45 Elegant Bathrooms That Make Your Home Feel Like a Spa

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Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Native House Photography

Elegance is a term that implies style and grace, qualities that are as appreciated in people as they are in interior design. And it can also refer to a simple and pleasing solution to a problem. Elegant bathroom design encompasses all of those meanings: a way to lay out, design, and decorate an essential and utilitarian room in the house so that it does its job and looks good doing it.

So how do you make your bathroom look elegant? Creating an elegant bathroom of any size, shape, or style can be achieved through everything from clever space planning to the choice of fixtures, finishes, and accessories. Check out this roundup of small, big, vintage, modern, minimalist, and maximalist bathrooms that each embody elegance in their own way.

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    Timeless Features

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    Design by Athena Calderone/Eyeswoon / Photo by Sarah Elliot

    Blogger Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon designed this luxuriously minimalist primary bathroom on the second story of her Brooklyn townhouse. She mixed old world elements—a generous soaking bathtub, plaster walls, and a beautiful marble fireplace—with sculptural accessories and artful styling that gives the light, airy, and dreamy space a timeless elegance for the ages.

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    Updated Classic

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    Design by Kara Mann

    Interior designer Kara Mann created a quietly luxurious bathroom that respects the historic character and elegant bones of the existing architecture. A large soaking tub, vintage-style lighting, and a floating double vanity have presence while following the proportions of the room and are subtle enough to keep the focus on the water views.

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    Old and New

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Native House Photography

    Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design mixed old and new in this elegant bathroom design. Marble tiles, plenty of glass, polished lighting, and silver plumbing fixtures meet a dark wood stained antique double vanity that adds some antique-style elegance to the mix.

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    Pink Marble

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    Design by Athena Calderone/Eyeswoon / Photo by Sarah Elliot

    Blogger Athena Calderone of Eyeswoon didn't plan on installing a pink marble shower in her Brooklyn townhouse primary bathroom. But when she found this stunning slab on sale for the price of the marble tiles she was planning on using, she let serendipity guide her design choices to stunning effect, creating an undeniably elegant and memorable walk-in shower.

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    Glam Rock

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    Design by Kara Mann

    This showstopping bathroom from interior designer Kara Mann has a contemporary glam rock elegance thanks notably to a stunning marble bathtub that matches the countertops, floor and wall tile.

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    Historic Angles

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    Design by Tyler Karu Design + Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    For this historic remodel in Bath, Maine, interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors carried the patterned floor tile into a bathtub wall niche, creating practical storage and a focal point in the irregularly shaped room.

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    Industrial Edge

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Native House Photography

    Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design installed a floor-to-ceiling industrial-style metal and glass door partition to separate the spacious shower form the rest of this dressed up bathroom with its colorful patterned tile floor and wallpaper. The glass partition separates the space and its graphic industrial lines add a pleasing juxtaposition that feels modern.

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    Silver Accents

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    Design by Ginger Barber Interior Design / Photo by Nick Johnson

    Interior designer Ginger Barber of Ginger Barber Interior Design created a luxurious focal point in this pretty bathroom with a silver clawfoot tub positioned in an arched window nook that affords a view of the manicured lawns. A French upholstered armchair in the guise of a towel rack adds a touch of textbook elegance that recalls another era.

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    Arches

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Native House Photography

    Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design created a formal primary bathroom suite that includes arched openings to a double shower, a soaking tub jutting out lengthwise from the wall, patterned tile, an imposing chandelier, and gilded lighting fixtures and mirrors.

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    Handsome

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    Design by Bell + Boy Design Co. / Photo by Jenny Siegwart 

    This handsome bathroom from interior designer Abby Voyles of Bell + Boy Design Co. has an elegant contemporary feel with its black, white, and gold palette and crisp graphic lines.

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    Elegant Reflections

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    Design by Tyler Karu Design + Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    Interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors mixed modern elements with her clients' antiques and art collection for this historic remodel in Bath, Maine.

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    Blue and White

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    Design by JRS ID / Photo by Matt Weir

    This spacious bathroom from interior designer Jessica Risko Smith of JRS ID is awash in two different blue and white patterned tiles that gives it a lively and elegant feel.

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    Plant a Tree

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Native House Photography

    Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design created an elegant modern bathroom with dark wood cabinetry, gray wall tiles, tailored lighting, and a patterned floor tile. A large tree planted in the corner next to the bathtub adds a relaxing element, while helping to visually divide the space.

