Most real estate agents will tell you that there are two bathrooms that sell houses: kitchens and master bathrooms. In other words, these are the rooms in the home that are most likely to persuade a buyer to make an offer on your home, or to move on to another one. Even if you aren’t selling your home, these are the most-used rooms in a home, so making them as beautiful and as functional as possible will give you greater enjoyment in your day-to-day living.
When it comes to a master bathroom remodel, there are some trends that you should definitely consider—and not just because they are popular. They will help upgrade your master bathroom in ways that will make it more functional, and maybe even more relaxing.
Rethink The Shower and Bathtub
You aren’t confined to a traditional shower and bathtub set-up, such as a bathtub-shower combo or a small corner shower next to a built-in bathtub. You could opt for a beautiful freestanding tub, or no tub at all! If you find that you never use your bathtub, consider ditching it altogether and opting for a large, luxurious walk-in shower instead. A larger shower can give you the space to install things like multiple shower heads or a built-in bench. Many people especially enjoy a rain shower head, which is placed overhead and cascades water down on you from above.
If you’re someone who enjoys a good soak in the tub, consider upgrading to a deeper soaker tub, or a jetted tub that will help you relax after a long day.
For more ideas on shower remodels specifically, see this article on trends in shower design.
A Single Vanity with More Counter Space
Remember when a double vanity was considered a “must have” in a master bathroom? That trend is coming to an end, as more and more homeowners are opting for a single sink and more counter space. After all, how often do two people need the sink at the same time? On the other hand, there are countless times when people sharing a bathroom will need extra counter space while getting ready together. Unless you have a huge bathroom with room for a large vanity opt for a single sink. This choice will also save you money on plumbing and fixtures, and give you more under-the-counter-storage space.
Speaking of storage, lack of storage in bathrooms tends to be an issue for most homeowners. You need a place to store towels, extra toilet paper, toiletries, grooming items, and more. While open shelving and cute baskets look great in magazines, they aren’t very practical for the average person. If you have the space, consider a built-in cabinet—even a shallow one—that will allow you tuck away bathroom items. If you’re short on space, make sure to utilize the wall space over the toilet, or perhaps you could even add a narrow, shallow cabinet on top of the vanity.
If you really want to upgrade your bathroom and make it as luxurious as possible, consider some high-tech features. Some popular ones include touchless faucets, heated floors, in-shower speakers, defogging mirrors, motion sensor lighting—even smart toilets with automatic flushing, anti-bacterial rims, and heated seats. If there is a gadget you want in your bathroom, chances are someone has already invented it!
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