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Wet Rooms – Embracing Luxury and Functionality in Bathroom Design

Wet Rooms – Embracing Luxury and Functionality in Bathroom Design

  • Mary Hawley
  • 06/27/24

As an interior designer with a passion for blending modern functionality with timeless aesthetics, discovering the concept of wet rooms was nothing short of revelatory for me. It was during a tour of a meticulously renovated mid-century home, where a savvy designer had transformed a compact bathroom into a luxurious sanctuary. The integration of a bathtub and spacious shower within a single, open space left me truly inspired. 

Recently, when a friend approached me for advice on remodeling her master bathroom in a quaint vacation home, I instantly knew a wet room would be the perfect solution. The existing layout featured a cramped shower and a large jacuzzi tub that dominated the space. By embracing the wet room concept, we could seamlessly merge these elements into a cohesive, spa-like environment that maximized both utility and visual appeal.

What captivates me most about wet rooms is their ability to elevate bathroom design beyond mere functionality. Encased in luxurious tiles and devoid of unnecessary partitions, every fixture becomes a sculptural element, inviting admiration and enjoyment. The continuous flooring not only enhances the perception of space but also facilitates effortless movement, catering to users of all ages.

To achieve a successful wet room design, careful planning is essential. The floor gently slopes towards a discreet drain, ensuring efficient water drainage without compromising aesthetics. While some may opt for a bench for added convenience, a teak stool offers a stylish alternative that can be easily moved between the tub and shower area.

One of the hallmarks of a true wet room is its openness – traditionally devoid of shower doors or screens. However, practical considerations like splash guards can be invaluable, controlling water while maintaining an unobstructed view. For those concerned about moisture management, proper ventilation through high-quality fans or strategically placed windows is crucial to maintaining a dry and comfortable environment.

Beyond its aesthetic allure, the wet room concept also addresses practical concerns such as accessibility and ease of maintenance. Whether accommodating mobility issues or planning for the future with aging in place, this design fosters inclusivity without sacrificing style.

While some may express reservations about potential water exposure beyond the shower area, modern solutions like splash guards mitigate these concerns effectively. Additionally, strategic ventilation and natural airflow play pivotal roles in ensuring a quick drying process.

In essence, if you're seeking to maximize space without compromising on luxury, a wet room could be your ideal solution. By seamlessly integrating a luxurious tub with a spacious shower, this innovative approach transforms your bathroom into a serene retreat reminiscent of a high-end spa. Embrace the elegance and functionality of a wet room – where every shower becomes an experience and every bath a moment of indulgence.


Mary E Hawley
Realtor®️ | GRI | ABR®️ | CNE®️ | CRS®️
Keller Williams Bay Area Estates
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