The primary bathroom is the most important bathroom in the house, a utilitarian space that does double duty as an oasis and a sanctuary. An ensuite primary bathroom should work in harmony with the primary bedroom, and include something special that the other bathrooms in the home don’t have—whether that means more space, a luxurious garden tub, a built-in dressing table, a double shower, a chandelier, patterned tile, wallpaper, or whatever else makes it feel special, stylish, and luxurious to you. Check out these inspirational primary bathrooms designed to fit a range of lifestyles and tastes for some ideas about how to tackle your own primary bathroom renovation or refresh.
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Framed artwork on the walls, a vintage-style runner, and a sculptural stool are some of the decorative touches that make this primary bathroom from the team at interior design firm Leclair Decor feel polished, comfortable, and as stylized as any other room in the house.
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This primary bathroom from Leclair Decor has a spacious all-glass showerbox with black metal framing that creates a self-contained shower for busy mornings. The transparent design helps the room maintain a sense of airiness.
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Boho Design Style
Interior designer Abbie Naber of San Diego, CA-based A. Naber Design added boho design style to this primary bathroom with patterned tile, a vintage rug, and a straw basket planter on the floor. She added modern touches with warm wood, contemporary black plumbing fixtures, geometric mirrors, and black-and-white globe pendant lights.
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The interior designers at Leclair Decor tucked this spacious shower into a cubby off to the side of the bathtub. They tiled it to add texture and to give the space its own identity, running tiles from floor to ceiling to make the space feel even larger.
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In this light and airy bathroom from the team at Leclair Decor, a double sink vanity runs from wall to wall to maximize space. The dark drawers add a grounding element while suspending the vanity gives it a sense of lightness. A seamless mirrored wall above reflects the light from the opposite window, doubling the space. Brass accents add a warm note.
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Interior designer Andrea Pietragallo of Britt Design Studio made use of the wide proportions of this spacious primary bathroom by installing twin vanities on opposite sides of the room that allows couples to get ready at the same time with ease. The room is anchored by a large picture window and soaking tub for more relaxed moments.Continue to 7 of 44 below.
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Splash of Color
Interior designer Jessica Nelson of Jessica Nelson Design choose a soothing green tile feature for the shower at the far end of this calming top floor primary bathroom that highlights the curve of the ceiling and adds depth to the all-white design. Warm wood finishes and a brass-framed mirror that is wide enough to accommodate both double sinks help balance all the white to create a warm feel.
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Interior designer Laura Brophy of Newport Beach, CA-based Laura Brophy Interiors framed the cased opening between the primary bedroom and ensuite bathroom with wood to keep the transition between the two spaces seamless and highlight the ocean view from the adjacent bedroom windows.Continue to 9 of 44 below.
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Moody Black Stone
Interior designer Laura Brophy of Laura Brophy Interiors went dark and moody in this primary bathroom by cladding walls and floor in black marble and stone. She ensured harmony between the spaces by choosing a bathroom vanity in the same light wood tone as the floors in the primary bedroom. The white tub and countertops echo the white walls of the next room, and a black pendant light framed in the opening between the spaces ties it all together.Continue to 10 of 44 below.
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In this primary bathroom from the team at Calimia Home, the wraparound windows are the main event, flooding the space with natural light and a view of the trees outside. Simple gauzy half-curtains are a nod to privacy without blocking any of the abundant light. Simply framed mirrors superimposed on top of windows above the double sink vanity blend in seamlessly. Pendant lighting throughout has a light profile that provides lighting in the evenings.Continue to 11 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Kristin Glandon of KG Designs installed imposing carved wood double doors on a barn door-style sliding track that provides privacy between the primary bedroom and bathroom when desired. When open, the doors frame the view to the bathroom, highlighting the central tub under a large window, with a sputnik-style chandelier above and twin vanities to each side.Continue to 12 of 44 below.
