The Latest in Luxury Bathroom

Luxury home buyers have never scrimped on master baths.  Today they want to see personalized sumptuous retreats.

Housing Zone Magazine has identified 6 trends this year in luxury bathrooms:

Personal Spas

Music, massage tables, saunas, heated floors & towel racks, TV’s mounted in the vanity mirror, lighting controlled on dimmers for the perfect soothing atmosphere.

Natural Materials

Natural materials can be durable & practical in bathrooms.  They also make strong design statements.  Woods that are often used are teak, ipe & bamboo.  Stone in slate or granite is well suited for bathrooms.

No Boundaries

Views are important in homes where privacy is not an issue walk in showers with no doors and views of the outdoors.

Lighting

Separately controlled wall mounted & overhead lighting on dimmers as mentioned before.  Manufactures are mounting LED’s in the backs of vanity mirrors to eliminate shadows & glare.

Freestanding Bath Tubs

Freestanding tubs are making a comeback.  Updated or classic claw foot tubs in interesting materials (stone, crystal or glass) featuring rounded, rectangular & angled shapes with in-line heaters.
Old World Furniture & Fittings

Vanities are created to look like pieces of furniture or old pieces of furniture are converted into vanities. Bathfixtures have returned to warmer golden hues of hand polished brass, bronze, nickel & copper.

Two innovative products from the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show last month:

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Custom cast glass shower doors in an abstract pattern

One of a kind 3/8” thick cast glass shower doors.  Custom cast with abstract shapes or anything your heart desires. www.cardinalshower.com

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Kohler’s new DTV shower; note the color therapy light on the ceiling.

Kohler’s new DTV shower with functions for water pressure, temperature, steam, chromotherapy (colored light therapy), with a built-in stereo controlled by an LED panel mounted on the wall. www.kohler.com

 

From the what were they thinking file at the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show:

A whirlpool tub with a cover that you can conveniently use for sunbathing when you are not using the tub for bathing.

A toilet that doubles as a bench seat when not in use.