In a luxury bathroom design, all of the elements harmonize together. A collection of bathroom products create a home oasis. Interior designers achieve this by choosing from products and materials that are technologically up-to-date, express the latest styles and contemporize the bathroom.
The ultimate goal, as expressed through the bathroom design trends of 2013 to 2014, is to create at-home bathrooms that offer glamour, style and luxury. The home bathroom is becoming a spa bathroom equipped with steam showers, massage jets, radio and more.
Read on to learn more about each individual component of a luxury bathroom design.
The Walk-in Shower
A luxury bathroom is not complete without a glamorous shower. Showers are becoming bigger, and in some cases, are over-sized. Custom, walk-in showers are becoming more common. These showers are lined with big squares of tile. They’re outfitted with spa features, like massage jets, rainfall ceiling shower heads and sound systems. People are also installing large shower heads and multiple shower heads in the same shower. Decorating a shower is almost akin to shopping for a car, as homeowners are more focused on creating comfortable showers with add-ons and special functions.
The shower pictured above includes a large rainfall ceiling showerhead that creates a rain-like experience. The combination of the living wall, which is another popular bathroom trend, and the rainfall ceiling shower make the user feel like they’re in nature and relaxing in their own private forest.
The Steam Shower
A truly luxurious bathroom will include a steam shower function. This can be included in a large, custom shower with the installation of a steam generator and computer system. Alternatively, many homeowners choose to install prefabricated steam shower kits.
The steam function gives homeowners a spa experience within the home. Gone are the days when people had to travel to the spa or the gym to enjoy a steam session or a session in the sauna.
Ariel Platinum DZ972F8-W Steam Shower
Ariel Platinum DZ959F8 Steam Shower
The steam shower units pictured above are available on Steam Showers Inc. The Ariel Platinum line, by Ariel Bath, carries luxury steam showers in multiple sizes to fit any bathroom. These shower units are constructed with tempered glass and sauna wood panels and include a shower stool.
Some of the popular features included in these steam shower systems are:
- Chromatherapy: Colored lights in the ceiling of these steam showers illuminate the user. This colored light treatment is believed to improve sleep and mood. Lighting in the ceiling of showers in general is a large trend for 2014.
- Aromatherapy: The Ariel Platinum steam showers have aromatherapy systems installed. Essential oils are poured into the aromatherapy cup, and the user’s favorite scents are released into the shower. Aromatherapy helps treat depression, anxiety, colds and more.
- FM Radio: The radio function is controlled from the keypad. Of course, no product is complete nowadays without a music function. The user can also change volume and radio station from the control panel within the shower enclosure.
These features are controlled via the touch-screen control panel with timer in the shower unit. The user has control over water temperature, steam, music volume, chromatherapy lights and more.
Saunas are similar to a steam shower, but they produce a dry heat. The sauna room pictured above is adjacent to a walk-in shower. The two are separated by a frameless shower door; frameless shower enclosures are also quite popular this year. Prefabricated units with a sauna room and a steam shower room are also available on Steam Showers Inc.
Tubs are one of the most relaxing places in the entire house. This is one part of a luxury bathroom design that has to be done right. There are choices far and wide when it comes to purchasing a bathtub.
The current luxury bathtub systems come with LCD control panels for changing FM radio stations and volume. These control panels also control massage mode and intensity in whirlpool bathtubs.
The following whirlpool bathtubs include handheld shower heads.
Ariel Platinum AM168JDTSZ Whirlpool Bathtub
Ariel Platinum Am128JDCLZ Whirlpool Bathtub
Other luxury features for bathtubs include heated bathtub units and chromatherapy lighting.
If space is an issue, a free standing bathtub may be a good choice for the bathroom design. Other considerations for installing a bathtub include safety. Owners of multi-generational homes may want to invest in a walk-in bathtub during their bathroom remodeling projects.
The following are some of the most unique and fun bathtub designs.
This free-standing bathtub sits below a rainfall ceiling shower head, creating an indoor oasis and sanctuary. Note the unique lighting surrounding the bottom of the bathtub. A handheld shower head is within arm’s reach as well.
