Tactile materials derived from nature and an absence of clutter are the hallmarks of a serene aesthetic. Muted, neutral colors and a nod to the Far East add to the mood. "The space around the tub makes it feel peaceful and luxurious," says architect Michael Harris, who designed the spa bath pictured above. The wood floors and granite tub set off a large bamboo screen and tansu imported from Asia.
A glass door that opens to a small patio and outdoor shower acts as an oversize window, framing the distant hills. To preserve the serenity, keep decorative objects to a minimum; well-chosen accessories in earth tones and organic materials work best for this look.
DESIGN: Michael Harris Architecture, San Francisco; 415/243-8272