Marble countertops, inlaid tile floors, and high-end lighting are a few of the luxuries that are becoming standards in master baths. Another is the oversize shower, often outfitted with multiple water sources and benches. A recent Houzz study revealed that nearly a third of Southern homeowners who are renovating their master baths plan to up the size of their showers by 50% or more. Many are swapping out shower/bath combos for freestanding soaking tubs. Mallory Mathison Glenn, who designed this space with Brandon Ingram, says, “Freestanding tubs, like this one from MTI Baths, are a classic way to create a getaway feel.”
“Our clients want their bathrooms to feel like the luxurious spas they visit while on holiday,” says Cathy Austin, a Southern Living Designer Network member based in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Soaking tubs have become works of art: larger, sculptural, and used as a focal point under artwork or overlooking a pretty view. Water closets are always included, usually his and hers. Vanities are similarly designed so everyone has their own space.”
When it comes to color, it is all about a relaxing palette. Many homeowners are choosing white in their bathrooms, which is inline with the white kitchen trend. Atlanta architect, Brandon Ingram suggests matching the color of the cabinetry in your bathroom to the walls to completely envelop the space. Just like any room, you need to accessorize your bathroom. To complement bright white elements, master baths embrace calming and soothing hues like celadon and powdery pink.