See Which Designer Spaces Won Over Our Pros

Our 2016 HGTV Faces of Design Awards features 72 stunning spaces created by the country's leading designers and architects, so selecting winners in each of the 12 categories was no small feat. With so many great designs, the voting was heated. Learn more about the award-winning spaces that wowed our editors.

Editors' Pick: Waterside Retreats

Rustic Patio With Swing

Rustic Patio with Fireplace

Fun details fill the house with personality, like the rope swing and fireplace on this covered porch and the round porthole-style window in the nearby library. Designed by Bill Moore, Chris Reebals and Emory Ratliff

Photo by: Chris Luker Photography

Chris Luker Photography

Offering sweeping views of Alabama's serene Smith Lake, this luxurious home effortlessly blends rustic with refined. From the smooth bluestone pavers to the stacked stone walls, the architects and designers, Bill Moore and Emory Ratliff, incorporated natural materials to tie the home to its picturesque locale. The organic materials continue inside where soaring ceilings, vaulted with rough-hewn wood beams, flood the living room with natural light.

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Editors' Pick: Countryside Escapes

Rustic Open Plan Kitchen

Rustic Open Plan Kitchen With Exposed Beams

The beautiful open plan kitchen keeps a neutral palette, but adds visual interest via unusual shapes and textures. The barstools echo coiled springs; the vaulted ceiling displays an underside of mixed wood exposed beams.

Photo by: Drew Kelly

Drew Kelly

Vaulted ceilings and reclaimed wood beams give this vacation home in Lake Tahoe, Calif., a rustic, lodge-inspired aesthetic. To balance the woodsy look, designer Antonio Martins mixed in plenty of playful details and eclectic furnishings that span styles from industrial to mid-mod.

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Editors' Pick: Crazy for Color

Black Eclectic Living Room With Multicolor Artwork and Furniture

Bursts of Color in Chic, Black Living Room

A large window in white fills the living room with ample light and reflects off the black walls. Colorful art and furnishings help brighten and liven up the room.

Photo by: Mia Baxter Smail

Mia Baxter Smail

Designed by Sarah Wittenbraker, this home certainly doesn't shy away from a little color. From matte black wall paint in the home's main living area to a powder room papered in the saturated shades of Penguin Book covers, color is the design theme that ties the eclectic spaces together. Click through the photos below to see more of this home filled with happy hues.

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Editors' Pick: Bedrooms + Baths

Black and White Spa Bathroom

Black and White Spa Bathroom With Geometric Floor

This beautiful spa bathroom juxtaposes strong black-and-white patterns with splashes of color for a look that's sophisticated but not sterile.

From: Prairie

Photo by: Ryan Garvin

Ryan Garvin

With bold black-and-white floor tile, a slipper tub, a spacious walk-in shower and gold fixtures, what's not to like about this lovely loo? Designer Shannon Wilkins ensure that the adjacent (massive!) bedroom is a stunner, too. Browse the pics below to see what we mean.

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Editors' Pick: Dramatic Transformations

Blue And White Mediterranean Style Bar

Bright Spanish Style Bar

A stone accent wall defines the bar area and adds natural texture. Moroccan-inspired pendant lights hang at eye-level for a cozy, bohemian effect that visually lowers the ceiling height. Blue-and-white Spanish style tile sets the tone for the rest of the house and the cool-hued bar.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

Wow — talk about a turnaround! Husband and wife team Wendy and Greg Blackband lightened, brightened and totally transformed this California home. Replacing its heavy Old World style with a fresh, eclectic look that seamlessly blends traditional, contemporary and global elements.

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Editors' Pick: Kid-tastic Spaces

Ombré Mountains Pop Next to Natural Wood Crib

Natural Wood Crib Makes Ombré Mountains Pop

This natural wood crib makes the mountains pop off the walls and helps to tie the room together. The faux fur bear hanging over the side of the crib lends to the feeling of the Alaskan tundra that inspired this space, while the yellow bird mobile adds a free-spirited feeling to this part of the room.

Photo by: Rebecca Zajac

Rebecca Zajac

Inspired by the serene nature and soft colors of the Alaskan wilderness, designer Rebecca Zajac layered this baby boy's nursery with faux-fur throws and richly stained wood accents. An ombre mural beautifully evokes the idea of mountains gently rolling in the distance.

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Editors' Pick: Great First Impressions

Neutral Asian Entryway

Asian Front Entryway With Elaborate Door Frame, Cobblestone Walkway and Large, Distressed Vases

A cobblestone walkway leads to the decorative and distressed wood door frame opening up into the front yard of this home. A pair of large distressed vases frame the doorway complimenting the antiqued style of the decor.

