Create a wet room. "The bathroom was completely reconfigured and shuffled around", says Emily Mackie of Inspired Interiors. "The room has 14‐foot ceilings, and there’s a huge skylight overhead". She explains that "the idea was really to place the soaking tub in an environment under the skylight, and have it share the area with the shower instead of dedicating space to each of them. It made more sense to allow the shower water to hit the tub and be part of an integrated area".
Collect and curate interesting details – a giant seashell, a small bust and real art on the walls will add a storied feel. Splurge on a few luxury bath items to display (and use). Stow all unsightly items behind closed doors or in boxes or bins. It's true that if your existing bath fixtures consist of a pink sink and lemon yellow tile, you will be hard pressed to create the black and white palette this look calls for. If you have a bit more time and savings to invest in your bathroom makeover, adding wallpaper or a dark paint color to the upper walls and white paneling below (less pricey than retiling) will go far. If you are considering replacing the sink, having a vintage cabinet or table fitted with a simple sink bowl can be a creative solution. While you are at it, remove that medicine cabinet and hang a pretty mirror instead.
Celebrate luxury. "My inspiration for this bathroom was modern elegance", says Jamie Herzlinger of Jamie Herzlinger Interior Design. "Modern can sometimes get very cold, but freestanding tubs celebrate luxury and sensuality. So I personally always feel that if you have the time to enjoy a bath, whether alone or with someone else, it’s an occasion that needs to be celebrated. Nothing beats taking a bath in a freestanding tub for a sensual experience". Try this in a smaller bathroom. "Freestanding tubs, or claw‐foots for that matter, have an essence about them", says Sophia Cok of Design Associates. "They have the ability to turn bathing into a luxurious experience".