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Tu-B or not tu-b?

If you've been thinking about giving your tub an overhaul but aren't sure how, one way to start is to look to the latest design trends for inspiration. This month's mission was to find out which tubs are making a splash. To compile our list, we enlisted the help of our resident experts, who share their observations for the looks, finishes and features that are most popular in the showrooms.


Air-Jetted Tubs

There are many options available, including water-jet, air-jet, and Jacuzzi style tubs. Compared to water-jetted tubs, air-jet styled tubs are an alternative, more sanitary options for those of us searching for a soothing soak. Air-jetted tubs also offer additional perks, like being able to add bubble bath, salts, and oils without fear of clogging any hardware. In addition, they offer a gentler type of massage. Coupling these benefits with the option of additional chromotherapy, and an air-jet bathtub will make a relaxing and welcoming addition in any bathroom.


Alcove tubs

The ideal option for small spaces, these compact tubs are relatively easy and inexpensive to install, and add a sleek appearance to any bathroom. The thin armrests and deep wells give the bather plenty of room to stretch their legs, recline, and relax. Adding a double tiling flange - bringing the surrounding tile up off the main surface – makes for easy cleaning, and a sleek look.


Freestanding tubs
Not just for large spaces, these old-style soaking tubs forego the noise of traditional jetted tubs in favor of a deep, quiet soak. These tubs come in a wide range of materials and finishes, such as cast-iron, acrylic, cast marble, and copper. Coupling them with a contemporary, traditional, modern shape and optional tub-mounted fillers, they can become the focal point of any bathroom.


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2015’s Trendy Bathrooms


We took on kitchens, now let's tackle the bathroom. Our experts take on what's happening in the design world, and creating an on-trend oasis in your ensuite. 



Bath-time can be an experience for the senses with any number of high-tech options to add to your bathroom.  Many brands have options for built-in audio systems, chromotherapy (using mood-enhancing colors), or refrigeration. Robern's latest medicine cabinet has a refrigerated portion that’s perfect for nail polish, organic skin products (with no preservatives), or medications that need to be kept cold. 


Freestanding bathtubs

A freestanding bath really sets the mood for relaxation, even in today’s busy world.

When choosing a freestanding bath, consider how the design of the tub will shape the look of your space. The curve of a tub can bring softness to an angular bathroom, or an angular bath can offset soft colors or add to a highly structured room. 


Interesting Metallic Fixtures

Bathroom fixtures are available in a variety of interesting finishes and colors. Look for chrome, brushed nickel, and oil-rubbed bronze, not to mention a variety of different warm-colored coppery, brassy and bronzy metals. Of course, plain old stainless steel is still a safe choice, although it’s not as interesting as it used to be when you look at all the possibilities that are currently available.


Shades of Grey

Grey has been a popular color choice for the bathroom last year, and it’s a trend that is sticking around. If you’re worried a gray palette will make your bathroom feel flat and lifeless, introduce streaks of white to cut through the moody hue and create a sophisticated look. Or energize the design by adding a splash of bold, eye-popping color, like adding an earthy orange-bronze mosaic tile feature wall.


Geometric tiles

Speaking of tiles… another major design trend for the bathroom is geometric tiles. This eye-catching look is a great design solution for those who wish to add depth and visual interest to a plain, neutral space, but without the use of bright, arresting tones.




Ask your Questions

Do you find this expert advice helpful? Submit your questions to us and we will feature answers on this blog to help you and others with your bathroom and kitchen fixture decisions.