In the absence of natural light, sconces and candlelight can create a warm feel. A gorgeous trumeau mirror works with the room's antique lighting for ultimate elegance. If a Venetian mirror is too small to make a room feel as big as a full‐length mirror can, get the same effect by layering it over a sheet of plain mirror. More mirrors mean more glamour. The vanity, Venetian mirror and shimmering tiles in this bathroom complement one another for a truly statement‐making look.
Use fancy little trays to collect and curate your bath items; place a few bath oils and soaps on one, a cluster of votive candles on another. Potted plants are a wonderful way to add mystery and depth. Try ferns, orchids or a palm. Mood lighting is key for the spa escape look, so look beyond the standard choices for interesting light fixtures. I adore Moroccan hanging lanterns; hung alone or in a cluster, they add a big punch of style and cast an amazing glow. Cultivate the feel of a five‐star European hotel with rich materials, glossy finishes and a tightly edited black and white palette. Search vintage shops for a small glass‐front cabinet to use for towel storage. Paint it in the glossiest, darkest black you can find, then fill it with fluffy white towels.
Prepare to combat chills. There's no getting around it – open showers can be drafty, especially in the winter months. Installing a heat lamp and radiant heat bathroom flooring can offset the shivers. Mount a heated towel rack nearby, and you'll be extra toasty as you dry off. Choose an appropriate showerhead. Unless you have a very large buffer zone, a standard showerhead that angles outward can end up soaking your space. Opt for a rain‐style model, which casts water straight down, or a handheld type that allows you to control the position and flow. If you do use a more conventional model, mount it so that the spray hits an opposite wall rather than the shower opening.