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Wood Paneled Ceiling
In this spacious primary bathroom from interior designer Emily Henderson of Emily Henderson Design, a large soaking tub is positioned in front of a bank of windows to highlight the view outside, and the soaring ceilings are clad in natural wood for a rustic chic vibe.Continue to 13 of 44 below.
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Double Sinks Single Mirror
In this primary bathroom from interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors, the vanity is wide enough to comfortably accommodate double sinks, but a large shared round mirror instead of two individual mirrors helps the space feel more expansive, reflecting light from the opposite window.
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In this primary bathroom from interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors, an adjacent curbless walk-in shower and clawfoot tub separated by glass partitions keep the natural light flowing.
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Room With a View
In this contemporary primary bathroom from interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors, a luxuriously minimalist wet room with a generous soaking tub and shower highlights the nearly floor-to-ceiling windows.Continue to 16 of 44 below.
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Black and Brown
The team at interior design firm Leclair Decor chose an earthy palette of black and brown to outfit this primary bathroom. Brushed brass mirrors and plumbing fixtures add a bit of bling.
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In this elegant primary bathroom from interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design, a corner double shower with separate doors on either side is anchored by a generous tub with a sculptural freestanding faucet.
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In this primary bathroom from interior designer Laura Brophy of Laura Brophy Interiors, calming textures and tones of white and black accents create a minimalist, zen mood.
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In this San Francisco highrise bathroom from interior designer Kendall Wilkinson of Kendall Wilkinson Design, floor-to-ceiling glass highlights the view while a stone platform houses an all-glass shower and generous egg-shaped soaking tub for taking it all in.Continue to 20 of 44 below.
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Matching Wall and Floor Tile
Interior designer Cathie Hong of Cathie Hong Interiors added interest to this long and compact all-white primary bathroom by installing dark gray tiling in a herringbone pattern that runs from the wall to the flooring. It creates a floor-to-ceiling backsplash for the tub, while adding depth and framing the view.
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In this primary bathroom with high ceilings and a large skylight, interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design added an unexpected dark navy painted ceiling that grounds the space. She kept the rest of the design simple, white, and clean, with patterned floor tiles, a hexagonal mirror, and a wood vanity for a cozy touch.Continue to 22 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design chose a delicate illustrated wallpaper, a dainty chandelier, and layered window shades to create a classic and slightly formal ambiance around the bathtub of this polished primary bathroom.Continue to 23 of 44 below.
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In the Details
Pattern and vintage touches add warmth and personality to a simple modern primary bathroom from interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design.
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Your Favorite Color
The primary bathroom is a private space for the head(s) of the house, and should reflect your own taste and personality. Feel free to paint the walls and the ceilings in your favorite hue, like this unexpected primary bathroom from interior designer Mary Patton of Mary Patton Design. Just keep the rest of the design simple so that you can refresh the bathroom with a coat of paint if you want to change the mood.
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In this contemporary take on a Victorian style bathroom, interior designer Erin Williamson of Erin Williamson Design installed a blingy hammered copper clawfoot tub, added graphic floor tile, painted the ceiling in a dramatic black, and kept the rest of the room light and cool with white tiles and retro-style silver plumbing fixtures.
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Interior designer Whittney Parksinson of Whittney Parkinson Design remodeled this 1920's Tudor with a 2020's style walk-in shower, juxtaposed with an antique-style dark wood double vanity, vintage mirrors, and brass fixings all around for a well balanced mix of old and new.Continue to 27 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design outfitted this contemporary bathroom with gleaming marble, a sculptural tub, and a sputnik-style chandelier. Twin vanities are positioned under the high windows that provide privacy and natural light. A herringbone wood patterned floor adds movement and a classic note to balance all the gloss and shine.Continue to 28 of 44 below.
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In this fresh, easy, and earthy primary bathroom from interior designer Mindy Gayer of Mindy Gayer Design Co., white shiplap walls and wood touches including a decorative ceiling beam add a modern farmhouse feel.
