By Orlene Lefebvre. Bathroom. Sunday, September 17th 2017, 10:55:44 AM.
Magic mirrors for bedroom and bathroom. While the world waits for the inevitable advancements in glass technology, there's still much that's being accomplished with regular glass. Smart mirrors, or interactive mirrors, are the first application for smart glass technology, because they don't need to be transparent. Using existing two‐way‐mirror technology, smart mirrors can function in your home like regular mirrors but optionally display information right on the surface of the mirror. One of the better visions for what’s possible with a magic mirror was conceived by, of all organizations, The New York Times. Yes, the Times has its own R&D lab, which tries to figure out how people will get news and information in the future. Apparently, they’ll get it in the bathroom, according to its concept video. The interface for all this breathtaking home technology is just like the evil queen’s technology – magic glass plus voice command and artificial intelligence. The glass surfaces conjure up information and ideas, video feeds and communication, all appropriate to the context of the user's intent.
Create a wet room. "The bathroom was completely reconfigured and shuffled around", says Emily Mackie of Inspired Interiors. "The room has 14‐foot ceilings, and there’s a huge skylight overhead". She explains that "the idea was really to place the soaking tub in an environment under the skylight, and have it share the area with the shower instead of dedicating space to each of them. It made more sense to allow the shower water to hit the tub and be part of an integrated area".
The hardest part, which I didn't anticipate, has been picking a color palette. Our adjoining bedroom is painted chamois yellow, and it's tough to find a hue that both works with it and doesn't make me look sick. So for now, I'm leaning toward classic white – fail‐safe, timeless and always in good taste. The greatest thing about white bathrooms: They look equally appropriate in every design style. I'm not sure yet whether I'll stick with my streamlined traditional look or go into totally new territory, but these eight outstanding baths will help me pick a direction.