Inspiring Bathroom Remodels From NKBA 2009

Check out these imaginative approaches to redesign in the bathroom.

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Industrial Appeal

The concrete floors of this urban-industrial half-bath are tinted in a soothing eggplant hue. The scarlet red of feature walls generates instant contrast to the coolness of concrete and metal. Fired-steel panels riveted to the remaining walls provide a bold effect balanced by the bare-bulb light fixtures. A framed specialty-glass alternative became the perfect choice for a door, allowing a less confined feeling while maintaining privacy. Design by Lori Carroll. Photo by William Lesch Photography

Desert Solace

Embracing meditative desert solitude and straightforward principles of transitional design, this powder room conveys style and solace. Buff brick pavers in a classic running bond pattern offer a neutral base flooring, while a stepped wood wall brings a creative focal point. Black walnut and light limestone in a custom-crafted vanity bring balance between conventional and contemporary elements. A specialty paint technique creates an artistic look on the walls and ceiling. A trowel-on plaster coating was applied and textured for a dimensional finish. A hint of deeper paint tones and a smattering of texture keep the focus on simplicity but bring to light the complexity of the design. Design by Lori Carroll. Photo by William Lesch Photography

Art in Nature

The homeowner's love of nature and fall colors becomes a dramatic backsplash for this formal powder room. A 5-by-8-foot multiglass mosaic mural is the intricate and colorful focus of the space. The brass-and-green glass tile floor and custom vanity of African rosewood complement the art. In addition, French leaf-shaped hardware and a countertop of golden travertine fabricated with a dramatic Chinese edge detail provide continuity in this nature-enhanced design. Pearlized walls and a ceiling cove of gold leaf offer a shimmering background, while halogen fixtures create reflections of light on the hues and details of the artful backsplash. A satin gold-finished wall-mounted faucet and the graceful lines of an organic-shaped vessel sink are the final touches of astonishing natural beauty. Design by Tess E. Giuliani. Photo by Peter Rymwid Photography

Captain's Quarters

This elegant pool bath is fit for the captain's quarters of an old-time sailing vessel. Highlighted by period-style lighting, the glossy wood paneling and oiled teak vanity exude warmth. The blue-green glass vessel sink and ship's-wheel handles of the wall-mount faucet accent the wood. An authentic porthole found on eBay makes a perfect mirror and focal point. Exposed valves in the small shower convey the humble plumbing you’d expect to find in a sailor's quarters. The nautical theme is carried through to the towel storage behind the door, consisting of three brass hotel towel shelves stacked on top of one another to imitate a ship's ladder. Design by Cheryl Kees Clendenon. Photo by GFR Photography

Soothing Spa

In this condo, the challenge was to efficiently use the space of a master bath while giving the bachelor homeowner the design presence he wanted and giving consideration to environmental impact in choosing products. A small niche to house a linen tower with hamper was carved out of a closet that backs up to the bathroom wall. The custom-designed wood vanity is dark-stained and has a grid-pattern shelf on the bottom and hidden drawers on either side of the sink. Two small floating shelves and a wood backdrop for hanging the mirror add visual interest to the space. An existing green slate-tile floor remained in place. Design by Cheryl Kees Clendenon. Photo by GFR Photography

Family Function in Style

The challenge for this single downstairs bath was to incorporate durability for a family with three teenagers along with the elegance befitting a powder room for guests. The homeowners also wanted the room to reflect the eclectic nature of their Bayou heritage. Glass mosaic tiles wrap a portion of wall, which was furrowed 6 inches to accommodate cast-iron pipes and still allow for the use of a wall-mounted faucet. This also created the opportunity to recess the extra-deep medicine cabinet halfway into the new wall. Cherry cabinets and weathered copper fixtures tie this bath into the traditional styling of the old home. A granite vessel sink, mosaic tiles and contemporary light fixtures bring eclectic balance to the space. Design by Cheryl Kees Clendenon. Photo by GFR Photography

Deco Design

This small bathroom is in a 14-story building constructed in the 1930s. In keeping with those origins era, the new owner sought to restore the bland '60s-style bathroom to a classic. Following the art-deco motif, custom decorative ceramic tiles were designed that feature a chevron and swags in black, with red and hunter-green accents against a bright backdrop of matte-yellow field tiles. Within the black border of the floor perimeter, matte-yellow hex tiles complement the unglazed black porcelain hex tile used for the shower pan. A vintage pedestal sink and toilet and a period faucet and shower valve in polished nickel are additional deco accents. An antique ceiling fixture and sconces lend authenticity to the feel of the bathroom. Design by Linda McKenna. Photo by Yvonne D. Williams Photography

Elegance for Two

This bath creates a luxurious space for husband and wife. They both have their own space with two large white, beaded-inset vanities, double medicine cabinets and framed mirrors. The shower and toilet area were placed on a diagonal to soften the space. A free-standing quarter-sawn island centered in the room matches the quartered-oak double doors. An antique-style free-standing tub with period faucets is nestled into a seven-window alcove for a lovely focal point. Subway-tile wainscoting adds Old World charm. On the floor, natural stone with a mosaic border accentuates the shape of the room. Broad casings and crown and base moldings further highlight the architectural elegance. Design by Peter Ross Salerno. Photo by Peter Rymwid

A Bath for All Ages

The homeowners wanted to create a contemporary, neutral bathroom that would be user-friendly for themselves and their grandchildren alike. A clean, modern appearance was achieved by introducing unconventional angles, reflected in the asymmetrical soaking tub, and a linear tile layout. The contrasting effects of 2-by-2-foot tiles and micro-tiles, as well as engineered stone and granite, help create a spa-like environment, as do such details as glass fixtures and matte cabinetry. Honed black granite and carbon porcelain tiles bring color interest to the neutral taupe and beige space. Design by Jan E. Regis. Photo by Tim McClean

A Lady's Retreat

The homeowner's taste in an environmentally friendly fashion directed this design. A bidet and soaking tub with contemporary fixtures and fittings added to the contemporary flair. A long double-sink Pullman was replaced with a single one to allow space for the bidet, placed adjacent to the toilet. Thick white quartz counters and backsplash add brightness to the room, while warm Plyboo on the sink cabinetry and wall contrasts with cool gray basalt on the floor and around the tub. A subtle decorative element is created by iridescent glass mosaic tiles that vertically divide the mirror behind the sink. The wall-hung toilet and bidet adds to the long, narrow space's open appearance. Design by Cheryl Hamilton-Gray. Photo by Scott McKay Photo

Desert Meets Urban Design

The homeowner wanted to incorporate a cutting-edge bathroom design with panache into her ultramodern home. And polished concrete, glistening glass, burnished tile, and lustrous laminate did the trick, creating a striking ensemble. The focal point of this spacious bath is the curvilinear shower. A roomy tumbled-slate and glass-tile enclosure establishes a metropolitan appeal balanced by rustic details such as an oxidized steel support bar. Design by Lori Carroll. Photo by William Lesch Photography

Oasis in a Home

The hammered-copper tub in this bathroom is oriented opposite the fireplace. Glass doors behind the tub access the master-suite courtyard. An indoor shower is finished in marble and onyx with intaglio accents and shares the space with a glass steam room. Design by Cheryl Hamilton-Gray. Photo by Scott McKay Photo

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