Bathroom Renovation Ideas to Transform Any Bathroom into a Luxurious Space

Bringing a touch of luxury into your bathroom renovations can be a daunting order.

Luxury, after all, instantly brings images of eye-catching fixtures and high-end fittings to mind.

If you’re a bit put off by flash pieces, you’ll probably breathe a sigh of relief that luxury bathroom renovations aren’t all about the bling. Rather than filling your space with showy pieces, bathroom luxury can be found in the simple details and pieces that create a sense of tranquil serenity.

It’s these details that can make even the smallest bathroom feel luxurious and comfortable.

No matter the size of your space, it’s the little things that count, helping pull a design together or adding features so intuitive you never have to think about them.

Large bathrooms can be made to feel comfortably intimate, and small ones can feel more spacious. Even the smallest details can improve the overall look and feel of a small bathroom.

If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put together some of the best bathroom ideas for a luxurious look and feel.

What Should You Include in A Luxury Bathroom Renovation?

This is the big question! Answering it means considering a few key factors:

  • What is your budget?
  • Is this your forever home?
  • What look and feel do you want?

Obviously, the budget determines a lot of what is possible when working with renovation experts. Despite that, however, they’re still able to make recommendations and alternatives to help save where possible.

That said, at Sunter Homes, we highly recommend using high-quality materials. These materials, with expert installation, will help keep maintenance to a minimum, ensuring beauty built to last.

A luxurious bathroom enclosure is visible next to a modern toilet design with a beautiful piece of art above it.
Something as simple as a piece of art can pull a bathroom renovation together.

We’ve been asked to create unique tiling features, including shelving, niches, and benches, in a variety of bathroom renovations. Some clients have also requested unique features within their bathrooms, including a wood-imitation tile feature for natural aesthetics in a shower.

Shower windows with privacy glass are a popular option, too. You can easily expand a small space with some careful window placement, letting more natural light into the space. It’s also not uncommon to see skylight installations in washrooms to provide additional natural light, as well as a connection to the outdoors.

Custom tilework and a continuous seal help ensure these windows work perfectly while looking great. Privacy glass offers a must-have finishing touch.

Expanding the space of your bathroom can open up possibilities, too.

Luxury features, such as a larger tub, separate shower, or water closet are entirely possible. You can expand the size of your vanity, upgrading the materials along the way.

Another popular feature is heated flooring, perfect for stepping out of a warm shower on a cool fall or winter morning.

Other Considerations
Shower & Bath Upgrades

Luxury bathrooms provide spa-like relaxation and bathing with features such as:

  • A glass surround shower with ceramic tile walls and upgraded fixtures, such as rainfall showerheads, hand showerheads, and multiple jets. Replacing a standard showerhead with a shower system is one of the easiest ways to add luxury to a shower.
  • A walkthrough two-person shower. These showers have multiple shower heads so each person can control their water temperature separately.
  • A Jacuzzi tub or a chromotherapy tub and shower that use coloured LED lights for relaxing colour therapy.

A pair of elegant bathroom vanities and a beautifully elegant sliding door, such as these, are fantastic ideas for bathroom renovations.
Sliding barn-style doors and smaller vanities save space with unique designs.
Extra Luxury Features

Additional features to improve the look and function of your bathroom include:

  • Ceramic tiles.
  • Heated floors and towel bars. Heated floors remove the need for heaters that take up valuable space in bathrooms.
  • Spot lighting and waterproof shower lighting.
  • A humidity-control exhaust fan;
  • A built-in wall cabinet.
  • Built-in waterproof Bluetooth speakers.
  • Fine art.
  • Stained glass windows.

For the ultimate luxury bathroom, consider using high-end materials such as marble, granite, travertine tile, crystal, and gold-plated finishes.

What Is the Best Colour to Paint A Bathroom?

While bathroom colours are, at the end of the day, a matter of personal preferences, there are a few rules of thumb to keep in mind.

If you’re looking to make a small bathroom look bigger, choose white for the walls. White recedes and reflects light, creating an open, expansive feeling.

What’s more, paired with features in the same colour, white offers a seamless, clean look that’s hard to beat.