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    Metallic Accents

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    Design by JRS ID / Photo by Leela Cyd

    Interior designer Jessica Risko Smith of JRS ID used vintage-style metallic accents and lighting to add elegance to this spacious white bathroom design complete with a generous soaking tub and an old-school dressing table. A window positioned high above the tub allows a tree view while bathing, and enough privacy to leave the windows bare.

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    Golden Touches

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    Britt Design Studio

    Interior designer Andrea Pietragallo of Britt Design Studio used golden toned wood and fixtures to add an easy elegance to this modern bathroom. She mixed formal elements like a decorative mirror, polished lighting, and a vintage rug with casual touches including a towel rack ladder leaning against the wall to create a relaxing take on modern elegance.

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    Use Curtains

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    Design by JL Design / Photo by Reagen Taylor Photography

    Interior designer Jessica Davis of JL Design created an elegant bathtub nook with all the trimmings—floor-to-ceiling curtains, framed artwork, a crystal pendant light, and a vintage rug in the guise of a bath mat.

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    Vintage Feel

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    Erin Williamson Design

    This black-and-white Austin bungalow bathroom from interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design is a testament to the simple elegance of early 20th-century bathroom design, with its gleaming penny tile floors and period-appropriate fixtures.

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    Architectural Detail

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    Britt Design Studio

    Interior designer Andrea Pietragallo of Britt Design Studio kept it simple in this elegant bathroom, with its arched window, high ceilings, and interesting angles. She added a retro-style garden tub, a vintage rug, simple window dressing, and a glass and silver chandelier that maintains the light and airy feel.

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    Crisp and Green

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Native House Photography

    Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design used an assertive shade of green paint, a sculptural gold mirror, wall sconces outfitted with shades, and a wall of bright white tiles to create a crisp take on modern elegance in this sophisticated bathroom design.

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    Simply Elegant

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    Leclair Decor

    This modest bathroom from the team at interior design firm Leclair Decor has a simple elegance thanks to all-white walls, counters, and cabinetry. Bronze hardware, sconces, and a framed round mirror add sparkle, while touches of black on patterned floor tiles, framed art, and the glass and metal shower add polish.

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    1920s Tudor

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    Whittney Parkinson Design

    Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design carved an elegant bathroom out of a spacious room in this 1920s Tudor home that looks like it's always been there with its French doors, central tub, antique chandelier and armchair.

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    Shower Tile

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    Design by Tyler Karu Design + Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    A play of patterned tiles in shades of black and white and bright gold fixtures add interest to this bathroom design by interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors.

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    Beach House

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    SUK Design Group

    In this Southampton bathroom, NYC-based SUK Design Group chose patterned floor tile, white shiplap walls, a classical pedestal sink, silver plumbing fixtures and wall sconces, adding a flourish of coastal elegance with an elaborate seashell-framed mirror hung above the sink.



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    English Cottage

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    Whittney Parkinson Design

    Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design created an elegant English cottage feel in this primary bathroom with tones of white and taupe, an oversized pendant light hanging over the soaking tub, a framed painting, and a dramatic vase of simple branches.

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    Historic Brownstone

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    Design by Tyler Karu Design + Interiors / Photo by Erin Little

    Interior designer Tyler Karu of Tyler Karu Design + Interiors updated a classic Boston brownstone in the historic neighborhood of Charlestown with a mix of timeless furnishings and antiques that suit the home's original character.

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    Vintage Lighting

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    Design by Lisa Gilmore Design / Photo by Native House Photography

    Interior designer Lisa Gilmore of Lisa Gilmore Design hung a playful gold vintage chandelier that adds a note of nonchalance to this elegant bathroom design, with its floor-to-ceiling marble and spacious double vanity painted in emerald green.

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    Romantic

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    Whittney Parkinson Design

    Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design created a romantic, formal primary bathroom with classic elegance. A delicate chandelier hangs in the window outfitted with gauzy curtains anchoring a generous soaking tub. A marble floor includes a tile insert trompe l'oeil rug. Vanities and a built-in dressing table have brass finishes, oval mirrors, and wall sconces outfitted with lampshades to create flattering ambient light.

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    Petite

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    Desiree Burns Interiors

    Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors used patterned wallpaper, gray paint, and brass lighting and accessories to add elegance to this petite modern cottage bathroom.

