Bidets. The U.S. is known for a love of being uberclean, so it's surprising that we haven't embraced bidets, as they offer a cleanliness we can't get with toilet paper. Beyond cleanliness, bidets save water, because making toilet paper is an incredibly water‐intensive process. And some bidet users increase their shower intervals, saving more water still.
Treat the tub like furniture. "The owner just fell in love with this tub and had to have it", says Colleen Knowles of knowles ps. "It worked perfectly in this older home, where we transformed an extra bedroom into a fabulous master bathroom. The vanities and tub look like furniture items set around the room in an interesting way, and the layout leaves the large, original windows unobstructed". Add curves to a rectangle. "For this bathroom we wanted a way to maintain as much floor space as possible and create an 'unfitted' look at the same time", says Lance Stratton of Stratton Studio. The tub we selected has a small footprint but still looks substantial. Its slipper shape provides some relief to what is an otherwise rectilinear room".
Celebrate luxury. "My inspiration for this bathroom was modern elegance", says Jamie Herzlinger of Jamie Herzlinger Interior Design. "Modern can sometimes get very cold, but freestanding tubs celebrate luxury and sensuality. So I personally always feel that if you have the time to enjoy a bath, whether alone or with someone else, it’s an occasion that needs to be celebrated. Nothing beats taking a bath in a freestanding tub for a sensual experience". Try this in a smaller bathroom. "Freestanding tubs, or claw‐foots for that matter, have an essence about them", says Sophia Cok of Design Associates. "They have the ability to turn bathing into a luxurious experience".