10 Blissful Baths

Turn your bath into a spa with design ideas from these relaxing rooms.

Bathroom with sunken tub

Colleen 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.

Bathroom with a view

James 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.

Bathroom with layered textures

Deborah 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.

Romantic Bathroom

Sara Gray

Soothing Escape

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.

organized bathroom

Rob Melnychuk

Orderly Fashion

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.

Garden Tub

Jean Allsopp

Light-filled Luxury

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.


Bruce 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.


Roger Davies

Classic Style

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.

bathroom with a pebble floor

Deborah Whitlaw Llewellyn

Building Basics

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.

bathroom with a view

Sylvia 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.

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