Dreamy Kitchens and Bathrooms

Your home's two hardest working rooms can be both functional and stylish. Be inspired by these designer spaces to breathe new life into your kitchen and bathroom.

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September 17, 2019

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Beautifully Balanced

Nothing adds a luxurious look quite like marble. Flowing from the countertop to the ceiling, rich Calacatta marble lends a luxe atmosphere to this designer kitchen. Warm tones, found in the wood cabinets and brass fixtures, adds a pitch-perfect balance to the stone's cool polish.

From: EWM Realty International and Luxury Portfolio International®

Peeking In

Never underestimate the view from the door. As soon as the shiplap barn-style door slides out of the way, this bathroom gives off the grandest of shows. A spectacular soaker tub is centered on a marble half-wall, which borders the equally stunning double-head shower. The spherical chandelier brings a touch of nature to the all-white space, and tiles are laid in a herringbone pattern on the floor.

No Tight Quarters Here

Who says a galley layout has to feel narrow and constrained? In this kitchen, pristine white cabinets stretch to the high ceiling while a wall of glass-front cabinets helps to visually stretch the space and show off favorite dishware. A long, slender island adds extra prep space and house appliances.

Living on the Grid

A spa-like escape in the middle of the city that never sleeps, this master bathroom is a modern oasis. Squares act as a central design element: small tiles flow around the open shower in a grid-like pattern and the wall of window panes divides the bathroom and bedroom. The window glass is a mix of frosted and clear to provide some privacy and soften the natural light.

The Cottage Life

Completely charming, this pretty-in-white kitchen is centered by a stunning blue island. Comfy pinstriped barstools tuck under the counter for a quick breakfast spot, for guests to sit and chat as you prep appetizers and for kids to complete homework while you finish dinner. Patterned tiles give life to an interest-grabbing backsplash behind the range, and gold light fixtures bring in a majestically metallic note.

Take Me Away

Having all the amenities of a five-star resort automatically constitutes a dreamy bathroom. The marble-surrounded bathtub is designed to fit two, and the glass-enclosed shower is utterly deluxe in its own right — and also doubles as a steam shower. Reclaimed wood walls compose a rustic juxtaposition to the grand surroundings.

Dynamic Style

Divided into different areas, this kitchen can handle anything you throw at it. Two islands — one of which is clad in a stunning waterfall wood countertop — provide major prep space, double as food buffets and deliver extra seating. Cobalt blue subway tiles bestow a jolt of color to the warm-meets-cool palette. Lights throughout the space, from the teardrop pendants to the wavy wood fixtures over the dining table, convey movement and soften the room.

Age-Old Yet Brand-New

The look and feel of timbers and chinking may be the same, but this master bathroom is a considerable step up from the log cabins of Little House on the Prairie days. A simple freestanding tub also pulls from the past while being totally-of-today with its chic, sumptuous basin. A modern foil to the rustic outer wall is the clean-cut effect of the curbless shower.

Soothing Hues

This open floor plan seamlessly joins the dining room with the kitchen, where there is extra seating for larger crowds at the island. Clean white cabinetry clad in contrasting black countertops borders the wall, and the island adds a soft shade of blue-gray to the muted palette. The windows match the crisp lines of the cabinets and fill the space with natural light.

Seeing the Whole Picture

Pared down but altogether opulent, this modern bathroom takes full advantage of the surrounding waterfront scenes. Even the mirrors reflect glimpses of the sights beyond the windows. All the solid pieces — the bench seat in the shower, the low-profile bathtub and the floating vanity — are kept close to the ground to provide wholly unobstructed views.

Hello Darkness, My Old Friend

In a sea of kitchens that head down the lighter path, there are still some who want to embrace the darker side. Floor-to-ceiling deep wood tones create a rich and welcoming environment in this oh-so-edgy kitchen. The sleek lines of cabinetry and fixtures keep the space from feeling too heavy, while doses of white in the countertops and backsplash break up the monochromatic scheme.

Putting on the Ritz

Because sometimes you have to go full-on posh. Wide-plank herringbone floors and a timeless clawfoot tub combine with lavender walls, a floral mural and a glass-beaded chandelier in this lavishly feminine bathroom. And yes, the two arched doorways lead to an extra-long and extra-glam shower with glossy subway tile flowing from the walls to the rounded ceiling, all of which is grounded in a geometric pattern done in black-and-white hexagon tiles.

Intricate & Worldly

Blue-and-white Moroccan tiles stand out from the clean white cabinetry, bringing a showstopping element to this global-meets-vintage kitchen. Unlacquered brass cabinet hardware and pendant lights boast a collected-over-time vibe, and the refrigerator and freezer are hidden behind custom-designed doors that showcase oak planks laid in a chevron pattern.

What's Old is New

Vintage meets modern in this serene master bathroom. Wood planks overhead and the candelabra-inspired chandelier dripping in crystals feel old fashioned, but in the best way possible. Traditional double vanities are paired with beveled mirrors, continuing the time-honored aesthetic, and the mocha slipper bathtub is reminiscent of antique ones but with a decidedly modern take.

