2015 NKBA People's Pick: Best Bathroom

Get inspiration and bathroom design ideas from these stunning, professionally designed baths — the finalists in the National Kitchen and Bath Association's 2015 competition.

Photo By: Darryl Nobles

Photo By: Darryl Nobles

Photo By: Darryl Nobles

Photo By: James Netz

Photo By: James Netz

Photo By: James Netz

Photo By: James Netz

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Photo By: www.BernardAndre.com

En Suite Bathroom With Organic Appeal

Working from the architectural plans for a yet to be constructed new home, the designer allocated space for the bedroom, large walk-in closet, and also created the footprint for the en suite bathroom. Stacked wall storage units for paper products are arranged to mimic architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s stacked repetition detail. Flush shower ceiling tile and the wood ceiling alignment created an uninterrupted clean look.

Spa Bathroom Inspired by Flowing Water

The waterfall bench connecting the makeup console and its supporting end embraces the idea of flowing water, much like that of Frank Lloyd Wright's famous Fallingwater house. Moreover, the wall-mounted faucets enhance the cascading effect of water.

Symmetrical Bathroom With Green-Brown Mosaic Tile Shower Wall

Creating a symmetrical plan, the designer oriented the shower and the tub to face the windows and a view of the trees. Porcelain floors and wall tiles with a subtle stone appearance, green/brown mosaic glass feature tiles, teak wood veneer and metal details enhance the natural, organic look of this contemporary beauty.

Separate Toilet Room

A separate toilet room features an all-in-one bidet function toilet. The wood clad tray ceiling detail disguises a roof angle on one side of the room only, making the room appear symmetrical.

Master Bathroom With Indoor and Outdoor Shower Options

This breathtaking bathroom features a large, open-air shower. French doors beyond the shower open into a private courtyard with an outdoor shower, with the two spaces linked by a common design theme based on river rock detail.

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Track Lighting

An addition of more circuits to the electrical panel allowed new CFI duplex outlets and lighting fixtures for the master bathroom and to the retreat area.

Clean, Sleek Lines Contrast With River Rock Detail in Contemporary Bathroom

A river rock backsplash frames a brand-new custom vanity cabinet with makeup area in this luxurious, contemporary master bathroom.

Luxury Master Shower

This master shower features a detail stripe of river rock that travels down the wall to the floor, defining the perimeter of the open shower. An overhead rain shower head completes the high-end spa feel.

Stylish, Modern Bathroom

Frameless glass shower panels and the shower door add to the contemporary feel of the space, and all bathroom fixtures contain a chrome finish with a stylish modern design.

A Private Entrance

The master walk-in closet has direct access from the master bathroom and this facilitates a more private entrance to bath, out of the living room view.

Out With the Old, In With the New

The exterior walls of the old space were removed to extend the master bathroom to the outdoors, creating a large and open space for the clients to enjoy.

An Outdoor Retreat

Functional and serene, this outdoor retreat brings the harmony of nature into the client’s abode.

Daring and Bright Bathroom With Asian and Midcentury Touches

This master bathroom exudes a Zen quality with clean lines in the double vanity, mirror and shoji-style sliding door. Bright yellow tile and glass pendant lights invoke touches of midcentury style while infusing energy into the otherwise serene space.

Matte and Glossy Bathroom Finishes

The tile arrangement alternates between a glossy and matte finish, creating an intriguing sensation of depth in this bathroom.

Privacy as Desired in Contemporary Bathroom

Shoji-style doors provide privacy as desired without diminishing the open and airy feeling of the room. A walk-in closet allows for ample organized storage.

Lots of Light

The light in the room is accentuated by a wall of windows and the bright lemon yellow of the over-sized wall tiles.

Walls of Texture

The wood flooring in the sink area transitions to a sloped floor to accommodate the open shower, while a textured wall and a series of niches delight the eye while providing practical functionality. The open shower’s sensuous wall of texture is reminiscent of mid-century patterns.

Luxurious Contemporary Bathroom With Yellow Tile Accent Wall

The clients wished for a master bathroom that worked as a luxurious and inspiring space for them while also serving as a safe and comfortable place for their toddler’s bath time.

Built for Multi-tasking

Since each of the room’s areas can be used independently or together depending on the desired level of privacy, this layout is the most ideal for the young, multi-tasking family!

Embrace the Energy

Living in a home with an emphasis on bold hues, the homeowners hoped to stay away from neutrals and embrace the energy of powerful color combinations. This master bathroom communicates fresh energy with imaginative color and natural light. A periwinkle blue vanity is illuminated by sparkling pendants made of textured hand-blown glass.

