37 Bathroom Design Ideas to Inspire Your Next Renovation

27 Feb

37 Bathroom Design Ideas to Inspire Your Next Renovation

Whether you’re making small upgrades or going for a full overhaul, a bathroom renovation can make a big difference in the feel of your home (and its future resale value). So it’s no wonder that along with the kitchen, this practical space often takes top priority when it comes time to remodel. But choosing a brand-new look isn’t always easy, so we’ve gathered an array of gorgeous bathrooms from the pages of Architectural Digest, each filled with inspiring ideas for your own renovation, including relaxing tubs, glamorous vanities, and sleek showers. From crisp and modern to luxurious and marble-clad, see stylish spaces that will suit any style.

The master bath of a New Jersey estate renovated by architect Annabelle Selldorf and designer Matthew Frederick contains a Mies van der Rohe chair by Knoll and a tub filler by Boffi.
Photo: Richard Powers

The master bath of a New Jersey estate renovated by architect Annabelle Selldorf and designer Matthew Frederick contains a Mies van der Rohe chair by Knoll and a tub filler by Boffi.

A vintage T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos chair and footstool sit in the Calacatta marble–clad master bath of Thomas O’Brien and Dan Fink's Long Island home. The lighting is by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort, and the tub and fittings are by Waterworks.
Photo: François Dischinger

A vintage T. H. Robsjohn-Gibbings Klismos chair and footstool sit in the Calacatta marble–clad master bath of Thomas O’Brien and Dan Fink’s Long Island home. The lighting is by Thomas O’Brien for Visual Comfort, and the tub and fittings are by Waterworks.

The master bath of a Southampton, New York, retreat by interior designer David Netto and architect David Hottenroth has a Wetstyle tub with Waterworks fittings, a Paul Marra spool chandelier, Roman shades of a Larsen linen blend, and a chair from Cove Landing.
Photo: Pieter Estersohn
The master bath of a Southampton, New York, retreat by interior designer David Netto and architect David Hottenroth has a Wetstyle tub with Waterworks fittings, a Paul Marra spool chandelier, Roman shades of a Larsen linen blend, and a chair from Cove Landing.
 
At a Long Island home reimagined by architect Kevin Lindores and designer Daniel Sachs, the tub in the master bath is by Waterworks, the Indian watercolors were purchased at Rago, the curtains are of a Chelsea Editions linen-cotton, and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball's Elephant's Breath.
Photo: Miguel Flores-Vianna

At a Long Island home reimagined by architect Kevin Lindores and designer Daniel Sachs, the tub in the master bath is by Waterworks, the Indian watercolors were purchased at Rago, the curtains are of a Chelsea Editions linen-cotton, and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Elephant’s Breath.

Travertine wall panels and a geometric stone-tile floor lend warm tones to the master bath of a Manhattan penthouse by Dufner Heighes; the vintage light fixture is by Angelo Lelli, the framed collage is by Mark Welsh, the tub is by Wetstyle, and the tub fittings are by Kallista.
Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Travertine wall panels and a geometric stone-tile floor lend warm tones to the master bath of a Manhattan penthouse by Dufner Heighes; the vintage light fixture is by Angelo Lelli, the framed collage is by Mark Welsh, the tub is by Wetstyle, and the tub fittings are by Kallista.

The master bath of a home outside Paris designed by architect Charles Zana features an abundance of Calacatta marble, from the cabinetry, wainscot, tub surround, and floors to the Zana-designed stool; pairs of artworks by Elad Lassry (left) and Walead Beshty hang above the tub.
Photo: Richard Powers

The master bath of a home outside Paris designed by architect Charles Zana features an abundance of Calacatta marble, from the cabinetry, wainscot, tub surround, and floors to the Zana-designed stool; pairs of artworks by Elad Lassry (left) and Walead Beshty hang above the tub.

At a Manhattan townhouse renovated by Sawyer | Berson, the master bath, clad in cipollino marble, is equipped with a circa-1940 hanging light from Carlos de la Puente Antiques, sconces by Hudson Valley Lighting, and Lefroy Brooks sink fittings.
Photo: Scott Frances

At a Manhattan townhouse renovated by Sawyer | Berson, the master bath, clad in cipollino marble, is equipped with a circa-1940 hanging light from Carlos de la Puente Antiques, sconces by Hudson Valley Lighting, and Lefroy Brooks sink fittings.

