• Credit: Lara Swimmer

The popularity of spa vacations has given rise to sleek-looking bathrooms that function as a home’s retreat. One result of bringing the spa vibe home is the wet room: a shower sectioned off by a pane of glass, with a floor that’s a continuation of the rest of the bathroom, sloped a few degrees for optimal drainage. We predict a long life for wet rooms. They’re a practical way to design for American’s rapidly aging population with universal design that’s stylish and beautiful.