Beautiful ensuite bathroom ideas

Create the ensuite bathroom of your dreams with these modern bathroom ideas

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From compact spaces to luxe, hotel-inspired master bathrooms, there's a modern bathroom idea here for everyone.

It all starts with the entrance – why not make it a grand one, with a dramatic set of double doors? Or for a more modern look, opt for a steel framed glass partition to create a shower room, to separate the master bathroom from the bedroom. 

Dial up the grandeur with ornate cornicing, ceiling roses, fireplaces and even a chandelier, but keep bathroom fittings streamlined and modern – with modern freestanding bathtubs, wall mounted brass taps and other modern design ideas.

Want to go all-out? Upgrade your master bathroom with not one but two freestanding bathtubs, so you can comfortably soak together without having to share. A side table in the middle will help make sure that drinks are always within reach. After all, it's called the master bathroom for a reason — and it deserves to be show-stopping.

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary? Take inspiration from custom-made designs like the wooden bath (yes, really) designed by Beata Heuman, and her Fornasetti wallpapered bathroom cabinets. Swoon. For a more classic look, we turn to Marie Flanigan Interiors who created an elegant but understated bathroom combining rustic charm with modern bathroom fittings.

For hotel-inspired luxury, it's all about the little things like soft vintage rugs and sheepskins for keeping feet warm when you brush your teeth, bathtubs with a view (either in a bay window or set up with Netflix), and stylish in-bathroom lounge seating. You're bound to fall in love with these stunning ensuite bathroom ideas.

From statement bathroom lighting and striking tiles to vanity islands (like a kitchen island but for doing your makeup) and extra tall bathtubs deep enough to submerge you right to the shoulders, these are the ensuite bathroom ideas that dreams are made of.

But the real luxe factor is all in the details – like having the rim of your bath just wide enough for resting a glass of wine on. Now that's good design.

Rise and shine

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The gorgeous sun burst mirror makes a great wake up call in this beautiful marble ensuite bathroom.

Top brass

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The geometric floor tiles, freestanding tub and brass details keep this bathroom firmly on trend. BC Designs has a great selection of compact tubs.

Top drawer

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The deep drawers in this wall-hung vanity unit provide ample room for towels and toiletries, while its 'floating' style frees up floor space. 

Heritage details

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In a small space it makes sense to keep materials to a minimum, so the bath panel blends with the grey timber flooring. Heritage details such as the towel rail, mirror and wall lights add character.

Get the look Find similar baths and basins at V+A Baths.

Cupboard love

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A small space between the master bedroom and ensuite has been cleverly utilised as  a wardrobe area.

All out opulence

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It's easier to go OTT in a room you don't spend huge amounts of time in, as it'll be a pleasant surprise each time you see it rather than overkill. Here this flamboyant floral wallpaper has been teamed with richly veined marble and brass detailing to dramatic effect.

Divide and conquer

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This dividing brick partition wall creates a cool and convenient separation between the bedroom and walk-in shower.

Lather in luxury

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The floor-to-ceiling carrara marble, the rain fall shower head, the lack of superfluous detail, this is everyday luxe at its best.

Grand reveal

Grand Reveal

Dramatic double doors connect a master bedroom with this jaw dropping master bathroom. The proportions of this space are very grand for a bathroom, and the marble floors add to the spa-like feel.

Spa style

Spa Style

We're in love with this chic bathroom space, from the whirlpool bath to the indoor-outdoor vibe that the light-well garden creates.

Eye catcher

Eye Catcher

This master bathroom design incorporates lots of striking design ideas, from the freestanding bath at an angle to the shower room behind smoked glass panels and an upcycled church candelabra used to display jewellery.

Old meets new

Old Meets New

The ornate plasterwork cornicing and ceiling rose are complemented by both classic and contemporary fixtures. The chandelier and mirror are vintage, while the freestanding bath could not look more modern. 

Get the look: The bath and fittings are from the Axor Starck collection by Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe. The Carrara marble fireplace and vintage chandelier are from Renaissance London. The Menagerie Gazelle ceramic on the mantelpiece is by Jonathan Adler.

Lounge space

Lounge Space

A lounge area in a bathroom is very luxe – especially when the lounge seating in question is a classic Eames lounge chair. The marble wall tiles help differentiate the wet area from the lounge area. 

Get the look: The Corian-topped vanity unit was designed and made by Lee Redmond Interiors. The marble wall tiles are from Tower Ceramics. The tap is from the Axor Starck collection by Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe.

Brass fixtures

Brass Fixtures

Un-lacquered brass by Studio Ore adds warmth, modernity and glamour to this serene bathroom space. We love that striking modern pendant too. 

Get the look: Un-lacquered brass by Studio Ore. Bathtub by Victoria & Albert. Floor tiles by Emery et Cie.

Hotel vibe

Hotel Vibe

A bathtub in a bedroom creates a luxe, hotel-inspired vibe. The bath is framed by elegant panelling. with an en-suite shower room tucked beyond the new stud wall. The soft pink colourway is a good counterbalance to the simple, functional aspects of the room. 

Get the look: The Tamar bath in polished finish, Drummonds. Taps, Catchpole & Rye. Curtains in Silk Wool Pink Champagne, Fox Linton. Quilt, designed by Emma.

