Don’t you love the surprise you get when you’re at a new restaurant and you take a trip to the ladies’ room to find that it's not gross? Pleasant, even? You're greeted with the delightful smell of a great scented candle, and the hand soap turns out to not only be non-generic, but Aesop? It always makes me take note, and a little reluctant to return to my table. From Molton Brown hand products to mints and heated towels (and sometimes even just reliable locks), it’s easy to make a mark with the little details. That said, it’s the grander elements that really give some washrooms wow factor. It’s difficult to beat a toilet with a skyline view, but no matter where in the world a restroom is, if it's beautifully designed from the sconces to the floors, you're more likely to take your time reapplying lipstick.
Katherine Cotter is a NYC-based home and garden consultant.