Makeup Cabinets & More: NKBA Webinar Discusses Luxury Bathroom Trends

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

Hackettstown, NJ – The hammams we grew up in might be thought of as a pit stop, not a place to stay, but that is no longer the case as hammams have evolved into a place where one can relax and recover, especially on a luxury level.

as part of Designers Christopher Grob of Arch-Design Interiors and Shea Pumarejo of Younique Designs, who spoke with moderator Susan Brinson of House of Brinson, shared what they see as trendy in the bathroom—and what’s out—in one webinar.

Everyone has their own definition of luxury. She said some Pumarejo customers are fashion-forward and want a sense of luxury and great finishes, while others are “more about the experience.”

Plus, “Can they really afford it—and if not, how can we adjust the budget?” Group said. “If the budget is tight, I don’t bring radiant floors.” Grubb asks clients what cash budget limits are intimidating them, and from there he knows how much he can spend. He said people buy clothes all the time, but not the plumbing fixtures, so the cost of luxury items may be shocking to some customers.

“A lot of my luxury clients are traveling and staying in luxury hotels,” Pomarijo said. They see and experience lighted mirrors and edgeless showers in these places and want them in their homes.

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Bathroom design from Pumarejo

Pomarigo remembered hitting the steam room first in her gym because of the eucalyptus scent. Therefore, for an older client, she recommended incorporating a steam room to relieve allergies and bring in aromatherapy. “You can have this experience at home.”

“This is a very intimate space that we are designing,” she said. “We ask them very personal questions” – a process that can take several hours and includes questions such as: “Tell me how do you shave your legs in the bathroom. Do we need a shaving area or stool?”

Grob, who also makes more built-in hampers, said storage and organization are essential, and items should be as simple as sliding drawers under sinks. One of his projects now includes a makeup cabinet, so work surfaces can be kept empty. He added that another customer wanted a board to slide out to clear his shirts. One thing he hates: trash cans. “I don’t want to see them.”

“Things we take out and use every day should be within reach,” Pomarego added, including pull-out units with niches in the drawers. While Grubb said he no longer installs medicine cabinets, Pumarejo said it does include updated versions found inside the cabinet. And she likes to make full-length mirrors on piano hinges with hidden storage behind them.

Lighting must also be considered. “It’s horrible that people don’t think about dimmers” in the bathroom, Grob said. Pomarigo said the color temperature of the light is key — especially if the bathroom isn’t getting natural light. “This is a challenge.”

Both use elements of aging in place in their designs when appropriate, such as rimless showers, steam showers, motion sensors, and even cooling in panels and drawers for water or medication.

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