The best bathrooms in 2018

From copper basins and perfect penny rounds to rain showers with a view, these are the bathrooms that had us swooning throughout the year that was.

Bathrooms are no longer thought to be a transactional zone or a stop along to the way to getting your day started.

While they may once have been designed this way, nowadays the bathroom is constructed to be a place of relaxation and rejuvenation, with features conducive to this need of ours.

From stand-alone baths and rain showers to luxe inclusions and statement features, these bathrooms, all of which can be found in the dream homes that had you drooling this year, have these in spades.

The Grand Ferdinand in Vienna is bathroom goals. Picture:

Bonnie’s Dream Home

Earlier this year, we followed Three Birds Renovations as they transformed an expansive block in Sydney’s Hills District into Bonnie Hindmarsh’s dream abode.

Bonnie, along with Erin Cayless and Lana Taylor, designed and built the space to have multiple bathrooms, all of which were equally gorgeous and brought different aesthetics to the table.

But it was the main bathroom that had our jaws hitting the floor. Marble penny round tiles covered not only the entirety of the floor, but traversed up the walls and all the way onto the curved ceiling, too.

Lana said it was the “best showcase of penny rounds I’ve ever seen”, and we happen to agree.

Take a tour of the dreamy space in the gallery below.

A tub with a view of NYC

Situated in a for-sale New York City penthouse that’s on the market for the eye-watering price of $US73.8 million (that’s over $AU100 million), this bathtub offers a stunning view over the skyline beyond.

Designed by Pembrooke and Ives, the bathroom in the Crown Penthouse of 212 Fifth Avenue is framed spectacularly by huge, bronze-rimmed windows and stands alone in this cavernous marble space.

A rain shower over rolling hills

The all-black bathroom at Headland House in Werri Beach, NSW, provides an uninterrupted and private view over the tumbling hills that extend as far as the eye can see.

View aside, we love the simplicity of this monochromatic space, made all the more decadent by the rain shower that drops down from the ceiling and the bronze ledge that sticks out like a gem when met with sunlight.

Double vanity perfection

Back in July, we followed interior stylist Catherine Heraghty as she built not one, but two incredible homes in just 12 weeks. One was to be her investment property, and the other her forever home.

Between both homes, there ended up being four lovely bathrooms that were as fabulous as they were functional, but it was the bathroom in her forever home that had us taking notes.

While some may consider double vanities to be a dated feature, Catherine proved that the inclusion is anything but, and after seeing the perfect execution of her double mirror and double sink, we can’t wait for the day we’re able to recreate it.

No more fighting over the bathroom mirror. Picture: Lucas Muro

Brass beauty

As part of our In My Place series, where we tour the homes of Australian creatives, we were able to glance a peek at the beautiful bathroom of interior architect Georgia Ezra.

Georgia’s bathroom made the best use of elements both old and new to create a comfortable and lush yet character-filled space. We love the way the brass sink and tapware are complemented by the dusty pink herringbone tiling.

Sensationally simple

The Master Plan series highlighted the beauty of the Lewis Robertson House by Perth architecture firm, Klopper & Davis.

While the whole home is drop dead stunning, the simplicity of the tonal bathroom deserves a special mention.

In this space, sharp angles in the structural make up of the room have been softened by rounded features of the bath, mirror, sink and pendant lighting.

Tiny bathroom packs a punch

Resident renovators and former Blockheads Shannon and Simon Vos created this functional bathroom in Shannon’s Cronulla abode recently.

Before renovations, it was a crowded and dated space that lacked personality and pizzazz, but post renos, the bathroom couldn’t be further from that.

We love how the wet space gives the illusion of a bigger room, and we applaud the peach-toned ceiling for its ability to warm the space.

This article was originally published as The best bathrooms in 2018 by and is written by Katie Skelly.