Showers reign in luxury baths


Whirlpool tubs are still in the swim, but showers are now making the biggest splash throughout Northern Virginia.

The glass-enclosed shower is now getting more attention than the whirlpool tub, said Dena Foster at Reico Kitchen and Bath, with its Springfield/Alexandria and Falls Church/Tysons Corner locations.

That makes sense, she says, because, The shower is used more often.

Its all in the spirit of having it all, as Sandra Panek explained, at NVS Kitchen and Bath in Manassas. While whirlpool tubs are still popular, people are very busy now, so they want to get in and out of the shower, but they want it to be really nice, as long as they are there.

Often, they want company there, too. That means benches for two or more plus multiple shower heads and body sprays in the oversized, glass-enclosed area.
Fancy finishes are also seen on the most fashionable faucets. Foster agreed. They may be brass or chrome, she said, and we are also seeing a trend to oil-rubbed brass. As made by Kohler and other leading luxury manufacturers, this is a rich dark brown with copper highlights, providing an old-world charm.

It reflects the trend to furniture styling for the bath, said Foster. It includes vanities that look like dressers, with claw feet for the traditional style or stainless steel for a more contemporary look.

For the most splashy showers, she is seeing glass tile or natural stone, like limestone or travertine marble, for the bathroom floors, walls and counters. Radiant heated floors and towel warmers add comfort, while enclosed commodes provide privacy.