Six hotel-inspired bathroom designs from a bath for all seasons to adding light to a windowless bathroom.
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Hotel-Style Bath With Built-In Beauty
Arabescata marble gives one family's hotel-style bath a clean, sensual style.
When the well-traveled owners of this New York apartment asked Shamir Shah to transform the previous owners' pink marble bathroom into a luxurious but practical space just like one they might find in a fine hotel, the architect responded by creating a bathroom that is sleek and streamlined, but highly sybaritic nonetheless.
The Arabescata marble that lines the walls has a clean, modern look, and the floors, in a tumbled mosaic of clean white marble in a 1" x 2" format, offer the perfect hotel combination of sensuality, style and safety. The beautiful tile's rounded edges feel good under foot, and smaller tiles, like these mosaics, provide extra traction on a wet floor. The shower includes both a rain-head and a traditional showerhead, and a hanging towel rack holds plenty of large, white bath sheets.
To bring hotel luxuries into your own home, Shah recommends under-floor heating, well-lit mirrors, lots of hanging towel space and music. If you're renovating, you can have speakers installed directly into the walls — but even if you're just making minor changes in an existing bathroom, a CD player or an iPod and speakers (placed a safe distance from the water) can provide your favorite tunes while you soak in the tub.
Photograph by Antoine Bootz
When redoing your master bathroom, consider incorporating luxury into the design to create a customized retreat.