A luxury bathroom offers the ultimate antidote to fast-paced modern life; we daydream about a long soak in bubble-bath-filled free-standing bathtub when we get home from a busy day at work. Pictures of luxury hotel bathrooms make us lust after a similar spa-like retreat in our own en-suites! Just imagine designing a space to set the tone for indulgent bathing – we’re thinking bold feature walls, opulent marble surfaces and glamorous furniture and bathroom accessories.
If you are updating your home and giving every room a modern makeover, what better place to start than in the bathroom? That way you’ve got a place to escape to when the rest of the house is being decorated! Start planning your luxury bathroom suite, whether it features real-stone floors and a claw-foot bath, floor-to-ceiling marble or a fully-tiled wet room – and remember it is possible to achieve designer bathroom style for less.
Instinctively modern luxury bathroom ideas draw on timelessly traditional design concepts, mostly circling around freestanding bathroom furniture, opulent materials and deep, dark colour schemes. Offsetting rich, sumptuous colours with a plush copper bath and deep wood flooring, creates a moody vibe that never goes out of style. Alternatively, you could go completely the other way and opt for brilliant white and silver with a feature wall or mural to create a light and airy bathroom that looks fresh and spacious.
An alternative approach to luxury bathroom design is to choose vintage and period-style features that instantly add character and make a room look more glamorous. Be bold and go all-out with patterned wallpaper, flocked curtains and a roll top or free-standing bath. You can even add in painted screens, shabby chic or French châteaux cabinets and elegant dressing tables to give your room a more luxurious look and feel. Feeling brave? Complete the space with a classic bust for a really extravagant look.
Fitted bathrooms can also add a touch of luxury given they have a sleek and chic look.
Elaborate, decorative bathroom tiling creates an instant style statement in this luxurious Turkish-inspired bathroom. Take inspiration from mix-and-match encaustic patterns, opt for bold wall tiles or wallpaper and more traditional floor tiles in contrasting scales. A laser-cut splashback makes a decorative backdrop for a freestanding basin, while modern patterned mirrors break up the symmetry of this space. Spa-like bathroom style at its best.
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Luxury hotel-style bathrooms don't need to be all white suites or a slate-clad wetroom with rainfall shower heads - eclectic bathroom design and multiple materials can make an en suite more opulent. Draw inspiration from the colour of marble veins, in this case a blue-grey, then play with layering textures via statement tiling and painted panels to make a strong statement. The combination of watery greens and a marble-clad bath really amp up the luxe factor.
Bring the sights of exotic foreign travels into a spacious bathroom, and drift away into daydreams of another world while soaking in a freestanding bathtub! In a classic white period bathroom, utilise vast walls and high ceilings with a tropical botanical mural. Hang a whimsical looking glass to add that reflective watery feel, some well-placed succulents to create a more three-dimensional feel and a vibrant, glossy red bath for extra wow-factor.
It's easy to get distracted by that beautiful marble, but look more closely - because when you realise that that is a bath tub rather than a basin, this luxury spa-style bathroom achieves real WOW factor status. The streamlined chrome taps and bath spout are subtle enough to let all the stunning stone do the talking, and the cool colours create a calming setting. It might be hard to leave this haven, even when the bath water has cooled!
Blue and white is a classic bathroom combination, but one that can be elevated from everyday to elegant simply by taking style notes from cameo jewellery. Scalloped plasterwork on an air-force blue wall creates a decorative raised panelled effect, making a statement backdrop for a luxurious contemporary free-standing bath. Add a chandelier and a chequerboard floor, and we've been transported to the lap of luxury!
Darkly decadent design makes this luxury bathroom idea a real show-stopper. Blending rich coloured wallpaper and tiling - think deep turquoise, forest green and pale gold - with crisp white moulding and a mottled marble floor makes for a striking washroom. Add a decorative bust by the basin for that extra Classical touch. We LOVE.
Similar decorative bust
Covering an entire bathroom wall, this enormous painterly mural / wall decal is a fabulous idea for a lavish en suite. It screams country mansion excess, making us want to drink champagne from an elegant coupe glass whilst reclining in a bubble-laden tub! Well, it's good to dream... we'll do that while sitting in an antique armchair like this one.
Built-in bathrooms don't have to mean standard suites; there is absolutely nothing average about this immaculate built-in marble bathroom. With twin basins, streamlined black taps, a mirrored wall and a linear black-framed walk-in shower this slick bathroom is nothing short of fabulous.
Is this modern bathroom, which takes its design cues from historical estates and oriental detailing, completely bonkers or pure genius? The all-out bird patterned wallpaper has a classic feel while the yellow flooring and traditional window blinds add warmth. An inviting white bath lit by an elaborate hand-blown glass chandelier cements the unique style of this bathroom. The finish feels a little like the interior of Brighton Pavilion, which makes this a luxury bathroom in our book.
What could be more luxurious than a walk-in shower? A walk-in shower made for two, that's what. Ideal for those who prefer showers to baths, sacrificing the freestanding tub means there's room to double up your rainfall shower heads. Throw in sophisticated blue tiling and you may never want to leave.
Bathroom walls don't have to be white or tiled. Make your mark and play with expectations by choosing a large-scale blowsy floral wallpaper to set off a streamlined black bath tub. Finish with gleaming white marble for a bathroom look that's both decadent and daring.
Clarke & Clarke
Vieque at Agape Design
Where better to create a luxury spa-like hideaway than in an attic conversion, where you can sink into the warmth of a bubble bath and watch the clouds drift past outside the dormer windows. When the light is as good as it is in this bathroom, an accent wall in olive green introduces a heritage vibe without making the space too dark. This colour also lets the reflective surfaces and classic nickel bateau bath shine. We can virtually feel the calmness washing over us!
