Bathroom Trends Get Sleek Inspiration from Spas

Home owners are taking note of the luxurious details found in the bathrooms of high-end hotels, and are seeking to recreate the sleek look in their own abode, says Mary DeWalt, president of Mary DeWalt Design Group in Austin, Texas.

DeWalt and other design experts offered their insights on the latest trends in the bathroom. Among the hot styles: Subdued color palettes and Zen-like spaces with lots of marble – for floors, countertops and showers. “Showers are stars of the show, says Kay Green of Kay Green Design Inc. of Orlando, Fla.

Although big bathtubs are still popular, spa-inspired showers with rain-style showerheads, multiple nozzles and wall-mounted body sprayers are the rage.

"I think the shower is the more important emphasis because sometimes people realize, after they have had a tub, that they never get in," says Green.

Other trends include furniture-style cabinetry, and sleek toilets with hidden tanks and heated seats. In addition, double vanities are being positioned across the room from each other so couples don’t have to stand side by side while they're getting ready for the day or an evening out.

Source: Orlando Sentinel, Terry Ward (O6/03/07)