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Beautiful Master Bathroom Ideas

From elegant marble-clad floors to sparkling chandeliers, you’ll get decorating and design ideas here that will help your master bath pamper you in style

Written and produced by Debra Steilen
  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    What’s on your remodeling wish list? We’re guessing one of the wishes is a master bath: a room so beautiful and relaxing you’ll have a hard time leaving it to go anywhere else. That’s why we’ve pulled together this collection of our favorite master baths. Gather the best ideas here and use them for your own private retreat. 

    Good-bye heavy and formal. Hello calm, clean and clutter-free. That’s the directive given to designer Tish Mills when she was hired to change up a home layered with weighty fabrics and dark finishes. And that’s why this master bath is light, bright, and beautiful. Total indulgence comes in the form of a focal-point tub from BainUltra’s Origami Collection that wears a laser-cut marble-and-glass mosaic surround. The shower walls and flooring are crafted from Calcutta Gold marble. The Madrid Lacquer Side Table with a hand-finished luster hails from Waterworks. See another view of this room on the next slide.

    Designer: Tish Mills

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    Vanity Flair

    His and her vanities stand on either side of the focal-point tub shown on the previous slide. Dove-gray custom cabinetry is glazed with a subtle trellis motif that repeats the tub surround’s mosaic design. The wallcovering is Tuscany Leather in Metallic Pewter from Thibaut. And the 24-inch bath lights, which feature half-cylinder footprints and frosted white glass, are from the Chase Collection by Robert Abbey.

    Designer: Tish Mills

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    Tall, Dark, and Handsome

    “This home acknowledges its owner, a gracious Southern lumberman,” says architect Bobby McAlpine about Walter Russell’s new lakeside residence. That explains the preponderance of natural wood in the ruggedly elegant master bath. Salvaged-wood walls are stained in a combination of ebony and Jacobean finishes. Reclaimed flooring displays a wire-brushed finish. Twin vanities wear a distressed finish that reveals dark wood underneath.

    Designer Susan Ferrier chose rugged metal accents to play off the wood surfaces: Industrial Cart Consoles from Bobo Intriguing Objects; weathered-metal Leopold sconces from Solaria Lighting; and an antique iron chandelier. Still, amidst all that texture, the eye naturally lights on the gleaming tub that’s centered in front of a tall window.  See another view of this tub on the next slide.

    Architect: Bobby McAlpine
    Designer: Susan Ferrier

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    Soaking in Luxury

    Bathers enjoy luxurious soaks in this 6-foot-long double-ended tub with vintage European styling. Along with its sensuous shape, the tub features a burnished cast-iron exterior that displays a rich patina. The tub, its floor-mounted exposed tub filler (with handshower), and the faucets on twin concrete-topped vanities all come from Waterworks. 

    Designer: Susan Ferrier

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  • Gordon Beall

    Patterned Presence

    In a stately home otherwise filled with bold color, serenity reigns supreme in the master suite—thanks to soothing neutral palette. “It’s a calming space, but it definitely still has energy,” says designer Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey. For the master bath, energy arrives via striped wallpaper and bold Walker Zanger floor tiles whose scale “is a response to the size of the room,” Cavin-Winfrey says. (The large-format tiles are a Hollywood Grand Pattern in Calcutta marble and London Grey stone from Walker Zanger.) Wood-Mode cabinetry warms the space with its vintage finish. Wall-to-wall mirrors reflect light and make the large room feel cozier. The Morris hanging lantern is from Circa Lighting. See the equally luxe shower on the next slide.

    Designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey

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  • Gordon Beall

    Easy Living

    Relaxation takes many forms within this gorgeous master bath. You saw the built-in tub on the previous slide. Here, a gracious settee upholstered in glazed linen sits in front of a double-entry shower furnished with fixtures from Rohl. The shower surround’s back wall features multi-hued marble tilework that is double-framed in tile like it’s a piece of art. See a detail on the next slide.

    Designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey

  • Gordon Beall

    Tile Style

    Echoing the look of the shower’s back wall, the floor’s marble mosaic is also double-framed in dark tile. Above it, a marble-tiled bench offers an opulent place to relax.

    Designer: Shazalynn Cavin-Winfrey

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  • Werner Straube

    Decorative Elegance

    From a Venetian-plaster ceiling to a high-gloss Glassos tile floor, this master bath boasts glamor in every facet of its design. The designer, Michael Mariotti, made the room’s neutral palette shine with silver sheers, mirrored brackets, a Lucite vanity chair, a crystal-bead chandelier, and polished-nickel fixtures. Subtle patterns—such as the Hayworth Trellis wallcovering from Cowtan and Tout and the marble-basket-weave mosaic at floor-level—inject intrigue. A double-ended freestanding tub promises relaxing soaks. A leather-covered bench offers a comfy spot to put on shoes. See the vanity on the next slide.

    Designer: Michael Mariotti

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    Going for the Glam

    Directly across the room from a walk-in shower, the white-painted double vanity features separate Carrara marble-topped sinkscapes connected by a dressing table for her. Elegant crown molding, faux feet, and full-inset doors and drawers give this vanity the look of fine furniture. From Lorin Marsh, a clear acrylic chair upholstered in Ultrasuede adds a touch of whimsy to the traditional vignette. Rectangular sinks are from Kohler. Vintage-style faucets are by Perrin & Rowe through Rohl. The polished-nickel Newport sconces are from Hudson Valley Lighting. 

    Designer: Michael Mariotti

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  • Werner Straube

    Sparkling Detail

    Designer Michael Mariotti capped off his master bath design with the 36-inch-high Danville Pendant from Hudson Valley, which pairs rings of crystal beads with rings of polished nickel. The fixture’s airy presence suits a light-filled room furnished with other gleaming accessories.

