Modern Bath Design: The Best in Best Practices
From curbless showers to vessel sinks, it’s important to get the details right.
We ask a lot of our bathrooms. They’re our workshops for hygiene, health, and beauty; a salon and a spa; a pit stop and a retreat. A full bath will have at least a toilet, sink, and combined tub and shower. Toilet-paper holders, mirrors, towel bars and hooks, and some amount of storage are basic necessities too. Yet today, we often deck out our bathrooms with everything from wall-mounted toilets to steam showers.
Bathrooms with private water closets for the toilet, double-sink vanities, and separate shower and freestanding tub arrangements are now quite common. Large windows and skylights, backlit medicine cabinets, towel warmers, and an abundance of designer materials can add style, comfort, and convenience. And advanced building materials expand project possibilities to the edges of a designer’s creativity.
If a luxury bathroom is in the budget, go for it. To make the most of today’s trends, though, it’s important to know the refinements that make them work. In this way, making your bath beautiful won’t sacrifice the function that’s vital to this hardworking room.
As you continue reading, you’ll repeatedly encounter the term modern. While its usage here is generally meant to imply that the design features we discuss and the baths we show are current and trendy, they are also often modern—or at least transitional—in style. But that doesn’t mean that the ideas can’t be translated into more traditional baths. They can.
Design editor Brian Pontolilo and Austin, Texas, architect Paul DeGroot (degrootarchitect.com) are long-time collaborators and friends.
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