Bathrooms have evolved from utilitarian three fixture 5′ x 7′ rooms to much more sophisticated spa type rooms. Today residential homeowners are installing fireplaces, whirlpool baths, hot tubs, spas and saunas in bathrooms. There are designs implementing tvs, sound systems, vanities, and array of other options. Bathrooms are being built larger to accommodate more than basic hygenal needs and also to have the flexibility to accommodate more than one person.
One of the most important considerations for any bathroom is that the doorway should be designed to shield the inside visually if the door is left open when possible. The first decision if space is an issue is often whether to have a tub and shower or only a shower.
For materials I’ve found that limestone, slate, wood, marble and glass tile are some of the more popular choices for surfaces for high end bathrooms. The fittings (faucets, shower heads, lever handles, etc) should be the same finish to create harmony and continuity within the design. Matte nickel, chrome and brass are several of the nicer finishes used.
For lighting combining three types works best. Ambient or background lighting such as downlights, focused spotlighting using wall sconces on a mirror and accent lights such as candles is the ideal combination to illuminate evenly. The spotlights need to be the correct color temperature with a warm tone, to show skin tone most correctly. Dimmers should be installed on all of the lights bathrooms. Here are some of my favorite luxurious bathrooms. Which one is your favorite?