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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.
5. The Tub Stands Alone
Freestanding tubs are making a comeback. Modern updates of the old clawfoot tub may be carved out of stone, crystal, or even solid glass, and feature rounded, rectangular, and angled shapes. Like sculptures, they often take center stage in the room.
In the photo above, a freestanding tub with an in-line heater sits in a drained fiberglass pan filled with river rocks. The wood-textured, porcelain-tile floor follows the gentle curve of the tub and rock path. (Design by Holly Rickert and Julia Kleyman, Ulrich Inc., Ridgewood, N.J.; Photo: Peter Rymwid Architectural Photographer.)