Oct 31, 2011

10 tips for a dazzling guest bath.

    St Regis Punta MitaWhen you want to create the ultimate guest bath experience, take your cues from hotels and resorts. These ten tips will give your bath luxury, warmth, and fabulous aesthetics.
    1) Close Quarters. With tight spaces, create a comfortable, open connection between the guestroom and its bath for a feeling of greater spaciousness.

    2) Can We Vent? Bathroom ventilation is critical to guest comfort, in the bathroom as well as the guestroom itself. Introduce natural light and air whenever possible.

    3) Tea for Two. Create a focal point with the tub—use one that accommodates two people—allowing guests to soak up the atmosphere and peaceful surroundings. 

    4) Back-to-Back. Design guestroom and baths back-to-back for easy access.

    5) Practically Pretty. Provide spaces for standard amenities, from a make-up mirror to an outlet or robe hook. Practicality counts in vanity-space planning—smart storage spaces for personal items minimize vanity top clutter and show off the hardware, making it aesthetically pleasing.

    6) Lighten Up. Bathroom lighting should be functional yet tender. Provide adequate lig
    hting to each of the main functional areas for practical matters (shaving and make-up), and make it mood-setting by the tub and view windows. 
    7) Got Space? Accommodating up to five fixtures in the bathroom turns the ordinary into extraordinary.The Elephant in the Room. Two words: Water closet. Conceal the commode. 
    8) Finish First. Bathrooms should be infused with elegant, simple finishes that link them visually to guest rooms. In bathroom spaces, lean toward tones and shades, textures and surfaces that are clean, fresh, and luxurious to project a bright, crisp aesthetic. 

    9) How Art Thou? Art and decorative objects that reinforce the style has a subtle place within the bathroom, helping guests feel comfortable and connected to their surroundings. 

    10) The Toes Know. Adding heated flooring and heated towel racks takes comfort to a lofty level and lessens the shock on a cold winter’s night.