Simpler often is better in bathroom design

Some hotel showers have multiple handles.

I’m not sure who holds the title of hotel-bathroom design guru for the current generation, but I hope whoever it is will take a moment to think about the true practicality of maneuvering around a hotel bathroom. There are designers out there who need a lesson about planning, if my recent experiences as a guest are any indication. 

Now, I understand that hardware for showering and bathing is always changing. But some of those new fixtures are not intuitive to operate. I wish hotels would place a manual — or even some sort of signage — in the bathroom detailing how to turn on the cold water and the hot.  

When I was a child, I learned that the hot-water faucet was always on the left and the cold on the right. Today, it is more difficult to discern when circular faucets have only one handle — or worse, several, with upper and lower handles and faucets to turn on and around. 

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