Eclectic Bathroom With Wood and Stone Detail

Influences from architect Frank Lloyd Wright are seen in this powder room with the rhythmic play of the decorative vertical wood ladder detail, horizontal stacked bands of solid surface material and wood for the vanity. Additional warmth and interest were added with three stacked metal horizontal sconces. The vertical band of mirror visually expands the space, and the chrome faucet disappears into the mirror, creating a waterfall experience into the sculptural stone sink.

Master Bathroom Remodel

This master bath remodel was sparked by a flood in the client’s home. Working with the same floor plan, the designer renovated the bath with new tiles, cabinetry, countertops and fixtures. The shower area features a corner seat and recessed niches for soap and shampoo, and the vanity is adorned with white cabinets with crystal knobs.

All the Small Things

Small details such as a magnifying makeup mirror and an additional medicine cabinet were incorporated on his and hers sides. The countertops were crema marfil with a beveled edge to match the beveled pencil liners which blends perfectly with the Diana Royale tiles. Embracing light and neutral tones, this bathroom shines out in all its glory.

Classic and Polished

Classic, timeless materials such as polished Diana Royale marble were specified for the floors and wall pattern. A modern basket weave stone border was used to add interest and topped off with a beveled marble pencil liner.

Black and White Modern Farmhouse Bathroom

The homeowners preferred a more space-efficient bathroom that would flow with their rustic yet modern farmhouse. The white wall-mounted toilet, sink and medicine cabinet pop against the dark tile, and the white subway tile in the shower balances the white fixtures in the room.

Rustic Bathroom With a Modern Twist

The wormy chestnut vanity in this bathroom was topped with a thick concrete top and semi-recessed sink. In order to complement the rustic farmhouse look, the designer finished the floor and three of the walls with tiles made to look like weathered lumber. Tiling to the ceiling leaves the room feeling taller than it actually is.

Vanity and Countertop Designed With Storage and Small Footprint in Mind

This vanity provides much-needed storage and counter space in a bathroom with a small footprint.

Sleek and Curbless

A number of approaches enabled the bathroom to feel bigger – installation of a new pocket door eliminated congestion and replacing the tub with a curbless shower removed physical as well as visual barriers. The sleek wall-mounted toilet conserves floor space with its tank built inside the wall.

Sleek Modern Bathroom With Tucked-In Vanity and Recessed Medicine Cabinet

Smart design decisions made the most of this bathroom space, with the vanity placed inside a niche and a 48 inch lift-up medicine cabinet recessed into a void stud cavity space between the bathroom and bedroom behind.

Contemporary Purple Bathroom With Tile Accent Wall

A sleek inset vanity helps this small bathroom feel larger. The stunning tile accent wall also visually expands the space, creating the illusion of depth.

Elegant Bath and Features

This elegant bath was carefully crafted with repeating tapered shapes, angled bench seat, and tapered shape light fixtures. Other special features of the bathroom include a minimal curb and envelope pattern shower with linear drain.

Charming Floral Powder Room With Hammered Nickel Vessel Sink

A curved, natural walnut vanity topped with Calacatta marble served as a design solution that met the client’s needs. The upholstered door panel addressed the client’s concern about sound transfer. Other highlights, including a custom backsplash topped with a beveled glass, a stone-framed mirror, a hammered nickel vessel sink and Romo’s dynamic Kimura wallpaper, add that extra edge to this exquisite and functional space.

Pretty Little Jewel Box

Tucked behind the foyer of a meticulously modified Mediterranean home, this elegant powder room is just what the client asked for – a “pretty little jewel box” to help visitors feel pampered. The 24-square foot space was carved out of an inefficient pass-through once connecting the kitchen and dining room. The designer created an alcove to accommodate the sink area and a vanity cabinet. The jewels include faceted crystal cabinet knobs and a sparkly chandelier for just the right amount of bling.

Deep Blue Sea

Being ardent Scuba Divers, the clients requested that their show stopping powder room be a true reflection of their marine expeditions! To create the illusion of flowing water, the designer installed a tile with an aquatic pattern, which when put together created the desired cascading effect. Anchoring this set-up is a dark-stained cherry slab panel door cabinet that hides the plumbing.

Eclectic Powder Room With Recycled, Light Up Blue Countertop

A motion sensor enables the counter to light up automatically, welcoming guests into the powder room with a soft blue glow. The clients couldn't be happier with this everyday fix to their deep sea calling.

Ocean-Inspired Powder Room

Complementing the light, flowing feel and effect of the tiles, a recycled Ocean Blue glass countertop creates a visual effect with a glow resembling a reflecting pool. A clear vessel bowl allows the beauty of the countertop to shine through and refrains from overpowering the vanity.