Find inspiration for your next renovation in this collection of stylish bathrooms that range in attitude from Zenlike simplicity to baroque opulence:
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, June 2009; Photography by Steve Hall/Hedrich Blessing).
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, July 2010; Photography by Michael Moran).
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, October 2010; Photography by Robert McLeod).
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, October 2011; Photography by Nikolas Koenig).
Designer John Barman understands the power of 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. (featured in Architectural Digest, September 2010; Photography by Dan Forer).
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, January 2005; Photography by Scott Frances).
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, October 2007; Photography by Robert Reck).
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, June 2007; Photography by Michael Moran).
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 (featured in Architectural Digest, May 2005; Photography by Mary E. Nichols).
“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 (featured in Architectural Digest, October 2005; Photography by Scott Frances).