16 beautiful bathrooms

From retro-charming to rustic-chic, our favorite bathroom designs for every style

Tranquil soak

Tranquil soak

This barn bathroom is spare and airy, with blue-green tile on the walls and heated tile underfoot.

The freestanding tub (Pier tub; Waterworks) is a streamlined take on the classic claw-foot.

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San Francisco Idea House

Thomas J. Story

Go green

A small bathroom with a shower enclosed in green glass tiles is tucked behind a barn door made of FSC-certified Santa Maria wood.

More: Eco design goes glam in San Francisco

Blue bathroom

Photos by Thomas J. Story; styling by Miranda Jones; 

Creative preservation

All the surfaces and fixtures are original in this Oakland bathroom. The couple had the metal rechromed and the plumbing restored piece by piece.

“Some things were really hard to get parts for,” says Jeremy. “The first few plumbers who showed up just shook their heads.”

More: Before and After: Creative preservation

Serene soaks

A woodsy retreat

The ultimate Western bath plays up the use of natural materials, as in this Woodway, Washington, house.

Placed in a sunlit corner of the master bathroom, the European-inspired soaking tub has a flexible showering arm. A green glass tile wainscot and an earth-toned tile floor reinforce the rustic, romantic atmosphere.

DESIGN: Patricia Brennan Architects, Seattle (206/328-2886).

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Benefits of light

J.D. Peterson

Borrow light from other places

Kurt Silver installed a sky light to bring natural light into his cramped San Francisco bathroom. He also painted the ceiling a simple off-white to prevent the low-slant end of the room from feeling oppressive

A limestone-fronted soaking tub on the low-ceiling side of the room is a cozy spot for relaxation.

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Guest bathroom

Thomas J. Story

Barn-style guest bath

Slate tile (whose golden veining is echoed in Benjamin Moore's butter yellow walls) frames the windows in the guest bathroom of our barn-style Idea House in Monterey.

The pale gray concrete floor tiles feature pewter floral insets.

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Beachy bathroom

E. Spencer Toy

Beachy bathroom

A boatwood framed mirror (Beach House Style) serves as the centerpiece of this narrow bathroom. Pebblestone tile (Fireclay Tile) and plaster shower surround (Fitzgerald Studio) add a sandy beach-inspired texture to the space. Pedestal sink by Kohler.

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A bright bathroom

Thomas J. Story

Brighten up

The kid's bath in this California cottage uses frosted glass blocks to let in light while obscuring visibility. It also makes for a bright and humid home for a collection of happy houseplants.

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Pink Bathroom

Thomas J. Story

Think pink

When you're working with a bold hues, pick one to take center stage. Hot pink is a dominant color, so save it for a few key pieces.

Another tip: Mix solids, patterns, and textures. The painted patterned canister stands out from the solid colors, adding visual interest.

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Using antiques

Photo by Thomas J. Story

Use antiques

When renovating this bathroom, the homeowners found a cabinet at a salvaged-building-materials outlet. It now houses the sink and provides additional storage.

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Apartment master bathroom

Photo by John Clark

Best urban bath

A light well illumi­nates the master bathroom in this urban apartment unit.

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Bringing the outdoors in

Thomas J. Story

Bring the outdoors in

Bathroom wall tiles are the colors of beach glass. The tub is period perfect for this Victorian-style home, but updated with a contemporary frame.

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Compact elegance Shower

Ken Chen

Compact elegance

Glass shower walls, along with new French doors in place of a high window, make Phil Lobel's bathroom feel open and expansive.

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master bath

Lisa Romerein

Provide privacy, keep space

The light and airy solution for space in this master bath was to contrast icy blue glass mosaic tiles with warm wood.

See-through shelving made from high-grade plywood defines a shower area without walling it off. Unobstructed light fills the space.

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Teen bathroom

Thomas J. Story

A teen haven

Zach Rosen, 14, opted for a sleek, contemporary European look in his bathroom. A stainless steel vessel sink is the sculptural focal point.

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Restful bath opens door to nature

Thomas J. Story

Open doors to nature

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

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