Whether you live in a sprawling sanctuary or a shoebox-size studio, one thing’s for sure: We all deliver to celebrate life’s little luxuries in our home. And where better to do so than the bathroom? You don’t need to have a penchant for skincare or spend hours soaking in a tub to appreciate a modern, well-appointed bathroom. In fact, the right touches can make something as mundane as brushing your teeth feel like an elevated experience. Larger primary bathrooms might have ample opportunities for modern elements, but make no mistake that smaller spaces can make a stylish splash, too.
Need proof? The bathrooms below embrace the lap of luxury, regardless of their size. So kick back, relax, and scroll through the spaces that deliver an instant ahh….
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Just because you have limited square footage doesn’t mean you have to skimp on luxury. Jett Projects employed Dedar moiré wallpaper and a FontanaArte mirror to add some oomph to this Brooklyn-based bathroom.
As far as we’re concerned, floor-to-ceiling marble is a cornerstone of luxury. In this San Francisco home, Nicole Hollis paired the Arabescato Corchia marble with Waterworks fixtures and a sculptural pendant, courtesy of Vincenzo De Cotiis.
Anne McDonald gave this luxurious lake house bathroom a little bit of rustic style with shiplap walls, a vintage Murano glass chandelier, and herringbone zellige floor tiles from Clé.
Whoever thinks the lounging needs to stop after some time in the tub needs to take a look at this Southern California sanctuary from Studio Shamshiri. Here, the Bartok Design tub is placed right next to a Carl Malmsten couch. Now that’s what we call luxury.
If you want to bring a little bit of maximalism to your luxurious bathroom, take a cue from this Palm Beach paradise, which was designed by Caroline Rafferty. Though the brass hardware offers plenty of zing, the leafy chandelier from Anthropologie is the space’s exclamation point.
Another way to wow with gold? Pair brass accents with black and white elements just as designer Carlos David did in this Manhattan apartment.
Tobias Petri gave this mountainside mansion a spalike aesthetic with wooden walls, vessel sink, and Italian mosaics by Sicis. And if he needs to cool down from a midday steam, Petri’s bathroom has access to a small balcony.
“I really wanted it to be a place where you didn’t want to leave,” designer Sara Oswalt says of this Lake Tahoe retreat. With a power coupling of timber and concrete, this bathroom accomplished that mission in style.
Put lounging front and center—literally—by placing your standing tub away from the wall. Studio Schicketanz gave this Silicon Valley couple the lap of luxury with setup from Concreteworks, Brizo’s faucet, and an aluminum skylight from Royalite Manufacturing. (Bonus: The clients can feel like they’re on cloud nine mid-soak.)
Speaking of which, why hide your shower behind a curtain or frosted glass door when it was born to stand out? In this Amsterdam-based boat shed, Studio Piet Boon strategically placed this waterfall shower out in the open, so it can rack up plenty of compliments. Rounding out the space are fittings by Piet Boon for Cocoon and a floral arrangement, courtesy of Pompon Amsterdam.
Is there anything more luxurious than sitting in a soaking tub and glancing out toward a striking view? For this desert home, Kovac Design Studio offset the Agape tub and Axor fittings with the lush, organic landscape outside.
The Textured Treatment
Neutral color palettes don’t have to be lackluster—just take a look at this bathroom Workspace/APD designed near Pebble Beach, California. Between the Artistic Tile walls, travertine countertops, and pale cabinetry, this textured space makes beige anything but boring.
Dramatic Cassiopea marble covered walls and floor take your eyes on a gorgeous adventure in this Richard Mishaan–designed home. The stark white bathtub looks out onto New York City.
Bright and airy, this sun-filled bathroom has large windows, a glass-walled shower, and a waterfall vanity. The separate bathtub sits in the corner on a platform made from basalt floors.
A chevron bath rug mimics the herringbone pattern in the shower of this Washington, D.C., home. An unlacquered brass faucet from Waterworks adds glamour to the black marble-encased bathtub.
The wood vanity topped with a white modern sink has soothing vibes in this serene Napa Valley bathroom.
A deep bathtub is centered in front of a large bay window in this Gachot Studios–designed home. The vintage Murano pendant gracefully hovers above it.
A bench in super-luxe Loro Piana fabric adds texture to this marble-walled New York City bathroom. The dark Illum Wikkelsø cabinet creates contrast.
The large window opens up to a breathtaking view of the Golden Gate bridge in this San Francisco apartment. Wall-mounted handles were used for the sleek bathtub.
The naturally undulating pattern in the marble used for the vanity, walls, and floors reminded designer Jaques Grange of the waters in Venice. The black metal framed mirrors and doors add a streamlined and striking contrast.
Rustic Meets Modernist
Architect Tom Kundig brought the outside in at this Montana vacation home. The reclaimed wood floors add a rustic element to this modernist space.
In Homepolish cofounder Will Nathan’s New York City loft, the spacious bathroom features a doorless shower, industrial gridlike tile work, and a mirrored wall, creating a space that is understated yet striking.
