Top 10 Master Bath Trends
Ten Most Requested Master Bath Features
Fifty years ago, the "master bath" didn't even exist in most homes. Today, the master bath is a standard part of the "Master Suite", a private retreat that can be comfortable, luxurious, or both!
If you're considering a new home or a bathroom remodel, here's the hottest trends and tips you'll want to be aware of, before you make your move.
Top Master Bath Trends #1 - Larger Showers
In some homes, an oversized shower replaces the more typical shower and separate tub.
In others, the bath is enlarged slightly to accomodate an oversized shower.
With a larger shower, you may want to consider adding a second showerhead.
Contrasting light and dark tile colors, styles, and patterns can help transform an oversized shower into the centerpiece of the master bath.
Remember to keep focused on neutral tones! Even with a larger shower, it's best to keep the palette on the lighter side - the master bath will feel larger.
Depending on your budget, the shower fixtures and glass enclosure can be chosen from many different styles and finishes, including Oil Rubbed Bronze, Tuscan Bronze, Black, Brushed Nickel, and more.
Top 10 Master Bath Trend #2 -Green Features
Some simple things that can make the master bath a greener place to be?
- Tankless (On Demand) Water Heater
Yeah, it's not exactly in the bathroom, but a tankless or solar water heater does provide all that delightful hot water, much of which is used in the master bath!
- Low Flow Toilets
Watersense and other programs have good recommendations for low flow toilets. Options include a dual flush toilet, with separate buttons, for, well, separate functions.
Top 10 Master Bath Trend #3 - Windows and Skylights
After all, the master bath is the place where you begin and end your day. Why not watch the sunrise from the shower, or stargaze from the soaking tub?
A variety of different window configurations are available, and window grids can add some cottage character.
Glass blocks also work well to admit light when the neighbors are nearby.
Skylights or light tubes work well to add light without taking away privacy.
Top 10 Master Bath Trends #4 - Soaking Tubs vs Jacuzzis
Believe it or not, a jetted tub is no longer the most desired feature in the master bath.
A large, deep soaking tub offers relaxation without noisy jets. And those pesky jets also require special cleaning to keep from looking, well, used (or was it "well used"?)
Want another tip? If you're considering Energy Wise or foam insulation in your new home, ask your builder to add foam insulation around the soaking tub.
That hot bath will stay hot at least twice as long!
Top 10 Master Bath Trends #5 - His and Hers Vanities
A single sink is no longer enough, which you already knew if you've tried to get ready for work at the same time as your spouse!
A long countertop with dual sinks is becoming commonplace.
Even better, many master baths are separating "his and hers" into completely separate countertops, sinks, and storage as seen here.
This should also eliminate some arguments about who didn't wipe the counter down!
Top 10 Master Bath Trends #6 - Toilet Rooms
The toilet has been banned from the master bath altogether in many homes. A private "toilet room" is a big trend.
But this is one of those "love it or hate it" ideas. Get claustrophobic? Ask your builder to leave a "dividing wall" instead of a room, or remove the toilet room walls completely. View photos of a recently completed custom home with a half-wall divider between the tub and toilet.
Otherwise, take advantage of isolating the least talked about function of the Master Bath!
Top 10 Master Bath Trends #7 - Benches and Grab Bars
As the Aging in Place movement gains speed, more homes are seeing tasteful additions of built-in benches and grab bars.
Some bars can be much more decorative than others - it's possible to include these features without an institutional feel.
Talk to your plumbing showroom about the different options available.
Other great features for current or future restricted movement include hand held showers, or combinations of traditional and hand held features.
Top Master Bath Trends #8 - Storage
The growing storage movement hasn't missed the master bath.
A basic under the sink cabinet just doesn't cut it for many homeowners, who want space to store all the little items like toiletries and make up, plus big ones like home manicure equipment, Costco size refill bottles, and more.
Cabinetry options include sets of small drawers, and additional upper cabinets.
Creative use of cabinetry can include corner cabinets, tall, narrow utility cabinets on both sides of the countertop, and more.
Think about everything you'd like to store in the bath, and discuss your cabinetry needs with your builder. A combination of cabinetry pieces and imagination can be more affordable than you might think.
Top Master Bath Trends #9 - Radiant Floor Heating
Radiant floor heating continues to be a trend in the master bath. While this can be expensive for the full home or an oversized master bath, a small master bath floor may not add much cost.
Radiant floor heating is installed before the tile floor, so make your decision before the flooring and electrical work is completed in your new home. A wall control will also be required.
If you do decide to keep your feet toasty warm, keep "green" in mind too, and install a timer to make sure you don't forget to turn the heater back off!
Top 10 Master Bath Trend #10 - Tile Tones
Tile continues to be a strong trend in master baths.
Ceramic or porcelien tiles can be found on master bath floors, around soaking tubs, and in showers, as well as around backsplashes.
One newer feature is glass mosaics. Glass mosaics can be used alone, or combined with more traditional ceramic or porcelein tile. View a custom home video tour with glass mosaic countertop design here.
Be careful with tile tones - when considering future resale, stay away from deep dramatic colors like dark blues and reds.
Try to incorporate some neutral tones - then fill your need for brightness with colorful accents that are easily changed.
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