Luxury Bathroom Ideas: Tips to Create a High-End Spa at Home
Have you long dreamed of a luxury bathroom with décor worthy of a spa? You can transform your bathrooms into high-end retreats with a total renovation or simple upgrades. No matter the project—upgrading a guest bath, renovating the master bath, or a brand new build—we'll help you make your luxury bathroom a reality.
How to Make a Bathroom Luxurious
Exceptional materials. Exquisite and enduring design. Enjoyable to use. These are the fundamental requirements of luxury bathrooms. To create a high-end spa environment, add lavish elements throughout the bathroom.
1. Indulge in a Centerpiece Bathtub
As one of the most significant elements in the room, a gorgeous bathtub announces luxury loud and clear. Indulge in an oversized tub featuring a sophisticated design and eye-catching materials.
A freestanding tub makes a glamorous statement. A clawfoot tub offers vintage elegance in classic white porcelain—and is even more striking when handcrafted of gleaming copper. A concrete soaking tub with a textured gray finish would look at home in any day spa, as would a freestanding porcelain tub with angular or curving sides. When you install a freestanding tub, leave enough room on all sides so you can walk around it comfortably.
Pro tip: Measure all doorways the tub will pass through during delivery to ensure it fits.
Alcove tubs make wise use of space. The right tub turns a small recessed area of your bathroom into an oasis. A white porcelain oval is the classic shape for good reason, but you can opt for a distinctive square design or a curvey modern silhouette. Built-in lumbar support and armrests make these tubs even more luxurious.
Whirlpool tubs are luxurious bathroom centerpieces. Nothing embodies a luxury spa atmosphere more than a whirlpool tub. Soothing and sophisticated options include triangular whirlpool tubs for the corner, and extra-long whirlpool tubs that run quietly for a more relaxing experience.
2. Pamper Yourself With a Walk-In Shower
These are glamorous features on their own, or in addition to a standalone tub if you have adequate space. For a truly high-end aesthetic, choose a shower with floor-to-ceiling glass for the door and the front-facing walls. Elegant tilework, an integrated bench, and a rainshower style showerhead add further luxury. In addition to the visual appeal, you'll appreciate the ease of the walk-in design—many are even ADA-compliant.
3. Revisit Your Bathroom Vanity and Sink
A posh vanity and sink are essential features of the well-appointed bathroom. You'll find high-end bathroom vanities in all styles, from farmhouse to modern to vintage. Here are a few vanity and sink ideas for different décor styles:
Rustic – A weathered oak vanity in a cinnamon finish paired with a granite top and black copper sink.
Transitional – A classic white vanity featuring a marble top and rectangular porcelain sink.
Modern – A handcrafted floating vanity showcasing oak reclaimed from wine barrels and a distinctive cement and jute sink.
4. Feature a High-End Toilet With Washlet
You have luxurious options for your toilet as well. Instead of settling for the standard, two-piece design, treat yourself to the sleek style and unique geometric shapes found in many one-piece toilet models. Wall hung toilets deliver contemporary style, and they're perfect for smaller bathrooms. A bidet is a sophisticated addition to your bathroom. Alternatively, you can easily incorporate a washlet into your toilet.
5. Elevate the Elegance With Light Fixtures
Bathroom lighting provides the illumination you need for your morning or evening routine. Lighting fixtures also provide an abundance of style. Get creative with your vanity lighting by installing art glass pendants over the sink or a lineup of vintage-inspired incandescent bulbs above the mirror. A chandelier or pendant makes a statement over your freestanding tub, and directional recessed lighting draws attention to wall art and architectural features.
6. Select Stunning Bathroom Accessories
Your bathroom hardware and accents add another layer of luxury to your bathroom design. Though smaller, these functional and decorative elements should also deliver a luxury look at feel.
Towel warmer. Nothing makes you feel more pampered than wrapping yourself in a warmed towel after a shower or bath.
Faucets. Cultivate a farmhouse feel with a rustic brass single handle pump. Or, select a truly distinctive wall-mount faucet.
Showerheads. Rainshower styles have a refreshing and refined quality. For versatility choose a combination handshower with a rainshower head.
Tub spouts. Go beyond the ordinary with tub spouts and fillers in bold geometric shapes or graceful curving silhouettes.
Wall-mounted fixtures. Towel bars, hooks, soap dispensers, and toilet paper holders. These wall-mounted fixtures lend an extra measure of polish to your posh bathroom. Chrome fixtures complement contemporary and transitional décor, while hammered copper and weathered wood are beautiful options for rustic and Craftsman-style bathrooms.
Mirrors. A bold mirror featuring a hand-carved wood frame lends artisan, old-world style to your luxury bathroom. For a more contemporary look, consider a large-scale frameless mirror.
Linens. No bathroom is genuinely luxurious without plush and inviting bath linens and rugs. Think Turkish cotton towels, a soft hooded robe at the ready, and a cozy cotton bath mat underfoot. All the better with accents such as jacquard borders, rope and braid trim, and tassels.
How to Make a Small Bathroom Luxurious
Small bathrooms can showcase high-end design, too. Here are some ideas on how to make a substantial impact in a modest space:
Take a minimalist approach. Don't overwhelm a small bathroom with too many accents. Instead, call attention to one statement piece, such as a modern miniature chandelier or a stylish copper standing sink with antique satin gold finish.
Uplift with light colors and contrast. Whites, grays, and marble provide a classic and clean spa look. White bath linens and rugs, paired with a light, neutral wall paint gives off a high-end hotel vibe. Or, feature a dramatic black copper pedestal sink to draw the eyes away from the walls and ceiling, making the space 'feel' larger.
Light for luxury. Choose unique lighting fixtures such as an elegant mini crystal chandelier or modern wall sconces featuring steel hoops. These serve as stunning focal points without taking up scarce bathroom space.
Tie things together with the shower. Choose a shower curtain in rich Turkish cotton and spa-like greys and white. Curved shower rods in chrome, brushed nickel, or stainless steel complete the look, and give you extra room to move.
Think of your luxury bathroom redesign as a self-care project. Begin exploring features you love, and soon you'll have a beautifully appointed space for mini spa retreats every day.