For The Master Bath, Experts From Raleigh Detail The Latest “Must Haves” Of This Private Indoor Oasis

Posted on | October 20, 2015 | No Comments

People may love showing off a well appointed master bath to friends and family, but in the end, it remains one of a home’s most intimate and personal spaces. With five showrooms, thousands of quality selections, and expert design professionals on hand, Kitchen & Bath Galleries in Raleigh has helped homeowners turn their master baths into comfortable and luxurious havens for nearly 20 years. North Carolina Design sat down with Kitchen & Bath Galleries plumbing specialist Suzanne Hoggard and designer Michelle Verrill to find out what today’s homeowners most covet in their own private indoor oasis.

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Michelle notes that in master bathrooms, space is at a premium. “It isn’t about extending exterior walls to create more space,” she offers. “It’s about using the space you have to its best advantage. You might rip out your built in linen closets and install cabinets with pullouts for more storage, or you might rip out a tub and create a big custom shower. If you do choose a tub, you might choose a free standing model to make the bathroom appear more spacious.”

When it comes to style in the Master bath, there has been a definitive shift in preference in recent years. “People are mostly looking for a transitional design,” Michelle informs us. “They want frameless, flat panel cabinetry, in lighter colors. They also want larger tiles with less grout for a more seamless look. Carrera marble, porcelain and natural stone are very popular, especially in gray and white.”

“People want simple and clean lines,” agrees Suzanne. “We see a lot more rectangular undermounts, skirted toilets, and very artful, modern versions of stand alone tubs. People also want a less matchy-matchy look. For example, they’ll do both straight and cross handles on their plumbing fixtures.”

“The darker oiled bronze finishes are gone,” Suzanne continues. “We’re seeing a lot of polished chrome and polished nickel. Polished chrome is more classic and has a bluer tint to it, while polished nickel offers a more luminous jewelry finish. We’re also starting to see some soft, warm gold tones – satin gold in particular is very popular. People are a little afraid of going that route, but they do love the look of it and it is trickling in.”

Another shift that Michelle and Suzanne have witnessed is the increased willingness of homeowners to invest money into the space. “It’s not a room that everyone is going to see,” Michelle concedes. “But the homeowners really want to create something luxurious and beautiful for their own enjoyment.” Suzanne adds “Since it’s their own personal space, they tend to go a bit edgier and bolder than they would in other places in the home. They’re really looking to create a showpiece, even if it’s just for them.”

They also want a space that’s comfortable, luxurious and functional. “If they’re not doing a free standing tub they’re creating a custom shower, with rain and hand held shower heads,” notes Michelle. “They’re also adding in creature comforts like heated towel racks and multiple wall hooks. And they’re choosing to use stand alone furniture pieces rather than built ins, which adds character and warmth, as well as better storage.”

Both Michelle and Suzanne love designing Master baths. “It’s a unique room, and there’s so much potential to make it something truly amazing,” affirms Michelle. Suzanne agrees, adding “You’re creating a sanctuary for homeowners that they can come home to and enjoy every day. It’s really rewarding to make their day-to-day lives better in such a personal way.”

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