By Darian Armer

Google 2021-bathroom trends and you’ll find luxurious updates leaving homeowners not minding quarantine quite as much. Bidet anyone?

Floating vanities, backlit mirrors, smart toilets and wood-look tile topped the list. Many items were perfect solutions for COVID. Smart toilets offer less-germy options like a self-close lid, touchless flush or bacteria-killing light under the lid, but Pat Osiecki and Tim Apodaca, business partners and owners of Pro Marble Installation, say Northern Colorado trends are slightly different.

“A lot of our business this last year has been taking bathtubs out and turning them into showers,” says Apodaca. “Many people are just getting older and don’t want to step over the bathtub anymore. There are also others who have a five-piece bathroom and realized they never use the bathtub. They want to take out their soaker tub and enlarge the shower.”

The most requested flooring type they get is click together laminate that’s waterproof. That, or standard tile.

“We also get some customers who ask for heated floors. They’ve become a lot easier to install,” says Apodaca. “We can do it under the laminate now.”

While the duo say they aren’t seeing many requests for backlit mirrors, they are getting many requests to replace large mirrors with smaller ones.

“We’re seeing a trend of our customers going to individual mirrors and taking down the giant ones. Probably 75 percent of our customers either want us to replace their mirror or are planning on changing out the mirror once we finish our work,” says Apodaca.

Popular bathroom color schemes are white and gray.

“We see white cabinets, gray cabinets, white and gray flooring and some black. It’s what we’ve seen for the better part of the last two years,” says Apodaca. “As for fixtures we mostly see nickel. Sometimes if the bathroom colors are tan and brown they will have oil rubbed bronze fixtures. Matte black is really starting to make a run at popularity.”

One “trend” that remains constant is the popularity of solid surface walls and wall surrounds.

At Pro-Marble Installation, they offer engineered granite and marble panels that make maintenance easy, eliminating all the grout joints.

Re-Bath of Colorado offers its exclusive DuraBath™ natural stone and wall surrounds offering a seamless appearance and natural look.

If your bathroom is dated or damaged, in need of additional storage space or safety features, or just isn’t meeting your needs, the experts at Pro Marble Installation and Re-Bath of Northern Colorado can create the bathroom you’ve always dreamed of.

> Pro Marble Installation, LaSalle, 970.284.7736,

> Re-Bath of Northern Colorado, 1017 North 1st Street, Berthoud, 970.805.1390,