For many people, the bathroom is a place of relaxation. If you have a busy lifestyle, it may be the one space in which you can spend a few spare moments of calm, so it is important for it to be somewhere you really love, and where you can unwind. Choosing top-of-the-range sanitaryware, materials, fixtures and fittings, as part of a luxurious design, will help you to create a five-star hotel-spa experience in your home, but it will also mean your bathroom will stand the test of time – after all, it is a long-term investment.

Creating an indulgent space from scratch can be a costly undertaking, but luxurious doesn’t necessarily have to mean expensive You also don’t have to have a huge bathroom to create a luxury space. Sometimes simply using a single statement piece, such as a light fitting or vanity unit, is all that is needed to transform the look and feel of a room.

1. Showstopping features

Original features like windows and high ceilings are highly desirable and are often beautiful examples of traditional craftmanship, so think carefully about designing your space to ensure you make the most of them. Positioning a simple roll top in front of this dramatic arched window really makes it shine.

Roca white bath and basins

Eliptico bath, £2,005, with chrome Eagle feet, £523; Loft floor-mounted column bath-shower mixer, £972; Element countertop basin, £530; Loft wall- mounted basin mixer, £284, all Roca

2. Wonder walls

Evoke the feel of a five-star boutique hotel with an eye-catching wallpaper, like this vibrant vinyl design inspired by brightly coloured fruit and floral motifs. Complement with a colour-matched bath like this curved tub that recalls the signature Californian ambiance of the 1950s.

Devon & Devon Botanical wallpaper and green bath

Hollywood Color Tec bath in Pale Green,£7,850; Botanica vinyl wallpaper, £119 per m², both Devon & Devon

3. Custom rolltop

Create a unique focal point by opting for a freestanding bath in a metallic finish of your choice, like this stunning double-ended bath, which comes in five sizes, so is also perfect for big or small spaces.

Albion Bath Co Gold double ended bath

Imperium bath with cast-iron ball and claw feet, from £2,105 (additional cost for Burnished finish from £380), The Albion Bath Company

4. Monochrome glamour

If you want a quick update, it’s not just your sanitaryware and fittings that can make a statement, so go bold with your flooring. This high-gloss finish is both durable and comfortable underfoot, ideal for creating a stylish foundation in a bathroom space.

Carpetright black and white vinyl flooring

Sagres vinyl design from the Mardi Gras range, £14.99m², Carpetright

5. Country bathroom elegance

Choose a classic, all-cream scheme with hints of grey to create a calming, spa-like sanctuary. A reclaimed fireplace contributes to a refined look in this renovated farmhouse.

country farmhouse bathroom with grey rolltop bath

6. Luxury surfaces

Veined marble, polished chrome and exquisite antique parquet combine to give this bathroom a real feeling of period grandeur. Choose a double sink for true indulgence if space allows.

Luxury bathroom with Drummonds yorkshire spey bath and double lowther vanity basin

Spey cast-iron bath with a polished exterior, from £3,570; double Lowther vanity basin with Arabescato marble, £5,940, both Drummonds

7. Dramatic period bathroom

Being a place of indulgence, and not a room in which you spend hours and hours like the kitchen, you can afford to be bold in a bathroom. While it may seem daring, going dark in a small space can make a big impact – we love this on-trend, moody charcoal scheme.

luxury bathroom with dark blue coral wallpaper and dark blue freestanding bath

Coral wallpaper in Charcoal/Gold, £81 per roll, Barneby Gates and Madeira freestanding bath, from £3,750, Heritage Bathrooms. Image: Bruce Hemming

8. Sugary suite

On the subject of colour confidence, why not trade in plain white sanitaryware for a vintage pastel-coloured suite? Avocado might be out, but pink shades, from blush to millennial, are most definitely in. Find expert tips on buying reclaimed bathroom suites here.

pink bathroom suite in period home

Combine with monochrome fabrics, tiles and artwork for a touch of Parisian chic. Image: Andreas Von Einsiedel

9. Illuminated opulence

For a contemporary twist and real wow factor, why not go all out with a suite featuring glistening glass and copper accents? This Sea Green and Indigo modular furniture features a subtle LED trim, motion sensor activation and bluetooth audio to complete the high-end feel.

Utopia Opula sea green and copper bathroom

Opula illuminated mirror with shelf, £945; washbasin unit with sit-on basin, £1,695; Libertine three-hole wall-mounted basin mixer in Copper, £345; Dualelle freestanding bath with copper painted skirt, £1,295; Libertine freestanding bath-shower mixer with copper standpipes, £545; Parisian Dew brick wall tiles and Venetian marble effect large-format floor tiles, both £45 per m², all Utopia Bathrooms

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