Home shower and bath design has certainly come a long way since the good old days of bathing with a bucket in the backyard, or for the truly privileged, soaking in a tin tub stuffed into a closet with a door – you know, for privacy. Today’s stunning bathrooms have built on decades of innovation in the fields of design and technology; perhaps nowhere is this more evident than the shower and the bath. Homeowners today have a plethora of shower and bath options that they never could have dreamed of a decade ago, or in some instance, even a few short years ago. Among the top manufacturers, design has gotten so modern and sophisticated, and technology so advanced, that shower and bath options for the home can be of a quality that’s as high as those found in world class spas. So what specifically are some of the current trends in the world of home shower and bath?
More than ever before, steam showers are being installed in the bath environments of discerning homeowners throughout the world. Why? Because steam showers offer a plethora of health benefits including: alleviation of stress, improved blood circulation, cleansing of pores and relief of sinus congestion. Just as importantly, steam showers for the home are being designed and manufactured to a standard of quality that has never been seen before. Take a look at the steam showers manufactured by a company like Thermasol – the only company in the world manufacturing 100% digital networked steam systems. With cutting edge innovations like FastStart™, which engulfs you with steam in less than 60 seconds, and SmartSteam™, which produces the precise volume of steam required to maintain your desired room temperature while conserving energy, Thermasol has revolutionized the daily experience of showering in the home.
Not surprisingly, the shower and bath environment of a home is an ideal room to practice sustainable living. Many homeowners have already gotten serious about water conservation by installing water-saving faucets, and they’re doing the same with their tubs by choosing ones made from sustainable materials. They’re going with materials like teak, bamboo and mahogany that are often reclaimed or FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified. Or they’re using concrete or stainless steel, both of which are sustainable and durable. There are many other sustainable options to consider; look to companies like Kaldewei, the first manufacturer of baths to be certified under the German Quality Seal for Sustainable Building, or Durat who makes solid surface sinks, tubs and shower trays from 50% recycled content which is 100% recyclable.
LED bathtubs are somewhat an extension of eco bathtubs, though they are probably trending more for the stunning visual appeal they add to a bath environment than anything else. These beauties essentially turn your bath experience into a glowing light show and often feature touch controls for a plethora of lighting configuration options. Check out the Nirvana Bathtub by Bangkok-based Bathroom Design; it has a unique design created using a translucent acrylic layer called i-Crylic through which 360 LED lights produce a dazzling visual effect. Or the LTT Illuminated Bathtub, which comes in 5 glowing colors including white, pink, red, yellow, or orange.
Prominent interior designers have on more than one occasion described the modern home bath environment as the “new frontier” in home design. With such leading-edge products as the ones above making their way into the market and into homes of discerning clientele, we can see why.
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