2 1of2White subway tile is a bathroom mainstay because it is so versatile. In lieu of white grout, a pale gray grout adds just enough contrast for interest.Rustic White Photography / Contributed photoShow MoreShow Less 2of2Custom bathroom sink vanities made from antique chests is a growing trend. This one, by Charleston, S.C., designer Alaina Ralphs, has a wild surprise: the shapely sink is actually a paella pan.Peter Murdock / Contributed photoShow MoreShow Less Redoing a bathroom and are overwhelmed by all the choices or how to start? Help is on the way from House Beautiful editor-in-chief Sophie Donelson. Q: Any quick ways to revamp a trapped-in-time master bathroom? SD: A dated en suite bathroom will feel a lot more 2018 if you replace the vanity’s dowdy faucet and knobs. What we’re seeing right now is warm-tone brass in satin or matte finishes. It’s a swap you can complete in a single afternoon. If you love the new look, switching up the towel racks and the toilet paper holder can be completed just as fast. Also consider changing your regular toilet seat for a high-tech version with a built-in warmer and air dryer. While it sounds time-consuming and complicated, there’s no plumber or electrical re-wiring required for this insta-bidet: simply connect the new seat to the current water valve, plug into an existing electrical outlet and you’re good to go. Q: What else is trending for master bathrooms? SD: In terms of materials, terrazzo, a polished flooring material with pieces of marble, glass or granite set into concrete, continues to be hot. Seen all over Italy, it feels luxe, urban, sophisticated and super youthful. On the opposite spectrum, we’ve been seeing more and more custom sink vanities made from antique chests. Young Charleston, S.C., designer Alaina Ralphs worked with a craftsman and plumber to create hers and it has a wild surprise: the shapely sink is actually a paella pan. Q: Tile — choices are overwhelming. What has a good look at a good price point? SD: Atlanta-based designer and TV personality Brian Patrick Flynn turns to Daltile, which is sold online and in-store at big retailers like Home Depot and Lowe’s. “I love their super-affordable ‘penny round’ tiles,” he says, suggesting one that’s three-tone blue with a pure white grout for a playful but not too boundary-pushing look that’s great for a small bath or a shower floor. On the walls he likes a classic subway tile, but angled in fours to create a “parquet” look. Q: Is white subway tile over? SD: Never! This mainstay of the bath is so versatile, it can take on different looks depending on its placement and installation, such as Flynn’s parquet idea. In lieu of white grout, a pale gray grout, such as Mapei Warm Gray, adds just enough contrast for interest. A deeper gray lends an edgier, industrial look that is instantly interesting. Also consider a subway shape other than the classic 3- by 6-inches. A 4- by 4-inch is a refreshing change and priced similarly. Q: We’re debating between a rainfall shower head and a standard spray. How should we decide which one is the best choice? SD: You’re not alone. Rainfall-style shower heads, which are large and mounted overhead to drench the whole body, have luxurious appeal. Funny, but that appeal is lost on people who don’t wash their hair every shower; it’s awkward if not impossible to lather up while keeping your hair dry. And while the gently falling droplets are soothing, they won’t wow fans of high water pressure. Our verdict: for day-to-day bathing, rainfall shower heads are best when they’re installed along with a standard shower head or hand-shower. The combo allows for maximum versatility.