Luxury bathrooms are some of the best rooms of a house, a sanctuary that allows one to enjoy a bit of solitude. It also uses the healing properties of water to cleanse, balance and soothe the body. The start of the 20th century has seen bathrooms transform not just into a simple, sterile room with the lavatory/sink, bathtub, shower, and toilet, but a place that has a more specific, broader use, such as a dressing room, a powder room, or even a sitting room. But more than that, luxury concepts and features like spas, whirlpools, hot tubs, and even fireplace mantels have made their presence known, transforming this sparse, utilitarian room into nothing but short of glamorous.
The word “glamorous” can mean differently from one person to the next, but many agree that a part of what makes a glamorous interior design the merging of great style, distinctiveness, and tremendous class. Here are some of the best luxury bathrooms that can take your breath away:
Outdoor Showers: Calistoga, Napa Valley, California
Have you ever wanted to take a shower with nature in full view? This secluded 8 x 14 shower uses Butler and Mill fixtures and cedar to create spectacular a spectacular panorama of 100 year old oaks and stars at night. Treallised decking and walkways join the cedar-shingled home to wooded landscapes, with showers that offer a “spa-quality” experience.
This outdoor shower is part of the 23 contemporary cedar-shingle residences that are being offered at Calistoga Rancha. It is offered on a fractional basis, starting at $475,000.
Marbled Bathroom: Fort Washington, Pennsylvania
This is where tradition and old-world craftsmanship merge into creating one of the most luxurious bathrooms imaginable. The tub, which is carved from a solid block of marble, offers an experience reminiscent to the Gilded Age era, where opulence, money, and philanthropy were the backdrop of a golden period in American history.
This bathroom is part of Arbor Hill, an 8-bedroom and 8-bathroom house listed from $30 million. The property offers 70 acres of private sanctuary, attractive floor-to-ceiling windows, and interior corridors that showcase a blend of Venetian plaster, limestone, and oak.
Exotic Indoor and Outdoor Bathroom: Kailua Kona, Hawaii
Hawaii is not just the home of Pearl Harbor, volcanoes, the luau, Waikiki, and beach vacations. It’s also the home of a five-bedroom, 5,388-square-foot house that offers a fabulous indoor and outdoor bathing area. This partially-exposed bathroom has floating steps that showcase towering carved stone showers and sunken tubs. Each of its six bathrooms is enclosed by native stone walls with distinct Asian-style architecture and interiors. It also offers wide outdoor spaces that offer a beautiful view of the tropical surroundings.
A part of the secret (and mystique) of luxury bathrooms is really found in the details — from its molding, to its customized accent tile…and even to its plants. Not all these bathrooms can create an air of panache in their designs, but it can always be possible. Draw inspiration from these luxury bathrooms, and you’ll learn how to choose the one that gets noticed and stands out from the rest.
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