Make your master bath a relaxing retreat with decorating and design ideas from our experts.
Give your master suite flow with French doors and glass walls. Instead of a basic doorway between this master bedroom and
bath, architects visually opened up this master suite by designing a glass wall as a divider, with grommeted curtain panels
that can be pulled for privacy. This look is both beautiful and versatile.
Required plumbing parts don’t have to ruin your under-sink open shelf look. Open cubbies below these two bowl sinks have removable
panels in the back to allow access to pipes.
This trio of windows, set a little higher than usual, lets in lots of light while still allowing for privacy.
Need a crisp and sophisticated tub surround? Enclose a bathtub with wood for an innovative, freestanding option. A sturdy,
low wooden box was designed for housing this tub.
Keep your master bath from feeling too generic by including local materials. A shell-encrusted mirror adds softness to the
sleek marble bath and clean, white walls of this coastal bath.
Gray tilework on the floors, along the walls, and as the tub surround unifies the area.
Soft blues are good options when you’re aiming for a relaxing atmosphere. Give your master suite a cohesive look by painting the bath walls just one shade lighter than the bedroom walls.
Beaded-board walls cost less than tile. To ease installation, use 4- x 8-foot plywood sheets. The vertical lines of the beaded
board make this master bath look taller.
It’s unlikely that you’ll ever hear someone complain about having too much storage. Here, plentiful linen and toiletry storage
is integrated into a large wall in the master bath.
There’s a never-ending wealth of ways to bring your travels home in your decor. Like Japanese shoji screens, these glass doors
separate the tub and shower stall from the dressing area.
A standard swinging door can take a lot of floor space in your bath, but a sliding door is convenient and compact. A modern
barn door slides along a track to close off this bath. The bright saffron color ties in with the saffron-and-gray bedding
and updates the look.
Up the contrast in your master bath by pairing rich, dark wood with lighter neutrals. A dark vanity and tub surround play off the white and gray finishes and fixtures in this master bath.
Two vanities and a divided walk-in closet keep morning and evening routines running smoothly. Here the vanities are split by the tub keeping the plumbing lines grouped together.
Be bold in your color choice. The vibrant aqua wall color in this master bath is picked up in the accent tile and accessories.
Sure, you can apply your makeup while standing, but it’s always nice to have a place to sit while you get ready. Here, the
makeup area is integrated into the his-and-hers vanity unit. Always be sure to include a couple of electrical outlets close
Bring the relaxation home with a spa-inspired master bath. The master bath mixes crisp, polished pieces with textured grass
cloth wall coverings and curtains to give it a warm spa-like feeling.
Color isn’t the only way to add pizzazz to your space. This bath has a monochromatic color scheme, but the textures of the
materials keep it interesting.
The shower is a small and defined space where you can afford a little splurge, whether it’s on amazing shower-heads or sensational
tile. The light blue hue of this Carrara marble floor and shower may make you feel as if you are showering in the ocean.
Sometimes it’s the unseen elements that make the biggest difference in your master bath design. An electric heating mat was
installed under the travertine tile of this master bath.
Visual cues and dividers can be used to separate the bathing area from the rest of the master bath. This vanity is centrally
located, dividing the different areas of the bath, but the see-through glass countertop and vessel sink bowl help keep the
room visually open.
There’s no need to paint all of your surfaces. Use stain-grade natural wood to give a depth of color and tone to your space. The honey-colored cabinetry, flooring, and trim featured in this room take center stage when paired with a limited color palette.
There are thousands of amazing tile options available, but some staples will always be classics. Created from unused attic
space, this master bath glistens with classic white subway and reproduction hexagonal floor tile.
If you have open shelves, use large baskets to corral small toiletries and accessories. Here, each sink has its own dedicated
bin to keep his-and-hers from getting jumbled together.
Sometimes design inspiration is no further away than your favorite painting or print. A beautiful poppy print inspires the rustic green finish found on the vanity and medicine cabinet in this master bath.
It’s a simple, time-tested principle: Mirrors make a room feel bigger. A picturesque seascape adds to the spacious feeling and calm color scheme in this room.
Play with whites, beiges, and grays in the same space. Cut-stone tile covers the floor, and limestone accents the countertops. Hexagonal tiles, in variegated natural hues, act as a border for the tub surround, wrap around the shower, and adorn the sinks’ backsplash.
Interesting architectural elements are a thoughtful way to make your master bath unique. An arch-topped shower adds architectural character to this master bath.
Mix up the shapes and sizes of your tile, but keep them all the same color. The square floor tiles here are laid in a diagonal
pattern, and rectangular tile surrounds the base of the tub. A harlequin design stretches above the tub between two tile chair
Give your master bath a sense of history with antique-inspired elements. Custom-painted vanities mimic the look of washstands. A slipper tub and beaded-board walls reinforce vintage style.
Dual overhead showerheads and hand-held sprayer options are the stars of this large and luxurious shower space.
