Over the years, bathrooms have transcended “utility room” status and have become personal retreats. We escape to the bathroom for a moment of peace and quiet, or maybe take a slightly longer shower just to enjoy the time alone. Whether spending a quick five minutes sprucing up, taking a nice soak, or reclining on a chair with a magazine, we want our bathrooms to feel like a sanctuary from everything outside. In 2010, the “spa bathroom” concept has been taken to a new level with trends that are both luxurious increasingly common at the same time.
- Spacious Soaking Tubs Gone are the days of the large jet-tub surrounded by several feet of decking. In 2010, the trend has gone away from noisy tubs that take up huge spaces in favor of deep, peaceful soaking tubs. Soaking baths tend to be prettier than their jet-setting predecessors, and offer a deep, quiet soak without water spurting up to disturb your magazine page turns.
- Windows and Skylights Since we’re spending more time in the bathroom, it’s only natural to seek more daylight there. To avoid any concerns about a “peepshow”, add skylights and creatively placed windows to bring in the light. Consider windows behind your sink area, above a vanity, or a wall of glass blocks that let in the light without exposing you.
- Large and Luxurious Walk-In Showers Long ago, the shower stall separated itself from the tub in bathroom remodels. Now we’re taking it a step further away by getting rid of the “stall” and making the shower luxury in itself. Today’s premier showers are walk-in (often without doors) and have enough space to stretch out and enjoy multiple shower heads. Also being installed more often in showers: Chromatherapy lighting, speakers, and rain showerheads.
- Heated Flooring Heated flooring, even in San Diego, is a welcome addition on cold dark mornings (especially right after daylight savings has ended!). Imagine stepping out of the shower onto a warm surface--talk about a cozy room! Plus, radiant heating systems tend to be energy efficient so it won’t be a boon to the electric bill.
- Bold Colors Throughout the 90s and many of the last several years, bathrooms took on a “vanilla” quality—painted predominantly white, grey and beige. Today, people are adding some personality back into their bathrooms by way of color. Golds, blues and greens have become common wall colors in commodes everywhere. What’s your color personality? Don’t be shy!