Create a bathroom sanctuary around a freestanding tub.
The best time to add resort-style luxury to a bathroom is when planning a reno, and designing the space around a freestanding tub creates a relaxing sanctuary.
The aim is to create a serene space you can escape to at the end of a long day to indulge in a soak.
Freestanding bathtubs can be used as a centrepiece or positioned near a wall, where they will still catch the eye more than built-in baths.
Because they can dominate the bathroom visually, these types of tubs won’t work in very small spaces.
Choose a shape and type of tub to suit the style of the bathroom from modern minimalist to country chic.
The fixtures, like the toilet and sink, should reinforce the look. Go for surfaces like timber, stone and glass.
Natural light and leafy views are essential components of a spa-like space, so add skylights, floor-to-ceiling windows and big mirrors.
White is commonly used in bathroom design as it makes a space appear clean and unblemished.
Contrasting white tiles and fixtures with black elements makes a statement that this is a modern and streamlined space.
Monochrome bathrooms have a timeless style and spa-like ambience.
A black-and-white scheme creates a clear canvas that allows the shapely lines of a bathtub to dominate.
Using black in a bathroom is a bold decorating choice, so the key is to not let it overpower the space.
Keep the walls, fixtures and floor tiles white, limiting black to a feature wall, the shower recess or cabinets.
When designing a monochrome bathroom, abundant lighting is a must to prevent the space looking cold and inhospitable.
If no natural light is available, use bright downlights above the vanity and softer feature lights for the tub.