Our Favorite Dream Bathrooms
Dream Bath in Blue: Stunning Statement Pieces
With a backdrop of creamy-white marble and windows that welcome abundant morning light, this vintage French-inspired master bathroom creates a timeless and tranquil getaway. The sculptural freestanding soaking tub, located beneath the brilliant bank of windows, becomes a dramatic focal point at one end of the room. Shutters placed on the lower half of the windows provide privacy and light control. An antique French chandelier hung in the center of the room introduces a dark finish that plays off of the marble's natural veining.
Dream Bath in Blue: Separate Spaces
A pair of long vanities flanks each side of the entrance from the master bedroom. Separate vanities have made it easier for the two homeowners to share a bath without bumping in to each other while they get ready in the morning. Curved fronts give the vanities a graceful appearance that complements the elegant lines featured on the bathtub.
Dream Bath in Blue: Vintage Beauty
Incorporating personal touches can make a bath feel like your space. Here, a whimsical water-lily drain stopper reflects the homeowner's affection for frogs. Gleaming silver fixtures and countertop accessories complement the color of the veining found in marble surfacing throughout the room.
Dream Bath in Blue: Vanity Mirror
A silver-frame vanity mirror -- disguising a handy medicine cabinet -- complements the finish of the faucet and other hardware throughout the room. One drawer in each vanity has an electrical outlet built in, so the hair dryer or curling iron are never left out on the counter.
Dream Bath in Blue: Visual Balance
For a more intimate feel in the shower, the ceiling was placed lower than in the rest of the room. Variations in tile shape and size produce a consistent yet visually interesting look and are showcased through clear glass shower doors. A band of darker marble tiles delineates patterning in the shower and complements the marble's dark veining.
Dream Bath in Blue: Spa Style
On the shower walls, black marble liner tiles indicated the change in tile patterning from herringbone to running bond. A hand shower complements the fixed rain-style head. The two showerheads offer added functionality and spa-like appeal.
Dream Bath in Blue: Private Enclosure
For increased privacy, the toilet and bidet are in a separate water closet accessed through a doorway located across from the shower. The floor in the small space features tiny hexagonal mosaic tiles, which to help balance the small scale. The tiles used on the floors elsewhere in the bathroom would have dwarfed the enclosed space. A window located above the door allows natural light to stream in from the large bank of windows in the main portion of the bathroom. A towel warmer pampers and offers a quick drying solution for wet towels.
Mixing Styles: Classic Meets Contemporary
This luxurious master bath blends classic style with contemporary comforts. A soft neutral color palette permeates the room everywhere you look, from the vanity tops to the floor tiles to the walls. But the green, while stunning, is also a backdrop for the bathroom's show-stopping features, such as the crisp, white freestanding tub, chosen for its sculptural qualities. Balancing between the subdued and sublime is key when creating a dream space to ensure that the room doesn't become overdone.
Mixing Styles: Two of a Kind
A pair of large vanities flanks the sides of the main portion of the bathroom. The bases were painted in the same hue as the walls, and are punctuated by geometric hardware. A taupe-green finish on the hardware provides a slight, yet not glaring, contrast. Abundant drawer storage for bath necessities was incorporated into each vanity, which presented a challenge for the design team who had to plan each drawer to work around the existing plumbing.
Mixing Styles: Modern Glamour
Crisp white Calacatta marble was used on the vanity countertops to add contrast to the soft taupe hues featured throughout the rest of the room. Contemporary-style sink hardware was chosen to add a modern touch to the predominantly traditional vanity areas. Shimmering stainless-steel finishes add sparkle and a hint of understated glamour.
Mixing Styles: Visual Appeal
The floor's marble tile was the inspiration for the room's taupe and white color palette. A band of crisp white marble creates a visual area rug and ties in the vanities' white countertops. If you've decided on incorporating a colored or highly patterned marble into your flooring or countertops, make sure you limit that color elsewhere to emphasize the surface's beauty.
Mixing Styles: Privacy, Please
A narrow hallway that opens up to the main portion of the bathroom houses the shower and water closet. The rich marble tile used on the floor was extended up the walls throughout the shower space, creating a distinctive and dramatic look. The frosted band on the glass shower door -- as well as on the toilet enclosure directly opposite -- adds privacy without making the space feel tight or confined.
Mixing Styles: Practical & Pretty
Built-in glass shelving surrounding the tub adds open storage for bath necessities and display space for pretty accessories. Though the vanities feature a great deal of storage, the design team strived to incorporate even more wherever space allowed. Recessing shelves into the wall is a smart way to add storage to any bathroom. These bath niches make the contents easily accessible from the tub but keep things from looking cluttered.