Elevated Parisian Vintage
In French architect Jacques Grange’s Paris apartment, a monochromatic space is turned glam with a gilded chandelier that highlights the grand ceilings.
This bathroom in the Spanish-style home of Create & Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson is given a glamorous edge with pale purple wallpaper, elegant brass accents, and a sleek purple vanity.
In this reimagined Manhattan townhouse, antique blue wallpaper enlivens the powder room, while a sleek marble sink balances out the space with a contemporary touch.
This light-filled bathroom in a serene country house is simple and chic, featuring a black claw-foot tub that’s given a touch of glam with a fur bath mat.
Reflective and Romantic
In Andy Cohen’s Greenwich Village apartment, the bathroom is nothing short of glamorous. The walls, which are covered in Flavor Paper’s Cherry Forever mylar wallpaper, reflect a golden glow throughout the space, while vibrant pink accents lend a romantic, feminine feel.
The elegant master bathroom of this Italian palazzo features textured, deep purple walls that lend a luxurious touch to the space. An antique stool sits next to the tub for a hint of vintage glam.
Modern Country Bathroom
Amanda Seyfried’s Catskills country house combines rustic with clean modern lines. Inside the master bath, you’ll find a custom vanity with fittings by Waterworks; the sconce is from Design Within Reach, the floor tile is by Heath Ceramics, and the beadboard is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse.
Natural tones and a drawing by Robert Longo warm the powder room of this New York City home; the sink is by Toto, with Lefroy Brooks fittings.
Simple Modern Bathroom
The master bath in Monica Mandelli and Marco Valla’s Manhattan apartment, designed by Bruce T. Bananto, is an exercise in simple modern style. Even the wastebasket by John Brauer pulls its weight in artistic flair. The bathroom also features a Caesarstone vanity and undermount sinks by Kohler; the fittings are by Dornbracht.
Gilded Modern Bathroom
In this Manhattan apartment, the masculine bathroom features a sink from Urban Archaeology. The fittings are by Waterworks, the cabinets are black glass with brass trim, the walls are clad in Saint Laurent marble, and the flooring is limestone.
“Modern” is practically spray painted on this guest bath in a Manhattan loft. The tub and sink fittings are by Barber Wilsons & Co., and the paint-on-mirror artwork is by Rashid Johnson.
Metallic Modern Bathroom
The metallic-and-marble shower door and vanity in this Steven Gambrel–designed Manhattan home are custom-designed, giving “modern” a personal edge. The floors and shower have tiles by Mosaic House.
Marble Modern Bathroom
Marble is the muse of this modern master bath in a Notting Hill, London, townhouse. The space is sheathed in mysteriously appealing Nero Marquina marble.
The tub, fittings and tiles in the black and white master bath of this Manhattan loft are all by Waterworks. The vintage light fixture is from JF Chen.
Modern Neutral Bathroom
In Hilary Swank’s Manhattan home, Mark Zeff designed the master bath’s walls and floors. They are sheathed in travertine, and the shower is tiled with Cipollino tumbled marble.
Modern Mosiac Bathroom
In Jimmy Choo designer Tamara Mellon’s Hamptons house, the floor and shower stall in the master bathroom are accented with mosaic tiles.
Modern Minimalist Bathroom
A minimal vanity hides drawers for storage at a modern Washington, D.C., home designed by Darryl Carter.
Modern Pink Marble Bathroom
The tub in the master bath of this Paris apartment is by Agape, with fittings by Dornbracht. The chairs are by Junya Ishigami, the walls are clad in Brèche de Médicis marble, and the flooring is granite.
Modern Art Deco Bathroom
An Art Deco Chinese rug serves as a contrast to the modern lines in the marble-clad master bath of this Park Avenue apartment.
Modern Moroccan Bathroom
The walls and floor of a bathroom in this Moroccan home are lined in Popham Design’s Hex Long Shadow, the shower enclosure is custom-made, and the brass fixtures were purchased at a souk.
Midcentury Modern Bathroom
In this modern home in Brazil, a bathroom vanity is made of concrete with panels of Formica; the lamps are by Dominici.
The serene master bath in filmmaker Michael Bay’s Miami Beach home is sheathed in etched-stone tiles, the bathtub is cast concrete, and the shower fittings are by Boffi.
Modern Black Wood Bathroom
In this bathroom in Tuxedo Park, New York, the sink fittings are by Kallista, and the hamper is from HomeGoods.
Modern Paneled Bathroom
A Harry Bertoia sculpture hangs above the tub in the master bath of a Greenwich Village townhouse designed by Joe D’Urso.
This contemporary bathroom in a Canadian lakeside retreat features lacquered oak veneer walls and a natural pine ceiling, in addition to a Kohler tub and Grohe fittings.
Modern Mirrored Bathroom
In this daring Florida home, the master bath’s custom cabinets are topped with a quartzite counter, the shower fittings are by THG Paris, the flat-screen TV is by Samsung, and the floor is covered in glass mosaic tiles by Studium.
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