It’s the little details that polish your cabinet design. Furniture feet give the look of freestanding with the convenience of built-in. This vanity has a breakfront-inspired design.
Who says you have to leave home for luxury? Fine finishes, such as the granite countertops, tile, and elegantly distressed cabinetry, lend hotel appeal in this master bath.
Large expanses of wallspace are always hard to decorate. A combination of flat boards and trim enhance this area.
Mix neutral tiles with bright glass accent tiles. Here, vibrant green pops against clean white.
Storage always seems to be in short supply. Cabinets under these windows conceal the tub’s plumbing lines, provide storage
for towels and bath products, and create a display space for plants and artwork.
No longer just for kitchens, islands can be major assets in baths, too. This built-in adds six more drawers for storage.
Double-louvered doors keep the washer and dryer neatly tucked away in a separate tiny room when they are not in use. Keeping the bath and laundry spaces the same color creates cohesiveness and allows them to function as one room.
If built-ins aren’t possible, add storage and style with an antique cabinet. This homeowner stores towels and toiletries in
a green vintage dental cabinet.
Patterned wallpaper brings style to small spaces. This bath gets its pretty palette from a medallion-print wallpaper.
Don’t feel hemmed in by one particular style. Unexpected combinations lend an eclectic sensibility to your master bath. Luxurious
materials, like marble, are juxtaposed with rough beams and concrete floors in this space.
Don’t overlook small ways to incorporate convenient storage. A decorative tiled alcove next to the tub in this master bath
is a great place for soaps and other toiletries.
Make as many elements adjustable as possible. Mirrors hung on a pivot point are versatile and user-friendly.
Add storage with a vintage washstand. Here, the honey color of the washstand and marble countertop inspired the room's color palette.
Instead of purchasing a standard vanity, repurpose a vintage piece of case furniture with a new top and plumbing fixtures. This black-lacquered sideboard makes a perfect double sink with a few modifications.
General, accent, and task lighting are all important in your bath. Natural light reduces the need for electric lights and cuts energy costs. The frosted glass doors allow the natural light to spill into the rest of the suite.
Separate the toilet and vanity with a half wall to preserve a little privacy. This homeowner took advantage of the extra wallspace and hung a black-and-white print.
Be mindful of your home’s historic style in the bath too. The natural wood finishes paired with stained glass, pottery, and a craftsman-style mirror give this bath a distinctly Arts and Crafts feel.
Get the look of French doors without losing privacy. Substitute mirrors for clear glass window panels.
Instead of using tiles that “match,” select tiles that “coordinate” for big impact. This bath has a rich depth of texture created by a mix of finishes. Plain rectangular tiles and circle-patterned tiles pair nicely with dark wood and smooth porcelain finishes.
Get the benefit of natural light as well as privacy by installing a sky light in your bathroom.
For a contemporary look, use furnishings and materials with crisp, straight lines. The clean rectangular shape of this vanity is reflected in the tile.
Just because it’s the standard way doesn’t mean it’s the best way for your home. Research different cabinet configurations to find the best layout for your master bath. Instead of a traditional upper cabinet with doors on the front, this configuration offers separate shelves for each vanity.
Make your accent tile a unifying feature by using it in several places throughout the master bath. This backsplash tile is also used as an accent in the flooring, tying the room together.
Instantly bring implied architectural character by using classic structural shapes in your furniture and accessories. The gothic arch in the vanity cabinet doors is repeated in the mirror.
Put a twist on your bedroom color scheme to unify your master suite. This patterned wallpaper coordinates with the color scheme used in the bedroom.
Punch up your space with a pretty patterned-tile floor. In this master bath, the intricate tile floor takes center stage while the rest of the room remains fairly neutral.
Use vintage pieces, like this antique Coke bottle crate, to store towels and toiletries.
Exaggerate the height of your backsplash for a luxurious look that isn't arbitrary. Lining it up with the window mullions and mirror tops create a clean, unbroken horizontal line around the room.
Don’t just allow for plumbing parts in your tub surround. This wood tub surround has enough depth to do double duty as a bench.
Floor-to-ceiling linen draperies can create a relaxed atmosphere and add softness, privacy, and light filtration to your master
The homeowner relocated the tub and tucked it into a cozy surround that includes a pair of glass-shelved hanging cabinets
and an inset beveled mirror. The mirror adds sparkle and enlarges the space, while the rows of open shelving give the room
lots of storage and a vintage-apothecary feel. There's a lot going on in this tiny room, but the classic black-and-white palette
with brass accents keeps things from looking chaotic. The millwork's lacquered finish adds depth and polish, and the traditional
pattern of the marble hex floor tile is a nod toward the house's 1930s roots.
"Laid out in a pattern, this Ann Sacks tile gives the same graphic punch as a painted floor but is much more practical for
a bath," says designer Phoebe Howard.
A hand-painted, marble-topped sink base feels like antique furniture rather than a standard built-in bath cabinet.
Painted black, the window frame extends the eye outward. The completely enclosed courtyard esures this bath is totally private—no window treatments required!