Top 10 Master Bathroom Upgrades

Second only to the kitchen, the master bathroom is the most important room in the house to make or break a successful resale. But with interior design trends ever-changing, what constituted a chic bathroom one year may be considered bleak the next. 

So, without further ado, here are the top ten, on-point upgrades to take your master bath to the next level in 2018.

New Flooring

It’s hard to believe carpet was once the fashionable floor choice for bathrooms. But those days have gone the way of popcorn ceilings and faux wood paneling. In 2018, two materials top the list for bathroom floors.


Hardwood is a classic, timeless option that matches any style decor; however, it’s vulnerability to mold, mildew and warping puts it on the high end of the maintenance spectrum. A hugely popular alternative that achieves the same look but without the same upkeep is ceramic tile that looks like the hardwood of your choice, such as bamboo, oak, reclaimed walnut, pine, and so on.

Textured Tile

Textured tile options are now endless amidst a booming industry for high-dimension, low-maintenance earthenware flooring in every possible inlay, shape, size, and style. Patterned tiling comes in the motive of hexagons, herringbones, rhomboids, fish bones, arrows, arabesques, scalloped circles, and so on. Terrazzo is a composite material consisting of marble, quartz, granite, glass, and so on, poured into a matrix of concrete or epoxy resin, to create a polished uniform surface with “chips” of color and design.


Also on the extinct bathroom feature list is the old “Hollywood” lighting of harsh, exposed bulbs. Now, the modern bathroom is illuminated by soft, LED lights encased in stylish sconces, lanterns, pendants, chandeliers, and so on.

His & Hers Everything

The single most important word in bathroom trends is “double,” as in double vanities, double sinks, double towel racks, double everything.

Speed Walk-In Closets

It’s no longer enough to be able to walk into your bathroom closet. Today’s clothes room is all about balancing size with accessible storage options, combining built-in cabinets and built-in benches, and being able to see, size-up, take down, and try on every item with ease.

“Intelligent” Design

2018 is all about “smart” bathroom technology that makes it possible to pre-set your shower to your ideal temperature, turn the showerhead on from your bed, and have the water adjust to increase flow when you’re standing completely under the stream, and decrease flow when you move away. These Wi-Fi enabled features maximize enjoyment and energy efficiency.

Also appearing in modern bathrooms are smart toilets that analyze the volume of deposits and dispense only enough water required for flushing. Smart, hands-free faucets are also popular.

A La Commode

Speaking of toilets, a popular feature of modern master bathrooms is a private room specifically for the privy.

Liberated Tub

The focal point of the modern master bathroom is a free-standing tub. You can choose from a myriad of options, depending on your style, such as:

  • Rustic chic, cast-iron claw foot with a distressed bettina
  • French country, matte white claw foot with silver or brass fittings
  • Serene minimalist Ofuro, or Japanese soaking tub
  • Sleek contemporary cement rectangular tub
  • Modern ranch wood barrel bathtub

Standalone Sinks

Going hand-in-hand with the free-standing tub is the standalone sink. Rather than the conventional inlaid units, these sinks sit atop its cabinetry, fully exposed. They’re usually deep and wide in size and made from any number of material, including painted/dyed concrete, marble, porcelain, enamel, and galvanized metal.

Soothing Wall Colors

For paint colors, the modern bathroom is all about promoting calm, peace and tranquility. This lends itself to soothing, rich hues like warm grays, tobaccos, charcoal, earthy reds and yellows, slate, rust, and so on.


Completing the master bathroom’s transformation from stealth lair to inviting sanctuary is the element of art. Think of showcasing inexpensive prints or acrylic paintings on canvas so as to prevent moisture build-up. Also perfect for bathroom walls and surfaces are sculpture, decorative mirrors, glass, ceramic, wood pieces that hold up well to humidity and steam.

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