By Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Sunday, September 17th 2017, 09:10:50 AM.
Make peace with a loss of privacy. If you don't like to feel exposed – even when you're alone in the house – an open shower may not be for you. Even if you don't have a bare window wall such as the one in this bathroom, you'll be on full view from the rest of the space. Consider a frosted or textured glass half‐wall as a compromise if modesty is an issue. Integrate the design with the rest of the space. Because there's no concrete border between an open shower and its surroundings, choose materials that will create a smooth transition. The wall tile in this bath continues seamlessly into the shower, with only a change in ceiling materials to provide a visual stopping point.
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".