6 trends in luxury bathrooms

They may be scaling down in other areas, but custom-home clients aren’t skimping on bathroom amenities. Many master baths resemble sumptuous, spa-like retreats. Here are six trends in bathroom design.

November 16, 2011

4. Everything is Illuminated

In bathrooms, it’s important to have both overhead and wall lighting, particularly at the vanity areas, “because if you have just one or the other you’re creating shadows, especially in places where people are putting on their makeup or shaving,” says Messmer. Wall sconces or pendants can be used to fill in wherever overhead lights create shadows. “You’re starting to see more pendant lights in the bath,” she says.

LEDs are also making inroads. Manufacturers are putting them in the back of vanity mirrors to eliminate shadows and glare altogether, says Peterson.

To facilitate nocturnal visits, there are wall and floor tiles with LED lighting, as well as toilets with built-in lighting. (Design by Cameo Homes, North Salt Lake, Utah; Photo: Cameo Homes Inc./Marion Rockwood Interior Design.)

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