    Designer: Michael Mariotti

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  • Werner Straube

    High-Style Haven

    Like color, art plays a big role in the design of Bill and Giuliana Rancic’s Chicago brownstone. Other rooms feature the works of both emerging and established artists. In the two-story master bath/closet suite, art arrives as a tile mosaic created by designer Lonni Paul for the huge shower. The tiles’ alluring shades of blue connect this installation with the blue color scheme used throughout the home. The room also features a white Venetian marble-capped tub standing between his-and-her vanities. Cabinets along the walls feature rods, drawers, and shelves to organize the couple’s wardrobes. Plumbing fixtures are by Hansgrohe. The Reed Double Sconces are from Circa Lighting. See the upper level on the next slide.

    Designer: Lonni Paul

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    Looking Up

    Light flows through a glass-encased opening that peers into a series of custom closets on the top floor. Up here the closets store off-season garments and clothing saved for special occasions (such as Giuliana Rancic’s assignments for the E! Network). Visually, this level links to the master bath below with its gray-and-white color palette and traditional-style custom cabinetry. Dark hand-sculpted hardwood flooring from DuChateau’s Riverstone Collection grounds both rooms with warmth and texture. Matching linen-covered wing chairs from Bernhardt echo blue hues seen in the tiled shower surround.

    Designer: Lonni Paul

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  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Twice as Nice

    “A majority of our clients want separate his and her bathrooms,” says Atlanta kitchen and bath designer Matthew Quinn. So when Quinn and interior designer Clay Snider renovated a 17x20-foot master bath suite at the Atlanta Symphony Showhouse, they created separate but equally luxurious spaces. The designers carved out individual spaces on either side of a focal-point tub and glass-walled shower. Each space gets its own sink vanity, grooming and sitting spot, and enclosed water closet so individuals can relax alone or interact with a spouse, Quinn says. “It’s the best of both worlds.” 

    The room’s mostly neutral color palette is grounded with Calacatta Gold Extra marble floor tiles, then framed in gray-painted walls. Additional color comes from pink-toned Breccia Aurora marble columns on either side of the tub, and pink linen draperies that define space and enhance privacy. “The layers of draperies add drama and luxury, and make the room feel like a spa,” Snider says. See a draped window niche on the next slide.

    Design: Matthew Quinn and Clay Snider

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    Privately Posh

    Natural light spills over a small, elegant Genevieve Desk and Francie Swivel Chair from Ballard Designs that are tucked into a draped window niche. Blush-pink drapery glows against pale gray walls and dramatically veined marble floor tiles used throughout the space. Warm up to the room’s fireplace on the next slide.

    Design: Matthew Quinn and Clay Snider

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    Gray Gallery

    The existing rococo-style mirror above the fireplace became the focal point for a wall of artwork—easily admired when lying in the freestanding tub. Beneath the explosion of color, a new limestone mantel and surround from Francois & Co. blends in with the neutral background. The Ballard Designs slipper chair offers a comfy place to read. The Belvoir Chandelier is from Circa Lighting.

    Design: Matthew Quinn and Clay Snider

  • Erica Dines

    Traditional with a Twist

    Jon and Farrah Lester wanted a warm, welcoming Southern feel in their new Atlanta home. So the couple called upon designer Barbara Westbrook to transform the interiors with her fresh take on traditional. In the master bath, the process began with a honed checkerboard marble floor from Paris Ceramics. The tried-and-true floor pattern warms up with the use of charcoal tiles instead of black ones, according to Westbrook. The underside of a Waterworks clawfoot tub was painted a similar shade of gray. The Cuadro Lantern light fixture comes from Formations USA. Click on the next slide to see some of the master bath cabinetry.

    Designer: Barbara Westbrook

  • Erica Dines

    Warmed by Wood

    Despite its stark color palette, this master bath enfolds its occupants with warmth thanks to towering French oak cabinetry. Black hardware and porcelain plumbing fixtures stand out from the cabinetry’s hand-rubbed finish. Countertops are honed statuary marble. The Arch Mirror above the sink comes from Paul Ferrante. See the Lesters’ all-white master bath shower on the next slide.

    Designer: Barbara Westbrook

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  • Erica Dines

    White on White

    The glass door reveals a walk-in shower in which designer Barbara Westbrook mixes clean-lined marble with classic white ceramic tiles. The tiles are installed with gray grout to create an heirloom effect. The mix of finishes and materials warms up the hard-edged space, she says. Polished-nickel fixtures, which include a rain shower head, gleam amidst the ceramic backdrop. A white garden stool offers a handy spot to store bathing gear.  

    Designer: Barbara Westbrook

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  • Emily Jenkins Followill

    Blue-and-White Bliss

    Design Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram transform a cavernous master bath into a cozy feminine retreat by using the same large-scale floral print for both walls and draperies. This design technique “brings the room down and adds a cosseting effect,” Rollins says. A navy blue surround helps the focal-point tub stand out against its patterned surroundings. A tufted ottoman and an armless chair offer comfortable seating on dry land. The white Oslo chandelier with knife-pleated silk shades comes from Circa Lighting.

    Design: Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram

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    Coziness, Continued

    The blue-and-white color scheme continues into a spacious dressing room, where Helena wallpaper and fabric from Thibaut go full floral. Just as with the tub surround, the dressing table wears Benjamin Moore’s Deep Royal paint in combination with a marble countertop. The chair’s blue-and-white Ikat print adds a touch of exotic flair to the classic palette.

    Design: Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram

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    Global Touch

    “Her” vanity boasts a color-coordinated oval sink with a global perspective: Kohler’s Artist Edition with an Imperial Blue design. Inspired by a Ming vase, the basin wears an exquisitely detailed dragon that represents strength and wisdom.

    Design: Danielle Rollins and Bill Ingram

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