For many homeowners, it’s out with the tub and in with the everyday luxury of a high-end shower. See how top designers decked out 8 steamy escapes.
- By Jackie Dishner
Make it Big
Luxury means being able to do yoga poses in your shower — at least for one of designer Susan Fredman’s clients. She delivered not only a large space but also a dramatic boulder rock for seating. Earth tones, textured tiles, natural light and a steam shower complete this soothing, masculine space.
Step It Up
A surefire way to create a shower that stands out? Elevate it. Beverly Hills interior designer Christopher Grubb framed this glass-enclosed shower with elegant stone steps. Another luxurious feature: waterproof speakers inside the shower let you groove to your favorite wake-up tunes.
To open up this corner space and give the shower a larger feel, Southern California designer Genoveve Serge opted for a frameless shower that allows enough space for his-and-hers shower heads. Polished nickel fixtures and sandy-toned porcelain tiles complete this simple-yet-elegant look.
Room With a View
Idee Chic Designs’ Natalia Smith took advantage of this home’s lake view by placing a frameless glass shower in front of it. Earth tones, pebbles at your feet and natural lighting add to the attraction of this open space. High-end body sprayers with both hand-held and stationary showerheads complete the spa effect.
Sit Down and Stay Awhile
A stone or marble bench inside the shower creates the perfect place to relax and reflect. This steam shower, designed by Christopher Grubb, has fully programmable shower controls and a niche for candles and accessories to complete the spa-like experience.
Etch the Glass
The New York architectural firm Robert A. M. Stern Designs notches up that luxurious feel with Bendheim etched glass enclosures. Not only can you feel the texture of this lace-like design on both the inside and outside of the shower panels, you can also get a sense of movement under light. The best part: It’s naturally resistant to fingerprints and stains, which makes this product a top choice for this high-traffic space.
Luxury doesn’t have to be big or expensive. You can go casual, as did Chicago-based designer Mark Zancanaro, with a river rock floor and slate and tumbled marble on the shower walls. The materials blend well with the overall blue tones in the room.
In this spacious shower, Christopher Grubb of Arch Interior Design Group in Beverly Hills features not only two showerheads but also two shampoo niches and shaving benches. A chiseled stone mosaic in between the benches adds both textural and artistic interest.
HGTV. Luxurious Showers, [Online]. Web address: http://www.hgtv.com/bathrooms/luxurious-showers/pictures/index.html (Page consulted on February 07 2012)