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
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