Here’s what several top designers in the D.C. region and two national experts had to say about the latest bathroom design trends.
Tubs, once banished from the master bathroom, have made a comeback. But not every bathroom has room for a large, free-standing basin. Enter Japanese soaking tubs, also known as ofuro tubs. They are smaller and deeper than a standard bathtub and have a bench seat.
“Gone are the days of big bulky tubs that collect dust,” Alexandria Hubbard of Case Design/Remodeling said. “When people do take baths, they want the ultimate spa experience. People love the small, unique look of the Japanese soaking tub. They take up less space in the bathroom, come in multiple different finish options, and even will help save on you water bills as they consume less water.”
Walk-in showers with no threshold have been popular for a while. Now, the use of large-format tiles and linear drains is growing. Large-format tiles start at 16-inches but can run up to 10 feet. They are square or rectangular and made from ceramic, porcelain and stone. By minimizing grout lines, these generously sized tiles create a seamless look and give the illusion of a bigger space.
“Large-format tile is popular as it gives a consistent look to the wall and is easy to clean with less grout lines,” Anthony Wilder Design Build’s Shannon Kadwell said. “With the look of tile becoming more like real stone and without the maintenance, it is a great option for that busy lifestyle.”
Shower drains have gone from utilitarian to urbane. Rather than a center drain, showers now have floors that slope toward a long, narrow line along the floor or tucked into the wall.
“Linear drains in showers are a way to hide the necessary drain in the floor,” Kadwell said. “A linear drain is an easy way to make a shower look more elegant. For a very upscale look, you can also incorporate a wall drain when the floor slopes to one end and the water disappears beyond at a small line at the base of the wall were a drain is installed.”
Floating vanities, which don’t touch the ground but hang off a wall, are a contemporary option for a clean, sleek look, Hubbard said. But they don’t have as much storage space.
“Two reasons this style of vanity has become popular is that in a small bathroom just having that extra floor space, gives the