Thursday, November 3, 2011

Favorite Bathrooms

Laid-back Luxe

A cool blue color scheme makes this small bathroom an instant place to relax. For added comfort, add stacks of fluffy towels and a pretty flower arrangement.

Freshen Up

Canary yellow paint brightens up the sink console, and the large-scale, black-and-white floral wallpaper makes the tine space feel bigger. Finishing the room are inexpensive brass sconces painted matte black and a 1960s decoupage mirror.

Garden Bath

Simple surfaces and natural materials lend a warm contemporary look to this 187-square-foot addition. A soak in this leafy, light-filled master bath makes you feel like you’re at a luxurious spa resort. Walls of glass open the bathtub corner to a private garden.

A View of Nature

Tranquility beckons in this spa retreat, thanks to low lighting, an earthy palette, and sliding doors that open to a courtyard.


Relaxing Bath

In this master bath, the windows open to allow cooling breezes, and the air-jetted tub is ready to relax in. The custom-built cabinets and sea-green stained concrete vanity countertops complement the tile glass mosaics and floor tile.

Get Hooked

Free up space in your linen closet and bring towels within reach with baskets and hooks. Baskets are a perfect solution for storing towels when guests come to stay.

Lavish Lavendar

For a similar look, install inexpensive photo ledges where you can create interesting displays. Here, vintage mirrors and dishes lend the room a touch of granny chic. Also, save money by making -- not buying -- billowy fabric shades. They require minimal sewing skills, and the effect is ultra feminine.


Salado Master Bath

From its vaulted ceilings to its tile floors and terra-cotta walls, this bathroom was made for pampering. The elevated tub is surrounded by marble and is accessible from three sides.


Bold Bath

Sage green and sunny yellow paint wrap this narrow bath in 18-inch-wide horizontal stripes. Pedestal sinks with wide-set lavatory fixtures in satin nickel, mirrors in bamboo-style frames, and contemporary lighting complete the space.


Cozy Corners

Unpainted, unfinished wood recalls bygone beach style - imagine a Key West cottage in the days of Hemingway. The look is authentic, natural, and beach-chic all at the same time.

Touch of Tranquility

A marble floor, pearly mosaic tiles, and a concrete countertop turn this master bath into a luxurious spa-style space. The clean lines and muted colors create a tranquil atmosphere.

Space Saver

Maximize the square footage of a small powder room with sliding or pocket-style doors, and you won't have to plan around door clearances.

Inviting Retreat

The dark hardwood floors throughout this serene space make it a luxurious place for pampering. It's spacious enough for two to easily share and comes with lots of storage space to keep unsightly supplies out of view.

Simply Sunny Bath

The homeowners cut costs dramatically in this guest bath renovation when they decided to keep the freestanding porcelain sink and white tile.

Bathing Beauty

Designer Mona Hajj placed this bathtub before a wall of windows to impart elegance and a sense of retreat to the room. The sculptural shape and paneling wall surrounding the tub impart old-world elegance

Material Comforts

This bath is a masterful mix of textures and materials, a combination of subtle colors and bold ideas. His-and-hers vanities are tiled with elegant Italian marble in a warm, copper hue, and stainless steel is tacked along the edge of the countertops for a contemporary look. Stained concrete adds an aged appearance to the floors, while mirrors make the small room live large.

Bathtub View

The bathtub in this master bath is positioned to face the beautiful coastal view. Understated accents don't upstage the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Shell Game

Framed shell prints decorate a wall in this powder room. The classic seaside elements of the bathroom -- horizontal paneling, exterior shutters, shell d├ęcor -- leave no doubt you’re at the beach.

Refined Oasis

Designer Cathy Kincaid established a look of feminine refinement in this spacious master bathroom. Classic elements abound in the space, including a mirrored vanity, tufted ottoman, recessed tub, porcelain urns, silk lampshades, and a checkered tile floor.

Romantic Master Bath

In this master bath, the hand-painted green walls are reminiscent of Venetian plaster. His-and-hers sinks occupy opposite sides of a peninsula countertop.

Time Away

The blue-green wall color of this master bathroom soothes and refreshes. The sheer size of this bathroom makes it luxurious, while thoughtfully chosen accessories and artwork give it a polished presence.

Perfectly Proportioned

This dual vanity is perfectly proportioned and brings order to a small space. Be sure to continue the symmetry through the wall mirrors, sconces, and hand towel racks.

Timeless and Natural

In this master bathroom, designer Amelia Handegan used earthy tones and patinas to create a restful retreat. Sheer curtains moderate the abundant natural light, contrasting window trim accentuates the room's timeless qualities.

Style With Tile

Beautiful blue-and-white Mexican tiles and arched details give this room a distinctly Southwestern flair. A built-in tiled soaking tub, placed in an alcove, looks out over the back yard. To keep the tile the focal point of the room, the other aspects of the design are quite simple. The long, colorful rug is a nice counterpoint to the Mexican tile.

Quiet Zone

Small, strategically placed colored panes bring in light without sacrificing privacy and provide space for soap, flowers, and art in this bathroom. Covered in warm gray plaster, the walls' tone contributes to the sense that this is a sanctuary.

Get Outside

Forget a quick rinse in an outdoor shower - opt for a long soak under the stars. Turn a private deck into an outdoor bath with a freestanding tub and pedestal sink for the ultimate alfresco experience. A flea-market stool can keep accessories nearby.

Perfect Master Bath

The dominant element in this master bath is a platform tub that occupies its own light-filled, glass-tiled bay beside the twin vanities. The broad, tiled platform stairsteps up to the tub. The window offers a private view from tub level.

Bath of Glass

Daylight floods this master bath, thanks to a glass ceiling over the shower and glass interior partitions. A skylight is centered over the room, partially masked by open grids of maple that are flush with the ceiling.

Powerful Pink

Go over the top in a small space, such as a powder room. Rich, exotic pink wallpaper really makes a statement in this half bath.

More Space in the Bath

The two pedestal sinks in this 1908 bathroom leave most of the new limestone floor exposed, accentuating the room's volume. The 8-foot-wide room retains the original medicine cabinets and claw-foot tub. Formal white molding contrasts vividly with rish azure walls.

Small Space Smarts

Just because a bathroom is small in space doesn't mean it has to short on style- colors, tile, and hardware can bring big drama to small spaces.

Beautiful Storage

Open shelving in the bathroom displays a collection of jars and figurines. The focus on green gives the space a bright personality.

Bring Home the Spa

Celadon-colored plaster provides a soothing backdrop for this all-natural bath. The tub is a modern version of the furo, a classic Japanese soaking tub. The floor is paved with radiant-heat flagstones.

Vintage Bath

With a fresh colors and clean lines, this vintage-inspired bathroom is simple and charming.

Lucky Clover

Full-on, clover green is too intense on its own for a personal space, but this bathroom limits it to recesses and uses a contrasting putty shade on the projection for skin flattering bathing.

Tile Tale

Not many bathrooms have such creative and chic tile as this one. Bright, glass subway tiles (floor-to-ceiling and wall-to-wall) function as a waterproof wall treatment.

Private Retreat

Keep your bathroom simple and elegant with an all-white color scheme. This bathroom packs in personality with trim, a vintage bathtub, and floral prints on the wall.

Subtle Space

Wallpaper a small bathroom with a subtle print, like a tan and cream cow parsley pattern, to lend warmth.


Natural Effects

In a small windowless space, replace solid doors with glass ones to let in extra light. This master bathroom keeps the space simple with off-white walls but splurges on river rock floors with radiant heat for added coziness.

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