We have two different theme ideas for the bathrooms in our future house (we're talking like, 10-15 years down the road). The main or master bathroom will be in Japanese style, and we want to have a big, wooden ofuro bathtub. These are deep baths used more for soaking and relaxing rather than strictly for cleaning - sort of like a hot tub.
These are some of our inspirations:
[Image by Home Portfolio; stainless steel tub by Diamond Spas]
[Image from SILive; bathroom design by Michael Ranson]
[Image from Bornplaydie.com; Sanbare Hotel, Izu, Shizuoka, Japan]
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While the ofuro is mainly Davis's idea, being the Japanese studies major, my contribution to the bathroom design is river pebble floors and open-concept rain showers (the latter of which will probably have to be in the master bathroom as well). I love beachy, water, coastal themes, and I find the pebble floors really attractive... imagine the feel of the cool bumpy stones on your feet on a hot day!
[image by Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn from Coastal Living]
[image from Kitchen & Bath Ideas]
[image from CutieGadget; water tile by Kohler]
[image by Brian Scott; Saman Villas Hotel, Sri Lanka]
I sometimes have recurring dreams about those rain tile shower spouts - but usually they're somewhere inappropriate like in the middle of a large, dim, carpeted room. I'm not sure what this says about my psyche.