Bathroom Retreat

by J on November 30, 2009

If you can’t wait to get home at night to sink into a soothing bubble bath, you’re going to love some of the trends in luxury bathrooms. More and more people are viewing the bathroom as a haven in their home and are designing or remodeling this room with the amenities to soothe and pamper themselves after a hard day at the office.

From whirlpool tubs and steam showers to radiant heat flooring, home bathrooms are beginning to rival those that were once found only in luxury hotels. Let’s look at a few of the luxury items—some commonly found in other rooms of the home—that are making their way into bathrooms.

Artistic glass vessel sinks in a bowl or rectangular shape instantly add a touch of elegance to any bathroom.  Paired with a luxury waterfall faucet, this combination will have you thinking you’re at your favorite spa retreat—everyday. Available in a wide palette of colors, the sink can either match what is already in your bathroom, or, more likely, you will take your inspiration from this work of art and design your color scheme around the sink.

Medicine cabinets and traditional vanities are being edged out by solid wood cabinets and pendant lighting. These fixtures have normally been found in kitchens or living rooms, but are just as much at home in the bath. And, believe it or not, it’s not unusual to find mini-refrigerators and cappuccino makers installed directly into the cabinetry for the ultimate pampering experience.

To complement these luxury fixtures, homeowners are choosing natural stones and unique tiles to replace the flooring and accent the walls in their bathrooms. Tiles are popular because of the ability to mix and match colors and patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look.

If your bathroom is already equipped with a quality sink or tub, consider having a tub refinishing or countertop refinishing service repair it if it is not quite up to snuff.

Long a staple of the family room, audio-visual equipment is also migrating into bathrooms. Gone are the days of singing in the shower to a little transistor radio. Instead, relax in your tub while you listen to Mozart or watch the latest episode of The Amazing Race on your home theater system, complete with plasma TV. TVs can be ingeniously hidden away in a vanity or installed in a mirror-like enclosure.

Luxury bathrooms are no longer just the realm of 5-star hotels. Making a few changes in your own bathroom can make everyday feel like a day at the spa.

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