The Defining Design Elements Of Luxury Bathrooms

I think it’s safe to say we can all recognize a luxurious bathroom when we see it. Whether it’s because a bathroom is unusually spacious, decorated with expensive materials, stylish accent details or filled with light, our intuition tells us there’s something luxurious about it. But what exactly are the defining elements of luxury bathrooms?

Lots of space.

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A bathroom that’s as spacious as this one is inevitably luxurious, regardless of its design. But there’s more to this than just square footage. A bathroom can create the illusion of space by being minimalist and employing strategic features.

Great views.

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Because bathrooms are usually small and don’t have large windows either because of the lack of space or for privacy reasons, the views from here are almost in existent. So when a bathroom has such huge windows and wonderful views, it stands out as being luxurious.

Marble walls.

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Luxurious bathrooms feature natural materials on their walls and floors and marble is one of them. However, this is an acquired taste, especially if the marble is used extensively.

Luxurious finishes.

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The finishes and textures play an important role in the overall design of the bathroom. This particular one features a textured wallpaper on the walls that almost looks like stone and contrasts with the chromed details and shiny elements.

Ornate details.

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Certain ornamental elements have the ability to give a bathroom a luxurious look, even if the room is not particularly spacious or if it doesn’t have floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic views. For example, an ornate mirror, a sculptural chair, etc.

Luxury materials.

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A combination of onyx and marble was used here to give this bathroom its unique and sophisticated appearance. However, this is not a look that suits all styles and it best left for traditional homes.

Contrasting textures.

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The right combination of textures has the ability to make a bathroom look luxurious. Step on the shiny floor tiles and then onto the zebra accent rug, touch the soft and delicate curtains and let yourself be enveloped in luxury.

A sunken tub.

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Pretty much that’s out of the ordinary and more difficult to include in a regular bathroom is considered luxurious. For example, a sunken tub can be such a feature. When used in the right environment, it can have the desired effect.

Accent lighting.

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There are two ways in which light can effect the overall ambiance and the look of a bathroom. On one hand, lots of light in the bathroom can be a luxury. On the other hand, subtle, accent lighting used strategically in the room can also have a similar effect.

A freestanding tub as a focal point.

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Given the utilitarian nature of the bathroom and everything included in it, usually the designs are space-efficient and focused on functionality. So having a freestanding tub act as a focal point is a luxury detail.

Decorative wall art.

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Sacrificing a portion of a bathroom for decorative purposes can be a sign of luxury. In this case, the relief panel between the wall mirrors is a really beautiful and sophisticated feature. Also, the accent lighting in the floor designed to highlight the tub is also a luxury detail.

A unique tub, shower or both.

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Most often, a bathroom either has a tub or a shower. Sometimes it has both but one definitely stands out. But when both the tub and the shower are as amazing as these ones, then you have a luxury bathroom. In here, it’s a wonderful combination of beautiful, natural material, graceful shapes and wonderful transparency.

Roman shower.

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And speaking of showers, what about a Roman shower stall? Inspired by the original historical designs, these are a modern interpretation of those and treat the shower as a sort of alcove, as a separate room instead of just a partition. This concept can suit spacious bathrooms but also smaller ones. Find the type of Roman shower stall that best suits your own bathroom and adapt it to your preferences.

Nature-inspired decors.

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As we’ve mentioned before, luxury bathrooms use natural materials, textures and colors. Not only that this makes them luxurious but it’s also a look that never goes out of style. We love the combination of colors and materials used here and the tub in particular.

Dramatic contrasts and designs.

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Although simple, the elements used in this bathroom were strategically used to create strong and dramatic contrasts. The way the light is reflected on the paneled wall, the sharp and clean lines of the tub and its matte black finish and the overall ambiance make this a very intimate and relaxing bathroom.{found on marciokogan}.

Unexpected elements.

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Anything that’s not usually included in a bathroom can make it look luxurious. For example, there’s a staircase in here. Also, the wooden tub and the way it matches everything around it is also an unexpected element.

Unexpected shapes and materials.

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In this case, it’s not about the materials that were used but about the way in which they were used. The tub is obviously the focal point and it looks like it’s been carved out of a giant block, hence its unique shape.

Expertly chosen accessories.

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A lot of times, the accessories are the ones that give a space its character. For example, a small but chic bathroom rug with a soft and pleasant texture, a mirrored wall, long and heavy curtains or decorative stones used as décor elements are all exquisite examples.

Skylights.

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Another feature of luxury bathrooms can be a skylight. Basically anything that adds natural light and makes the bathroom look and feel more airy and bright can allow it to look luxurious, interesting and sophisticated.{found on eatas}.

Gorgeous light fixtures.

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A stunning light fixture can make any space look amazing. However, because the lighting in the bathroom is usually just functional and doesn’t focus on the decorative details, such an element has a stronger visual impact in this case.{found on architekten}.

A sophisticated color.

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Never underestimate the power of color. The right color used in the right space can have an outstanding visual effect and greatly impact the overall design and ambiance. This shade is Wythe Blue and is really stunning.{found on edmundsstudios}.