Get all the info you need on luxury bathrooms, and prepare to create a spa-like retreat in your home.
Luxury bathrooms, particularly those attached to master suites, are becoming more common in homes. In addition to being great places to relax and unwind, they can also significantly increase the resale value of your home.
Make it Big
Luxury means being able to do yoga poses in your shower — at least for one of designer Susan Fredman's clients. She delivered not only a large space but also a dramatic boulder rock for seating. Earth tones, textured tiles, natural light and a steam shower complete this soothing, masculine space.
Step It Up
A surefire way to create a shower that stands out? Elevate it. Beverly Hills interior designer Christopher Grubb framed this glass-enclosed shower with elegant stone steps. Another luxurious feature: waterproof speakers inside the shower let you groove to your favorite wake-up tunes.
To open up this corner space and give the shower a larger feel, Southern California designer Genoveve Serge opted for a frameless shower that allows enough space for his-and-hers shower heads. Polished nickel fixtures and sandy-toned porcelain tiles complete this simple-yet-elegant look.
Room With a View
Idee Chic Designs' Natalia Smith took advantage of this home's lake view by placing a frameless glass shower in front of it. Earth tones, pebbles at your feet and natural lighting add to the attraction of this open space. High-end body sprayers with both hand-held and stationary showerheads complete the spa effect.
Sit Down and Stay Awhile
A stone or marble bench inside the shower creates the perfect place to relax and reflect. This steam shower, designed by Christopher Grubb, has fully programmable shower controls and a niche for candles and accessories to complete the spa-like experience.
Etch the Glass
The New York architectural firm Robert A. M. Stern Designs notches up that luxurious feel with Bendheim etched glass enclosures. Not only can you feel the texture of this lace-like design on both the inside and outside of the shower panels, you can also get a sense of movement under light. The best part: It's naturally resistant to fingerprints and stains, which makes this product a top choice for this high-traffic space.
Luxury doesn't have to be big or expensive. You can go casual, as did Chicago-based designer Mark Zancanaro, with a river rock floor and slate and tumbled marble on the shower walls. The materials blend well with the overall blue tones in the room.
In this spacious shower, Christopher Grubb of Arch Interior Design Group in Beverly Hills features not only two showerheads but also two shampoo niches and shaving benches. A chiseled stone mosaic in between the benches adds both textural and artistic interest.
One of the first decisions to make about a luxury bathroom is whether you want it to reflect the overall style of the home—or the master bedroom, if it's adjacent—or to present a style departure. Depending on the proximity of the luxury bathroom to the master suite, a drastic turn away from the overall style could create a jarring effect. On the other hand, subtle design flourishes can add tremendous personality to a luxury bathroom, and make it feel like its own space.
Something to keep in mind when planning a luxury bathroom, particularly if it's within or adjacent to a master suite, is that openness is your friend. Creating a flow between the master suite and luxury bathroom will make both spaces feel larger; it will also increase convenience in the overall space.
When it comes to fixtures like sinks and tubs, be inspired to "go big" in a luxury bathroom. Double sinks are often a must both for convenience and beauty; a large, standalone tub or whirlpool bath can act as a gorgeous and substantial focal point for the entire design. For the shower, consider extending the open feel by investing in an all-glass enclosure, or even an entirely open shower. If you've got the space, you can also enclose the toilet in its own nook, for added privacy.
Finally, consider adding a sitting area with a bench or chair for added beauty and convenience.
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