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100 Best Bathroom Design and Ideas Books


A Top 100 List about Bathroom Books? Why, yes indeed.

Each week beginning in April of 2021, we’ll share with you two to four of our very favorite bathroom design books. Some will focus on bathroom design, others on bathroom remodeling. Big budgets and little budgets will be covered, as well as big bathrooms and little bathrooms. After all, we don’t all live in a spa. Others still, might speak to acheiving calm in life, or in our spaces. In all, they will hopefully help you create your very own special oasis where you can retreat, refresh and reenergize. Enjoy…

Updated: March 31, 2021


1. Complete Design Ideas to Modernize Your Bathroom

Editors of Creative Homeowner

Learn to think like a design pro to get the bathroom you’ve always wanted!

  • Design a new bathroom that suits your space, your budget, and your lifestyle
  • Over 350 color photos help you visualize your project
  • Learn about the latest trends, products, and innovative ideas for the bath
  • Create your own showcase bathroom in today’s most popular styles
  • Plan every aspect of your project, from layout and design to fixtures, fittings, finishing materials, storage, lighting, and air quality
  • Narrow down your choices by discovering what works best for you

Get the bathroom you’ve always wanted without making the types of mistakes that cost money or leave you less than thrilled with the result. Bathrooms, Revised & Updated 2nd Edition explains everything homeowners need to know about budgeting; hiring contractors; designing and working with space; selecting cabinetry and hardware; shopping for fixtures; choosing appropriate countertop, flooring, windows, and other finishing materials; and how to bring off all these elements together cohesively with style.

Completely updated with the latest trends, products, and innovative ideas, this new edition offers a smart approach to bathroom design with a bright new layout and updated color photography.

—from the publisher.

2. Better Homes and Gardens Small Bath Solutoins

Editors of Better Homes & Gardens

Bring big style to a small bathroom

In these tough economic times, more and more people are downsizing their living spaces to smaller, more functional homes. But as typical living quarters become smaller, it doesn’t mean that those dwelling in smaller digs need to sacrifice style along with space.

Small Bath Solutions is packed with example bathrooms, galleries of ideas, and tons of projects for readers to bring a big punch to even the smallest bathroom.

  • Includes before-and-after photos and design plans
  • Helpful advice from professional designers
  • Projects showcase a variety of styles, from traditional to cottage to contemporary

Packed with tips and tricks from the pros for designing small bathrooms that really work, this idea book is perfect for DIYers of any skill level.

—from the publisher.

3. Moon Bath: Bathing Rituals and Recipes for Relaxation and Vitality

Dakota Hills

Moon Bath is a luxurious guide that invites readers to immerse themselves in the healing powers of nature.

This transformative book features 16 bath and shower rituals aligned with the lunar cycles and the natural rhythms of the cosmos.

Organized by moon cycle—New Moon, Waxing Moon, Full Moon, and Waning Moon—each ritual includes a bath recipe featuring healing natural ingredients.

• Includes affirmations and meditations
• Journaling prompts promote reflection and self-discovery.
• Filled with lush, nature-inspired photography

Brimming with Ayurvedic wisdom and plant-based medicine, Moon Bath is a lovely companion for modern mystics, wellness enthusiasts, and anyone who wants to wash away the stresses of daily life.

Bath recipes include ginger and baking soda for detoxification, cacao and rose to cultivate love, eucalyptus and bentonite clay to release negativity, and chamomile and lavender to connect to deep wisdom.

• This beautiful guide to bathing rituals and bath recipes makes it easy to incorporate calming and enriching self-care practices into everyday life.
• Presented in an enchanting package, making it a great gift
• Perfect for women who love self-care, meditation, yoga, crystals, and those interested in Ayurveda
• Add it to the shelf with books like Crystal Muse: Everyday Rituals to Tune In to the Real You by Heather Askinosie and Timmi Jandro; The Spirit Almanac: A Modern Guide to Ancient Self-Care by Emma Loewe and Lindsay Kellner; and Lunar Abundance: Cultivating Joy, Peace, and Purpose Using the Phases of the Moon by Ezzie Spencer.

—from the publisher.

4. The Perfect Bath

Barbara Sallick

A chic, polished guide to creating your dream bathroom, including engaging interviews with top designers and practical advice for homeowners. Whether you call it your sanctuary, retreat, oasis, or spa, the bath is unlike any other room in the house. It can be the most private and indulgent of spaces or a simple, public one in which guests need to feel comfortable. Today’s bath is an expression of personal style and priorities and the luxurious focal point of sophisticated interiors. Creating the perfect bath has become an obsession for homeowners and designers. Yet perhaps no room in the house requires as much forethought and planning as the bath. In The Perfect Bath, Barbara Sallick explores the process of designing a bathroom in great detail and with beautiful images. She shares exquisite, favorite, and esteemed baths, talks with top designers—including Suzanne Lovell, Pamela Shamshiri, Thomas O’Brien, Lee Mindel, Gil Schafer, Tim Clarke, and Steven Gambrel—about their work, and offers important, how-to advice for homeowners. Combining evocative, informative photography with an authoritative, engaging narrative, The Perfect Bath will be an essential, lasting resource.

