True or false: Open-plan bathrooms are only reserved for luxury hotel goers.
Answer: FALSE! Over the past few years, interior designers have copied this trend inside everyday homes; most likely by tearing down bathroom walls and replacing them with glass.
I'll be honest, an open-plan bathroom would NOT work for me. I like my privacy and don't need glass walls to feel fancy. Regardless of my opinions, I thought I'd still highlight some pros and cons regarding this trend.
PRO: Open-plan bathrooms allow natural light to penetrate throughout the room.
If your bedroom looks and feels more like a Gothic tomb, an open-plan bathroom may provide a solution. Simply put, the less walls in your bedroom/bathroom the farther the light will penetrate, and the less claustrophobic you'll feel.
CON: There are more modest choices in home design.
I think this one is pretty obvious.
PRO: Open-plan bathrooms create a luxury spa-like experience in your home.
As previously mentioned, open-plan bathrooms are extremely common in modern luxury hotels. In you're looking to recreate the luxury experience in your home, this may be the correct option.
Kristin Hohenadel of Slate Magazine said it best:
"Isn’t the bathroom a last refuge in a shared living space? A place to collect yourself before ending up in a fight? A communal space that requires tactful negotiations when doubly occupied and guarantees implicit privacy with the lock of a door? And what about those night owl/early bird couples who don’t want to wake partners still sleeping?"
Source: "The Fall of the Bathroom Wall" from Slate.com.
What are your thoughts on open-plan bathrooms? Are there any pros and cons that I didn't mention?