Wellness, as an interior design trend, has been on the rise: more and more, people want their homes to feel like an oasis of domestic calm, or a spa-like sanctuary. “Homeowners are increasingly searching for designs and products that will promote good health and an overall sense of well-being,” a recent report from the American Society of Interior Designers found, noting an increased interest in “places where they can relax and restore from the increased stresses of everyday life.”
So Barbara Sallick’s new book with Rizzoli, The Ultimate Bath, comes at an opportune time within the interiors zeitgeist. A chronicle of luxuriously elegant sinks, tubs, showers, mirrors, and more, it’s an ode to the most private room in one’s house—and proves that the relative seclusion of the bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t be original when it comes to design.
There’s a gilded powder room by Ken Fulk, a marble sink set upon a Gucci Heron wallpaper, and bathtubs with views of desert cacti. “There is a difference—a notable one—between a bath that fulfils all of your basic needs and one that provides a heightened, indelible experience,” Sallick, the co-founder of Waterworks, writes. “Elevating the everyday on this level asks for nothing short of another way of seeing.”
Below, find eight utterly transporting bathrooms from The Ultimate Bath.
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A bathroom by Ken Fulk, which includes a sink evoking a baptismal font and stained glass windows.
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Marble and maximalist Gucci wallpaper mix in this bathroom by Summer Thornton and Joan Craig of Craig & Company.
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A library and bathroom combine in this delightful, multipurpose room by Sabbe Interior Design.
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“This installation—there is no other way to accurately characterize it—suggests that a dramatically veined marble object, well lit, wisely placed, and cleverly supported, can produce a very special moment of domestic theatricality,” writes Sallick of this bathroom by Poonam Khanna / Unionworks.
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Every element in this bathroom, designed by Susan Ferrier Interiors, leads the eye to look out upon the manicured green landscape lying just beyond the window.
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This bathroom by Gachot Studios, with its lounging furniture pieces and expansive marble, feels more like a suite.
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This geode inspired bathroom is by Carrier and Company makes a navy-blue statement.
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A bathroom with statement gilded accents. Suzzane Kasler acted as interior designer whereas the architect was D. Stanley Dixon.
This story was originally published on Vogue.com.