From light and airy to chic and modern, tour four bathrooms that show how bathroom essentials, storage space, and unique design elements mix to create sleek retreats.
Glass-panel doors lead from the master suite into this calming lakeside bathroom. Double-hung windows and transoms fill the room with natural light, and the calming blue of the walls appears to glow when drenched in sunlight. A large air tub centered under the windows creates a stunning focal point and gives the homeowners an unobstructed view of the lake beyond. Continued on next slide.
The vanities were tailored to meet individual needs: The wife’s side features a handy makeup area with multiple drawers, while the husband’s side (not shown) boasts tall cabinets on both sides mixed with an open shelf, perfect for storing towels. Mixing open and closed storage keeps a space interesting and encourages layering. Painted tongue-and-groove paneling was used throughout the space over more casual beaded board for its sense of sophistication.
The soft color palette in this renovated master bath was drawn from the ceramic tile that imitates vein-cut travertine. The creamy hues continue on the double vanity and honed marble countertop. The tile's matte finish contrasts nicely with one of the most striking elements in the room: a shimmering band of mixed Calacatta marble mosaic tiles. Not only beautiful, the tile also acts as a backsplash behind the custom vanity. Continued on next slide.
One of the homeowner’s must-haves was a private toilet compartment, and with smart planning, they were able to incorporate one into this small 14x7-inch bathroom. The separate space includes extra towel storage, and the frosted-glass door admits light without sacrificing privacy. Floating mirrors flanked by linear sconces add to the room’s classic yet contemporary design.
This master bath looks more like a living space with floor-to-ceiling Suzani-print draperies, beautiful (and heated) herringbone floors, and a huge window. The homeowner believes in decorating with what you love, and it shows in her eclectic style. The fireplace, surrounded by black-lip-oyster tiles, <<?>> and chandelier lend romantic touches to the Moroccan-inspired space. Continued on next slide.
The olive grass-cloth-covered walls work with the wood paneling and walnut herringbone floors to create a room rich with character. Contemporary and traditional touches mix to reinforce the layered look that is apparent throughout the rest of the house.
In this bathroom, modern fixtures easily mix with traditional finishes when all of the lines are clean and simple. The strategy when designing this space was to use expensive materials where square footage was a minimum, such as marble on the vanity top and gray glass tiles in the shower, but save on the floors by using an inexpensive classic: white subway tiles. Continued on next slide.
At the heart of the room, a freestanding tub makes a dramatic focal point and supports the clean-lined aesthetic. Glass shower walls, a neutral color palette, and a large window above the tub keep this master bath feeling airy. To add even more interest and contrast in this bathroom, the gray tiles that were used in the shower create an accent wall behind the large tub. Continued on next slide.
Combining the traditional look of marble with the modern vessel sink offers an up-to-date yet timeless design aesthetic. Open storage under the vanity makes the bath feel more spacious and offers a handy spot for towels. By using recessed medicine cabinets, the clean lines of the bathroom can continue without losing precious storage space.
The owners of this contemporary home create a loftlike feel in their master suite by not closing the bathroom off from the bedroom. A curved wall behind the vanities is a counterpoint to the linear elements in the rest of the room. Floating vanities help the room feel light and airy, while the white countertop recedes into the white wall behind it. Dark wood panels behind the sinks and mirrors give the room a sense of depth and balance.
The curved front of this ash-wood vanity adds instant glamour to the bathroom. Instead of one large mirror over the entire vanity, two extra-tall mirrors wrapped in stainless steel offset the warm traditional tones of the vanity. Low-flow aerators on the faucets help to conserve water and lend to this bathroom’s green quotient. Continued on next slide.
Designed to feel more like a furnished room than a bathroom, this master suite melds sophistication with serenity. The curved drawers of the vanity include interior outlets for flat irons or shavers, hiding the cords and clutter. The subdued color palette of blues, golds, and greens was inspired by the variations in the heated quartzite tile floors.
When this abandoned farmhouse was renovated, the homeowner kept the patina of the worn wood throughout the house by cleaning it and then sealing it with polyurethane. The original blue of this room inspired the rest of the master bath. Clean lines and simple materials don’t overwhelm the history of the home.
To create a custom look on a budget, these homeowners floated a stock drawer between a pair of vanities, creating a furniture-style look and more counter space. Basic ceramic tile covers the majority of the floor, while pricier mosaic tiles are used as accents on the floor and as a backsplash behind the vanities. Continued on next slide.
Transom windows installed near the soaring ceilings in this bathroom bring light into the space without reducing privacy. Tile “paneling” around the soaking tub is a mix of affordable white subway tiles and strips of luxurious pink marble. Inset shelves add storage to an otherwise flat wall, and the glass mosaic tiles used as accents on the floor add sparkle to the smart storage.
The antique stained-glass window above the soaking tub was rescued from a home set for demolition in Provence, France, and it set the tone for this master bath, infusing the past with the present. Bold green wallpaper echoes the style of the beautiful window and wraps the room in color. Continued on next slide.
Rich brown woodwork combines with blue-flecked granite and river-hue mosaic tiles to create a bathroom almost as beautiful as the natural landscape just outside the windows. Twin mirrors and a window integrated into the framework of wood trick the eye into thinking the vanity is centered in the room. A tall cabinet to the right hides bathroom necessities behind closed doors while providing open storage for towels below. Continued on next slide.
Staggered sand-color tiles surround a symbolic waterfall of mosaic tile that starts at the ceiling and flows down toward the granite shower seat, pooling on the floor. Clear glass doors make it easy to admire the tile work, while flush-mount body sprays add a layer of luxury to the shower.