Glass mosaic tile "was used throughout the open air shower and the tub area", Mackie notes. "The MTI whirlpool tub has jetted features and remote controls, while the shower has a Grohe fixture with an adjustable arm. There's also a heated towel bar". Go with stone. "I rarely use anything but freestanding tubs. I love them!" says Cheryl Kees Clendenon of In Detail Interiors. "This one is from Turkey and is solid marble. The owners are from Louisiana and like darker colors and rich texture. We wanted to showcase the space, and placing the tub in front of these windows was perfect – it really became the centerpiece".
Shagreen, which is made from stingrays, is a super‐exotic choice for wall tile. Sourced from Indonesia, these tiles are used from the by‐products of rays that have been harvested for food. Many shower enclosures look prefab and clunky, but not this one! Besides the modern glass look, this system offers bathers full control of their shower's temperature and volume from outside and inside. Perfect for both young and old, a glowing LED light indicates water temperature, and an alloy valve prevents sudden changes in temperature, preventing a shocking surprise (or worse, a scald). These gorgeous polished pyrite tiles can be mixed and matched with different sizes and colors. Subway tiles have been popular for a while, but how about mirrored subway tiles for a fresh twist? If you want to create a bath fit for a queen, be sure to include this unforgettable "Chrysanthemum" pattern, complete with inlaid mother of pearl. If you crave sleek style in the bath, turn to fashion designer Jason Wu. His new line for Brizo includes this understated glass shelf.
Build a spiritual oasis. "The master bathroom in this project was part of a second floor remodel", says Anat Shmariahu of ANAV Design. "The clients wanted their bathroom to be their 'living room.' They are very busy people, and the bathroom is a relaxing space for them, a time for being together". "For me, freestanding tubs represent luxury, calm and a spalike environment, which is exactly what my clients were looking for. We wanted to make this a spiritual environment so that when you enter you are immediately transported. The tub was actually purchased before we even finished the design. My clients just fell in love with it, and it became the main focal point in this master bath".