Inspired ideas abound in these photos of real-life bathrooms that we love.
Bright Nicaraguan-tile floors have become a staple for designer Barbara Bestor, whether she's working on a private residence or on a coffeehouse. "The tiles have the same traditional craftsmanship as Moroccan ones but are more affordable and have customizable patterns," says Bestor.
In the kids' bathroom, Alexis Stewart used terrazzo for the tub and chose cornflower-blue tile for the walls with longevity in mind. "It's a cute color for kids, but they can grow up with it," she says. "You don't want to have to retile later because your kids' bathroom is bubblegum pink with little flowers all over."
Kevin Sharkey, executive editorial director, decorating, at Martha Stewart, gave his bathroom a complete renovation. He used tile on the walls to bring in texture and warmth, and also to create a visual transition between the dark stone floor and the white Corian shower and sink. He added an undersink shelf for storage and mirrors for light, to make the space more practical and personal.
Mahogany doors originally from the kitchen were repurposed to create a grand entrance to the en suite master bathroom, which has an egg-shaped Agape tub and Ann Sacks tiles.
Hammam towels, 78 inches by 38 inches, in White with Black Irregular Stripe, brookfarmgeneralstore.com.
In this bathroom, an ornate French chandelier that homeowner Suzanna won on eBay (for a mere $200) both matches and mocks the space's serious design. "I went with a black-and-white color scheme because it's true to the period of the house," she says, "but it's all done with a wink." Hot-pink accents further jazz up the bathroom's look, but they could easily be changed out for yellow or green, she notes. "When I'm decorating, I do whatever makes me smile."
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