Marble and metallic

Marble & Metallic

Marble and metallic accents help give this spa-like bathroom a glamorous feel. A potted plant, fabric blind and a pendant light also help to give this bathroom a more luxe look. 

Get the look: Chandelier by Hudson Valley / Bathroom plumbing by Crosswater London

Luxe living

Luxe Living

This master bathroom feels more like a luxe living space, with butter leather Barcelona bench seating, a vintage rug and modern art.

Custom made

Custom Made

This opulent, free-standing bath is actually made from wood, a design which was inspired by a Twenties design in an old magazine. It was quite difficult to work out how to make it, but, fortunately, interior designer Beata Heuman had a very good joiner and discovered a specialist timber from the Netherlands that is used in boat building and can be submerged in water for 10 years without any ill effect. The curved bathroom cabinets are decorated with Fornasetti ‘Nuvole’ wallpaper, which Beata Heuman had customised with sky-blue paint.

Understated elegance

Understated Elegance

We love everything about this rustic, understated space. From the carved marble bath surround that reaches into the shower space, and the shower panel that fits neatly into it, to the modern steel window frames, brass taps and textural woven blinds.

Luxe tab

Luxe Tub

With stunning details like the pearlescent wall tiles, slate floors and pretty window treatments, the tub isn't the first thing you notice. But it's the most-loved aspect of this master bathroom as the rim is wide enough to rest a glass of wine on.

Double bubbles

Double Bubbles

Can you imagine anything more luxurious than having two freestanding bathtubs, so you can comfortably soak together without having to share? A side table in the middle means that drinks are always within reach. 

Get the look: These are the Amalfi baths from Victoria + Albert Baths, price from £3,275 inc vat.

Double sided

Double Sided

The centrally placed tub and walk-in shower, accessed from both sides, create a sense of spaciousness in this luxe master bathroom. 

Get the look: The wall, cupboard doors and bath – a reclaimed design bought from Lassco – are all painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The marble splashback and floor tiles and glass shower screen are from Fired Earth.

Beauty storage

Vanity Storage

A fitted vanity area makes the most of an unused corner in this master bathroom, and provides plenty of storage for make-up, face masks, moisturisers and nail varnishes.

Sing the blues

Blues

The ceiling and vanity were painted the same bold blue as the bath, creating a cohesive look. The steel-framed shower enclosure acts as a contrast to the more traditional panelling and vanity. Wall-mounted taps, a wall-mounted towel shelf and a clear, acrylic side table all help to make this bathroom feel spacious. 

Get the look: Floor tiles, Fired Earth. Bath, Aston Matthews. Towel rack, Soho Home.

Extra tall

Extra Tall

This extra tall bathtub is deep enough to submerge you right to the shoulders. Brass accents warm up the cool marble.

Serene shower space

Serene

This modern master bathroom feels calm and serene, thanks to the plastered walls and ceiling, the extra large shower area, neat alcove shelf and the pretty patterned floor that flows from the bathroom into the shower space.

Broken plan

Broken Plan

This master bathroom is segregated from the bedroom by a partition wall. This way the bathroom is still connected to the bedroom area, but there's an element of privacy too.

Soft textures

Soft Textures

Soft accents like the sheepskin rug, pretty roll down blinds and a side table with a vase make this bathroom feel more spa-like. 

Get the look: Curtains are custom-made by Alana Woerpel in Pollack “Hollywood and Vine” in White Tie fabric. The freestanding tub is from Forenza. The outdoor furniture on the balcony is from Restoration Hardware.

Vanity island

Vanity Island

Interior designer Richard Felix Ashman decided to place this bathroom vanity in the centre of the room as the walls were all in use. The owners suggested the diagonal angle of the vanity island, which frees the circulation from a rigid grid. The custom hanging mirror is also double sided and flanked by customised pendants, all in polished nickel. 

Get the look: Bathtub from Waterworks. Hanging Mirror was a custom design from Urban Archaeology. Lighting from Fuse, St. Honore Gueridon in polished brass by Matthews & Parker. Plumbing from Waterworks, Herbeau.

Bathing bay

Bay Window

This bathtub makes the most of the bay window, so the owners can enjoy the view every time they get in the tub. 

Get the look: Bathtub from Waterworks. Hanging Mirror was a custom design from Urban Archaeology. Lighting from Fuse, St. Honore Gueridon in polished brass by Matthews & Parker. Plumbing from Waterworks, Herbeau.

In the details

In The Details

Creating a luxe master bathroom is all in the details, like having a soft rug under your feet when brushing your teeth, and having the room illuminated by gorgeous chandeliers at night.

Neutral tones

Rug

A flatweave runner adds soft texture to this master bathroom. 

Get the look: The bath, shower fittings and brassware are all from Edwins Bathrooms.

Partnered up

Herringbone

Herringbone tiles end in a jagged zig-zag instead of a straight line, creating a funky edge to this white bathroom. The double sink is also a striking design element. 

Get the look: The Corian basin is by Freeman & Whitehouse.

Gold rush

Glam Tiles

Glam tiles make this master bathroom pop. 

Get the look: This is the Barcelona Bath from vandabaths.com, price from £3,675 inc vat.