Features in some luxurious master baths include antiques, upholstery and spots for displaying collections.
Looking at these luxurious master baths with special features I regret my caution six years ago when we we renovated our master bathroom. I thought about eliminating a closet to enlarge the bath even further. I didn’t and I regret the decision. How great it would be to have a towel waiting on a handy table or some comfy seating.
Our needs and ideas evolve over time and the master bath is an notoriously difficult space to change. While it isn’t always possible to install a super-luxe fireplace or steam shower, these baths offer some unique ways to use furniture and shelving to enhance the style and function of what, for most of us, is a very personal place.
His and Her Master Bath with Antique Furniture & Runner – I’m going to overlook the two-tone marble floor, French doors opening onto a patio and the elegant antique-style lantern chandelier and get right to the difference that California design meister Michael S. Smith made here: this master bath is furnished like a foyer. A circular antique hall table sits in the center while an antique chest is placed in the ample space between the Mr.-and-Mrs. pedestal sinks. An Oriental runner — lovely in any room — adds wonderful traditional color to the floor plus warmth underfoot. In the foreground, catch a corner of a Gustavian armoire.
Lavish Twin Storage and Display Cabinets – These days we see vanities (especially modern ones) with cut-out shelves used to stow extra towels. In this bath, the elegant curved vanity is devoted to traditional under-sink doors and drawers. What’s interesting are two storage “towers” built on the relatively narrow wall. These prove ample enough to replace a linen closet with a shelves left over for decorative displays.
Built-In Dressing Table – Boston designer Frank Roop created a modern master bath with wonderfully dazzling walls. Reflective silver subways installed in a vertical running bond (staggered) make it easy to overlook the slim table-height shelf that extends all the way to the wall. With a mirrored wall above, it makes a natural dressing table. What’s surprising is the odd space created by the bench that extends past the shower glass and into the corner. I must admit it’s a handy setting down space for anyone seated at the mirror.
Easy Chair and Ottoman plus Steam shower – L.A. designer Peter Dunham created a master retreat in this house, complete with a fireplace plus separate marble tub and steam-shower [below]. The herringbone tile floor creates a carpetlike pattern and also prevents it from being slippery. Rugs are not in evidence – here the carpet is wrapped around a fabulous little ottoman. And how great it would be great to step out of the steam, throw on a robe and sink into a slipcovered bathroom chair like this one?
(Sources: Michael Smith Inc, House Beautiful, Frank Roop, Peter Dunham)
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