A Guide To Designing Luxurious Bathrooms


October 3, 2017 | BY Philippine Tatler

When it comes to luxurious bathrooms, there’s no topping those of high-end hotels. Find out how to cop their style in this guide

As lifestyles get more hectic by the day, the bathroom has become a sanctuary within the home—a place where you can run away from distractions and disturbances. This need for a thoroughly relaxing space spurred the trend for bigger and more luxurious bathrooms that rival those of top-notch hotels. Read on for tips from Hansgrohe and AXOR on how to create a lush and deluxe bathroom for the home.

Colour coding

luxurious-hotel-inspired-bathroom-for-your-home-color.jpgPhoto: courtesy of Ulrich Stockhaus, Zürich

The bathroom should reflect your taste and personality. Individuality can be conveyed by adding different hues and tones in the space, like on the tiles and walls. Warm tones like red and orange channel energy and strength, while blue provides a relaxing atmosphere.

Colours can apply to bathroom fittings too. AXOR offers a bespoke customisation service for bathroom fittings manufactured with Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD), adding a personal touch to the bathroom. Special finishes such as bronze, nickel or red gold, brushed or polished, elevates the aesthetic and functional characteristic of the space. The Frutt Family Lodge & Melchsee Apartments in Switzerland feature the elegant AXOR and hansgrohe bathroom fittings in the special brushed gold-optic finish.

Combining lighting, texture, and scent

luxurious-hotel-inspired-bathroom-for-your-home-ambience.jpgStars of Kovan, Singapore | Photo: courtesy of Hansgrohe Singapore

The lighting of the bathroom space, the texture of the materials and the fragrance used in the bathroom are important in creating a relaxing atmosphere for personal time. This is because our senses enjoy immersing in these little details like rain shower on the skin, pleasantly soft lighting for a relaxing feel, and feeling the smooth texture of the marble counter tops. These features, as seen in Martin Modern and Stars of Kovan residences in Singapore, turn the bathroom into a luxurious and inviting space—encouraging a longer stay in the bathroom. Meanwhile, overall bath lighting and vanity lighting also contribute to the ambience when used properly. Sufficient light is placed where it is needed for showering, shaving and putting on make-up and softer lighting is used for the overall ambience of the bathroom. Finally, it is also important to think about the scent of the bathroom that suits your taste, all for a thoroughly pleasurable stay.

Considering themes

Hotels usually employ specific themes for their bathroom design. When designing a luxurious bathroom for the home, it would be important to decide first on the theme before searching for fittings and accessories.

luxurious-hotel-inspired-bathroom-for-your-home-theme-classic.jpgPhoto: courtesy of JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa

For a classic design, you can look to the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa on the pristine beaches of Phu Quoc, south of Vietnam. The bathrooms feature the AXOR Montreux fittings, paying tribute to the belle époque of the early 20th century which symbolised a symbol of fundamental change, technical advancement and cultural opulence galore.

luxurious-hotel-inspired-bathroom-for-your-home-theme-industrial.jpgThe Warehouse Hotel | Photo: courtesy of Hansgrohe Singapore

If you prefer an industrial minimalist design for the bathroom, you can draw inspirations from The Warehouse Hotel – a meticulously restored 37-room boutique hotel in a former godown on the Singapore riverbank in Robertson Quay. The clean styling of concrete and metal stands out at first sight. Using AXOR Shower Products designed by FRONT, nothing is hidden—steel pipe, couplings, and valves. The archaic funnel on the handshower ultimately releases the water in two jet types, oozing authentic industrial charm in perfection.

luxurious-hotel-inspired-bathroom-for-your-home-theme-modern.jpgMartin Modern | Photo: courtesy of Hansgrohe Singapore

Finally, for a modern-styled bathroom, you can always count on fitting and accessories that exude timeless elegance and refined class as seen in Martin Modern in Singapore. Fitted with AXOR Citterio furnishings, famous for subtle details that beg a second glance, the Martin Modern combines thoughtful modern design and privileges of cosmopolitan living with its location.

Adapting to technology

luxurious-hotel-inspired-bathroom-for-your-home-tech.jpgHarbour Glory, Hong Kong | Photo: courtesy of Hansgrohe Singapore

Some hotels offer a different level of sophistication, equipping its bathrooms with the latest technology. In the Harbour Glory apartments in North Point Hong Kong, the bathrooms are fitted with ShowerTablet Select, with the innovative Select technology from the Hansgrohe Group.

Intuitive and easy-to-use, the Select technology allows for the easy switching between different shower outlets without complicated controls, but with a simple push of the Select button. The Select technology is purely mechanical with no perplexing electronics, and is easy to use, even for children and the elderly. The hansgrohe ShowerTablet Select will also free up the space in the bathroom, as it also functions as a shelf for bathroom shower amenities such as shampoo bottles.

In the Philippines, AXOR and Hansgrohe are distributed by Kuysen Enterprises. (website here).

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