Ebony & Ivory

Bejeweled in accents of gold, this black-and-white kitchen seems composed and dramatic at the same time. Subway tiles in the softest of grays fill the space behind the range and over the windows to exhibit subtle texture. See-through barstools are a playful, contemporary addition and introduce a lightness to the black-as-night island.

Understated Elegance

Clean lines combine with bright white for a crisp, spa-like environment. The squared-off corners of the soaker tub mimic the edges of the floating vanity and glass shower. The wood-toned ceiling and tub surround ushers in a layer of warmth and tranquility.

Deliciously Full of Color

Although blue-gray cabinets may be the star of this kitchen, a liberal use of balancing white keeps the space from feeling overwhelmed with pigment. Brass pendants reflect the finish of the cabinet hardware, as well as inject a nod to vintage charm.

Give Us All the Tiles

Why settle for one great tile when you can use more? A herringbone-laid tile grounds this bathroom, and then down the center of the walkway, quatrefoil-patterned tiles are used to create the look of a runner. Large rectangular marble ones cover the outer wall and wrap around as a half-wall behind the bathtub where they are topped with a contemporary linear backsplash. One final place: the shower floor features penny tile in variants of black and white.

Perfectly Illuminated

Statement-making fixtures may be the talk of your guests, but we know not to forget about hard-working recessed lighting. In addition to prominent black-mesh pendants and a sleek chandelier, this soft white kitchen has rows of recessed lighting between the natural wood beams to ensure the space is always well-lit.

Stay in One Lane

Unlike our living rooms where we can easily switch out pillows, textiles and furnishings, bathrooms are a bit more permanent in their design. Opting for neutral surfaces ensures that your space will stand the test of time, and a tone-on-tone palette is visually appealing, thoroughly calming and timeless. To keep the look from feeling flat, use a variety of textures, like this sandy-hued bathroom that plays with a mix of tiles, paint shades and finishes.

Equipped for a Chef

Bright and airy, this entertaining-ready kitchen has all the high-end appliances one could need. Exposed beams overhead contribute a rustic note to the mostly white space, whereas chrome pendants and wood-and-metal barstools bring in an industrial edge. The large island not only serves as a prep area and dining spot, but also has cabinets all the way around to provide bonus storage, including a built-in paper towel holder.

Highlighting the Upscale

All about light, this chic bathroom has sunshine flooding in from the skylight, small but powerful recessed lights throughout the ceiling and under-vanity lights that create an airy illumination. The custom oak vanity is topped in a simple white countertop. And of course, our favorite luxurious material — marble — plays a major role in this space continuing from the diamond-patterned flooring to the rectangular tiles of the shower walls.

From: BF Homes LLC

Upon Closer Inspection

Tile is not your only option when looking for an eye-catching backsplash. Here, black-and-white wallpaper is laid behind glass to forge a one-of-a-kind backsplash. From afar, the paper looks like a striking abstract print, but once you step nearer, you'll find it cleverly features drawings of hundreds of people.

A Place to Unwind

Oversized earthy tiles establish a nature-found and cocoon-like atmosphere. With a dozen rainfall showerheads in the expansive shower and a deeply relaxing tub, the bathroom is an experience in luxury. Brushed nickel tiles fill a niche above the tub and in the shower creating a metallic contrast against the walls.

Simply Splendid

The large picture window pours natural light into this brilliantly white kitchen and offers a lovely view while tackling the dishes. A thick slab of marble makes for an impressive centerpiece atop the eat-in island. Nestled between the upper and lower cabinets and soaring around the range hood, the subway tile backsplash suggests elegant depth with its almost undetectable hint of pale blue.

Detailed Foundation

Small bathrooms can be just as fanciful as their larger, spa-like counterparts. Mint-green mosaic tile stretches across the back wall for a compelling focal point. Tongue-and-groove boards cover the walls and ceiling, pairing with shutter-inspired cabinets, to give the space an appealing cottage sensation.

Made for Everyday Preparations

Classic off-white cabinetry and Carrara marble countertops combine in this traditional kitchen. White subway tile extends from the backsplash to above the cabinets — covering the range hood, too — for a cohesive look. Industrial pendant lights, glass-front cabinets and elegant hardware finish the space with a vintage quality.

Refined Flourishes

Islands aren't just for kitchens anymore. This quarter-sawn island adds storage and style to the large bathroom, but the true focal point is the antique-style tub nestled into the seven-window alcove. A natural stone floor is accentuated by a mosaic tile border, and sophisticated moldings highlight all the architectural elements of the space.

Over-the-Top Tradition

A color palette of gold and pink sets the scene for this kitchen that combines opulent, feminine design with elements like toile wallpaper, detailed moldings and an ornate crystal chandelier.

Serene Sanctuary

The latest in technology allows homeowners to create their own personal spa. The mosaic-tiled shower features all the modern amenities, including body jets and a sound system, and also doubles as a steam shower. The soaking tub has a subtle waterfall wall and includes a chromatherapy option. To top it all off, the space doesn't skimp on stunning architectural elements, like the coved ceiling and oversized window.

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