Looking to turn your bathroom into the ultimate at-home spa experience? Consider these trends for the ultimate bathing experience.
Soak It Up
Luxurious soaking or statement piece. How about both? Freestanding tubs come in many styles and materials including cast iron, solid surface, acrylic, copper, stainless steel, and stone. While Jacuzzi styled tubs aren’t necessarily as popular as they used to be, we’re seeing a shift in preferences to other large tub styles. Also, tubs are becoming less utilitarian and more of a statement piece for your bathroom.
Single-ended footed tubs look great in traditional homes with their one side sloping for lounging and the opposite side for faucet and draining. A more contemporary version has no feet and is called a single-slipper. Double-ended versions allow for lounging on both sides with drainage in the middle.
There’s the classic clawfoot tub and the newer pedestal or skirted style that rests on a plinth rather than claw feet and is perfect in an art deco bathroom.
A Japanese soaking tub is typically small and contains an integrated seat. The depth of these tubs allows the average adult to submerge in water up to the shoulder, which creates a relaxing feel for extended soaks.
Let It Float
A wall-hung toilet can be installed at precisely the right height for you. Commonly called “comfort height” and they make your bathroom look bigger, saves floor space and is a lot easier to clean. Oh, and did we mention sleek and elegant? What’s more, the plumbing and working parts are hidden and you’ve got more options when it comes to designing uninterrupted patterns for your walls and floors.
While you’re raising that bowl, why not the vanity too?
A Rain Dance
Upgrading your shower head is one of the easiest ways to transform bathing. Bring in the tropics with a giant rain mist shower head, or one with multiple pressure settings for everything from light mist to a pulsating massage. A second hand-held shower gives you the option of using one or both together.
From round, chrome shower heads to columns, modern square versions and super-flat panels flush with the ceiling, your design choices range from wall and ceiling-mounted to hand-held showers and body jets. Target aches and pains with concentrated sprays. And there are even ones designed to wash your dog!
Feel The Heat
No more chilly feet with floor heating. Also called radiant heating, there’s electric and water-based systems and both heat from the floor up for consistent, efficient warmth.
Underfloor heating achieves the desired temperature set by you using an on-the-wall thermostat. Once installed, underfloor heating needs virtually no maintenance.
Mono & Marble
From traditional to modern, using all of one color or material creates a luxurious, classic look. Best to select your color and choose a range of three shades – one dark, one in the middle, and one light. This helps create a cohesive look.
Marble is the go-to material if you’re looking to design a bathroom with sophistication and opulence. Consider it for tubs, tiling and countertops.
Look for new and improved hexagon, arabesque, diamond, Moroccan fish scales, or chevron patterns in new colors & textures. These eye-catching shapes will not just grace the floor either; use as bathroom backsplashes, on shower walls, and possibly on ceilings to create the bold accents we so desire.
See It Through
Want that seamless, transparent look? Take your glass enclosures and shower surrounds from the floor to your ceiling for a sleek, frameless, open space that spotlights your style choices by putting your tile design and fixtures on display.
Let us help you see it through.
With so many new products on the market today, our design team can help turn your master bath into a welcoming, stylish self-care oasis.
Photos: Lori Toups-Fenton for Sweetleaf Interiors
MB Design Build
Silvana Romano for Artistic Tile
Venijhamin Reyes for Kukk Architecture