Brash colors and bold wallpaper? No, thanks. These classical bathroom designs feel more like a relaxing spa given their elegant hues and luxurious touches. Just add cucumber slices for instant stress relief.
Designed by Barbara Westbrook, this Atlanta cottage's master bathroom with beadboard walls has a casual-American feel to it.
Laura Kirar designed this bathroom as a lush retreat for a busy mom — a place to pamper herself. The seven-foot-wide arched window frames a sculptural tub. Perfect for a long soak.
The tiles in this Georgia beach house's bathroom shine unapologetically. "Many people use matte tiles these days, but the lustrous spa-like finish of polished tile — it feels expensive," says designer Jim Howard.
David Kleinberg based the design of this Long Island home's sink-stand off a French iron console.
Designer David Jimenez wanted this Kansas City home's bathroom to feel like a spa, opting for subway tile on the walls and marble for the countertops and floor.
To mimic the ocean outside this Laguna Beach bathroom, designers Heidi Bonesteel and Michele Trout added a border of turquoise blue tile. The walls are finished with one-foot square tiles, which give the room a clean look because there are fewer grout lines.
The bathroom in CQ editorial director Newell Turner's New York home is simple yet stylish thanks to the polka dot floor tile.
In the master bathroom of her light-filled home, photographer Amy Neunsinger combined an elegant claw-foot tub with a casual woven rug.
In this peaceful Arizona home, the master bath has a view of a private enclosed garden. An antique chandelier and ivory walls round out the space.
Designer Lindsey Coral Harper didn't strip the outdated bath in this North Carolina home. She simply updated the fixtures, added marble tiles, and glazed the tub white to create a fresh oasis.
The guest bath in Ken Fulk's vacation home "feels authentic to the period of the house, but also clean and modern," he says.
The soaking tub takes center stage in the master bath of this comfortable bachelor pad designed by Parrish Chilcoat and Joe Lucas.
"The master bath is truly feminine: a serene and pretty oasis," says designer Christine Murphy about the bathroom in this colorful New York City apartment. Pale pink walls match the undertones of the marble tile.
Creating an idyllic bath for a Long Island home, designer DD Allen chose a blue palette but did not limit herself to one shade. The custom teal color of the polished Venetian plaster walls picks up the blue in the floor tiles.
In an antique-filled Victorian house in Illinois, designer Annie Brahler chose the master bath's rich brown paint to play up the brilliant whites of the tub, curtains, and tiles. The crystal light fixture is a 1980s update of old-school glamour.
In a New England farmhouse, designed by architect Nate McBride and interior designer Kari McCabe, the sleek woodwork in the guesthouse bathroom is inspired by mahogany boat trim.
In this Palm Beach house, the master bathroom walls are painted a custom faded teal. Homeowner Liza Pulitzer Calhoun chose the cast-iron claw-foot tub because it felt "so friendly."
Back in the 18th-century when this Massachusetts farmhouse was built, there was no such thing as a master bath. So architect Michael T. Gray and interior designer Hattie Holland carved one out of a hallway and added wainscoting and window casings to create a sense of the past. The color "has a historic feeling with that gray cast," Holland says.
"I love a glamorous bathroom," designer Marshall Watson says. He turned the master bath in a Florida house into a open-air oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows, cast-iron tub, custom vanity, and crystal chandelier.
Calacatta marble walls and a gleaming tub brighten the master bath of a San Francisco home that's otherwise coated with color.