The centerpiece of the master bath at an Aspen, Colorado, home by designer Shawn Henderson and architect Scott Lindenau is a custom-made Japanese soaking tub with Dornbracht fittings. The walls are paneled in Yangtze River limestone.
Photo: Richard Powers

The centerpiece of the master bath at an Aspen, Colorado, home by designer Shawn Henderson and architect Scott Lindenau is a custom-made Japanese soaking tub with Dornbracht fittings. The walls are paneled in Yangtze River limestone.

At a Maine compound by designer Suzanne Kasler and architect Les Cole, the master bath boasts custom-made mosaic tile by Waterworks and light fixtures from Circa Lighting.
Photo: William Waldron

At a Maine compound by designer Suzanne Kasler and architect Les Cole, the master bath boasts custom-made mosaic tile by Waterworks and light fixtures from Circa Lighting.

A mix of Ann Sacks surfaces, including a pebble wall covering, brings a warm feel to a guest bath of an Aspen, Colorado, home renovated by Stonefox Architects; the sconce and side table are both by Urban Archaeology, the tub is by Waterworks, and the tub, shower, and sink fittings are all by Dornbracht.
Photo: Pieter Estersohn

A mix of Ann Sacks surfaces, including a pebble wall covering, brings a warm feel to a guest bath of an Aspen, Colorado, home renovated by Stonefox Architects; the sconce and side table are both by Urban Archaeology, the tub is by Waterworks, and the tub, shower, and sink fittings are all by Dornbracht.

At a Hudson Valley compound by architect Toshiko Mori, the master bath's Lacava tub is equipped with Vola fittings; the Alvar Aalto stool is by Artek, and the towels are by RH.
Photo: Thomas Loof

At a Hudson Valley compound by architect Toshiko Mori, the master bath’s Lacava tub is equipped with Vola fittings; the Alvar Aalto stool is by Artek, and the towels are by RH.

The master bath of a Hamptons home designed by Steven Gambrel boasts pendant lights by Rejuvenation, a Ralph Lauren Home sconce, and a pair of vintage French chairs from Aero; the sink fittings are by Waterworks.
Photo: Eric Piasecki

The master bath of a Hamptons home designed by Steven Gambrel boasts pendant lights by Rejuvenation, a Ralph Lauren Home sconce, and a pair of vintage French chairs from Aero; the sink fittings are by Waterworks.

At an Aspen, Colorado, home created by architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Shelton, Mindel & Assoc., the master bath’s shower and Agape tub are equipped with Dornbracht fittings.
Photo: William Waldron

At an Aspen, Colorado, home created by architects Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Shelton, Mindel & Assoc., the master bath’s shower and Agape tub are equipped with Dornbracht fittings.

The master bath of a Minneapolis home designed by Michael S. Smith shimmers with antiqued-mirror panels and a ceiling silver-leafed by artisan Maureen Lyttle; the chandelier is a circa-1930 design by Elsa Schiaparelli for Baguès, and the tub fittings are by P. E. Guerin.
Photo: Oberto Gili

The master bath of a Minneapolis home designed by Michael S. Smith shimmers with antiqued-mirror panels and a ceiling silver-leafed by artisan Maureen Lyttle; the chandelier is a circa-1930 design by Elsa Schiaparelli for Baguès, and the tub fittings are by P. E. Guerin.

white bathroom with silver tub
Photo: Björn Wallander

At a Martha’s Vineyard home designed by Ashe + Leandro, the master bath’s subway tile, tub, and fittings are all by Waterworks.

In one of the master baths at the Martha’s Vineyard summer home of Lynn Forester de Rothschild and her husband, Sir Evelyn, the tub is equipped with Waterworks fittings; the aluminum Windsor-style chair is a John Vesey design from the Window. The house was renovated by architect Hugh Weisman and decorator Mark Cunningham.
Photo: Oberto Gili

In one of the master baths at the Martha’s Vineyard summer home of Lynn Forester de Rothschild and her husband, Sir Evelyn, the tub is equipped with Waterworks fittings; the aluminum Windsor-style chair is a John Vesey design from the Window. The house was renovated by architect Hugh Weisman and decorator Mark Cunningham.