—from the publisher.

5. Fun in the Tub: Creating Bath Bombs, Solid Bubble Bath, Bubble Frosting and Bubble Scoops

Amanda Gail Aaron

Do you adore a nice soak in the tub with a little aromatic fizzing or bubbling action? Discover how to make fun and whimsical bath bombs and solid bubble bath for way less than what you’re paying in the store.Should you use witch hazel or alcohol to bind your bath bombs? What do you do if your bombs crumble once dry? Are you tired of mushy solid bubble bath that won’t dry?This detailed guide will teach you how to successfully make perfect bath bombs and solid bubble bath using easy to find ingredients. Whether you’re a beginner or have more experience, this book has something for everyone. From basic recipes to try right away, to information on creating your own, you can take your bath and body crafting to the next level. This book focuses on formulation and teaching you how to modify recipes to work in your environment. Whether you live in dry conditions or humid, you’ll be able to create the perfect recipe. You’ll soon know how to fix crumbly bath bombs, warty bath bombs, bombs that split or break apart and more! -Full-color, step-by-step directions for making bath bombs, solid bubble bath, bubble frosting and bubble scoops. -Troubleshooting tips and tricks for bath bombs and solid bubble bath. -Step-by-step directions for formulating your own bath bomb recipes. -25+ recipes and projects ideas with full ingredients list (weight & volume) and step-by-step directions.

—from the publisher.

6. Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts and Scrubs: 300 Natural Recipes for Luxurious Soaks

Amanda Gail Aaron

Learn how to soothe stress, heal the body and smell fantastic with luxurious bath bombs, salts and scrubs that you can make at home.

A revitalizing bath will transform your day, mood and health like nothing else. Homemade Bath Bombs, Salts & Scrubs offers 300 easy, fun, DIY recipes. These personalized creations utilize fragrant petals, powerful essential oils and exotic ingredients like:


Made of all-natural ingredients, these bath additions elevate your soak and help to relieve everyday ailments, including:• Allergies
• Common Cold
• Stress
• Acne
• Dry Skin
• Sunburn

—from the publisher.

7. Ritual Baths: Be Your Own Healer

Deborah Hanekamp

In this gorgeous, full-color illustrated guide, “fashion’s favorite healer” (Vogue) teaches you how to use baths to relieve stress and depression and soothe common aches and pains.

Ritual Baths shows you how to use common crystals, herbs, and flowers in your bathtub to achieve inner peace and spiritual wellness. A blend of ancient traditions and contemporary self-care methods, this indispensable handbook, packed with more than 250 color photographs, provides helpful advice and sixty bath recipes, organized by aura color, including:

Awareness Wolf Bath
Empath Bath
Hope Bath
I am Nature Bath
Be My Own Healer Bath
Love of My Life Bath
Ally Bath
Healthy Boundaries Bath
Warrior Bath
Find My Purpose Bath
My Gut Bath
Confidence Bath

Deborah Hanekamp leaves no crystal unturned and no restorative plant unused. She teaches you about auras, touches on phases of the moon, explains crystal and herbal magic, and provides an encyclopedia of ingredients that addresses each element’s healing properties.

We all want to achieve wellness and live our best lives. Ideal for anyone interested in natural healing and alternative medicine, as well as everyone looking to integrate beautiful and accessible self-care practices into their daily routine, Ritual Baths shows you how to create your own medicine and transform your bathroom into a unique healing space.

—from the publisher.

8. Onsen of Japan: Japan’s Best Hot Springs and Bath Houses

Amanda Gail Aaron

As a country blessed with natural geothermal energy, no trip to Japan is complete without an authentic onsen (hot spring) experience. Yet this world has remained a mystery to many western travellers, who are keen to take advantage of the onsen’s relaxing qualities and healing properties. Onsen of Japan is your entry into art of Japanese communal bathing. Featuring listings for more 2500 onsens across the country, authors Steve Wide and Michelle Mackintosh have selected out the very best places to enjoy this quintessential Japanese experience – including traditional 7th-century baths, historic wooden buildings, open-air mountain springs, rustic neighbourhood baths, and big city super santos (aquatic centres). Alongside vivid descriptions and beautiful images, each listing includes a checklist with important travel information, such as price range, whether same-sex or mixed bathing is available, whether English is spoken, and if tattoos are accepted. A detailed introduction at the front of the book includes a guide to etiquette, onsen rules, customs and quirks, as well as information on different water types and their healing benefits. The authors also offer tips on how to take a bath like a local, bathing in different seasons, the best places to take a foot bath (ashiyu) or hand bath (teyu), and where you can cook your own onsen egg. Slip off your clothes and ease yourself into the world of the Japanese onsen. One thing is for sure, taking a bath will never be the same again.

—from the publisher.

9. Japan, A View from the Bath

Scott Clark

A study of the significance of bathing in Japanese mythology and the historical development of communal bathing.

—from the publisher.