If you do some of your best dreaming in a tub, these bathrooms are sure to inspire. From exotic spa-inspired retreats to traditional spaces with a twist, vote for the bathroom that sparks your imagination from these 12 examples featured in our pages in 2018.
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Homeowner and designer Youssef Hasbani made use of the small window tucked under the peak roof in his Victorian home. “It’s an idea that nobody knows what to do with so I decided I would turn it into a shower.” Completely lined with white penny tiles and equipped with a rainshower head set high in the ceiling, the large shower now feels like a personal, light-filled spa.
The bathroom in this Quebec alpine chalet is all about relaxation. A generous size tub, glass-enclosed shower and sauna offer multiple ways to unwind (and there’s a hot tub outside, for easing sore muscles after a day on the slopes). A full height glass sauna wall lets light stream inside.
Arabesque-shaped Calacatta marble tiles and a vintage Turkish kilim runner inject a hip vibe into this bathroom. A floor-to-ceiling glass wall makes the shower enclosure feel expansive and floods it with natural light.
This bathroom is a new addition to a Quebec family home, but it doesn’t play it safe. Black marble floor tile was chosen to coordinate with the black walls and metal edging on the shower enclosure. To keep things from feeling too industrial, a wooden vanity softens the color scheme.
This deep soaker tub was purposely positioned to take in the spectacular views of the forests and fields in Sarah Richardson’s Starlight Farm. Walls are painted in a hush of color, Dulux’s White Wisteria, a light shade of lavender that contributes to the dreamy, restful experience.
Designer Alison Milne admits that it took some convincing for her clients to agree to the 100-square-foot wall of hand-painted Portuguese tiles in this bathroom, but the long, linear layout means it creates a striking sight line from the adjoining bedroom. Classic brushed brass fixtures, slate floor, white herringbone ceramic wall tile and and ebony-stained vanity balance the attention-grabbing feature wall.
Though palm-print wallpaper might not be the first choice for a country property north of Toronto, owner Stephanie Nerlich thought it was a natural fit. “There are so many ferns on the property, and the palm and fern both have that lovely feathery leaf, so even though it’s a bit more ‘Miami,’ it still feels right.” A deep freestanding tubs adds to the escapist feel.
Two bookmatched slabs of Calacatta marble act as a lively backdrop for a sculptural tub in this Toronto principal bathroom. To accent the natural wood vanity and stone floors, an oversized branch looks like it is climbing the walls.
The soaker tub is a must when two-time Olympic gold medallist ice dancer Tessa Virtue needs to feel rejuvenated. She turned a bedroom into a bathroom in her home when she renovated it. “I take a bath almost every day and use it as a tool to clear my mind and find my zen,” she says.
Designer J Gibson embraced his home’s London townhouse character by hanging a vintage chandelier, installing a water closet and opting for brass fixtures and lighting. “It looked a little too posh so I found this fun wallpaper that resembles hand-drawn doodles.”
Original brick walls and herringbone floors maintain the authentic character in this Montreal rowhouse’s bathroom. There is no better accompaniment than a clawfoot tub when vintage or period looks are called for.
Designer Elle Patille turned a storage room into a principal bathroom, maintaining the original floor but adding some new twists. The marble shower doubles as a steam room, complete with chromotherapy lighting and Bluetooth speakers. The tongue-and-groove walls and a rustic bench give it a charming modern farmhouse appeal, tempered by the feminine, curvy mirrors and vanity.