At the Nashville, Tennessee, home of designer Ray Booth and television executive John Shea, a Great Plains sheer fabric curtains the master bath, where a side table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll stands alongside the Duravit tub.
Photo: Pieter Estersohn

At the Nashville, Tennessee, home of designer Ray Booth and television executive John Shea, a Great Plains sheer fabric curtains the master bath, where a side table by Eero Saarinen for Knoll stands alongside the Duravit tub.

An Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph overlooks the master bath’s Water Monopoly tub at a London penthouse designed by Veere Grenney.
Photo: Björn Wallander

An Henri Cartier-Bresson photograph overlooks the master bath’s Water Monopoly tub at a London penthouse designed by Veere Grenney.

Artwork in a bathroom

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

Paintings of Long Island are grouped in a bath at a Hamptons home decorated by Carrier and Co.; the side table is from Homenature, and the tub fittings are by Perrin & Rowe.

Moroccan mirrors from Downtown flank a Waterworks tub in the master bath of a Hamptons home conceived by architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Matthew Patrick Smyth; the tub fittings and towels are also by Waterworks, the side table is by Paul Mathieu for Stephanie Odegard Collection, and the towel stand is by RH.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

Moroccan mirrors from Downtown flank a Waterworks tub in the master bath of a Hamptons home conceived by architect Peter Pennoyer and designer Matthew Patrick Smyth; the tub fittings and towels are also by Waterworks, the side table is by Paul Mathieu for Stephanie Odegard Collection, and the towel stand is by RH.

An abstract mural by Surface & Architecture Workshop distinguishes the master bath of jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno’s Brooklyn brownstone; the tub and sink fittings are all by Dornbracht, and the tufted bench is by RH.

Photo: Richard Powers

An abstract mural by Surface & Architecture Workshop distinguishes the master bath of jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno’s Brooklyn brownstone; the tub and sink fittings are all by Dornbracht, and the tufted bench is by RH.

A Swedish Empire secretary and chair stand in the master bath of an upstate New York retreat devised by architecture firm Shope Reno Wharton and designer Thom Filicia; the beadboard walls are painted in a Benjamin Moore gray (as are the Feiss ceiling fixtures), the sconces are from Circa Lighting, the tub is by Waterworks, and the Oly bench is upholstered in goat hide.
Photo: Pieter Estersohn

A Swedish Empire secretary and chair stand in the master bath of an upstate New York retreat devised by architecture firm Shope Reno Wharton and designer Thom Filicia; the beadboard walls are painted in a Benjamin Moore gray (as are the Feiss ceiling fixtures), the sconces are from Circa Lighting, the tub is by Waterworks, and the Oly bench is upholstered in goat hide.

“I was striving for a sense of place, the spirit of a Midwestern farm,” says architect Margaret McCurry of the Michigan getaway she designed for a Chicago couple. The master bath, paneled in wood, was inspired by the property’s tree-lined setting, which is showcased through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Situated next to an indoor pool and a glass-block steam room, the space doubles as a shower and changing area for the family and their frequent guests.
Photo: Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing

“I was striving for a sense of place, the spirit of a Midwestern farm,” says architect Margaret McCurry of the Michigan getaway she designed for a Chicago couple. The master bath, paneled in wood, was inspired by the property’s tree-lined setting, which is showcased through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Situated next to an indoor pool and a glass-block steam room, the space doubles as a shower and changing area for the family and their frequent guests.

Ralph and Ricky Lauren’s country house in Bedford, New York, celebrates classic English style with an American point of view. The couple’s stately master bathroom features a fireplace with an 18th-century mantelpiece, and a freestanding marble bathtub. The mirrored wall reflects views of the lush gardens.
Photo: Durston Saylor

Ralph and Ricky Lauren’s country house in Bedford, New York, celebrates classic English style with an American point of view. The couple’s stately master bathroom features a fireplace with an 18th-century mantelpiece, and a freestanding marble bathtub. The mirrored wall reflects views of the lush gardens.

