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From Blah to Spa: Elements of Great Bathroom Design

Elevate your master bath to a spa-worthy sanctuary with these ideas

A generation ago, bathrooms were places to get clean—and maybe apply eye shadow. Then we discovered spas, and wanted to bring that experience home. Happily, with smart features in all the right places, the only thing missing from today’s master bath is the masseuse.

Shower Power

“Hand showers are definitely a must,” says Caroline Swift, a showroom sales consultant with Ferguson Enterprises in Colorado Springs, Colo. One of her favorites is Delta’s In2ition®, a wall-mounted shower with a removable center head. (Washing your hair—and Fido—has never been easier.) She’s also sweet on showerheads featuring Delta’s H2Okinetic Technology®, which pours on a spa-like soak while actually conserving water.

Easy to maintain and easy on the eyes is another win-win combo in the master suite, says Dion Wilson, manager and designer at Waterhouse Bath & Kitchen Studio, a subsidiary of Maumee Supply, in Perrysburg, Ohio. We’re talking sparkle-enhancing features like Delta’s Touch-Clean® technology, which makes for easy removal of lime and calcium buildup.

Tech Escape

Of course, nothing says trendy-yet-tranquil quite like tech. Wilson points to Delta’s hands-free Touch2O.xt™ faucets as a cool bathroom upgrade (really, who doesn’t want a faucet that can sense your presence?).

The other at-home tech trend: TVs appearing behind bathroom mirrors or embedded in the walls. Because even people who never want to leave the bathroom need to know what Don Draper is up to on Mad Men.