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Bathroom Trends

With the rebound of the housing market, we have designed enough new master bedroom suites to notice some trends. 


The master suite has moved to the first floor in all of our current projects. This is in anticipation of growing old and living in the house as long as possible. A bonus to a first-floor master is the opportunity to connect to the garden with a private entrance.  

The actual bedroom size is becoming smaller while the closets are getting bigger. The closets often are split into separate closets. They are more customized with chests of drawers, phone docking stations, and suitcase packing benches or counters.


Master bathrooms are more spa and Zen-like. They aren’t too large, but they have clean lines, natural light and are connected to a private garden. High windows and skylights flood these bathrooms with light. 

Bathtubs are only installed by clients who will use them, not for resale purposes. About half of our clients request a soaking tub (whirlpools are out), and  free-standing tubs with a window with a view are trending. Homeowners are tired of squeegeeing  glass enclosures and are requesting doorless showers. The threshold on the shower entrance is often flush to accommodate aging in place. There also is a resurgence in radiant floors in the bathroom and in the shower.

Separate vanities are much more common than one long vanity with two sinks and we’re seeing wall-hung vanities with flat flush doors or vanities designed like furniture.


Standard white subway tile (3-by-6-inch) is tired, but larger subway tile, such as 4-by-12 inch, is still popular. We’re also seeing more very large tile selections. For a contemporary look, choose to stack 12-by-24-inch tile  vertically instead of in a horizontal running bond. Mosaic tile with stone, shells, or a mix of stone and glass also is very popular. Unusual shaped mosaic tile such as Artistic Tile’s Musee Sinuous Thassos adds a classic yet modern touch to a bathroom. Tile with metallics, such as gold or silver leaf, are increasingly in vogue.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, making the bathroom a place to relax is one of today’s most popular home remodeling projects. Bathroom remodels also add value to your home.

See the article in the Beaufort Gazette here.