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What’s Trending in Master Suite Bathrooms?

Tilghman Builders Team
By Tilghman Builders Team - March 24, 2020

Many design elements are trending in master suite makeovers. From tile patterns to building materials, hardware and bathtubs, the list is always growing and changing. With so many master bathroom trends to choose from, how do you decide on the master suite bathroom design that is right for you? Below we’ve detailed some trending master suite bathroom ideas that will hopefully offer you some inspiration as you plan your remodel. Let’s take a look.

Use Marble

Nothing screams luxury like a master suite bathroom outfitted in marble. It’s aesthetically pleasing to look at, extravagant yet not too loud, and really transforms any space into a work of art. If using this stone is something you’ve dreamed of to modernize your bathroom, keep in mind that there may be some additional maintenance required to upkeep that beautiful facade.

If you want to incorporate marble into your bathroom, consider this.

There is one large drawback to opting for marble in your master suite bathroom, and that is maintenance. Depending on the type of marble you end up incorporating into your bathroom, polished, rough cut, etc. You may or may not need to regularly seal the material to combat water absorption and staining. Think of sealing as waterproofing, marble is a porous stone when left in its natural, unpolished state, and you don’t want it absorbing water.

Incorporate More Glass

This style offers a modern look to your master bathroom suite. You can get creative with how you incorporate glass into this space but a couple of common glass themes within the master suite include the following,

  • Glass wall separations (glass wall between bedroom and bathroom)
  • Spacious, glass-walled shower

While a spacious, glass-walled shower is always in style and offers that luxurious feel, perhaps less common are the glass separation walls. This addition is a fantastic idea if you are going for the minimalistic look of a modern room.

Go for a Vintage Look

The vintage look is timeless, but currently all the rage and trending. For this space, think of clawfoot tubs, brass finishes, and white tile floors. A few elements to consider including,

  • Floor tiles
  • Beaded board walls
  • Brass fixtures
  • Flirty shower curtains
  • Clawfoot tubs
  • Distressed wooden surfaces
  • Wall panels with wainscoting

For this style, the word “look” is key. While a vintage design is gorgeous, you definitely want to make sure you have modern plumbing.

Accent with a Unique Tile Selection (Mix&Match)

Nowadays, people are taking accent walls to a whole new level. Consider incorporating a graphic tile wall, or accent tile wall with brightly colored/ patterned tile. To display the uniqueness and beauty of these tiles, you must offset the accent wall with neutral tile, think subway tile or a simple white. You could even mix and match tiles that you like to create an accent wall, there are boundless options here. Keep in mind that if you go loud with the tile, you may want to consider balancing out the room with neutral and simplistic finishes.

Consider Open Shower Concepts

Does your bathroom overlook a gorgeous vista by chance? Open shower concepts have become all the rage in master suite bathroom designs and if you’ve got a beautiful view, then these may be the option for you. An open shower concept essentially means exactly what it sounds like, your shower would be open without barrier walls. If you think you would feel exposed without physical dividers between the shower and other parts of the bathroom, then this may not be the master suite bathroom component for you. On the other hand, these concepts can make you feel like you're bathing under a waterfall in an exotic oasis, especially if you are in a somewhat secluded area with gorgeous views. Imagine showering and feeling like you are sitting on a cloud overlooking it all.

Incorporate a His and her Private Vanity Mirror Divider

Who says you have to share a sink with your hubby? If you are noticing a trending pattern in master bathroom suites, it is creating more space. If you have a room, you may opt to install two separate vanities with mirrors and sink that help divide the room into his and her space. If space is lacking, however, or if you like the style better, installing a spacious counter that can accommodate two sinks with some additional space for toiletries and other related bathroom necessities might be the option for you.

Opt for Freestanding Bathtubs and Pedestal Sinks

Apart from the charming vintage feel that accompanies the freestanding (or clawfoot) bathtub, these additions free up your space and allow you to stretch out and relax. Aesthetically, freestanding tubs could be used as your bathroom’s focal point. Regarding functionality, there are several energy-efficient bathroom features and materials to choose from, in addition to spacious designs. Some popular material choices for freestanding tubs (and some sinks) include:

Copper Freestanding Bathtubs

  • Aesthetically striking
  • Warms quickly and offers better heat retention
  • Can be a little high maintenance as

Cast Iron Freestanding Bathtubs

  • This is the best material for retaining heat
  • The enamel coating is resistant to chipping, fading, and many chemicals

Acrylic Freestanding Bathtubs

  • Lighter and generally easier to install
  • Affordable
  • Non-porous surface, so it doesn’t stain easily
  • Can scratch easily

Another freestanding component to consider is the pedestal sink. Aside from their versatility and need for less space compared to their vanity counterparts, pedestal sinks bring with them their own aesthetically pleasing designs. The downside is they don’t offer much by way of storage, but that can easily be remedied with a hanging cabinet to match!

Stylish and Functional Custom Windows

Windows are not only aesthetically pleasing in the bathroom space, but perform a crucial role in preventing mildew: they allow ventilation. While certain window designs might be more trendy than others, it’s important to incorporate at least one operable window into your bathroom. With today’s designs, you can likely find a design that is both lovely and functional. Keep functionality in mind when deciding on your bathroom suite windows.

Skylights, for example, are a huge value add to your bathroom space. They brighten the room with natural light and can also help retain the heat (nobody likes stepping out of a warm shower into the cold!). These can be incorporated in many ways, skylights add natural light in beams that help with heating the space while crank windows can help with ventilation, especially when you want to disperse some steam.

  • Skylights (heat and light retention/insulation)
  • Circular window with tilt functionality (style and ventilation)
  • Crank windows (for ventilation and style choices)

Trending or not, your bathroom should be a place for you to de-stress and relax when necessary. While the bathroom components we’ve mentioned above may be trending, we were careful to showcase those that are evergreen. At the end of the day, if you love the bathroom you have, does the trending factor really matter? If you are ready to get started, it may be time for you to consult an experienced professional who can help you streamline the process and bring your ideas to fruition.

Consult Experienced Renovation Experts

Tilghman Builders is a premier home remodeling contractor and renovation company serving homes like yours in Bucks County and Montgomery County for over 35 years. We have helped countless homeowners just like you, achieve their home renovation goals. We would love to work with you as you take on your master suite bathroom renovation. Contact us and get started today.


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