5 Trends in Bathroom Retreats

Though overall renovation budgets may still be on the wane, master ensuites seem to be one place where compromise and economy are secondary to luxe finishes. Hotel inspiration is common, with features such as TVs integrated in mirrors, door-less showers, and ultra high-end finishes being coveted.

The Personal Spa

More than anything else, this space is a retreat. And it is being outfitted accordingly. That may be as simple as heated floors and towel warmers, particularly in colder climates. It might also include a multi-functional toilet that is not only a bidet, but as a music control centre. Or is might expand to include a massage table.

Natural Materials

Combining multiple materials in unique and different ways has become somewhat the norm. Teak and/or Ipe are durable enough for both indoor and outdoor use and mix beautifully with natural stone elements to create a strong visual impact.

Vantage Point

Views are just as important here as they are elsewhere in the home. When privacy is not a concern, windows are left bare and showers can be more open. Trench drains are being introduced in stunning designs and materials, so the need for visual separation has been eliminated.

Standalone Tubs

Even in cases where a tub is never used, homeowners are opting to include standalone tubs as a focal point and to create a strong design statement. Materials are diverse – from standard ceramics to stone, metal, or even glass – and shapes are more sculptural. There is definitely something for every taste and budget.

Lights. Lights. And More Lights.

Multiple light sources are especially important in the bathroom, particularly around the vanity. Pot lights, wall sconces, and even chandeliers are nothing new within bathrooms. But faucets offering chromotherapy are being introduced more often, as are wall and floor tiles that feature LED lighting. Some manufacturers are also using LEDs in the back of vanity mirrors in order to eliminate glare and shadows.

Photo Gallery Author

MeCC Interiors is an award winning full service design studio specializing in residential design, commercial redesign, and project management. Have your spaces custom designed from the ground up or simply dressed and accessorized – no job is too big or too small.

Other galleries from this pro:

Article

spring2013-pantone

The Pantone Colours of Spring 2013

Oct 30, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

What will spring 2013 look like in terms of colour? While the colours are fresh and bright, they are not quite as bold as what we saw last year. The neutral tones are more subtle and almost fade into the background and there is a strong green influence for 2013. Greens are predicted to span all spectrums as we see undertones of blue, grey, and yellow in the top shades.

Article

frank-lloyd-wright-falling-water-pic-by-robert-ruschak-western-pennsylvania-conservancy

The Colours of Fall 2012

Oct 30, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

Welcome to fall, which officially begins today! The colours are not yet as vibrant as those shown at Fallingwater, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1935 and built between 1936-38, but colours are definitely starting to shift.

Article

m1

Celebrating the Grape

Oct 23, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

It’s that time of year…the Niagara Wine Festival is on. Running through September 30, the region is focusing on the wineries and vineyards, tastings and events, all with a local flair. The odds are good that you will come home with a bottle or several based on new discoveries. For those who are passionate about their wine, stowing it on a shelf somewhere is not appropriate. And kitchen trends over the past couple years have seen a sharp decline in wine fridges. So where should your new vintages be stored prior to consumption? The wine cellar, naturally.

Article

big-blue-492x0_q85_crop-smart

Recycled Shipping Containers as Buildings?

Sep 20, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

Have you ever driven by a stockyard and wondered what becomes of all those stacked shipping containers when they are deemed no longer useful for transport? Increasingly, many are being transformed into usable spaces, both commercially and residentially.

Article

airclad-inflatable-garden-studio-pavilion-backyard

Inflatable Structures Help Solve Space Dilemmas

Sep 20, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

Do you think air pumps are just for tires and balloons? I think AirClad would strongly disagree. For years, the UK-based company has been producing temporary structures for both commercial and residential use that inflate when needed (usually for three days to three weeks) and deflate and neatly store away until they are needed again. Made of fabric, the structures are designed to compress with a ratio of 100m2 of usable space to 1 cubic metre when stored.

Article

mattel_photo2

Design for the Greater Good – Mattel Children’s Hospital

Sep 20, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

Though some see design as a waste of time, the truth of the matter is that design has the power to change lives. It can brighten a sunken mood. It can envelope and bring a sense of safety. It can also unite; bringing people together to focus on a worthwhile task or cause.

Article

nilsson-pflugfelder-verbandkammer-1

A Space for Those Who Live at the Office

Sep 20, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

For those who live, eat, sleep, breathe their work, London- and Berlin-based architects Nilsson Pflugfelder have introduced Verbandkammer, a spaceship-like, customizable workspace / artist’s residence.

Article

betsy-burnham-mid-wilshire

Colour + Colour + Neutral

Sep 20, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

"For me, colour-plus-colour-plus-colour isn’t as good an equation as colour-plus-colour-plus-neutral. Adding a neutral keeps colours from looking childish and amateurish, and colours look richer when they’re paired with neutrals." -Betsy Burnham (House Beautiful, June 2012)

Article

green-yoga-interior-concept-designbyalexandra_wordpress_com

The Design of Yoga

Sep 20, 2012 by MeCC Interiors

September is National Yoga Month. While a yoga practice should not focus on the look of the studio, a space can certainly impact one’s practice just as much as the combined presence of those practicing within the space. As an avid practitioner and teacher, I have compiled images of studios in which I would love to practice.

Previous