Functional beauty is key at Waterworks, which is credited with bringing European luxury to home baths stateside. “I look at faucets and handles as beautiful objects,” says Barbara Sallick. “It’s like purchasing a tea set at Tiffany’s.” In addition to gorgeous hardware, her vanity must is a mirror (in scale with the sink) flanked by sconces. “It’s not a complete picture without decorative lighting,” she says. “That’s the end of the sentence.”
For all the gleaming white and polished nickel designers look to Waterworks for, in the shower, aesthetics are only part of the equation. “Nothing is worse than a shower that drizzles,” says Sallick, who prefers a wall-mounted showerhead because it evenly distributes warm water. Appropriate storage, including towel bars and shelves, as well as a stool to sit on round out the perfect shower. “There’s nothing worse than putting all your stuff on the floor.”
Exquisitely crafted baths are at the heart of Waterworks’ business, with freestanding spouts and Edwardian tub fillers hallmarks of its style. To soften these components, Sallick suggests plenty of natural light, an airy color palette, dimmers, and lots of surrounding space for soaps, towels, candles, and a book. “This is the one room in the house where you are encouraged to lock the door and be alone, so you should surround yourself with things that are you,” she says.