Showers & Tub Enclosures Spotlight Spa Features, Digital Controls

As the most personal space in the home, the bath remains the one oasis of calm in an increasingly hectic world. And shower systems and tub enclosures have a unique challenge: to provide a spa-like sanctuary where consumers can escape the stresses of the day, while also incorporating the latest techno advances.

While simple designs still reign supreme, the hottest shower systems and tub enclosures still feature personalized amenities, digital controls and plenty of luxury extras – all while incorporating accessibility and a spa-like feel.

Below are some of the latest trends in shower systems and tub enclosures.

--Simplicity remains the design watchword of the day, with shower systems and tub enclosures favoring clean lines that will complement rather compete with the overall look of the bath.

--But while designs are clean and simple, today’s consumers still want a shower that is personalized and, in many cases, loaded with custom features such as temperature pre-sets, multiple adjustable shower jets, wired in music capabilities, chromatherapy and more.

--Soothing colors and natural materials continue to be prevalent, helping to perpetuate the spa feel that is so in demand right now.

--Larger showers continue to be hot, in some cases replacing tubs entirely, particularly with Gen X and Y. However, older consumers are less willing to give up the comforts of a deep soaking tub.

--Barrier-free showers are gaining ground, both for their accessibility and for the clean, open look they provide.

--Technology is finding a greater foothold in the bath, with digital controls leading to the popular “fully wired” shower. Technology is also helping to power the green trend with water-saving showerheads that don’t sacrifice performance.