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    Raw Details

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    Designed by Peter Zumthor for Living Architecture / Photo by Jack Hobhouse

    This English holiday house retreat bathroom designed by Peter Zumthor for Living Architecture has a raw elegance, with its deep rectangular wood soaking tub and minimalist rammed concrete and stone finishes.

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    Use a Runner

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    Leclair Decor

    Simple accessories like an overdyed runner add elegance to the clean lines and generous proportions of this primary bathroom from Leclair Decor. A spacious transparent glass shower with black metal detailing adds an industrial touch.

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    Opt for Black

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    Jessica Nelson Design

    This handsome guest bathroom from interior designer Jessica Nelson of Jessica Nelson Design has a simple elegance with its matte black walls, glass sconces, marble sink, gray hand towels, and silver plumbing fixtures.

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    Swan Motifs

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    Mary Patton Design

    Interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design added swan motif wallpaper, a dainty chandelier, monogrammed towels, and a marble surround tub for this classically elegant primary bathroom.

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    Vintage Finishes

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    Brexton Cole Interiors

    Interior designer Valerie Darden from Brexton Cole Interiors chose black-and-white wallpaper with a marbled effect, a retro sink, a French mirror, framed artwork, and matte bronze-toned finishes for this vintage-style bathroom.

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    Contemporary Design

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    Leclair Decor

    Adding a garden tub is an easy way to up the elegance of any bathroom. The team at interior design firm Leclair Decor added modern elegance to this bathroom with a black-and-white tub with soft rose gold plumbing fixtures. A sculptural modern stool adds a contemporary edge.

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    Black, White, and Gold

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    Kate Marker Interiors

    Interior designer Kate Marker of Kate Marker Interiors added elegance to a powder room with black-and-white floor tiles, shades of white and soft gray, black stone countertops, a decorative mirror and gold-toned finishes.

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    Shades of White

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    Erin Williamson Design

    Interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design added contemporary elegance to a historic home bathroom with an egg-shaped soaking tub, gleaming ivory-colored tile, soft off-white wall paint, and a play of transparency with obscured glass window and door panels and a glass pendant light.

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    Vintage Touches

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    Mary Patton Design

    Interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design used vintage touches—artwork in a gilded frame, a vintage ceiling light—mixed with sleek contemporary finishes in this polished primary bathroom design.

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    A Modern Clawfoot Tub

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    Design by Cathie Hong Interiors / Photo by Margaret Austin Photo

    Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors added a reproduction clawfoot tub in this contemporary bathroom as a nod to classic elegance. Brass fixtures and a casual wood stool and towel ladder keep it feeling modern.

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    Old School

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    Mary Patton Design

    Interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design placed a freestanding sink with a generous skirt in the space between two windows, added soft fabric blinds, powder blue walls, and a Venetian mirror hung above the sink add up to a timeless take on old school elegance.

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    Copper Tub

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    Erin Williamson Design

    A blingy hammered copper claw foot vintage-style tub and an oval-shaped ceiling-mounted shower curtain rail is a nod to Victorian elegance with a contemporary spin from interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design.

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    Wraparound Stone

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    Design by Alvin Wayne

    Interior designer Alvin Wayne wrapped this spacious bathroom in a luxurious envelope of glossy stone that adds a contemporary elegance to the traditional bones of the room with its tall arched windows.

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    Seamless Design

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    Photo by Jenny Siegwart

    Homeowners Becky & John Sheehan worked in collaboration with Hector and Pam Magnus of Architects Magnus to help bring their home interior vision to life. This spacious bathroom has a large shower seamlessly concealed behind a floor-to-ceiling opaque glass door. A dramatic floor-to-ceiling black tile backsplash for the tub has wall-mounted bright gold plumbing fixtures that add shine.



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    Understated

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    Desiree Burns Interiors

    Interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors used tones of beige, cream, silver, and wood to create an understated and elegant guest bathroom.

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    In the Details

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    Ursula Carmona for Home Made by Carmona

    Ursula Carmona for Home Made by Carmona upgraded a tired guest bathroom with floral wallpaper, wood paneling, framed artwork, new lighting, and touches of green glass and brass accessories.

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    Simply Black and White

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    Gray Space Interiors

    Interior designer Rasheeda Gray of Gray Space Interiors used a classic palette of black and white to create this simply elegant bathroom with a modern white soaking tub, white walls, black door, black-and-white marble floor and wall tiles, black plumbing fixtures and towels.