7 Luxury Bathroom Trends We’re Seeing In Ontario Real Estate

There’s nothing like taking a bath or shower in a bathroom that looks and feels like a spa. Better yet, a beautifully designed bathroom can also increase the value of your home. So whether your bathroom needs a full-gut renovation or more of a minor refresh, here are seven luxury bathroom design trends that stand out in Ontario’s luxury real estate scene.

Carrera Marble

The use of Carrera Marble has been a major trend for both luxury kitchens and bathrooms in recent years. This is because, depending on the shape and size of the tiles, the stone can easily look modern, traditional, or even transitional, as seen in this chic bathroom inside a newly listed, CAD $8 million York Mills estate. Carerra or any white marble is also a smart investment because it’s a classic choice that is unlikely to look dated any time soon. 

If you’re currently renovating your bathroom and want the look of Carerra marble at a better price point, consider opting for Quartz. It is also a more durable material. Porcelain tiles are another marble lookalike alternative you might want to look into.

carrera marble-clad bathroom in a york mills custom residence

Depending on the shape of the tiles, Carrera marble can easily look modern, traditional, or even transitional. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Dark Marble

On the other hand, dark marble can provide a striking touch of modern glamour to any bathroom. This is particularly true of the bathroom in this Los Angeles-inspired home in Ontario’s Bayview Glen. While this black marble has a masculine aesthetic, it is also vibrantly dazzling. 

Just keep in mind that while black marble is beautiful, white or Carerra marble is a more versatile choice, but one is not necessarily better than the other.

darkle marble bathroom inside bayview glen luxury home at 22 Hammok Crescent

Black marble can provide both a masculine and a vibrantly dazzling aesthetic to a bathroom. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Freestanding Bathtubs

Looking for luxury? There’s nothing that makes a bathroom feel more like a five-star hotel than a freestanding tub. They can be incredibly grand-looking as we see here in this Winfields Custom residence in Toronto. This asymmetrical flat-bottom tub is simply stunning. 

Whether you prefer an oval tub, round tub, clawfoot, or a unique neo-angle, you really can’t go wrong with a freestanding bathtub. Furthermore, besides being decorative, there is no better way to relax after a long day working or an intense workout.

luxurious white marble bathroom with freestanding soaking tub inside the toronto home at 16 Beaverhall Drive

Whether it’s oval or round or of the claw-foot variety, a freestanding soaking tub is a perfect way to convert your bathroom into a haven. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Walk-in Showers

The age of the stall shower is far gone to make way for the ultra-luxe walk-in shower. The shower at this stunning home in Newtonbrook is a perfect example of this. Walk-in showers give you enough space for multiple showerheads—meaning you can have a spa-like experience at home. 

Don’t forget to ask your builder to add a cutout shelf for shampoo, conditioner, and other toiletries. After all, you don’t want to keep all of those bottles on the floor. 

white-clad bathroom with walk-in shower and freestanding tub inside a luxury ontario home at 11 Whitman Street

Walk-in showers give you enough space for multiple showerheads—meaning you can have a spa-like experience at home. (Barry Cohen Homes)


Installing a few lights over the medicine cabinet doesn’t quite cut it anymore. However, sconces are a great way to add a high-end touch to any bathroom. This is especially true of the sconce at this country oasis in Ontario’s Old Thornhill. The modern black sconce adds a pop of dark color to the light wall and an extra touch of sophistication. 

Sconces have also become a popular choice for smaller bathrooms and powder rooms, especially if they lack a window or natural light source.

black modern sconce brightens a bathroom inside a luxurious ontario home located at 7 Albion Close

The modern black sconce adds a pop of dark color to the light wall and an extra touch of sophistication. (Barry Cohen Homes)

Chandeliers, Pendant Lights, And Swag Fixtures

Speaking of light fixtures— chandeliers, pendant lights, and swag fixtures have expanded beyond dining rooms and living rooms— finding their way to the bathroom. 

A hanging light fixture can provide a unique focal point. The candelabra-like fixture at this stunning South York Mills property is a great example of this. This mixed metal piece stands out, making the space feel complete with an extra touch of glamour.

modern candleabra tops a soaking tub inside a luxury york mills estate at 38 York Road

The candelabra-like fixture at this stunning South York Mills property is a great example of how a fixture can provide a focal point, even in a bathroom. (Barry Cohen Homes)


Wallpaper has come back in a big way because beautiful wallcovering is all you need to make a major design impact in any bathroom, especially as seen here in this gated Forest Hill masterpiece, which uses wallpaper as a transition between the bathroom and walk-in closet. Whether it’s a vibrant print, more subtle pattern, animals, or a cheerful floral design, the transformative power of wallpaper is undeniable. 

Alternatively, you may want to consider using peel and stick wallpaper. So easy to apply, you can even install this wallpaper yourself. All you need is a little patience and it’s a great weekend project. This is ideal for anyone who changes their mind often or wants to add pizazz to their rental.



I am a writer, design expert, host of the podcast Bougie Adjacent, and comedic performer. I am absolutely fascinated by all aspects of décor and design. It once took me six months to choose a soap dispenser and I can’t even remember what it looked like. I like bright prints, southern exposure and any location you can call a “village or town.” There are currently over 100 episodes of House Hunters on my DVR.

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