Trend Tuesday: Reconsidering The Master Bath

why tuesday? because this crappy alliteration sounded better than thursday

They say the first step is admitting you have a problem. Here it is. I am obsessed {OBSESSED!} with homes & design. To say I spend inordinate amounts of time trolling TrendMLS, Houzz, Pinterest, Instagram & various blogs for the latest trends in upscale home design is an understatement. It’s one of my favorite pastimes. Trend Tuesday is a way for me to parlay this obsession into something productive. I love a lot of things but I hate wasting time. Unless, of course, I’m in the tub. With that being said, on to a trend I hope to see way more of at all price points. It’s happening in the bathroom; a very important room indeed.

for chic a look say good bye to the conventional shower tub combo

A thoughtfully designed bathroom is, of course a luxury, however; it’s also a sanctuary from the stressors of day to day life. If there is anything we need in this outrageously fast paced world it has got to be a sanctuary. The one thing I just can not wrap my head around in modern home design is the tub. As in, who fits in these 5 foot long tubs with ridiculously low sides!? Where’s the form? Where’s the function? You can thank Kohler. In 1911 they introduced the 5 foot long tub which fit into the typical 5 foot square bathroom & was considered more sanitary than a free standing tub which was difficult to access the back to clean. It’s 2014. I say it is time to make the standard 5 foot tub a thing of the past.

 A not so conventional shower tub combo that doesn’t sacrifice form or function & still fits in a more compact space.

enter the soaking tub that is *gasp* large enough for a full size human

The look is classic, elegant, functional & so much more fun to style if you’re into that kind of thing. If not, so be it, they kind of make a statement without any help at all. To use a Lewis Carrollism, have you noticed the shower tends to be much more muchier when allowed to stand alone?

The Japanese soaking tub which is more deep than it is long using up a much smaller footprint in bathrooms where space is an issue.

Instead of having the shower in the tub, the tub has been put in the shower. Perfect for the germaphobe who wants to take a quick rinse before a long soak.
For those who love a vintage vibe consider adding a shower kit which will transform a claw foot or, in this case, a French style soaking tub into a shower.
If you do decide to go large with your tub, one practical consideration is the size of your water heater. Running out of hot water mid fill is no fun.
Is this something you would like to see more of or are you firmly entrenched in the shower camp & think tubs are only for children & people with too much time on their hands?