When designing an extension for a late-19th-century Greenwich home, architect Allan Greenberg and interior decorator Victoria Hagan wanted to create a space that was at once ultramodern and livable. The master bathroom is just that—a sleek yet inviting, marble-lined retreat. The design team created a sun-splashed room featuring walls painted a soft green and mirrored surfaces that reflect both light and views.

Photo: Michael Moran

When designing an extension for a late-19th-century Greenwich home, architect Allan Greenberg and interior decorator Victoria Hagan wanted to create a space that was at once ultramodern and livable. The master bathroom is just that—a sleek yet inviting, marble-lined retreat. The design team created a sun-splashed room featuring walls painted a soft green and mirrored surfaces that reflect both light and views.

The New York City maisonette formerly owned by legendary interior designer Sister Parish was revamped by the decorator Mario Buatta for Patricia Altschul, a longtime client. Altschul explains of the redesign, “I told [Buatta] I wanted a little sparkle, not over the top, but lush, exotic—a glamorama.” The elegant new space features a dressing table with an ornate antique mirror and a tufted pink slipper chair.

Photo: Scott Frances

The New York City maisonette formerly owned by legendary interior designer Sister Parish was revamped by the decorator Mario Buatta for Patricia Altschul, a longtime client. Altschul explains of the redesign, “I told [Buatta] I wanted a little sparkle, not over the top, but lush, exotic—a glamorama.” The elegant new space features a dressing table with an ornate antique mirror and a tufted pink slipper chair.

Celebrated adman Donny Deutsch transformed a venerable limestone mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side into a sleek, contemporary space with the help of designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper and architect Frederic Schwartz. Chic as can be, Deutsch’s master bath makes a minimalist statement with an overscale egg-shaped tub and a vintage ceiling fixture.

Photo: Nikolas Koenig

Celebrated adman Donny Deutsch transformed a venerable limestone mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side into a sleek, contemporary space with the help of designers Tony Ingrao and Randy Kemper and architect Frederic Schwartz. Chic as can be, Deutsch’s master bath makes a minimalist statement with an overscale egg-shaped tub and a vintage ceiling fixture.

Decorator Thomas Jayne was commissioned to restore a circa-1865 townhouse in Philadelphia’s Center City to its former glory, though this bath, painted decades ago to resemble a tent, actually required little effort. Lined with marble and accented with a pair of antique Chinese garden stools, the space adds whimsical flair to the historic house.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

Decorator Thomas Jayne was commissioned to restore a circa-1865 townhouse in Philadelphia’s Center City to its former glory, though this bath, painted decades ago to resemble a tent, actually required little effort. Lined with marble and accented with a pair of antique Chinese garden stools, the space adds whimsical flair to the historic house.

For a client in Japan, architect Kengo Kuma created a guest bath clad in wooden slats and with a striking window wall that lends the feeling of a tree house. The rectangular tub and basin are made of hiba wood and are offset by a sculptural stool.

Photo: Robert McLeod

For a client in Japan, architect Kengo Kuma created a guest bath clad in wooden slats and with a striking window wall that lends the feeling of a tree house. The rectangular tub and basin are made of hiba wood and are offset by a sculptural stool.

When it came to building a new home for their extended family, Don and Rela Gleason, Napa residents, wanted something relaxed yet stylish. Designed by Rela, an interior decorator, and architect Bobby McAlpine, the master bath is airy and open, with soaring ceilings and a rustic concrete-title floor. Modern elements mix happily with heirloom antiques; the concrete soaking tub overlooks an enclosed private terrace.

Photo: Roger Davies

When it came to building a new home for their extended family, Don and Rela Gleason, Napa residents, wanted something relaxed yet stylish. Designed by Rela, an interior decorator, and architect Bobby McAlpine, the master bath is airy and open, with soaring ceilings and a rustic concrete-title floor. Modern elements mix happily with heirloom antiques; the concrete soaking tub overlooks an enclosed private terrace.

