A Roundup: All the Hot Design Tips from 2023

Over the past year, American Standard has been there to support your renovation projects from planning to final reveal, with helpful how-to’s and on-trend inspiration. Whether you’re creating beautiful spaces in the home from scratch or looking for simple upgrades that are functional for your everyday life, American Standard offers leading solutions to fit every need. So, as we approach the end of 2023 we are recapping this year’s top tips for the home, no matter where you are in your home design journey. 


Keep the Footprint to Keep Budgets Low


One of the largest expenses in any renovation are structural changes, such as relocating walls, moving plumbing, and altering square footage in a space. These undertakings can require permits, specialized trades, and of course, can make a huge dent in any budget. Staying within the existing floorplan, whether in the bathroom or the kitchen, can save money while still accomplishing that wow-factor.

Some effective ways to make a statement without reconfiguring the space is incorporating bold new finishes in your faucets, vanity hardware, and decorative lighting. Upgrading from a classic Polished Chrome to an on-trend finish like American Standard’s Matte Black or Brushed Cool Sunrise (both available in our Townsend Bathroom Collection), is an easy and cost-effective way to make a space feel revamped and fresh. 

Introduce natural materials and texture into your vanities and millwork to bring instant dimension and character to a space. Stained wood furnishings and detailed woodwork easily lend warmth to a design and provide the perfect platform for faucets like the Aspirations Widespread Bathroom Faucet in Matte Black.

Create Impact Through Bold Patterns and Statement Lighting


When dealing with small spaces in the home like powder rooms and guest bathrooms, there is an opportunity to create a lasting impression through bold designs and decor. Wallpaper is an easy way to infuse vibrant patterns and color into small spaces and achieve the greatest impact. Whether it is large-scale florals or a modern geometric print, you can create an entirely new look and feel in a space and bring all the surrounding elements to life.

Statement patterns can also be infused through inspired tile designs on floor or wall installations. Create an eclectic look with a pre-patterned porcelain tile or establish a pattern with a mosaic. Don’t forget to select a grout that either compliments your tile selection’s color-scheme or offers contrast to let the tile shape pop.

Lighting is another way to create visual interest in any space, especially as a focal point in the kitchen. Add scale with large faucets to draw the eye in and make a statement over an island or dining table. For a well-lit and functional room, have multiple lighting options that are complementary to each other and offer their own purpose in the space, such as pot lights for overall ambient lighting, and flanking pendants over workstations for direct lighting.
kitchen faucet and a toilet

Put Quality First for Long-Term Savings


When making purchasing decisions throughout a renovation project, elements such as quality, craftsmanship, durability, and functionality should all factor into your thinking. Considering that on average, home renovations are done every 15 years, our advice is to make choices that will last the test of time, especially in high-traffic areas such as the kitchen and bathroom.


Investing in quality with long-lasting finishes, sustainable toilets such as the Advanced Clean® 100 Integrated SpaLet® Bidet Toilet, and products meant to offer peak functionality like the Studio® S Semi-Professional Dual Spray Kitchen Faucet, will bring dependable value for years to come. Not only will these investments bring beauty and convenience to your home, but they will ultimately increase the long-term resale value.  

Go Touchless to Reduce the Spread of Germs


With hygiene being top of mind, touchless technology has become increasingly popular in toilet design. Touchless toilets, such as American Standard’s Studio and Cadet Touchless Toilets, utilize sensors to automatically flush waste, eliminating the need to touch a handle or button. Beyond the convenience factor, touchless technology helps to limit the spread of germs and bacteria, making your bathroom a cleaner and safer space for family and guests.


Where to Splurge vs. Save 


When building a budget for a renovation project, it’s key to consider balance. What are the areas to invest more dollars in and where are areas to save? Also, how can you best achieve that balance while still getting the outcome that you are looking for? For instance, if you are looking to build an at home, spa-like retreat for your principal bathroom you can look to save through DIY art projects, stenciled floor tiles or taking on the wall painting yourselves.  

It is always advised to invest in quality products that will stand the test of time. If it is a wellness retreat for your bathroom that is desired, selecting a beautiful freestanding tub, such as the Townsend® Freestanding Tub, offers that much needed space for relaxation. Your faucets truly are the jewelry of the home, so look to splurge here as well for those well-designed and beautiful pieces that tie a space together, such as the Delancey® Bathroom Collection in gorgeous Polished Nickel.

Lastly, layer in decorative objects that won’t break the bank, such as bud vases, turkish towels, and fresh florals to create a finished look and ultimately highlight those splurge elements within the space.

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