The master bathroom is a sacred space, the one room in the house where worries don’t exist. This enclave should be a sanctuary of spotless fixtures, gorgeous tiles and perfect wall coverings. Add a few flowers and plants to really make the room an oasis. If the master en suite hasn’t been receiving the attention it deserves, give it priority on your home remodeling list. Here are some fresh ideas to take your master bath from blah to Shangri-La.
Focus on Tone and Texture
For Jamie Gold, principal of Jamie Gold Kitchen and Bath Design in San Diego, the first order of business is incorporating texture. In the shower, consider printed faux-bois porcelain tiles, whose woodlike appearance plays well with grass-cloth wallpaper. To make this space the elegant destination you deserve, switch to wall-mounted cabinets, which make a cleaner, more spacious presentation. Caroline Swift, a showroom sales consultant with Ferguson Enterprises in Colorado Springs, Colorado, says white cabinets offer a clean look and pair well with almost anything, including Matte Black or Champagne Bronze fixtures, which would make a powerful visual statement.
Today’s master baths aren’t complete without spa-like water features. Homeowners are welcoming in innovative products that change your relationship with water while adding convenience and a touch of wow. The gentle tap of a wrist or forearm, the lift of a lever or a swipe near the faucet is all it takes for hands-free Touch2O.xt Technology to turn a sink faucet on and off. In the shower, H2Okinetic raincan shower heads envelop users in a warm, more drenching flow than a standard shower, all while using less water. For an even more luxurious shower experience, consider adding body sprays, whose targeted jets of water can be adjusted to accommodate a variety of heights and water pressure preferences. In addition to their therapeutic benefits, body sprays will make your shower look and feel like a custom showpiece.
Gone are the days when oval and circular sinks were the only option. Move over, circles and ovals—sinks and free-standing tubs are going square. Under-mount sinks within wall-mounted countertops provide a “nice, clean, uninterrupted piece of countertop that can be wiped down in a minute,” Swift says. Double vanities are also a stylish option that look especially great with angled basins.
One of the more surprising master bath trends: younger clients thinking ahead 20 or 30 years, Gold says, and it seems these homeowners are concerned with making their spaces functional for their lifestyles now and decades ahead. Universal Design shower systems fit the bill with zero-threshold showers, benches, designer-style grab bars and handheld shower heads. “The goal is to have your space feel like a resort spa and not a rehab hospital suite,” Gold says.
If you’re looking for inspiration or fresh design ideas for a future master bathroom remodel, check out these bathroom trends for 2018.