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Designed by Gin Braverman, the entryway of this Houston area home takes its cues from Spanish-style architecture by incorporating stucco outer walls with doors leading to an inner courtyard. Covered with metal studs, the centuries-old wood doors are topped by a heavily carved entablature supported by corbels. A river rock pathway leads the way to the home's painted and equally ancient front doors.

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Editors' Pick: Kitchen + Dining

White Midcentury Modern Kitchen With Brown & White Cabinets

Sleek, Midcentury Modern Kitchen

A modern, minimalist and midcentury-style kitchen with natural materials. The homeowner loves white and initially wanted an all-white kitchen. But because she feared that it would be hard to maintain with her two kids, she went with natural walnut cabinets instead, along with a few white cabinets and white countertops. “This way she would not have to feel as though her kitchen had to be in perfect condition,” says designer Kristianne Watts.

Photo by: Chipper Hatter

Chipper Hatter

Designer Kristianne Watts relied on the natural color and textures of wood and stone to create this sleek, open-concept kitchen and dining space. The rich, deep hue of natural walnut warms up the cabinets, while a honed marble backsplash and quartz countertops brighten the space.

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Editors' Pick: Pattern + Texture

Coastal Outdoor Space With Cushioned Furniture

Covered, Outdoor Lounge

There's ample space to lounge around in this covered, outdoor living space. Cushioned furniture makes the space extra comfy and perfect for drinking cocktails.

Photo by: Jason Wolcott

Jason Wolcott

(This is a People's Pick Winner, too!) Designed by Elaina Myers and Susanna Samaniego, this open-air living space features an easy-breezy feel and plenty of texture via rattan furniture, block-printed fabrics and a wood-slat ceiling. Forming the heart of a Balinese boutique hotel, the spacious pavillion provides a place for guests to gather for meals, enjoy a cocktail or just relax. Browse the photos below to see how Elaina and Susanna incorporated global patterns into their tropical design.

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Editors' Pick: Posh Public Spaces

Work Stations in Nail Salon

Glamorous, Feminine Nail Salon Work Stations

The workspace in this salon is symmetrical. In the center of the space, white modern nail booths sit in a line. At each of these, a gold Midcentury Modern chair provides customers with a comfortable place to sit. Above each booth is a modern white light fixture with gold interior, accenting the glamour of the space. On either side of the nail booths, four cream armchairs sit in front of pedicure booths, making the space feel even more relaxing. The gold fixtures in the space give the salon floor touches of glam, while the colors of the seating adds to the feminine vibe of the space.

Photo by: Nick Pironio

Nick Pironio

With a trendy and oh-so-feminine color palette of cream, blush and gold, this nail salon, designed by M.A. Allen, is unabashedly glamorous. But this space doesn't just look good, it's hard-working, too. Multiple mani-pedi stations ensure that several patrons can be served at once, all while comfortably sinking into the salon's plush upholstery. Click on the photos below to see more of M.A.'s award-winning design.

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Editors' Pick: Big City Digs

Transitional Bathroom With Pedestal Sink

Chic Transitional Bathroom With Classic Wainscoting

Traditional wainscoting juxtaposes against the abstract wallpaper for a cool, transitional look. A large round mirror is highlighted in gold and sits above a classic pedestal sink.

Photo by: Michael J. Lee

Michael J. Lee

(This is a People's Pick Winner, too!) Filled with light, this Boston brownstone wowed HGTV fans and editors alike with designer Jennifer Glickman's mix of classic and contemporary details. From the eclectic living room, filled with one-of-a-kind finds, to the playful powder room and the home's sleek kitchen, each space feels sophisticated, but not stiff, and perfectly personalized.

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Editors' Pick: Unique Spaces

Bar with Barstools and Pendant Lights

Contemporary Style Bar with Zinc Top

This stylish bar features a zinc counter and back lit onyx. The nailhead details on the barstools brings a contemporary flair to the space. Overhead pendant lights give the space light and added style.

Photo by: Erika Bierman

Erika Bierman

A home bar to rival most restaurant bars? Yes, please! Designer Kristine Paige Kamenstein made this entertaining space truly unique with a fully-stocked bar that features a stunning backlit white onyx wall and anti-bacterial zinc countertop. Adjacent to the bar are a pool table and plush seating area so guests can relax while sipping a cocktail.

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