“As a designer, I really am enjoying working with British luxury bathing brand Victoria + Albert. They have a reputation for creating beautiful, inspirational designs that not only make a statement but also provide exceptional high performance.”
Bathrooms have certainly evolved over the years. What once was simply a functional space that never garnered much attention, the bathroom has now been elevated to a place of luxury, relaxation and style. Today’s bathrooms have character and personality and evoke a sense of lavishness we really have not seen before. It doesn’t matter you desire a spa-like retreat or simply a classic look that is big on functionality, today’s bathrooms definitely deliver large on luxury.
Whether your bathroom is in need of a complete overhaul or simply a face-lift, a little love and attention is all it takes to pull together a personal spa sanctuary in your home. Start by creating a focal point with a stunning freestanding soaker tub. A freestanding bath offers a certain elegance and well-curated look; it has definitely become a must for most luxe bath spaces.
Next, create a lavish large walk-in shower, maybe even a steam shower, outfitted in a beautiful porcelain tile or natural marble. Consider a “curbless” shower which creates a wonderful seamless and upscale look to your bathroom. Next, my advice is to splurge a little on your vanity. This piece acts as an anchor in your bathroom and helps define your space while also needing to excel in storage and functionality. Choose a great vanity that can fulfill all this while looking perfect in your space. On trend right now and a great change from painted white or light grey vanities, are the warm wood tones with a soft grain. Pair this with a luxe quartz countertop, which is far more durable than natural marble, and elegant bathroom fittings – you’re sure to not be disappointed with the end results.
A well-designed “hotel-chic” bathroom not only provides a higher return on investment (ROI), it also provides a venue to decompress, relax and unplug from daily stresses. The demanding, hectic pace of today’s lifestyle denotes the need for the simplicity of quiet time with a place to unwind and regenerate. It’s well worth elevating your space so you can enjoy the luxuries of a high-end, spa-like oasis right in your own home.
Your luxury bathroom reno checklist:
1. Set a realistic budget for your renovation
2. Remember storage and day-to-day living and functionality are still priorities
3. Purchase the best your budget permits and be selective in your finishes
4. Add in-floor heating and remember lighting is important
5. Complete your bathroom oasis by purchasing luxurious towels and accessories for “hotel chic” at home
6. Valuable dollars are often lost on incorrect purchases or poor scheduling. Be wise when renovating and look for assistance from professionals to not only be efficient with your designs but your dollars.
WORDS Linda Mazur