We can’t resist these light, airy retreats designed with ultimate luxury in mind. Click through the images for countless ideas and inspiration for your own home.
1 of 11Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Invite the Outdoors In
Layered textures and materials give any space a rich look. In this bath, the architect combined reeded wormy-oak cabinets and wide-plank wall paneling with square tumbled-stone floor tiles. Half walls offer privacy but prevent the room from feeling cramped. Another neat idea: the freestanding tub surrounded by a “moat” of smooth river rocks.
2 of 11Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Make a Splash
Lustrous mosaic tiles make a splashy statement and turn this bath-shower combination into a work of art. Hire a professional to design a graphic motif or a mural to give your space a one-of-kind makeover. Translucent walls also usher in light and views, while the blue-and-white color scheme reflects the surrounding sea and sky.
3 of 11Jeff McNamara
Choose Wood for Warmth
Wood walls and nautical light fixtures give this room ship-style elegance. Cedar panels in lieu of tile simplify construction.
4 of 11Colleen Duffley
In this beachside bath, the sunken Japanese soaking tub takes center stage. Other streamlined elements include a glass vessel sink and a medicine cabinet hidden behind a hinged mirror framed in pecky cypress. Creamy stone walls and floors lend a cool feel no matter how steamy it is outside.
5 of 11Lisa Romerein
Opt for Alfresco
Forget a quick rinse in an outdoor shower―opt for a long soak under the stars. Turn a private deck into an outdoor bath with a freestanding tub and pedestal sink. Add personal style to a claw-foot tub with a colorful hand-painted design inspired by the sea. Or use wire and hot glue to frame a mirror with a collection of found driftwood.
6 of 11Jean Allsopp
Keep it Cool
A spacious soaking tub and a large walk-in shower with body sprays and a rain-style showerhead provide refreshment after a day at the beach. Individual vanities ensure plenty of room for the morning routine.
7 of 11Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
Open the Space
This bath's glass shower wall keeps the room airy and spacious by letting in natural light. Smooth pebble stone flooring feels good under foot and brings a bit of the beach indoors.
8 of 11Sophie Munro
Decorate with Paint
This bath uses splashes of color to bring the outside in. Datura flowers painted on the ceiling pop against the ceiling’s vibrant blue. The owner decided against window treatments and positioned the tub to take advantage of the stunning views.
9 of 11Troy Campbell
Go with the Flow
Rounded edges and a tropical color scheme turned this bath into an oasis. Scallop shells frame the master bath mirror, and mini aqua tiles line the sink and spa tub. The wavy lines of the tiled surfaces create the feel of moving water.
10 of 11James R. Salomon
Tub with a View
A raised floor, expansive windows, and a claw-foot tub create a secluded retreat. Classic subway-tile wainscoting and subtle pastels allow the panoramic views to take center stage.
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Bonus Image: Use Recycled Materials
Dacron sails are impermeable to water making them excellent alternatives to traditional shower curtains. Their durability matches that of commercial-grade upholstery, but they’re weathered enough to feel as soft as pillows.