If you’re planning a new luxury bathroom as part of a renovation or self build project then it’s always worth doing some research to get inspired.

We’ve pulled together some bathroom design ideas and tips to help you think about ways you can add wow factor to your space.

1. Introduce a Roll-top Bath

Adding a roll-top bath is a great way to mimic that boutique hotel feel.

Roll top bath

The roll top bath stands centre-stage in this bathroom with a stunning panelled wall and sash window backdrop. The Kilnsey single-ended freestanding bath is £625 from Frontline Bathrooms

Often, roll-top baths have the taps in the centre rather than at one end. So think about whether you can hide pipes behind a cladded wall or factor in pipework making its way up and out of the floor where you choose to put the bath.

Having a roll-top bath can make it tricky to effectively incorporate an over-bath shower that doesn’t lead to you covering the floor in water. A full shower curtain is one way to avoid spray but, if space allows, it might be an idea to plan in a separate shower cubicle.

2. Or Opt for a Sunken Bath

Sunken bath with steps

A purpose-built platform and steps have been built in this bathroom to house the Hydra Drop In Bath, which has been specifically designed to be enclosed, £1,795 from Waters Baths of Ashbourne

For a seamless look sunken baths can be a great choice for a contemporary bathroom. They are either ‘sunk’ into the bathroom floor so they end up being on the same level as the floor or are enclosed in a purpose built raised platform with just the rim of the bath on show.

These can be tricky to incorporate – especially in a remodel – but look amazing when done properly.

3. Add Ambient Lighting for a Touch of Luxury

Contemporary bathroom with wooden double-basin vanity unit

With an Australian/Californian influence, this bathroom features functional zoned lighting with task mirror lighting and spotlights

Bathrooms serve many functions – from the morning rush to the nighttime unwind – so choosing lighting to suit the mood and task in hand is important.

Think about introducing some ambient lighting. Spotlights that cast a bright light around the shower and main bathroom areas are practical but not what you want if you’re taking a relaxing bath. Task lighting near the mirror is great for brushing teeth etc and can be just enough light to have on when relaxing in the bath.

4. His ’n’ Hers Basins

Twin sinks

Twin sinks are perfectly placed in this bathroom with a wall hung mirror big enough for both to gaze in. Featuring the L-Cube furniture collection from Duravit

The bathroom can become a bit of a battleground during the morning rush to get ready, so if you have the space or can accommodate it in your design, installing two sinks can help reduce the queues!

5. A Bath in the Bedroom

Bath in a bedroom

The ultimate in luxury, add a bath by your bed, like this Fjord freestanding bath, £1,795 from Waters Baths of Ashbourne

Nothing says hotel luxury more than having an open bathroom as part of your bedroom. Think carefully about flooring around the bath though, it doesn’t matter how careful you are, you will get water on the floor.

6. Choose the Right Colour Scheme for a Luxurious Feel

Neutral tiles in a bathroom

The stunning marble effect wall and floor tiles from The London Tile Co. create a harmonious, neutral colour scheme in this luxurious bathroom

Think carefully about your colour scheme to create the most relaxing atmosphere. Neutral tones are popular and can create a good backdrop for more colourful accessories.

7. Flood the Space with Natural Light

Roller blind in a bathroom

If you have a feature window but still want privacy then a roller blind is a good option, like this custom-made blind in Charcoal from English Blinds

Natural light works wonders so if you’re remodelling your bathroom, consider whether it’s worth moving a window or making the opening larger. If your bathroom has no external walls for windows, try adding a light tunnel or rooflight, if possible.

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