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Rooms under eaves can feel cramped, but designer Tom Scheerer masked the low slope by covering it with an aviary-patterned toile that opens up the whole space.
Designer Kelley McDowell went out of the box for a Spanish-style country home in California — she chose a shower door reminiscent of a metal casement window and laid down Ojai river rock for the floor.
Antiques and patina dominate designer Penelope Bianchi's Santa Barbara home, including a stunning 1860s zinc-lined tub surrounded by a trio of windows.
In the girls' bathroom of a New York apartment, mirrors hang in front of waves of mosaic tiles, designed by James Howard.
The botanical wallpaper of this black-and-white bathroom doesn't stop with the walls — it just keeps on "growing" overhead.
Five-star hotel suites inspired the guest bathroom in designer Betty Lou Phillips's French-style Dallas house. The Monsieur and Madame "mats" are actually tiled mosaics.
The crystal ship chandelier "was a whimsical last-minute selection," says designer Ken Fulk of a Victorian home's master bath.
"We love stripes, but we'd never seen them before in a wall tile. It's perky and different," co-designer Heidi Bonesteel says of a California pool bath. To avoid breaking up the continuity, the shower wall is only frosted in the middle.
A Chicago bathroom by Summer Thornton doesn't leave anything out. Traditional and modern, florals and stripes — everything looks gorgeous together.
The unusual combo of graphic Escher tiles and whimsical zebra wallpaper elevates a kids' bath in a Manhattan apartment.
Designer Deirdre Doherty completely made over the bathroom in this old Spanish Revival house. The black bathtub takes center stage, but the glass-and-steel shower stall is equally eye-catching.
Golden stripes break up the space and add a touch of whimsy to a California home's guest bathroom.
In this New York City bathroom designed by Alla Akimova, the walls and surfaces are made of glass — but the drama is really on the zig-zag floor.
An antique mirror seems to float in the corner of a powder room, flanked by custom peacock-feather wallpaper.
In a Cape Cod bathroom designed by Kyle Timothy Blood, the mesmerizing patterns of floor-to-ceiling Moroccan tile evoke the atmosphere of a traditional hammam.
Sheathed in dark-stained pine with simple cabinetry, the master bathroom has the look of a rustic retreat in an Alabama home designed by Susan Ferrier.
Only a glass wall separates the indoor shower from the outdoor shower for an uninterrupted visual flow of space in a Los Angeles bathroom.
"I love cherry blossoms," says designer Caroline Beaupère. "And this master bath in a New Jersey house was inspired by hanami, the Japanese tradition of going to see the blossoms as part of a celebration of spring."
The arched window and the view from this California bathroom were so magnificent designer Ohara Davies-Gaetano didn't want to put a big white porcelain tub in front of it. Instead, she designed a sunken bath made from slabs of marble. "Imagine lying in the bath with the flames flickering and the sun setting over the Pacific," she says. "What could be more rela?"
Chinoiserie meets orangery in a trellis-accented powder room, with millwork by Philippe Le Manach of Accents of France.
"The first thing we shopped for was that tub," says Chicago-based designer Julia Buckingham of this attic retreat. "It's the crown jewel." A "rug" made out of tile balances the focal point, "and you'll never need to dry-clean it."
A powder room in this worldly Los Angeles home features white Moroccan tiles on one wall that offset the black floor pattern.
The medicine cabinets in this Michigan lake house bathroom are hidden behind the mirrors, a trick that works because they're so overscale. "Be sure the frame projects just enough off the wall so you can open it with one hand," architect Bill Ingram says.
Designer Peter Dunham added an unexpected twist to this bathroom in a Los Angeles home: a fireplace. "I flipped the positions of the bedroom and bath, which is why the bath now has the fireplace," he says. "It's extremely sexy and luxe, isn't it?"
Editor Zim Loy painted a vintage dresser black, added ring pulls for a campaign-chest look, and turned it into a vanity for her Italianate house in Kansas City, Missouri. She also fitted the piece with shallow drop-in sinks, so even the top drawers are usable.
To create a spa-like feel in a North Carolina bathroom, designer Barrie Benson added a pebble floor. "Feet have the most pressure points in the body, and standing on smooth cobbled stones is very rela, even therapeutic," she says. "I had a good laugh with my client when she told me that stepping on those pebbles 'rocks her chakras.'"
An Amanda Weil photo on glass creates a window where there is none in a Park Avenue master bathroom designed by homeowner Royce Pinkwater. The rest of the bathroom is done in pure white marble. "I like harmony and consistency in a home," she says.
"I don't believe in very many rules, but I do love the idea that a powder room should always have loads of personality," designer Mona Ross Berman says of a bathroom in a New Jersey beach house. "And we took turquoise as far as it could go in this one."
In a California house, designer Mary Watkins Wood laid down a rug instead of a bath mat. Carpets are made to withstand a lot more wear than the occasional wet foot!