Soft grays, warm beiges, and gentle blues are also safe bets. If you’re going for colours other than white, then you should consider using a tone-on-tone palette to draw the eye.

There’s no rule against bolder colours, but if you’re looking for luxurious tranquillity, these options are your best bet.

How Tilework Can Make or Break a Bathroom

Tilework, backsplash, and grouting… they all demand a keen eye and attention to detail. More than any other feature, tilework that looks or feels off can be hard to ignore in an otherwise beautiful, cohesive space.

There’s a fine line to walk with it; too complex, and you risk creating a cluttered feel. Too large, and you risk overpowering other elements.

We typically use smaller tiles for fine detail work, maintaining continuous lines throughout with impeccable installation. This is perfect for a shower niche or custom inset tile shelving that rests in the wall.

Your floor tiles should be larger, though. Large tiles have fewer grout lines, helping expand the room.

Placing floor tile patterns diagonally on a floor will also trick the eye, making any space look a bit bigger.

How Do You Make A Small Bathroom Look Bigger?

This is a big question when it comes to bathroom renovations. Making the most of a small space doesn’t take much other than some careful planning and creativity.

You might consider some of the following small bathroom reno ideas:

Outward-Opening Doors

To preserve space in your bathroom, opt for a door that opens out from the bathroom instead of into your bathroom. Pocket doors and sliding barn-style doors are great options to help save a bit of space, offering great aesthetics that can easily be customized to your taste.

Floating Vanities

The open space under a floating vanity makes a small room feel and look more open. A floating vanity gives you plenty of storage space for your bathroom essentials and provides more floor space so you don’t feel cramped.

Choose a Smaller Vanity

On the other hand, if you don’t need the extra storage space, consider a smaller vanity that won’t take up the entire width of a wall.

The open space on both sides of a small vanity will make the space feel roomier. What’s more, you’ll have more space to move around from your toilet and your shower.

Large Mirrors

A large mirror above your sink can double the size of your space visually. Consider a large framed mirror or a wall-to-wall mirror to open up your bathroom.

Bright Lighting

Bright lighting makes any space appear larger. Since bathrooms tend to have minimal natural light, it’s important to have good lighting.

If you have a window in your bathroom, replace any curtains or blinds with privacy film. This will give you the privacy you need while allowing natural light in.

You should also consider multiple light sources, such as a grid of ceiling lights paired with an edge-lighted mirror or sconces. If more lighting can’t be added, use a ceiling light fixture that has multiple bulbs so the light will brighten the room in all directions.

A Glass-Paneled Shower

Replacing a shower curtain with a glass panel or a glass door will open up your bathroom, revealing the entire square footage of the room. If you want some privacy, opt for frosted or tinted glass that will still allow plenty of light to pass through.

A Shower Stall

If you’re not a bath person, you can remove the bathtub altogether and install a shower stall. Bathtubs are bulky and take up a lot of space. So by removing the tub, you will have more open floor space in your bathroom.

But if you want to keep your bath, consider a bathtub/shower combo that is strategically placed so it won’t overwhelm the rest of your bathroom space.

A beautiful view of an inset shelf behind a sink, next to a glass-enclosed shower with beautiful tile features.
Details like this inset shelf with stunning backsplash are a great way to add luxurious bathroom features.
Inset Shelving

You can use empty wall cavity space to create inset storage. Whether you want open shelving or an inset cabinet, this storage won’t protrude into the room, so your bathroom will feel more open.

Emphasize the Longest Wall

Add a long element to the longest wall of your bathroom so you can draw the eye to the longest point. This could be a shelf, a rail, a band of tile, or even a stripe of paint.

Emphasize Width

For long, narrow bathrooms, visually emphasize the width instead of the length. You can visually push the walls apart with long floor tiles and a band of accent tiles on the wall or in the shower that go along the width of the room.

Bathroom renovations can easily add a touch of luxury to your home, creating a tranquil, spacious, and serene room you can escape from the day and recharge. If you’re not sure where to start or have a vision you want to bring to life, contact Sunter Homes today—we’ll help you make the most of your space.