Aquatica Baths’ Colette Freestanding Solid Surface Bathtub, pictured in concrete, is a luxurious addition to a sleek, modern bath.

Beauty Regime

Designers reveal ways to transform a residential bath into a pampering home spa

Ideas from our H&D Design Partners

The staple for a luxury bathroom is marble. Most often, classic white Carrara with gray veins is the best selection. Installed in a variety of patterns—from classic herringbone and basketweave to horizontal running bond—it can create a beautiful “rug” on the floor or “art” on the walls. A stunning faucet and tub in polished nickel from Kallista, Rohl or Waterworks will stand out against the marble, while a large rain showerhead offers the sensation of an island waterfall. John Richardson crystal light fixtures and wall mirrors with wide bevels say pure luxury.
– Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, LEED AP, CAPS; Purple Cherry Architects

Laura Fox
Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

People enjoy the experience of staying in a luxury hotel because the hotel baths have all the accoutrements: plush mats and towels on a heated bar; a cozy robe; incredible textures; exotic marble; and beautiful vanities outfitted with the perfect “jewelry.” All these elements can create a feast for the eyes and senses. I try to incorporate this feeling into every bathroom renovation I do.
— Laura Fox, Laura Fox Interior Design, LLC

Kori Keyser, ASID
Keyser Interiors, Inc.

To create a luxurious bath, the tub and shower must be tailored to the owners’ needs. A tub should offer light, sound and bubble massage, while the shower should feature body sprays and a rain showerhead—creating a relaxing spa experience every day.
— Kori Keyser, ASID; Keyser Interiors, Inc.

Melanie Whittington
Whittington Design Studio


Laura Hildebrandt
Interiors by LH, LLC

A luxurious bathroom starts with a heated floor under beautiful tiles. A stand-alone tub enables you to forget your troubles as you soak—as does a large steam shower equipped with multiple showerheads and a seat for relaxing and enjoying the mist. Easy access to bath products and thick, plush towels ensures that the space is both enveloping and functional.
– Laura Hildebrandt, IFDA, NKBA; Interiors by LH, LLC

Barbara Hawthorn
Barbara Hawthorn Interiors
Photo: Geoffrey Hodgdon photography


Gina Fitzsimmons
Fitzsimmons Design Associates