Six hotel-inspired bathroom designs from a bath for all seasons to adding light to a windowless bathroom.
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Bringing Natural Light to a Windowless Bath
Designer tips for adding natural light to your hotel bath — even when you don't have a window.
Like many hoteliers, designer Vicente Wolf faced the challenge of bringing natural light into a windowless bath. And, like the growing number of hotels that install windows between the bedroom and bath to allow sunshine to filter through, Wolf installed translucent bookshelves to divide the two spaces in his own home without blocking the natural light.
In addition to making the space brighter, the filtered sunlight makes it appear larger, says the designer, author of Crossing Boundaries: A Global Vision of Design (Monacelli Press, 2006). So if you are building or renovating a space with an interior bathroom, talk to your architect or builder about translucent materials you can use to help shed a little sunlight on the sink.
Above Wolf's own bathroom sink, the large mirror adds a generous touch, and these exact Waterworks faucets are, indeed, used in several upscale hotels. Still, there's no mistaking this space for a hotel room — and that's just the way Wolf likes it. Like all of the bathrooms featured here, his goes hotel luxury one better, by adding personal touches that make it feel like home. The sink rests on an antique desk Wolf found on a trip to Burma. The toothbrushes rest in a favorite silver cup. And a special photograph leans casually on the sinktop.
"On the one hand," Wolf says, "hotels can be inspirational, giving us the feeling that we'd like to live a particular way. But even the most luxurious hotels are learning that nothing is quite as wonderful as the feeling of being comfortable in your own home."
Photograph by Vicente Wolfe