This bathtub is for those of us who are book lovers at heart. The built-in bookshelf looks natural next to this bathtub and creates a personal library within a home spa. Just don’t get the books wet! The bathtub ledge has room for more piles of books and magazines. Convenient drawers for storage are located below the bathtub. The window creates a natural glow in the room to read by.
This bathroom may look more like a living room than a home spa! The bathtub skirt has an emblem on the front, and the bathtub is equipped with a beautiful, vintage deck mount bathtub faucet set. A chandelier hangs from the arch in the ceiling and illuminates the room. Besides the bathtub is a fireplace with an elaborately decorated mantle. Above the fireplace is a large mirror with elegant trim framing it. Lastly, this exquisitely decorated bathroom includes built-in shelves and a large window, which lets natural light spill into the room.
Other bathtub trends to keep an eye out for include bathtubs with a television, cushioned pillows and a side fridge. Don’t forget to look for copper bathtubs as well. Copper has made a large reemergence in the bathroom.
The Contemporary Toilet
Kohler Persuade two piece elongated dual flush toilet
Kohler Reve one piece elongated dual flush toilet
When it comes to installing a new toilet, homeowners are becoming more concerned with conserving water. They are seeking eco-friendly toilets with low flush and dual flush systems. Homeowners are also asking for more comfortable toilets. For example, people are seeking toilets at a comfort height, which is two inches taller than the average toilet. Lastly, the material the toilet is made out of should be easy to clean.
The skirted toilet look, as pictured above, is a popular, seamless look. Wall-mounted toilets are also popular. These units work with a toilet tank that is installed inside of the wall. The toilet tank is completely concealed. A touch-less flush feature is also desirable.
Bathroom designs are also trending towards the inclusion of a small privacy wall that sets the toilet apart from the rest of the bathroom.
This toilet tank in this bathroom design is completely concealed. The toilet is a modern oval shape. In fact, it doesn’t look like a traditional toilet at all. This contemporary toilet fits in well with the rest of the room, including the beautiful wall decal and the wall mounted bathroom vanity.
This bathroom has some interesting elements at play. This toilet is much more traditional but still includes some contemporary flair, such as the skirt and sleek lines in the shape. The bathroom vanity has a unique towel rack that circles beneath the sink. Lastly, the focal point of this bathroom is the mirror that literally pops due to the glowing light installed behind it.
The Towel Warmer
If budgeted into the remodeling project, a towel warmer can be a great addition to the bathroom. These electric towel racks warm bathroom towels for chilly days. These products also function as a space heater for the bathroom to keep users warm during the winter. Pajamas may also be thrown over the towel warmer before bed to warm laundry or may be used to warm a sweater before going outside.
The Amba Elory unit pictured above is an example of how a modern towel warmer can fit in with existing bathroom décor. The tile on the wall brings all of the elements together.
Bathroom faucets are one detail that homeowners should not skimp on. Every time someone uses the bathroom, they will notice the style and condition of the faucets.
New faucets come in a wide variety of types and styles. A wall-mounted faucet set over a vessel sink creates a sophisticated look. There are also single-hole faucets that are constructed out of one seamless piece. There are also widespread, centerset, single-handle and two-handle faucets. Motionless and water-saving faucets are becoming more common as well.
Kohler Karbon Articulating deck-mount bathroom sink faucet with Black tube and lever handles
This faucet from Kohler is widespread with two handles. The articulating arm can change from two inches to six inches and there is one spray for grooming and one for cleaning. The black tube spout gives the bathroom a modern and chic look.
This bathroom faucet pictured above reaches over the vanity and to the sink. This look would be ideal for a guest bathroom.
Of course, we could write an entire book on the components of a luxury bathroom design. Other components include the sink, bathroom vanity, shower panel, shower enclosures, lighting, or heated floors. We hope you can incorporate some of the elements and trends in this article into your next bathroom remodeling project, or perhaps they can inspire you as you begin the next DIY projects in your home.