The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home. After all, not only can a newly renovated bathroom increase value in the future, but it’s something current homeowners can enjoy. What’s more relaxing than a warm bath or shower after a long, stressful day. However, creating the perfect bathroom sanctuary is a different story entirely. The design of a bathroom greatly impacts the feeling of a space.
Whether you’re renovating your current bathroom or building a new home and trying to get ideas, here are seven luxury bathroom ideas to consider.
Bid Farewell To Neutral
“For a long time, the trend in design was to be more muted and neutral. But ever since the pandemic, people are craving fun with design, which makes me happy,” says artist and designer Elizabeth Sutton. “They are a lot more willing to add bright and artistic elements into areas in their homes, through tile, wallpaper, art, and hardware, than they otherwise would’ve kept more simple, especially in bathrooms and kitchens.”
One easy way to level up a bathroom is to use a tile backsplash over the sink or simply tile the entire bathroom. “You can use something creative and artistic, like my Arc or Wing collection, if you want the tiles to be the focal point,” says Sutton.
For those unwilling to go for bold tiles, Sutton recommends opting for more colorful details instead. The artist, who is currently in the process of renovating the bathroom in her New York City townhouse is taking that approach herself. “I’m incorporating bright colors through my art and through beautiful colorful decorative objects, so I’m keeping my tile relatively neutral with my mother of pearl and brass Timeless collection for Tilebar.
Opt For A Stone Sink
Stone sinks are a design power move. “The most creative sink designs on the planet include the incorporating of stone as a part of the sink’s design— giving a very zen-like feel. Whether you’re remodeling or just sprucing up the bathroom, you can always create a luxurious oasis to help maximize every square inch of your space,” Vanessa DeLeon, Founder of Vanessa DeLeon Associates, tells me.
Choose A Unique Bathtub
A standard porcelain tub might be practical, but it isn’t very luxurious. So going with a unique-shaped bathtub can add instant wow-factor to the space. “Think about the many styles and shapes of tubs that may enhance your space,” says DeLeon. “Consider a stand-alone tub, and think about what kind of scenery you have around the tub. Do you want a slab of marble with a waterfall running off the wall and into your tub? Or an arched shower entryway accented with marble molding?”
Christine Vroom, Founder of Christine Vroom Interiors is also a fan of statement bathtubs. “A statement tub is a great way to do something unexpected. Maybe it’s concrete, or matte black/blue, or even stone…Bring in some drama!”
Another interesting trend is copper bathtubs. While these are often found at some of the top spas worldwide, it’s a luxurious and unique choice for a bathroom at home. Many copper tubs have a vintage or traditional aesthetic to them, which can be a great addition in an older home.
Open Concept Bathrooms Are The New Open Concept Kitchens
Open concept kitchens have been one of the biggest trends in recent years. The style of this floorplan has been so influential that DeLeon tells me many people are choosing open concept master suites with the bathroom open to the bedroom. However, she cautions that these spaces must be properly constructed. “If you decide on the open concept, consider a ventilation system to make sure that humidity does not settle into your bedroom walls.”
Install A Fireplace
Fireplaces aren’t just for living rooms anymore. “Adding a fireplace that may even be double-sided to the bedroom or even just a linear one on a wall. A cozy, luxurious feeling can not be denied with a fireplace,” says Vroom.
A fireplace can also be a great way to warm a cold bathroom in the winter without the dryness of turning on the heat. It also adds an element of relaxation during a long bath.
Upgrade The Toilet
Vroom recommends installing a luxury toilet. “Not necessarily a TOTO, but maybe one that’s wall-mounted with a heated seat or self-cleaning abilities.”
Free-standing bidets and bidets built into the toilet are another way to elevate a bathroom. Many Americans think of bidets as something only used in Europe, but the toilet paper shortages during the pandemic created a new awareness of the fixture’s practicality.
Don’t Forget The Finishing Touches
Little details can be just as important as the big details. This is especially true in smaller bathrooms such as those found in condos and powder rooms. Towels are a perfect example of this “People tend to just grab whatever color works, but to continue a luxurious feel you need luxurious textiles. Linen towels or extra plush or options, but it’s really whatever speaks to you,” says Vroom.