7 Bathroom Remodeling Trends

By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine

What’s trending in bathroom remodels? Houzz recently released its 2014 Winter Bathroom Trends Study showing the top bathroom remodel preferences of more than 7,500 home owners in the U.S. and Canada. The report shows that 60 percent of home owners are targeting the master bathroom for their bathroom remodels. The two main drivers for their remodels: To upgrade features and fixtures as well as to make space more functional.

Here are some of the growing trends that emerged from the Houzz report:

#1 Goodbye, bathtubs. The bathtub is starting to move out of the master bathroom. More than four in 10 – 43 percent – are forgoing a bathtub in the master bathroom, according to the report.

#2 Frameless glass is “in.” The majority of the home owners surveyed say they prefer glass shower enclosures and frameless glass. Glass block is “out,” according to the report.

#3 Let there be lots of light. Adding light was one of the top goal for home owners with their bathroom remodels, from adding windows to skylights to LED lights in the showerhead.

#4 Showing showerhead preferences. Rain and multiple showerheads are the clear choice for home owners under 45, while the 55-plus age group tends to prefer hand showers and sliding bars.

#5 Seeing white. White cabinets are the top choice in master bathrooms (with medium and dark wood coming in No. 2 and No. 3, respectively). Maple is the most common type of wood used, followed by cherry and oak.

#6 Silver bling. Silver-tone faucets remain the most popular, with brushed nickel topping the list. Polished chrome is also popular, while brushed bronze came in as the least popular choice for current bathroom remodels.

#7 Unique powder rooms. The powder room is getting more unique features than other bathrooms. Hardwood floors, wallpaper, pedestal sinks, and furniture-like cabinets are more commonly used in these spaces than in other bathrooms.

Melissa Tracey

Melissa Dittmann Tracey is a contributing editor for REALTOR® Magazine, writing about home & design trends, technology, and sales and marketing. She manages the magazine's award-winning Styled, Staged & Sold blog.

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  1. When showing houses, a nice new glass shower gets a completely different reaction then an older tile one. Clients love them.

  2. Martha Dinsdale

    I wouldn’t even consider a master bath without a tub…a big tub.

  3. Marilyn Glendenning

    I have a very small shower that needs updating and a large, adjacent tub (not Jacuzzi). I am considering removing the tub and converting the tub footprint to a large, luxury shower. The old, small shower stall space would be made into additional storage as the closets are small. Would appreciate advice?

  4. These are all pretty, but I do agree — need a master bath with a tub!

  5. Linda

    I love the second third and fourth one.. my bathroom has pink tile with burgandy on top and bottom it was done probably in or around 1942 I wish I could afford to update it .. it has a big tub.. old one I like the tub but always take a shower.. its one of the old cast iron tubs not with the claw feet..

  6. Betty Sayad

    Marilyn, Your idea for the bathroom sounds great. I would consider the impact if the tub you are removing is the only tub in the home. It could limit buyers when it comes time to sell. In my personal opinion, you won’t regret the big shower!!

  7. Elsie leib

    I have a large tub would like to remove and have a large walkin shower is it ok to not have a tub in the master bath?

  8. Susie

    We are in the process of removing our tub in the Master bath. They are sooooooo dangerous. I LOVE the first photo! That is exactly what we are going with!

  9. tang, gexin

    My buyers all wanted to have a tub in master bathroom. I have not had a single buyer who did not want a tub in the master bathroom.

  10. Justine

    These trends are more functional and modern then other trends. I was looking to remodel my bathroom and America’s Best Bath helped me to do that. http://bit.ly/1kilZf9

  11. As a buyer’s agent, I find so many of my clients have contingency sales – I always suggest if any money is to be spent in staging and selling, to update fixtures in the bathrooms, first. What a great article

  12. Desiree

    We just remodeled our master bath. It had a tiny shower and a large garden tub that we didn’t use in our 5 years of living here. I was concerned about resale if we removed the tub, but decided to go with what I wanted… which was a big, luxurious shower and NO TUB (there is one down the hall in the guest/kid’s bath). Hopefully we won’t regret it later, but for now, we LOVE our incredible shower!

  13. Tricia

    I would not consider a house without a tub, preferably a clawfoot (nice and deep), but at least something suitable for a nice long soak.

    I’ve shown houses that just had showers in the master, with a tub in the secondary bath, and had buyers comment that they didn’t want to go to the secondary bath in order to take a tub bath.

    This must be a regional thing, if it is indeed true.

  14. tkaz

    Can’t live in a house without a tub…it’s like real estate blasphemy.

  15. Vlad

    great job! but from great bathroom you need great tub! look it on aquatica

  16. I am a fan of the way a bathtub looks in a bathroom but I can’t remember the last time I actually took a bath. It doesn’t surprise me to see that they are showing up less and less. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Ahhh, I totally love the all white bathroom with the glass shower doors! Looks gorgeous!

  18. Braywills

    Informative post!! You really shared a pretty good list of much functional with some unique bathroom remodeling designs. I am planning to do a bathroom renovation, and looking for some best and stylish recommendation. Thanks for your efforts.

  19. Woo really liked the concept of Powder room, my house is under construction and soon the process of remodelling of my Powder room will start…

    And will definitely gonna redesign it in this way.. 🙂

  20. I love the way a bathtub looks in a bathroom and I actually take the time take baths.. I still like that they are the bathroom center piece. Thanks for sharin. http://bit.ly/2aslOh6

  21. Radhika Vyas

    Gentle beauty… Thank you for sharing. We see your bathroom remodeling ideas. And if you want to buy the bathtub and other sanitary ware for bathroom project, then which brands would you select? http://goo.gl/iY5HvW

  22. Very good blog post. Nice and pretty. Thanks a lot for sharing your ideas.

  23. Thanks for sharing your Bathroom remodeling ideas and all pictures are looking very clear & clean. A good & clean house must a nice bathroom.