Makeup Cabinets and More: NKBA Webinar Discusses Luxury Bathroom Trends

This Christopher Grubb bathroom design is his first traditional design in a long time.

Hackettstown, NJ The baths we grew up in may have been seen as a pit stop, not a place to stay, but that is no longer the case as baths have evolved into a place where one can relax and restore, especially in the level of luxury.

As part of At the National Kitchen and Bath Association’s Luxury Bathroom Summit, designers Christopher Grubb of Arch-Design Interiors and Shea Pumarejo of Younique Designs, speaking with moderator Susan Brinson of House of Brinson, shared what they see as trending in the bathroom, and what is fashionable. in a webinar.

Everyone has their own definition of luxury. Some of Pumarejo’s clients are very avant-garde and want the feeling of opulence and excellent finishes, while others are “more interested in the experience,” he said.

Also, “can they really afford it, and if not, how do we adjust the budget?” Grubb said. “If it’s a tight budget, I don’t mention heated floors.” Grubb asks customers what budget limit scares them, and from there he knows how much he can spend. People buy clothes all the time, but not plumbing fixtures, so the cost of luxury items can be shocking to some customers, he said.

“Many of my luxury clients are travelers and stay in luxury hotels,” said Pumarejo. They come and experience lighted mirrors and curve-free showers in these places and want them in their own homes.

Shea Bath Pumarejo

A bathroom design by Pumarejo

Pumarejo recalled first going to the steam room at his gym because of its eucalyptus smell. So for an older client, he recommended adding a steam room to relieve allergies and bring in aromatherapy. “You can have that experience at home.”

“This is a very intimate space that we are designing,” he said. “We are asking them very personal questions,” a process that can take several hours and includes questions like, “Tell me how you shave your legs in the shower. Do we need to put a razor niche or a seat?

Storage and organization are essential, and must-haves are as simple as pull-out drawers under sinks, said Grubb, who is also making more built-in baskets. One of his projects now includes a makeup cabinet, so countertops can be kept clear. Another customer wanted a slide-out ironing board to touch up his shirts, he added. One thing he hates: trash cans. “I don’t want to see them.”

“Things we take out and use every day need to be accessible,” added Pumarejo, including pull-out modules with drawer outlets. While Grubb said he no longer installs kits, Pumarejo said he includes updated versions that are inside the cabinet. And he loves making full-length mirrors on piano hinges with hidden storage behind.

Lighting must also be taken into account. “It’s shocking that people don’t think about dimmers” in the bathroom, Grubb said. And the color temperature of the light is key, especially if the bathroom doesn’t get natural light, Pumarejo said. “That’s a challenge.”

Both use age-in-place elements in their designs where appropriate, such as curb-free showers, steam showers, motion sensors, even cooling in panels and drawers for water or medicine.

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