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In this romantic, old school, and classically feminine primary bathroom from interior designer Whittney Parkinson of Whittney Parkinson Design, the soaking tub is the star of the show, positioned under the window, framed with gauzy curtains, and a chandelier. The spacious room also includes double vanities, a built-in dressing table, a large shower, and a patterned tile rug feature in the center of the floor.Continue to 30 of 44 below.
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In this light and airy primary bathroom from interior designer Mindy Gayer of Mindy Gayer Design Co., wrap-around windows flood the space with natural light, and a skylight over the tub tucked into the far end of the room provides a view of the stars at night.Continue to 31 of 44 below.
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Double Wide Sink
Interior designer Leah O'Connell of Marin County, CA-based Leah O'Connell Design chose to install a double-wide shared concrete sink on the double vanity rather than two individual sinks, and a wide shared mirror that reflects the forest green shower tile.Continue to 32 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Erin Chelius of Chelius House of Design separated this spacious primary bathroom from the primary bedroom with a modern white sliding barn-style door that allows it to disappear when not in use.Continue to 33 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Nancy Charbonneau of Charbonneau Interiors created a massive hybrid dressing room and fully equipped primary bathroom space with floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinetry that runs the length of the entire right wall. The abundant storage keeps the space looking showroom-ready and clutter free. A tufted, skirted pouf in the center of the wide room provides a place to rest or put on shoes.Continue to 34 of 44 below.
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Blogger Elsie Larson from A Beautiful Mess created a focal point in this long and linear primary bathroom with salmon pink curtains, a sputnik-style chandelier, and a clawfoot tub.Continue to 35 of 44 below.
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In this primary bathroom from Brexton Cole Interiors, a floor-to-ceiling green wall made from faux lawn grass panels creates a focal point, an inexpensive way to bring the outdoors inside in a windowless room.
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Interior designer Will Brown of Will Brown Interiors carved out a spacious primary bathroom in this open loft with earthy warm tones of brown paint, gleaming mosaic shower tile, and a matte beige tiled bathtub block in the center of the room.
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Black wall paint creates a dramatic backdrop for an eclectic gallery wall in this high-ceilinged primary bathroom from Brexton Cole Interiors.
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In this primary bathroom in Florida from interior designer Maite Granda, white wood paneling on the walls conceals a trompe l'oeil surprise: a door that leads to the outdoors and transforms the space into an indoor-outdoor oasis perfect for a Sunday afternoon soak in the tub.Continue to 39 of 44 below.
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Interior designer Will Brown of Will Brown Interiors created a primary bathroom with a boudoir feel complete with a bathtub niche with an arched architectural surround, and a dedicated vanity decorated with a Venetian glass mirror. Instead of designing built-in shelving, Brown used furniture pieces such as freestanding twin armoires and a mirrored dressing table that integrate more harmoniously with the style of the adjoining primary bedroom.
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This sleek contemporary primary bathroom from interior designer Maite Granda has an air of minimalist luxury, with floor-to-ceiling window panels, rectangular sinks, silver plumbing fixtures, and a graphic black-and-white stool by the bathtub for a note of whimsy.Continue to 41 of 44 below.
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The star of the show in this spacious primary bathroom design from interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors is a spacious windowseat between the double vanities that invites lingering and relaxation.Continue to 42 of 44 below.
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Blogger Ursula Carmona of Home Made by Carmona used a subdued black and white palette for this primary bathroom makeover, with wood panel details, framed art, wall sconces, and mixed metals to add polish.Continue to 43 of 44 below.
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One way to make a primary bathroom feel comfortable and luxurious is to look for opportunities to build in custom niches for essentials and decor. In this primary bathroom from interior designer Desiree Burns of Desiree Burns Interiors, the double vanity has built-in shelving for spare towels, and niches and a built-in shelf around the tub to display artwork and house bath salts.
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This minimalist design by MVRDV with Mole Architects for Living Architecture has a bathtub open to the plywood-clad primary bedroom, with an adjacent wc that includes a door. It's a space-saving, contemporary take on the notion of a primary bedroom ensuite perfect for couples without secrets.