We spend a lot of time in the bathroom – from getting ready in the morning to relaxing at the end of the day – so it makes sense to look for ways to incorporate a luxurious feel to this room. To get your 2020 bathroom renovation planning off to a good start, we’ve rounded up seven of our top luxe ideas.
1. Shower heads
Rain shower heads mean you can recreate the lovely and tranquil feeling of standing in the rain right in your own bathroom. After a long day of work or play, nothing feels quite as relaxing as standing underneath the shower as it drenches our bodies. With choices of round or square in large 8 to 10 inch sizes, and the option to be ceiling mounted for a true downpour, rain showerheads generally come with multiple settings to allow you to personalise our shower experience – from a gentle rain drop to a true caught-in-the-rain experience. To really up the luxe factor, some top of the line shower heads even come with ambient lighting and Bluetooth sound to truly set the mood. While on the subject of shower heads, if you have a large shower space, why not add a shower head at either end for a his-and-hers rainforest style experience.
Lighting can make or a break a room’s visual appeal and the bathroom is one room where lighting plays a huge role in the success of the design. Users expect task lighting for applying makeup or shaving but still appreciate a soft mood when relaxing in the shower or bath. To encompass this, we recommend bright lights either side or overhead of the mirror or use Hollywood lighting bulbs around the mirror while choosing a separate, visually-appealing feature light in the middle of the room. Other areas that lighting can be added to are niches, under the vanity or on the walls like small romantic flames. Making the lighting dimmable will help in allowing you to setting the correct light and if you take trips to the bathroom in the middle of the night, consider adding a sensor night light.
3. Soaker and whirlpool baths
After a long hard day, why not treat those weary muscles and feet to a luxurious dip in the bath? A soaker bath is deeper than a traditional bath, allowing full submersion of the body while a whirlpool bath is fitted with jets that pump out air and massage the body. These styles of baths are generally contoured to mould to the body and ensure the ultimate in comfort and relaxation. If the space allows, choosing a freestanding bath will also add visual appeal. An extra tip to really up the luxe factor (if the room permits), is to install a television to unwind with your favourite show while you soak away!
4. Bluetooth Speakers
If you’re the kind of person that likes to listen to music or podcasts whilst in the shower and bathroom, then Bluetooth speakers are a must for you. With a large selection on the market, you can choose them to be installed or retro-fitted through suction caps or malleable options like those that wrap around the shower head. Your options for bathroom speakers are limitless with waterproof (look for an IPX rating of at least 6 or 7 – the higher the number, the better), dust protection, colour changing lights and even a built in microphone for voice command or to take hands free calls. While adding a bit of tech luxe, Bluetooth waterproof speakers can suit all budgets.
5. Makeup Mirror
Not only does a large mirror brighten and open up the room as it bounces the light around, but an elegant mirror oozes luxury and adds a special touch when getting ready for the day or night. Choose from sleek and polished edges, coloured and timber frames, or go full Hollywood glam with bulb lights around the edges. Today’s offerings include dimmable lights to allow accurate lighting control for all times of the day. Why stop at one mirror? Add an extra glamourous touch with a tri-mirror to get a good view of all facial angles. Or if you like to get a good close up of the face, install a smaller mirror beneath the larger one with 2x or 3x magnification that can swivel out as you need it.
6. Double vanity
Popular in modern ensuites, a double vanity is a large bench with two sinks sitting side by side and is ideal for couples whose schedules run on similar timeframes, allowing both people to use the sink area simultaneously. Generally, these vanities also include separate drawers and counter space for both people so you each have your own storage space. If you prefer to have maximum bench space however, consider a large sink in the middle of the bench, which still allows a his-and-her side style setup but has the extra bench room the second sink would have taken up.
Gone are the days of the simple toilet. Thanks to ever-changing innovation, toilets have now cemented themselves as one of the top luxe items you can add to a bathroom. The luxurious toilets on the market today now include technology such as touchless flush systems, added hygiene barriers, night lights, deodorisers, heated seats, automatic lid openings and even music players. And forget about them being an eyesore, the prestige toilets of today are now aesthetically pleasing with modern and contemporary lines and shapes with some including rimless bowls and close-to-wall designs meaning your toilet can nicely and seamlessly blend into your current décor or, if you wish, stand out as its own design piece.
Not only will adding a touch of luxury to your bathroom make it a special place you’ll love to spend time in but it will also add to the resale of your home when it’s time to move on. You can expect a good ten years out of a bathroom renovation so when you are ready to begin, contact us and chat with one of our expert designers who will work with you from start to finish to ensure the finished product is something you will truly enjoy and embrace you and your personal style.