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.”
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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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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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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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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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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