11 bathrooms made for lounging

A great bath is a cheery place to start your day and a soothing oasis to end it, but these spaces from the AD archives take that idea to the next level. Designated seating arrangements—a single slipper chair, a spacious upholstered ottoman, a pair of plush armchairs—next to the tub or in front of the vanity encourage you to treat the room like a luxurious day spa. Here, you can sit back and relax after the otherwise mundane activities of brushing your teeth or combing your hair—or you can use the space to just escape from it all, for as long as you wish. Read on to see our favorite baths made for lounging.

11 bathrooms made for lounging
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11 bathrooms made for lounging

In a Bridgehampton, New York, home designed by Steven Gambrel, the master bath boasts pendant lights by Rejuvenation, a Ralph Lauren Home sconce, and a pair of vintage French chairs from Aero; the sink fittings are by Waterworks.

Photo: Eric Piasecki

Architectural designer Scott Mitchell and decorator Denise Kuriger devised a streamlined master bath in a Malibu home.

Photo: Scott Frances

In his Beverly Hills house, photographer Steven Meisel came up with the idea of the hybrid home office/master bath, which is sheathed in green onyx; the teak screen is by decorator Brad Dunning, and the cabinetry is by architecture firm Marmol Radziner. A resin sculpture by Dorothy Draper is displayed on the vintage Jansen desk.

Photo: Roger Davies

In the master bath of Patricia Altschul’s South Carolina mansion, decorator Mario Buatta concealed the toilet in a tall chinoiserie cabinet; a Manuel Canovas print covers the slipper chair at left, a Brunschwig & Fils fabric was used on the chair at right, and the garden stool is from John Rosselli Antiques.

Photo: Scott Frances

A VW Home ottoman covered in an Edelman suede serves as a comfortable perch in the master bath of a Florida home designed by Vicente Wolf.

Photo: Björn Wallander

A hand-painted mural brings a lyrical touch to the master bath of a Majorca home designed by Michael S. Smith; the curtains are of a Cowtan & Tout fabric, the armchair is by Quatrain, and the towels are by the White House.

Photo: Tim Beddow

A custom-made chair and mirror-surfaced cabinetry distinguish the wife’s bath in a Manhattan apartment designed by Trisha Reger.

Photo: Eric Piasecki

Paintings of Long Island are grouped in a bath in a Hamptons home designed by Carrier and Company Interiors; the side table is from Homenature, and the tub fittings are by Perrin & Rowe.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

A velvet-covered ottoman encourages lounging in the master bath of designer Rela Gleason’s Napa Valley home, which was created by McAlpine Tankersley Architecture.

Photo: Roger Davies

A Hugo Köcke painting hangs beside a slipper chair in the master bath of a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, home conceived by architect Bobby McAlpine and interior designer Ray Booth; the tub and the bath and shower fittings are by Lefroy Brooks.

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

The master bath of a New Jersey estate renovated by architect Annabelle Selldorf and designer Matthew Frederick contains a Mies van der Rohe chair by Knoll and a tub filler by Boffi.

Photo: Richard Powers


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