No matter how small a space; it can be visually stunning. In this small powder room, the mirrored shapes and hard and soft colors make it a unique space.
Bathroom fixtures are often one of the top style considerations when planning a bathroom installation or redesign. Sinks, tubs and their respective faucet fixtures are the most prominently featured aspects of a bathroom, so ensuring they work well with—or even help define—the overall bathroom design is a high priority.
There are several basic bathroom sink and fixture styles that are commonly found in homes. They're available in a wide range of materials and prices.
Old Meets New
The design team at De Meza Architecture wanted to combine traditional and modern elements in this 1920s-era bathroom. Designers Gregg De Meza, Jennifer Gustafson and Michelle Nelson nodded to tradition with black-and-white tile, but updated the look with a glass tile mosaic that features a whimsical message in pixilated type.
A Touch of Glitz
A washstand is a great choice in a bathroom where storage isn't an issue, like this feminine powder room. Designer Christina Stillwaugh of Jessica Lagrange Interiors combined the gold sink and sconces with a dramatic, large-scale wallpaper that celebrates the pink tones in the stone floor. Photo by Werner Straube
A Room With a View
A neutral palette and minimal furnishings allow the architectural elements in this airy bathroom to shine, like the vaulted ceiling, herringbone tile and picture windows. Design by SFA Architects
Water, Water, Everywhere
The walls of this California powder room are covered with hand-painted de Gournay wallpaper. The bubbly, Italian glass antique sconces and the frosted glass tap handles extend the watery theme of the fish wallpaper. Design by Katie Ridder; photo by Eric Paisecki
This modern bathroom's custom walnut vanity features a lighted honey onyx countertop, designed to enhance the beauty of the stone's natural properties and to create an ambient glow. Design by Nancy Mikulich
Effortless Eclectic Style
Designer Ashley Astelford carved an inviting powder room out of a niche under the staircase in this 1920s Dallas home. The art deco mirror pays tribute to the home's heritage, while fresh surfaces modernize the space.
This bath creates a luxurious space for a couple. A freestanding quarter-sawn island centered in the room matches the quartered oak double doors and offers continuity moving into the room. Each spouse has his or her own space with two large, white painted vanities, double medicine cabinets and framed mirrors. Design by Peter Ross Salerno
A soft color scheme of yellow, white and graphite makes the main bathroom in Sarah Richardson's farmhouse feel like a country afternoon: bright and fresh. A vintage bathtub and other timeworn treasures fit the old-fashioned home.
More and more homeowners are opting for luxurious showers in lieu of seldom-used tubs. This stunning floor-to-ceiling shower enclosure embodies the trend; it features dramatic chartreuse and pink tile, a shaving bench and steam capabilities. Design by Joseph Pubillones; photo by Daniel Newcomb
A Soothing Spa Retreat
The focal point in this expansive bath is a circular raised area that houses the spa bath and open-air shower. Designer Shelly Reihl David paired the polished pebble floor with Durango travertine and multicolored glass tiles. Oil-rubbed bronze hardware, an iron chandelier and unique accessories complete this elegant look.
A round mirror and bi-colored red horizontal tiles mounted in straight lines give this globally-furnished room a contemporary look. Worldly accessories, like the carved wooden mask and tribal-inspired drawing, look right at home against the warm backdrop. Design by Amy Bubier
Colors from Nature
Designer Sarah Richardson incorporated colors from nature in the master bathroom to create a charming cottage look. Mint green, split-face mosaic tile, exotic marble flooring and moonstone details spruce up inexpensive white tiles for maximum impact at a low cost. A marble top and luxurious mirror dress up the charming, quaint vanity, and the two shutter cabinets provide vintage-inspired storage. The transom window above the freestanding tub gives privacy yet fills the space with plenty of natural light.
Modern Meets Deco
Graceful curves and geometric forms meet in this master bathroom. The blue vaulted ceiling was created from unclaimed attic space; its shape is repeated by the soft fabric screen. An antique tub contrasts with custom slate-topped his-and-her vanities. Design by Van Tullis; photo by Beth Singer
A Secret Garden
To get maximum natural light without compromising bathroom privacy, this bathroom features a walled garden outside the picture windows. A contemporary soaking tub provides a spot enjoy the view, undisturbed. Design by Slifer Designs
One of the most common and economical bathroom sink styles it the drop-in sink. This style fits into a hole in a vanity cabinet or sink stand, and it can be easily installed or removed. Pedestal sinks are another common style of bathroom sink—these freestanding sinks are both economical and space saving. Undermount sinks are slightly higher in price, and they sit flush on the surface of the vanity, whereas drop-in sinks fit over the lip of the hole in the vanity. Vessel sinks are a high-end option—these "floating" sinks sit on top of a vanity as a bowl or rectangular vessel.
Regarding faucet fixtures, there are four basic types: Wide-spread, consisting of a spout with separate hot and cold water handles; two-handle center set, with a spout and both handles combined on a single base; single set, with a spout and a single rotating handle, and wall-mounted, which works well with above-the-counter and vessel sinks.
In terms of a finish for your bathroom fixtures, the overall style of the bathroom will likely dictate your decision. Oil-rubbed bronze is a popular choice for more traditional designs, whereas polished nickel is frequently used in modern, contemporary and traditional spaces.
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