Designer John Barman understands the transformative power of even a small renovation. To take advantage of all the extraordinary ocean views at his apartment in Miami Beach, he ripped out the false ceiling in the bathroom and installed dramatic double-height windows.

Photo: Dan Forer

Designer John Barman understands the transformative power of even a small renovation. To take advantage of all the extraordinary ocean views at his apartment in Miami Beach, he ripped out the false ceiling in the bathroom and installed dramatic double-height windows.

In this 300-year-old summer retreat reinvented by architect James Cavagnari for himself and his wife, designer Erin Quiros, the bathroom is anything but ordinary. The space features a freestanding tub, snow-white plaster walls, and a rustic beamed ceiling; the French doors frame a stunning view of the Sicilian coast.

Photo: Scott Frances

In this 300-year-old summer retreat reinvented by architect James Cavagnari for himself and his wife, designer Erin Quiros, the bathroom is anything but ordinary. The space features a freestanding tub, snow-white plaster walls, and a rustic beamed ceiling; the French doors frame a stunning view of the Sicilian coast.

Architect Antoine Predock emphasized crisp lines and angles in the bathroom of a Colorado mountain home. Overlooking a grove of aspens, Predock’s design, composed of teak casework and a maple ceiling, is a rustic oasis with a modern sensibility. The contemporary space celebrates luxe wood surfaces with exquisite dovetail construction, sleek fixtures and fittings, and a blissful forest view.

Photo: Robert Reck
Architect Antoine Predock emphasized crisp lines and angles in the bathroom of a Colorado mountain home. Overlooking a grove of aspens, Predock’s design, composed of teak casework and a maple ceiling, is a rustic oasis with a modern sensibility. The contemporary space celebrates luxe wood surfaces with exquisite dovetail construction, sleek fixtures and fittings, and a blissful forest view.

Combining natural materials and abundant light, architect and designer Lee F. Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Assoc. created a tranquil environment for the master bathroom of his Southampton, New York, beach house, using surfaces that reflected the abundant light. “The pattern of the marble mimics the shadow of branches on the building, and the glazed floor reflects views of the water and trees,” says Mindel.
Photo: Michael Moran
Combining natural materials and abundant light, architect and designer Lee F. Mindel of Shelton, Mindel & Assoc. created a tranquil environment for the master bathroom of his Southampton, New York, beach house, using surfaces that reflected the abundant light. “The pattern of the marble mimics the shadow of branches on the building, and the glazed floor reflects views of the water and trees,” says Mindel.

Envisioning a house where “every window would be a picture,” Robert and Alexandra Norse commissioned architect Jack Lionel Warner and designer Barbara Barry to build their home in Montecito, California. In the master bath, the tub is installed between a pair of stately walnut shelving units, which display ceramics and provide easy access to stacked towels while framing the extraordinary mountain views.
Photo: Mary E. Nichols

Envisioning a house where “every window would be a picture,” Robert and Alexandra Norse commissioned architect Jack Lionel Warner and designer Barbara Barry to build their home in Montecito, California. In the master bath, the tub is installed between a pair of stately walnut shelving units, which display ceramics and provide easy access to stacked towels while framing the extraordinary mountain views.

white bathroom
Photo: Scott Frances
“So much of design is knowing when to add and when to take away,” designer Victoria Hagan says. “The fun of it is to find the right balance.” Utilizing clean lines and the symmetry of matching sinks, mirrors, and sconces, Hagan’s bright-white design for a Nantucket master bathroom is in perfect harmony.
 
Designer John Cottrell and architect Gil Schafer teamed to build a poolhouse in the Connecticut countryside that has the feeling of an 18th-century interior. “The project was about taking historical ideas and adapting them to a contemporary way of living,” says Schafer. The exposed wooden beams and limestone tub in the master bath merge modern function with old-world sensibility. Related: See More Home Remodeling & Renovation ideas
Photo: Billy Cunningham
Designer John Cottrell and architect Gil Schafer teamed to build a poolhouse in the Connecticut countryside that has the feeling of an 18th-century interior. “The project was about taking historical ideas and adapting them to a contemporary way of living,” says Schafer. The exposed wooden beams and limestone tub in the master bath merge modern function with old-world sensibility.

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