Languidly standing in sprays of hot water, listening to your favorite music while you inhale a scent of aromatherapy, awaiting the heated towels you’ll wrap yourself in. Believe it: You’re not at a spa or four-star hotel. You’re at home.
The transformation of baths from somewhat ho-hum spaces to luxurious body-care centers has taken a giant step. Sabrina DaLomba, Director of Showrooms for Supply New England’s Kitchen & Bath Gallery, cites several recent head-turning developments: “There are all sorts of tricks and features added today,” DaLomba says. She loves the Moxie, a new shower head by Kohler, which is equipped with a wireless speaker for playing music while you scrub. “It’s a super cool thing,” she says. “You can bring all these aspects to your bath.”
There is an array of other features that can be incorporated, whether during a renovation, or planned from the get-go: floor warmers, aromatherapy wells dropped into heated towel racks, LED lights in the walls for color-changing scenery, and, of course, the now-traditional rain heads, which shower water along the body.
“It’s almost like bringing the spa into the home,” DaLomba says. “We’re trying to give that spa feel, like a retreat.” Some of the new developments make sense in more than just design or fashion. “Research shows that light and color can change mood,” DaLomba says. “It’s like light therapy.”