Image of a bathroom remodel using Kohler custom bathroom vanity

Kohler’s 36” Poplin 36” from the Tailored Vanity collection pictured with a Ceramic/Impressions vanity top and a Memoirs lavatory faucet. Copyright 2014 Kohler.

It’s a haven of luxury. A place where you can retreat from the rest of the world. Whether you’re planning a complete bathroom remodel, a more minor bath renovation, or building a new bathroom from scratch in a custom home, the owner’s bath remains the one place where elegance is always in style. While homeowners’ desire for opulence remains constant, the way that many are defining luxury is evolving.

Just consider changes in vanities. Not so long along, a luxurious vanity was defined as a dual sink cabinet that was high in style – but noticeably light on storage space. Today, functionality is taking center stage, as manufacturers offer flexible options that fit the way consumers live as well as the objects they need to store. Take Kohler’s new Tailored Vanity collection. Buyers can customize almost every aspect of each piece, including custom drawer and door configurations and organizational accessories as well as more conventional choices such as color, finish and door hardware.

When it comes to finish, homeowners are opting for the natural elegance of wood tones. Beautiful dark finishes in shades like espresso and dark walnut that feature dramatic grain patterns are becoming popular choices –and not just in traditional settings. By pairing these once-rustic finishes with sleek hardware, homeowners are finding them right at home in contemporary environments. As in most other areas of the home, shades of gray are all the rage and range from subtle staining to over the top color depending on buyer preference. On the inside, accessories that used to be more commonly associated with kitchen cabinets, such as soft close drawers and myriad organizational choices, are finding their way into the master bath.

Even humble medicine cabinets are getting functional, high-tech makeovers. Villeroy & Boch’s My View series has LED sidelights that eliminate shadows while its Perception+ adds electrical outlets to ease morning device charging. These functional additions and beautiful pieces provide the ultimate luxury of a room that makes mornings a little easier to bear.