If the time has come to turn the bathroom into something more than a bathroom (i.e.: a place for relaxation and pampering), then consider the luxury hotel experience with neutral colors, towel warmers, heated floors and an oversized shower with its own seating, according to Yahoo! Homes.
Here are some suggestions from Yahoo! Homes about how to turn a bathroom into something more akin to a spa:
Neutral-colored floors that keep toes warm
With only its subtle colors, natural stone and wood, and luxurious cuddly robes, spas invite customers to relax.
Neutral-colored floors can make a personal bathroom appear bigger, and tile that resembles wood provides the ability to do this without the fear of needing to wipe up every drop of water that gets on the floor to avoid damage.
It’s also not too difficult for contractors to install radiant-heated floors that operate on a timer so they are warm before the morning shower.
Tubs of tranquility
If soaking in a tub with a glass of wine in hand and surrounded by candles fits the bill for a relaxing evening, then a Jacuzzi tub may be in order.
Many variations of hot tubs are available, including those that combine energy, music and light. Some change the color of the bath water for mood lighting, and some connect with an iPad’s music and vibrate to the tunes of the bather’s favorite artists.
Double sunken sinks
For those who don’t care to share their sink space, double sunken sinks are the new trend.
Double sinks provide individual space, drawers and mirrors, so the happy couple aren’t fighting over time in the bathroom while getting ready.
More homeowners are also requesting sinks that integrate into the countertop, providing a seamless look with no lip or edges while making for an easy cleanup.
Polished chrome is also a growing trend, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), whose members report the use of which has increased from 46 percent to 65 percent over the past year.
Dual mirrors – with a twist
Homeowners also want to see double as well as have two sinks in the master bath. But these mirrors should also have wooden or metal frames so they also look like a picture on the wall.
Homeowners can also install mirror television sets to provide entertainment while relaxing in their bathtubs (when the TV is turned off, it looks just like a mirror).
The installation of mirror TVs as well as fireplaces, coffee makers and towel warmers are becoming commonplace as more homeowners seek luxury in their bathrooms, according to Yahoo! Homes.
The use of unconventional cabinets – such as an antique dresser passed down from previous generations – is gaining popularity among bathroom trends.
But to provide more storage, consider incorporating a traditional medicine cabinet.
Granite countertops not only add a little pizzazz to a neutral bathroom, but they also offer the best value, as the high demand for them makes the market competitive. They are also what home buyers are looking for in a home.
But if granite countertops aren’t in the budget, countertops are also available in glass, wood, a variety of stones, mosaic tiles, recycled materials, quartz, laminate, concrete and Corian®.
Yahoo! Homes advises homeowners to talk to an expert to get help in making the right choice.
If glass doors or shower curtains don’t provide enough leg or arm room, doorless showers are growing in popularity. This item – or non-item – allows for ample room to spread out and relax.
Homeowners often add benches and different rain and shower heads in an effort to create the total spa experience in their own bathrooms.
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