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Refreshing Bathroom Features

Updated: Sep 12, 2022

Your bathroom should feel relaxing, clean, and luxurious no matter its size. Bathrooms are special places in our homes, as they often provide a moment of peace from our otherwise hectic lives. Modern, spa-like bathrooms have raised the bar on creating zen bathroom spaces where you can close the door on the world and start your day right. Whether it involves a refreshing shower, relaxing in a soothing tub of bubbles, or simply finding a few quiet minutes to scroll the headlines on your newsfeed, your bathroom should be perfectly customized to you and your lifestyle. Listed below are a few of our favorite bathroom features you can add or customize to completely transform your bathroom. Make sure you check out our blog on bathrooms and when to splurge and save!


Steam Shower -

A steam shower is a fantastic way to completely transform your showering experience. These additions typically require floor to ceiling glass along with extra plumbing and controls for your shower. Modern steam showers come with digital controls, which makes it easy for the user to activate the shower, adjust the length of time that the shower will operate, or adjust temperature controls. They are easy to use and have a variety of health benefits. Additionally, they add value to the home while saving homeowners the cost of spa visits along with the time it takes to travel to and from a nearby spa. On top of that, the steam shower is a self-contained unit that is smaller than a sauna or a steam room. Steam showers have a few significant advantages compared to saunas and other spa fixtures. A steam shower starts working immediately upon activation, which means there is no need to wait for the steam to start flowing. Simply press the button and enjoy. Steam showers are also easy on the water bill. In 20 minutes of use, a steam shower only use about 2 gallons of water compared to the 50 or more gallons that a conventional shower would use over the same duration. That is one reason why many designers are starting to include them in eco-friendly home designs.

Soaking Tub -

These deep bathtubs will make your bathroom into a personal spa. Soaking tubs are designed to prioritize comfort and relaxation. Soaking tubs can also be made with jets, a great addition to encourage even more relaxing.

A freestanding tub is unattached to any surrounding walls and can fit in almost any space. Freestanding bathtubs can be used as a focal point to a bathroom. Place your tub by a window with a view for a relaxing experience or place it in an area with more privacy.


Specialty Cabinetry -

For many of us, our bathrooms are used for everything from hair and make-up to shaving and brushing teeth. Our bathroom cabinetry typically combines a practical element such as a sink with the option storage drawers and shelves. However, specialty cabinetry can elevate the typical bathroom designs of storage for products and appliances and can additionally contain a multitude of features such as backlit lighting and concealed electrical outlets. There is a world of possibility when it comes to designing your bathroom, and we want you to have everything you didn’t know you wanted down to the smallest detail.


Double Vanity Sinks –

When it comes to the bathroom, the right vanity is more than a storage solution — it’s a piece of décor, a place to get ready in the morning, and one of the most eye-catching parts of the room. That’s why, whether you’re remodeling an existing bathroom or creating a bathroom in a new home, it is important to think through your vanity options. Double bathroom vanities offer all the benefits of a vanity times two, providing space for two individuals to get ready each morning, less stress about sharing the bathroom, and more convenience and flexibility overall. The biggest benefit of double vanities is space. Each person gets his or her own sink area to use each day. No one has to fight over the sink, and no one has to be in the way of someone else’s routine.


Multiple shower heads –

Without a doubt, one of the key benefits of a double shower is being able to enjoy a spa-like experience in your own home. A double shower gives a luxurious feel to your bathroom and can be very useful for kids, pets, and more.


Rain Shower –

Rain Showers pour water down like rainfall instead of a regular shower head and are an amazing feature that can maximize your shower experience. Once you experience a rain shower for the first time, you’ll easily feel the difference between the rain and the ordinary shower and never want to go back.


Body Sprayers –

Shower body sprayers consist of several spray heads affixed to the wall of the shower, in addition to the main shower head. These spray heads usually either resemble mini shower heads of flat panels, and work alongside the main shower head to deliver a luxurious shower experience.


Bench –

Shower benches can serve as unique home decor, extra storage space for bottles, a comfy spot to shave your legs, or maybe to just sit back and relax in the shower or steam room. Choose from a variety of materials to capture the essence you are going for in your bathroom. If you want a bench that’s functional but also brings natural color and texture to your master bathroom, wooden benches are both attractive and appealing. Another option for your shower is a stone bench that matches the materials used in your shower itself.


Shampoo Niche –

If you want your shower to look more like a spa than a storage place for various shampoo bottles and soaps, then consider installing a shower niche in your bathroom. A shower niche is a built-in shelf that’s recessed into the wall of the shower to provide storage space for bathroom products. It replaces the need for a caddy hanging from the shower head, a corner shelf that’s hard to clean, or bottles sitting on the shower floor. It allows you to keep your shower looking clean and organized and provides a more luxurious appearance.


Fireplace –

What could be more relaxing than a bathroom fireplace at the end of a day? If you’re looking to make a statement and enjoy cozy evenings soaking in front of a roaring fire, then adding a fireplace to your bathroom is the way to go. Electric bathroom fireplaces are the easiest to install, requiring little more than placing the unit and plugging it into an electrical outlet. The bathroom is a small space, so the fireplaces that fit there also need to be small.


Wet Room –


A wet room is a bathroom space with a shower area flush with the rest of the floor in the room. The tub and shower are located together behind a glass wall that makes up the wet room, and water drains through a flush drain that is usually located in the shower section of the room. Wet rooms open up the opportunity for creative bathroom design, without the need to squeeze in a shower enclosure or raised shower tray.


Whatever you decide on for your bathroom, you're sure to feel refreshed and rejuvenated after stepping out of your beautifully designed bathroom and shower. Let us know what your favorite feature is below!




~This blog was brought to you by S. Donnelly Interiors. Learn more about the interior design project process by following Stephanie Donnelly and her interior design services in Glen Ellyn, Illinois and the surrounding areas!


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