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. Wonder walls

Evoke the feel of a five-star boutique hotel with an eye-catching, opulent wallpaper. If proportions allow, finish the look with a oversized ornate mirror and a crystal chandelier for added pizzazz.

luxury bathroom with Blenheim suite and yellow oriental wallpaper Heritage Bathrooms

Nina Campbell Swan Lake wallpaper, £70 per roll, Designer Wallpapers; Penrose freestanding acrylic double ended bath, £1,400; Chesham grand mirror in Amber Gold, £1,495, both Heritage Bathrooms

2. Showstopping features

Period features 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 stained glass window really makes it shine.

3. Custom rolltop

Why not get crafty and create a unique focal point by covering a freestanding bath with floral fabric?

Here the homeowner has used sections of french floral fabric by Peony & Sage and glued them in place piece by piece. Image: Douglas Gibb

4. Art deco glamour

The owner of this bathroom has splashed out on large 1930s Pilkington glass in a beautiful life jade tone to create a striking and invigorating scheme, we’re green with envy!

Click here to see more of this colourful Victorian home

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 and 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 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 sanitryware for a vintage pastel-coloured suite. Avocado might be out, but pink is 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. Romantic Rococo

Light and spacious bathrooms rooms can cope with large-scale, ornate wallpapers. For real wow factor, why not go all out on the chintzy theme and team with decorative mirrors and a chandelier? To create a vintage-style vanity unit try mounting a basin onto an upcycled french-style console table.

listed townhouse bathroom with rolltop and damask wallpaper

Josette wallpaper, £34 per roll, Laura Ashley. Image: Jeremy Phillips