Master Bath Suite Designs Emulate Vacation Getaway Experience
One of the best things about staying in a luxurious hotel is the bathroom. Well-appointed and with such amenities as fragrant soaps, lotions, thirsty Egyptians towels and enveloping bathrobes, the bathroom suite of an upscale hotel or bed & breakfast inn is often like a private, pampering spa.
Increasingly, we’re choosing to create that vacation getaway experience at home through luxury master bathroom suite designs.
As shown in the one of the luxury master bathrooms above, seen on Houzz, and the one directly above it, from Veranda magazine, master bathroom suites have become true living spaces. They’re places to linger and get comfortable, fully accessorized and inviting, and often featuring extravagant architectural details once reserved only for public rooms. “The master bath used to be about function. Now it is all about comfort. Homeowners are looking to create an experience,” said Liz Hughes, head of North Carolina Design Online , North Carolina’s premier online resource guide for interior design and home decor. Each year, the North Carolina Design Online blog holds an Annual Reader’s Choice Awards for Master Bathrooms. As she observes the entries from design and architectural firms throughout the state, Liz is in a great position to see trends in master bathroom suite design. “We’re seeing more oval, rectangular and even square soaking tubs that allow homeowners to create a haven from the outside world,” she said.
Ahh! Now that’s a soaking tub above from Brian Vanden Brink, complete with its own fireplace, mantle and wall art. And, this bath from Locatia Architects below has its own fireplace as well, and like the others, takes on as much the feel of a formal yet comfortable living room as a bathroom:
With that fireplace, flatscreen TV, chaise lounge and breathtaking view, I’d want to linger for hours, wouldn’t you?
One highly desired feature of soaking tubs today is the “air tub,” which has tiny holes that push air out into the water instead of circulating it through the pipes like a Jacuzzi, Liz said.
The marble tub above is not only a haven; it’s almost a piece of art in and of itself with the geometric fretwork-like border inset on the marble tile floor in this exquisite, sun-bathed space seen in Traditional Home magazine.
Another desired feature of master bathrooms is an oversized walk-in shower, often with multi-jets. “A curbless shower entry not only looks great; it also addresses future accessibility issues,” Liz said. She added, “Accessibility for the future is top of mind in bathroom design today. If you are over 50, then you are likely to incorporporate curbless showers and wider doorways. People want to stay in the house as long as possible as they gracefully age.”
In keeping with the aesthetic and architecture of a living space, rather than a utilitarian space, Liz is seeing more and more art work in master bathrooms, including sculptures, wall art and luxurious decorative accessories. “Art personalizes the design of a space, including the bathroom,” she said. Lighting selections have also become much more important for master baths.
Exquisite lighting with the vintage romantic chandelier, floral art, soothing colors and a tropical view come together in the bathroom above, from Kahn Design Group, to create an oasis of calm and joy.
What about you? Would you like to create that vacation getaway experience in your luxury master bathroom? What feature shown in our bathroom tour on Hadley Court today do you like best and would like to incorporate into your own bathroom?
Kim Darden Shaver
Leslie Hendrix Wood
Founder, Editor In Chief of Hadley Court
Gracious Living. Timeless Design. Family Traditions.
Image 1 from Helenaaro; all other images attributed in blog.