9 Stunning Bathrooms We Want In Our Home
From marvelous master baths to whimsical water closets, these are a few of our favorite rooms.
By John Roark
Interior designer: Linda Robinson
This space’s proximity to the home’s great room presented a visual challenge: From the adjoining gathering area, the powder room’s wall is in plain view.
“I wanted it to feel as though this was a corner of the great room instead of a bathroom,” says Robinson. The designer delivered by incorporating materials consistent with the rest of the house, including adobe block walls, reclaimed wood ceiling beams, pine floors and a pair of heavy antique teak doors. The vanity comprises a found iron base topped with an unpolished granite slab. Wall-mounted faucets accent the sink, which is a repurposed antique brass bowl.
Interior designer: Robert Burg
Masculine but not macho, this stately bathroom was part of a full home remodel. Rift cut walnut with a clear coat finish was used for the cabinetry; the matched vertical grain of the doors and drawers imparts a flawless look. An arched alcove provides an interesting visual boost to an otherwise square room.
“I enjoy bringing extra detail to my projects,” says Burg. A Greek key band was added to the simple white porcelain sink. The vanity is illuminated from underneath with opaque LED lights, which infuse a soft glow. Other posh nuances include tone-on-tone woodgrain wallpaper and the crowning dazzling touch: a ceiling clad in sparkling, textured wallcovering.
FRESH AND FUN
Interior designer: Donna Vallone, Allied ASID
Clients with a teenage boy and girl tasked Vallone with creating a gender-neutral, upbeat and lively powder room in proximity to the family’s game and media room. “The instant wow factor comes from the vibrant butterfly wallcovering,” says the interior designer. Bold black polka dots and hexagonal floor tiles provide additional visual texture.
“Because this is an enclosed bathroom, the design elements needed to compensate for the lack of natural light,” says Vallone. Cream-colored sconces, the wainscoting and wallcovering with white backgrounds, a white pedestal sink and bath accessories, and a large decorative mirror bring in brightness.”
Interior designer: Angelica Henry, ASID
Our objective was to give this powder room great personality with bespoke materials that would complement the rest of the home,” says Henry.
Patinated recycled brass floor tiles inspired the decor. Rustic timbers, blackened steel and a custom concrete sink round out the materials palette. The designer added a thick rope detail to the repurposed pulley pendant lights, which adds whimsy and additional texture.
Hiding a commode in a small powder room can be a challenge. Here, Henry incorporated a wood-framed barn door with chicken wire glass to provide a bit of privacy while keeping the space’s industrial vibe.
Interior designer: Amy Klosterman, Allied ASID
While renovating a two-story home in Silverleaf, Klosterman aimed to bring brightness to a bath area while keeping the intimate organic feel of the home’s architecture. “The original bathroom was dark and narrow. We visually expanded the space by moving walls and adding windows,” says Klosterman. The revamped symmetrical floor plan includes a relocated wider entry; the addition of wood beams plays up the perspective, accentuating the sightlines within the space. A pleasing palette of taupes and ivories further enlivens the area. The pièce de résistance: a custom leaded glass window with an abstracted representation of the patterned wall tile below.
URBAN DESERT DWELLING
Interior designer: Shellie Rudow, Allied ASID
When a Biltmore condo’s bath was converted to a powder room, the resulting space was cavernous, recalls Rudow. “Our solution was to cover the back wall from counter to ceiling with shimmering mosaic tiles to create a focal point. A large wood-framed mirror adds to the glow and reflects the glasswork behind.”
Soft, earthy colors are punctuated with accents of turquoise and saffron. A mix of contemporary and traditional materials, including limestone flooring and marble counters, interacts with wood cabinets and metal bath hardware. An antique wool rug does double duty by adding color and absorbing noise. The surprising final element: hieroglyphic-inspired glass doors.
MODERN MOUNTAIN LODGE
Interior designer: Jeni Robison, ASID
For homeowners seeking an earthy vibe, Robison created a lodgelike aesthetic in a modern Desert Mountain abode. In this master bath, rough-hewn beams and stacked stone are offset by a sleek, straight-lined tub; the gracefully arched window highlights the native landscape. With luxury amenities including a steam shower and heated floors, this sanctuary embodies welcoming comfort.
“My greatest challenge was mixing the contemporary and mountain lodge feel and keeping a consistent mix throughout the house,” says Robison. “In this bath, this was achieved by using materials with a natural aesthetic and modern flare, such as reclaimed wood and burnished metal fixtures.”
SANTA BARBARA SOPHISTICATE
Interior designers: Kacie Lilley, ASID, and Stacy Scharf, ASID
We wanted this space to feel light and bright given that it was located at the center of a home and it didn’t have any windows,” says Lilley. The design duo seized the opportunity to bring in a playful tile wainscoting, corbeled arched soffit and a wooden vanity and mirror to the room, to showcase a blend of patterns and colors.
This result is a space with sleek surfaces, rich textures, a refreshing mix of warm and cool neutrals, and a bit of historical influence mixed with modern charm. “It’s a space that is both sophisticated and casual—the perfect heart to this home,” says Lilley.
COOL AND CONTEMPORARY
Interior designer: Anita Lang, Allied ASID
Modern yet warm was the goal for this master bath,” says Lang. “The husband loves a very linear aesthetic, while the wife is drawn to warmth and texture. Our goal was to marry both needs in a functional design.”
Space was limited due to the home’s mountainside lot and the room was awkwardly divided by mechanical chases. Lang used filmed-glass doors for the shower and water closet to visually open the room and placed the tub deck on an angle, highlighting the sculptural effect of the exposed curved tub. An Italian porcelain floor that resembles concrete and silk grasscloth wall textures complete the soothing ambience.
Interior designer: Janet Brooks, ASID
The inspiration for this powder room began with the cloisonné sink, Brooks recalls. “By featuring the basin in a freestanding cabinet without a contrasting countertop, the sink itself takes center stage. The walls then needed to support the design effort.”
Brooks commissioned a wall treatment of waxed black plaster with inlaid gold vertical lines that are irregularly spaced around the room. “The resulting effect is a perfect balance between two design elements that play off of each other, and yet still hold their own,” she says.