Bathroom recessed drain so you have a curbless entry into the shower. Whether you shower in a temp chair or transfer to a bench, it's much easier without a curb or rail to step over. If the whole bathroom is treated like a shower floor, with drains, then it's one smooth move instead of 12 million transfers to get to each step.
I love this color, and I like how the tile continues out of the shower, but the different patterns still give it some definition. Raised sinks aren't really my thing (nor open-face cabinets), but that's more of a minor detail - overall I love this look!