Technically, the only real must-haves for a bathroom are a toilet, a sink, and a shower or bathtub. But if you were compiling a list of features for a master bath that’s worthy of the name, you would add a few things to make the room special.
So in the spirit of creating the spa-like bathroom of a homeowner’s dreams, here are some elements to add “luxe” to the space:
A Double SinkTogetherness is great, but giving each user of the master bath a place to brush his or her teeth should rank pretty high on the must-haves list. Those sinks could be undermounts, which eliminate a rim where gunk accumulates, or artistic bowls of glass or bronze set on top of the counter.
For those sinks, or at least single-handled models that are easier to manage.
Luxury Countertop Materials
Such as granite, marble, quartz, quartzite, or concrete. These counters, which lack the grout lines of tile, are beautiful and easy to take care of.
Large Shower Enclosure
A large shower enclosure with two or more shower heads. Many luxury master bathrooms feature open, walk-in showers with either frameless glass enclosures or no glass at all. The walls and floors can be of high-end tiles of stone or porcelain, and the shower should have a built-in seat.
Often the showers are curbless, so there’s no lip to step over, making them ideal for users of wheelchairs and walkers. Such a shower has to be designed skillfully to contain the spray to the shower area and drain the water away so it won’t flow into the rest of the bathroom.
Powerful Ventilation System
A quiet, powerful ventilation system to remove the damaging humidity created by the luxurious shower.
A separate enclosure for the toilet. The toilet itself can boast luxury features, too, such as a cover that rises, a seat that starts heating, music that begins playing, and air freshener that spritzes as you approach and flushes by itself when you walk away. These luxurious loos are beautiful to look at, and many are wall-hung so that they are easy to clean around.
A soaking tub that makes you want to stay submerged. This could be big enough for two or a space-saving Japanese-style tub that’s deep enough to cover you for a hot soak. High-end tubs come in wood, glass, copper, stainless steel, and more.
Room with a View
A room with a view, or even open to the great outdoors. Depending on the location of your home and privacy issues, a large window (equipped with shades when they’re needed) gives you the feeling of soaking in the open air. If the window opens, all the better.
Whether you have a wall of windows or not, you’re going to need sufficient lighting, especially around the mirrors. The fixtures can be works of art themselves, and dimmable lights can add to the ambiance of a room that’s so much more than just a utilitarian space.
Plenty of Storage
Think about all the linens and bath supplies that you want close at hand but not necessarily on display.
Large Walk-In Closets
Large walk-in closets, ideally one for each of you, that connect to the master bath suite.
Wood in the bathroom. Despite its susceptibility to water damage, wood is showing up in a luxurious way in bathroom floors, paneling, even bathtubs.
A Sitting Area
All the lounging doesn’t have to be done in the tub. In a room so well appointed with high-class features, you’ll want to sit down and stay a while.
Think about bare feet on a tile floor. This one’s a proven winner.