Inspiration: The Modern Bel

Hotel Bel-Air Spa's vanity area

WALLS AND LIGHTING The walls throughout are covered with high reflexivity paint (which, it should be noted, is not the same as glossy). The result: “Everyone looks a like a million bucks in here,” says Kastl. When you select paint, the designer points out, you can look at an index for how much light the paint reflects. (For the Enclave, the designers used Benjamin Moore’s Albescent; for spa treatment rooms, Pristine.) High reflexivity paint makes client faces glow, as does indirect lighting, which Kastl and his team positioned on top of cabinets and hidden on other surfaces. “There’s no harsh glare anywhere in the spa,” he says.