Mixing Styles: Tailored Beauty
Set into a graduated tray ceiling, the simple chandelier adds a bit of sparkle to the area near the tub. Polished metal sconces flanking both sides of each vanity feature the same finish as the chandelier and complement the room's clean, classic look.
Spa-Style Dream Bath: Serenity-Filled
Fluidity and continuity between a master bedroom and bathroom can create a space that feels freeing and relaxing. Here, a double-sided fireplace and open doorway are all that separate this master bathroom and bedroom. The lack of doors adds to the free-flowing look that the homeowners craved. The fireplace, covered in tiny marble tiles on the bath side, creates a simple and dramatic focal point in the spacious bathroom. Large charcoal-gray bluestone tiles on the floor enhance the marble's dark gray veining and provide a contrast in scale when compared with the tiny tiles featured throughout the rest of the room.
Spa-Style Dream Bath: Fireside Tub
The homeowners placed the deep soaking tub in front of the see-through fireplace so they could enjoy the reflection of the flames flickering off of the water. But the fireplace isn't the only thing to admire during a soak in the tub. The tub is located directly across from a large window overlooking a radiant Japanese maple tree located in the backyard. Natural light streams in from the window, creating a bounty of brightness.
Spa-Style Dream Bath: Bathroom Necessities
Floating maple cabinetry provides ample storage. Mounting the vanities on the wall provides an unbroken plane of flooring, which visually expands the space. A cushy window seat between the two vanities offers comfort and practical storage space. The solar shade above the window seat allows sunlight to enter even while it's drawn but still maintains a semblance of privacy.
Spa-Style Dream Bath: Modern Amenities
Both carved from a single piece of black granite, simple square vessel sinks sit atop each vanity. Thick slabs of Carrara marble on the countertop create a seamless look as the material extends up the wall into a tile backsplash, which is fabricated in the same tiles as the fireplace wall. Sleek chrome wall-mount faucets and hardware support the modern vibe.
Spa-Style Dream Bath: Shower Relaxation
Like the adjacent tub and fireplace, the shower is clad in the same small Carrara marble tiles. A simple niche, glass door, and oversize showerhead complete the clean and streamlined design. Along with the deep soaking tub, the large shower offers a place to rejuvenate and relax after a long day.
Sunny Style: Filled with Light
Built to take advantage of abundant natural light, every element of this master bath shines. A chic but sunny floral wallpaper sets the tone, while a black mirror frame hung on one wall creates striking contrast. Neutral colors featured in the glass floor of the shower and in the travertine surfaces ensure the wallpaper takes center stage.
Sunny Style: Front & Center
Each area of the bathroom has a specific function, and all of them were defined to revolve around a see-through glass shower placed in the middle of the room. The center placement of the shower sets it apart as the room's focal point and the glass enclosure allows a continuous stream of natural light to pour into the spacious room. Subway tiles lining the wall and glass tiles covering the floor reflect light and keep the space feeling open and airy.
Sunny Style: Fireside Retreat
Positioned next to a see-through fireplace that lends a view into the master bathroom, the large soaking tub is surrounded by travertine surfacing and a paneled base, both of which add subtle but vital texture. The spacious tub surround offers display space for decor as well as a spot to place a towel during a relaxing soak in the tub. Large floor tiles minimize rough grout lines and match the large scale of the room.
Sunny Style: Vanity Wall
Located along the bathroom's back wall, a large vanity with two sinks features a center storage unit and plenty of counter space. A bank of transom windows dramatically increases the natural light streaming in from outside. The floor and vanity countertops feature the same travertine that's used elsewhere in the bathroom, which creates continuity and ensures the sunny wallpaper remains the focus.
Sunny Style: Subtle Accents
Natural travertine countertops provide a subtle pattern that perfectly accents the bold wallpaper. Polished chrome fixtures match other hardware throughout the room located on cabinets and drawers and in the shower.
Sunny Style: Livable Touch
Flanked by drawers of varying depth to store items of all shapes and sizes, the built-in vanity occupies its own sunny corner. The spacious countertops provide plenty of space for hair dryers, curling irons, and other beauty necessities. As with other counter spaces throughout the room, these have been topped with travertine to ensure the floral wallpaper can maintain its center stage status.
Sunny Style: Unexpected Additions
The fulfill the homeowner's mission of creating a livable bathroom space, the bathroom features homey touches such as this built-in window seat set against a wall near the walk-in closet. The seat becomes the perfect space for putting on socks or shoes. Large drawers below provide extra storage.