6 Master Bath Trends to Watch

6 Master Bath Trends to Watch

Grays, mixed metals, and farmhouse styles are some of the most popular trends for remodelers taking on the task of sprucing up their master bath.

That according to the 2018 U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study, which surveyed more than 1,100 homeowners who are planning or recently have completed a master bath renovation. Looking for a new home, here are some of the trends that you might run across according to the report.

50 Shades of Gray

  1. Gray colors continue to dominate for walls and flooring in the bath. Gray cabinets also are gaining popularity, climbing from a 10 percent share in 2016 to 16 percent in 2018.

Upgrading to Premium Features

  1. More homeowners are upgrading their master baths with special features when they remodel. The most popular premium features are dual showers, one-piece toilets, vessel sinks and built-in vanities.

Metal Finishes & Fixtures

  1. Two-in-five renovating homeowners do not match metal finishes across fixtures and hardware in master baths. Of the 58 percent of renovating homeowners who do match metal finishes, the most popular options are matte nickel and polished chrome (38 and 28 percent, respectively).

Farmhouse Design is Gaining in Popularity

  1. Farmhouse styles are jumping in popularity. While contemporary style continues to be the leading choice among renovating homeowners, the style has dropped during the past three years. Meanwhile, farmhouse style has more than doubled in popularity, from 3 percent in 2016 to 7 percent in 2018.

 Master Bath Renovations

  1. The majority of baby boomer homeowners (ages 55 or older) are addressing aging-related needs during master bath renovations. Nearly half of renovating baby boomers are changing the bath layout, and one-third are removing the tub. Other upgrades include installing accessibility features like seats, low curbs, grab bars, and non-slide floors in upgraded showers and tubs.

Master Suite Upgrades

  1. The study found that homeowners are focusing on their master suite as a whole, not just the bath in their updates. Nearly half of master bath projects also were accompanied by master bedroom renovations (46 percent). Some homeowners are making their master baths even larger than their bedroom. One-in-10 master baths is the same size or larger than the master bedroom (11 percent).


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