Turn your bath into a spa with design ideas from these relaxing rooms.
Text by Eleanor Hand
1 of 10Colleen Duffley
Sink Right In
The star in this bath has to be the sunken Japanese soaking tub. 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 this beachside bath a cool feel no matter how steamy it is outside.
2 of 10James R. Salomon
Tub with a View
A raised floor, vaulted ceiling, and elegant chandelier create a secluded retreat for this clawfoot tub. Classic subway-tile wainscoting and subtle pastels allow the panoramic views to take center stage.
3 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
The Right Mix
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 and small oyster matte mosaic tiles. Half-walls offer privacy but prevent the room from feeling cramped. Another neat idea: The freestanding tub is surrounded by a "moat" of smooth river rocks.
4 of 10Sara Gray
A bathtub takes on a romantic air when surrounded with mosquito netting and pillar candles. Pale blue walls and a white slipcovered chair enhance this room's dreamy setting.
5 of 10Rob Melnychuk
Built-in, open shelves beside a tub provide easy access to towels, washcloths, and bath products. The sleek limestone-topped tub balances out the aged look of the board walls and paneled tub surround.
6 of 10Jean Allsopp
The louvered fabric blinds in this bath offer seclusion while still allowing soft light to pass through. The blue shades pick up the Carrara marble's blue veins and the tub's accent tile.
7 of 10Bruce Buck
Spa Making 101
Embraced by windows, a freestanding tub is the focal point of this room. Cool blue walls and a cozy chair complete the spa-retreat feeling.
8 of 10Roger Davies
Covering the walls, ceiling, and tub surround with white beaded board achieves a simple, cohesive cottage look. An inexpensive alternative to tiled walls, beaded board is clean and classic.
9 of 10Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn
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.
10 of 10Sylvia Martin
Let the Sunshine In
Instead of covering the wraparound windows, the owners simply propped the mirror on a ledge. Natural light still floods the space, and guests can groom while enjoying the view.