Showers, Enclosures and Tubs Spotlight Streamlined Designs & Custom Amenities

Simplicity is the buzzword when it comes to showers, enclosures and tubs, with a move toward fewer body sprays, clean lines and a roomier look and feel in the bath.

Though a streamlined look may be on trend, the hottest products provide personalized amenities, digital controls and plenty of luxury extras.

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

--The spa-like feel is still the major design theme for the bath, which translates to simple style and non-fussy details.

--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, wired-in music capabilities, chromatherapy and more.

--Soothing earth-toned colors and natural materials continue to be prevalent, helping to perpetuate the spa feel.

--Larger showers are continuing to gain ground – at the expense of the tub – with older and younger generations alike. However, many customers are looking for a stylish soaking tub to complement the spa-like shower, especially in the master bath.

--Barrier-free showers, accessible tubs and anti-scald shower systems are all important for the aging-in-place population.

--Technology continues to grown in the bath, with digital controls and music among the most requested amenities. Water-saving showerheads that don’t scrimp on performance are also a major player in the current market.