How’s your February going? It’s been so snowy here in Denver! Usually our snow melts when the sun comes back out the next day after a storm but we have snow in our yard that has been there since THANKSGIVING. That’s a first in the 16 years we’ve lived in the Denver area. We have ice dams in our gutters like the ones in Chevy Chase’s Christmas Vacation. But, enough of me complaining to you.
Wait! I spoke to soon. I’m not done complaining yet. This is Part 2 of my True Design Confessional about my early dislike of bathroom design. I enjoy working on bathrooms now – but here are the roots of what I don’t love about bathrooms. Last week it was the enormous, Titanic-like bathtub rising up on sharp edged, tiled stairs like a harbinger of doom and this week it’s the tile in showers.
I also don’t like small bands of accent tile. To me, they look too small, too busy and just not enough and they are everywhere in a certain age of remodel. I don’t like the enormous, frameless mirrors (although big mirrors are coming back) and I (it gets weird here), I don’t like all the tile. It’s a bathroom – it gets wet! I know, I still don’t like all the tile (check out my post on paneling in the bathroom).
Combine vast wastelands of tile with huge panes of glass, large expanses of generic mirror, bands of mosaic glass and stone tile running around the room and you have a room where I don’t feel comfortable. What I’m trying to tell you is that the bathrooms of the 1990’s and early 2000’s have ruined me and even though none of what I described is in style now, I see it in client’s homes all the time.
Okay you maniac – what kind of showers do you like? Here are a few that I am digging right now and I’ll also break down the luxury items that my clients are putting into their showers right now.
Run Your Floor Tile Up One Wall in the Shower
Put Your Accent Tile on An Entire Wall:
This has been a trend for the past 3 years or so and I like it!
Rain Head or Not to Rain Head?
The above shower has a hand held sprayer (which almost all of my clients put in) and a rain head (which just a few of my clients put in). Rain heads come with light therapy now and other fancy features but they look so odd in the ads – it’s always a black bathroom with fluorescent pink and white light coming from the shower head.
Almost all of my clients who are into the shower experience go with body sprays. Delta sells some that are pretty affordable as does Brizo.
Steam Showers in Arid Climates
I don’t know if they are as popular in humid climates, but out here in our arid, high desert climate, a luxury shower has a steam unit. My clients like to put essential oil in the unit and a favorite brand is Thermasol.
“Somebody just gave me a shower radio. Thanks a lot. Do you really want music in the shower? I guess there’s no better place to dance than a slick surface next to a glass door.”