In these uncertain times, adjusting to our stay-at-home lifestyles can be challenging, to say the least. Whether it’s implementing a new WFH routine or tackling the role of homeschool teacher, stresses abound, and we could all benefit from some rest and relaxation. While taking a formal ‘spa day’ is postponed for now, the design-minded individuals can still transform their home’s master baths into soothing sanctuaries. And who better to take inspiration from than the latest wave of luxury real estate developments – the originators of the now ubiquitous phrase “spa-like master bath”?
Below are a few steps of how to design the ultimate at-home oasis, taking cues from some of the most in-demand, upscale, and cutting-edge new residential developments.
Step 1: Dim the lights and cue the sounds
It wouldn’t be a spa experience without mood lighting and soft music. At the Richard Meier & Partners Architects-designed One United Nations Park, the Manhattan residences feature a fully automated and integrated custom ‘smart home’ system by Crestron, which can be used to regulate temperature, adjust lighting/motorized window shades, and control music volume—perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Step 2: Upgrade your bathtub. Chromotherapy anyone?
Investing in a deep soaking tub is also a necessity. Fortunately, there’s an array of fully-loaded tubs on the market to choose from. At Astéras Kings, a boutique residential development featuring contemporary and minimalist design in West Hollywood, the bathrooms feature wellness tubs by BainUltra, complete with heated interior walls and chromotherapy/aromatherapy options. Because lighting a few Byredo candles isn’t always enough to heighten the sensory experience!
Step 3: Invest in add-ons
At 40 Bleecker, NoHo’s rare ground-up new development by celebrity interior designer Ryan Korban, residents will have access to a wellness concierge and at-home IV-drips (yes, for those pesky hangovers that can often follow a Zoom happy hour) by Clean Market, the groundbreaking and leading New York-based wellness destination. It’s believed to be the first building in NYC to offer this service – which just may be the cherry on top of your at-home wellness experience.
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