high-tech amenities. This technology will totally change your bathroom forever!
Let’s take a closer look at what’s next for bathrooms: what they can include and how they’ll work.
Eco-friendly materialsWith your bathroom, you may want to create a space that is not only beautiful and functional but also sustainable. Using green materials shows that you care about the environment while also reducing the amount of material going into landfills. There are also many eco-friendly options for countertops, sinks, and other materials in the bathroom. Cork floors, while not waterproof, are water-resistant and ideal for bathrooms. The floors will be shielded from small spills by a polyurethane topcoat. To safeguard the floors from potentially harmful amounts of water, it is best to use a mat or area rug close to the sink and bathtub. Linoleum is a natural surface that shows great strength, durability, and longevity. This natural floor is an organic and environmentally friendly flooring option for a bathroom. It has many significant advantages, including the fact that it is available in a wide range of colors, lending undeniable design merits. Natural stone has long been used in bathrooms as countertops and shower surrounds; its unique finish adds character to a home while being more durable than many man-made materials.
Mirror, mirror on the wallThere is a lot of hype around “the future is now” and how technology will transform our lives, as seen in movies like Back to the Future. As the world becomes more technologically advanced, many aspects of our bathrooms are becoming smarter, with new gadgets and apps hitting the market that can’t help but turn your home into a smart home. In the bathroom alone, you can find an endless list of high-tech products such as voice-activated faucets, toilets, and more. Technology is making our bathrooms more sanitary, comfortable, and even entertaining. Here are four examples of how technology is changing the way we use our bathrooms:
- Smart toilets
- Automated showers
- Virtual mirrors
- Voice control
Smart toiletsSmart toilets are beginning to hit the market as part of an overall movement toward smart homes that use artificial intelligence (AI) software to improve our lives in ways we never imagined possible before digital technology became mainstream. These toilets typically feature sensors that automatically sense the distance of your body and flush. Alternatively, you can wave a hand in front of the toilet to get it to flush. According to a recent Stanford study, a disease-detecting toilet can also detect multiple symptoms of disease through automated urine and bowel analysis. Any data extracted from a sample is automatically sent to a secure, cloud-based system by the smart toilet.
Multi-faceted shower systemsShower systems have become quite sophisticated already, with shower heads having multiple settings, such as massage and rainfall. However, this is just the beginning. It won’t be long before some can monitor water consumption and adjust their flow accordingly – great for those who live in drought-stricken regions. Technology advancements have quickly ushered home automation into the future. Wouldn’t it be great if you could turn on your smart shower remotely, save your temperature settings, and be alerted when your shower supplies are running low? Maybe an aromatherapy or chromotherapy shower would help ease your stress.
A full-length mirror that works as a virtual dressing roomThe imagined bathroom of the future could be kitted out with a full-length mirror that works as a virtual dressing room. It’s a mirror, but it’s also a screen. You can upload your favorite outfit and see how it looks from all angles. And then you can shop for the outfit online, right there in your bathroom. The mirror will allow you to play with different colors and patterns. It won’t be just for clothes; it can also show you what your hair looks like with different styles and colors. The mirror may also help you find clothing items that match your skin colour or hair. Or examine how your makeup appears in various settings. A health-monitoring mirror can evaluate your skin’s health and offer skin-care advice.
Voice controlThe smart bathroom will be a wellness haven that is accessible on demand. The smart bathroom has voice control features that allow users to start a bath, start a shower, warm up the toilet seat, and flush the toilet with a simple command. We’ve all been hearing more and more about voice control over the past few years, but it’s still a novelty. You might have seen it on the big screen or in commercials for tech stores: you walk into a room, and your voice is immediately matched to a device that turns itself on and starts responding to your commands. Imagine a bathroom in the future. You step into the privacy of your own, spaciously-designed personal bathroom. Before you’ve even had a chance to sit on the toilet, you hear a gentle voice say, “Good morning. I see that you’ve entered the restroom. Would you like me to turn on the lights?” You answer “Yes,” and light gently floods the room before you can even comprehend what’s happened. This is the future of your bathroom; this is voice control. The future is right now, and the most futuristic thing you can do is control your bathroom with your voice.
The bathroom of the future will become a wellness haven that helps us relax, restore, and rejuvenate. Although it sounds futuristic, technology is moving towards becoming increasingly connected and offering more personalized services to individuals.
The future bathroom will be designed for better health, hygiene, and efficiency. Your bathroom will be more than just a place to get ready in the morning or take a shower at night. It will be a hub for your health and wellness.
It will change from a purely functional space to an area of relaxation and rejuvenation. Already, bathroom renovations in Ottawa are on the rise because homeowners want more than just a functional space.
We’re seeing changes in design that reflect attitudes toward comfort and health. As more people recognize the importance of their mental health and well-being, they’re creating beautiful and functional spaces.
Using this inspiration, we will design bathrooms fitted with state-of-the-art features. Who knows what’s in store for us!