Screen DreamsThe ultimate Hollywood bathroom needs an ultimate entertainment system. Start off with a high-definition TV mounted and angled for viewing from the tub, with players for DVD or Blu-Ray movies. True videophiles may want a second monitor, either inset behind the mirror or rigged to rise up from the vanity at the touch of a button.
State-of-the-art sound is also a must, both for the movie soundtracks and for those of us who love to sing along with show tunes in the shower. With all of the electronics, make sure to choose models that can stand up to hot, steamy bathroom conditions.
Every movie star knows that lighting can make or break your look, and that's just as true for the bathroom as for the silver screen. The best bet: A programmable lighting system that can go from romance to action/adventure — or from a nighttime soak to the morning routine — with the touch of a button. You'll get the most out of your media toys, but still be ready for your closeup.
To put yourself in the director's chair, run all of the electronic controls — lighting programs, TV, DVD/Blu-Ray and MP3s — through a single, touch-screen remote. If your ultimate bathroom is part of a unified master suite, consider connecting the bathroom's TV and sound system to the one in the bedroom.
Spa StyleStart off with plenty of natural stone, warm wood and colors that soothe the artistic temperament. Then add beautiful fixtures with simple, elegant lines. A deep soaking tub makes the best seat for your bathroom home theater; you may want massaging water jets, chromatherapy lights or just an extra-large tub with room for your favorite co-star.
No time for a soak? Jump into a frameless glass shower. Today's spa showers include everything from a soaking rain and multiple variable sprays to a full steam shower. With all these choices, you'll want a computerized control that remembers the temperature, spray pattern and other details of multiple shower programs. And, of course, a warmed towel is the perfect way to end the perfect shower.
You won't want to leave this ultimate bathroom, so make it easy to linger with a small sitting area complete with minibar. It's the perfect place to serve a glass of Oscar-night champagne.