While it’s not uncommon to think of a bathroom space in the home as a place that is visited only briefly, the Japanese have a different take on this room. In Japanese culture, a bathroom is a space for rest and rejuvenation as much as it is for cleanliness. Because it is a space that is lingered in, a Japanese-style bathroom is built for enjoying, and not simply efficiency. One of the most popular recent imports when creating a Japanese bathroom is the incorporation of a small soaking tub. These are placed in bathrooms with the sole purpose of relaxing a tired body and giving you time to collect your thoughts and inspirations. Their size indicates that they are not for bathing for hygiene, but for peaceful meditation and calm.
Almost always, the bath is the centre piece attraction of the traditional bathroom. A free-standing roll-top or slipper bath sits proudly on a dark polished floor, and only if going for a traditional continental style bathroom will an inset or sunken tub hold appeal. Either a wall-mounted faucet or a free-standing one looks classy. Deep ridges and curved angles are what makes the traditional sanitary ware what it is - bold and masculine.