Sunday, February 5, 2012

Trends in Luxury Bathrooms-Part 1

            It’s these cold winter days that have us all wishing and hoping for a luxurious, spa like bathroom. Warm steam, heated floors, and warm towels. Are you feeling warmer already? Let’s face it. We spend a large amount of time in our bathrooms and you want it to be nice. Over the next couple of weeks, we will take a look at some of the trends in luxury bathrooms.


            There is a resurgence of freestanding tubs in the master bath. Not necessarily the claw foot tubs of the past, but other materials are making a splash. Stone, glass, acrylic or even wood are taking center stage and making a statement in the form of a tub. Round, rectangular or angular shapes are not uncommon. Freestanding tubs are easier to clean, since you can easily reach all sides and make a bathroom feel more open without the large expanse of the tile surround around the tub. Whirlpool or soaking- the options are endless.


            If you are considering using a freestanding tub, take into consideration a couple of needs. A freestanding table or built in piece of furniture is needed within arms reach to store soaps or set a book. A towel rack nearby is a must. Is the floor underneath and around your tub slip resistant? Many times a different tile will be used around the tub to provide that extra level of safety. Pebbles, river rocks or textured tile are common surfaces and add a level of detail not normally seen.


            Do some research and decide if a freestanding tub is the way to go for your space. As shown in the Kohler tub pictured, they make a real statement and add architectural detail. Maybe this is the one thing that you bathroom needs to really stand out.

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