“My clients want that hotel experience with neutral colors and a more luxurious feel with such things as towel warmers, heated floors, and a large shower with benches,” said Davia Gallup owner of Homefront Interior Design.
Radiant Heated Floors and Neutral Colors
During winter months, having a heated floor in your bathroom will keep your feet warm. “It’s not complicated at all to install them for contractors, and you can put the floor on a timer so it’s warm when you hit the bathroom floor in the morning for your shower,” said Gallup.
Spas have a spacious yet cozy allure. “If you want to make the space look bigger, putting a neutral colored floor is one of the ways to do it,” said Gallup. A lot of people want wood floors, but can’t care for them the way they need to in a bathroom. Wood floors have to be wiped up after every shower to prevent damage. But, we can now install tile floors that look just like wood. Gallup said, “These new floors are really cool looking, and you can’t tell that it isn’t hardwood.
The owner of kindred kitchens, Tom Kindred explained that clients remodeling their bathrooms constantly request a separate soaking tub or Jacuzzi tub. “I still have many people, usually women, who want that big tub. I’ve been designing and contracting so long that I can still remember when people wanted the pink and black tiles and colored bathtubs. But now, everyone wants that spa bathroom in their own homes. They want a place to escape, if only for a few minutes,” said Kindred.
Double Sunken Sinks
Couples want their own space, drawers, and mirrors so double sinks are requested more often. According to Gallup, clients also request sinks that are integrated into the countertop for a seamless look that has no lip or edges. Gallup said, “Rarely do I put a vessel sink into the master bedroom because they are harder to clean and keep neat.”
Furniture looking cabinets are in. If you have an antique dresser stored in your attic, you can now use it as a sink cabinet in your guest bathroom. “Everyone wants furniture looking cabinets these days. If you are creative, you can use a lot of different types of furniture as the cabinet,” explained Kindred. Medicine cabinets are becoming popular in bathrooms again as well. Over the last few decades, they lost their popularity, but in 2012 66 percent of designers used them in bathroom remodels.
Granite countertops are unique and they add character against the neutral colors of the bathroom. Kindred said, “Everyone wants a grand night and that made the granite market competitive.”
Double Mirrors and TV Mirrors
To give the illusion of a picture hanging on a wall, double mirrors with wooden or metal frames are used. TV mirrors are also requested. When the TV is off, it becomes a mirror. Kindred said, “People want luxury. I put many televisions and fireplaces into master baths along with coffee makers and towel warmers.”
According to designers, doorless showers were in the top five of most popular products requested by clients in 2011. “People don’t want a glassed-in shower anymore. They want to be able to just walk in and turn on all those different shower heads and rain shower heads for a complete experience,” said Kindred
Gallup explained that her customers all want the spa like experience in their master bathrooms. She said they often request benches along with rain forest showerheads. “It’s all about feeling like you are in a spa, even though you are in your own home,” said Gallup