Catchpole & Rye
Bring a classical bathroom into the 21st century with clever technology and luxury bathroom accessories. Smooth white tiled flooring provides a clean, neutral base for a statement walk-in shower with fixed glass screens, as well as a streamlined white bath with freestanding chrome taps. Rather than trying to relax with a book, that inevitably gets a bit damp, consider insetting a flat-screen TV into the wall facing your bath. Now that's luxury bathing for the contemporary home!
Rather than a claw foot bath, a giant sculptural marble foot sits beside a gleaming copper bathtub in this luxurious raspberry coloured bathroom. Proving that luxury is all about what you want, rather than what you need, this bathroom is accessorised to the max with antique pieces and heritage inspiration - the result is a special bathroom, packed with personality, that will wake you right up of a morning.
Catchpole & Rye
Heritage blue walls give white bathroom fittings a timeless, grown-up feel, while stone floor tiles and glass accents add gloss and interest. Original artworks bring an art-gallery-like calmness to this bathroom, making it a restful retreat from daily life.
When it comes to the luxurious things in life, more is definitely more. If you've got a spacious bathroom, there's no reason to hold back - stripes, florals, classical-style busts...this bathroom is packed with vintage-inspired personality. A beautiful white slipper bath punctuates the pattern-clad room, making it clear where the focus of this washroom really is.
Charme at Little Greene
The Colour Flooring Company
Bath and bath-shower mixer
A luxury bathroom idea for feng shui enthusiasts? This Japanese-style wet room ought to hit the right design notes. Three types of tiling - white walls, grey surfaces and a mosaic floor - provide textural interest, and this tonal simplicity is echoed in the streamlined fittings (take note of the brass pipe shower head and neatly recessed drain in the floor). As soothing as a bathroom can get, we think.
Small touches can elevate a room enough to make it memorable. In this minimal all-white bathroom the focus falls firmly on a luxury bathroom accessory - the sculptural hammered bronze basin. All the other details, from the matt white taps to the angled vanity unit and circular mirror, have been carefully selected to be both interesting and stylish without detracting from this stand-out piece. Subtle sophistication. Now that is the mark of great design.
Country casual is so passe - bring a touch of extravagance to a country house with a bespoke wooden bath tub. Keep the rest of the space neutral, with slate tiles and white walls, and let the beautiful tones of the wood do the talking. It's like being transported to Scandinavian dream home!
Nothing says luxury quite like wide open space. This bathroom has plenty of that, and then some, thanks to the vast antique gilt-framed mirror that takes up an entire wall and reflects the neat modern bath, two shades of marble (dark stone floors and white walk-in shower) and the expansive space in between! A wall recess houses modern art while the pendant shade over the bath marks this out as a specific zone within the bathroom. Clever design tricks that enhance luxury bathroom ideas? We like.
Texture is at the heart of this luxurious bathroom, which has captured the best of the dark and moody vibe. Metallic tones are used throughout - from the pressed-metal-effect wallpaper to the heavily embroidered floor-length curtains - but the warm tones of the real wood floor and gleaming freestanding copper bath bring a cheerful note into this atmospheric bathroom retreat.
One way to make an impact in a bathroom is to use luxury materials on every surface. From the polished stone flooring and marble clad vanity unit featuring twin basins (as well as gold-edged drawers in the reverse side), to the tall room-dividing mirrors and light-diffusing vertical shutters, this bathroom is a gleaming example of luxury living.
Sometimes with luxury decorating, less is actually more as this minimal bathroom-in-a-bedroom proves. Feeding off the cool calm decor in this light-filled country home, an ice white bath takes centre stage in this relaxing space. The exposed beams frame the bathing area, while a cowhide rug brings a touch of texture and that understated hint of luxury.
Achieve a luxury bathroom look in a rustic country home without compromising on your decorating style. This rough-luxe bathroom blends beautiful reclaimed furniture - such as an apothecary chest, which had been upgraded with a glossy glass surface to become a gleaming basin unit - with stylish petrol-hued metro tiles. Pale grey walls, storage in the recessed shelving and simple framed mirrors above the twin basins keep this bathroom looking smartly tailored.
Modernist luxury looks a little different to traditional opulence, but just because this bathroom has an urban feel doesn't mean it can't be a lovely space to relax! A wall of full-height windows looking on to a private garden, and that spacious, free-standing marble bath certainly help... Could we describe this as Scandinavian spa style?
Marble City Ltd
All-white bathroom schemes don't have to be merely alright - they can become sparkling spaces that inspire relaxation and rejuvenation at home (ie no holiday required!). Play with tonal and textural variations by setting a matt-finished bath against a wall of mother-of-pearl finish tiles, shot through with a single line of shimmering silver mosaic. A slick black floor provides contrast and grounds the whole space. Bathing heaven.
The ultimate bathroom luxury is, of course, having the time to relax and enjoy your space. An armchair, some art to gaze at, and somewhere for loads of pampering products all provide the right ingredients for a space made for lingering. The stone-clad walls and walk-in shower help, too.
Who says bathrooms have to be clinical and white when dark colours can add a sultry note of sophisticated glamour? Glossy aubergine walls, heavy damask curtains, a painted free-standing claw-foot bath and deep green stone floor tiles create a decadent cocoon. A gilt frame on the wall and a mustard-yellow button-back armchair provide a pop of colour that's enough to lift the decorating scheme to rockstar levels.