Inspired ideas abound in these photos of real-life bathrooms that we love. From sleek to ornate, there are myriad styles to choose from.
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Kevin Sharkey, executive editorial director for 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 additional storage.
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Mahogany doors originally from the kitchen were repurposed to create a grand entrance to the en suite master bathroom, which has an egg-shaped tub and cool grey tiles.
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Function, then Form
This summer cottage's downstairs bathroom features a double-wide shower with the same stone floors used throughout the property's barn. Its open layout is perfect for rinsing off after a swim.
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Rustic Barn Home
A simple cast-iron tub -- complete with views of the property -- takes center stage in this master bathroom.
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Mosaic tiles line this minimalist bathroom inside a midcentury modern home in Los Angeles. The narrow space is made to appear wider with the addition of a glass wall that looks into an outdoor space.
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Mad About Marble
This master bath features a black-and-white color scheme. The center of the room is dominated by an ornate marble-topped table whose mate is in the living room.
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In a bathroom of Martha's Maine summer home, Skylands, luxurious terry-cloth towels are the perfect complement to soft-pink tiles on the wall and floor.
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Room with a View
A window over the sink stands in for the typical mirror and offers views of a citrus grove and distant mountains in this Santa Barbara, California, home.
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In this bathroom, an ornate French chandelier both matches and mocks the space's serious design; its black-and-white color scheme is true to the period of the house. Hot-pink accents further jazz up the bathroom's look.
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For the guest house of her Maine summer home, Martha unearthed this pink Venetian mirror at a consignment store. The pink glazed tiles were made in the 1920s.
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A Sunny Yellow Room
A crystal chandelier strikes a whimsical note above a free-standing tub, which was chosen for its modern-looking flat rim. The owner likes the worn silk rug because "you can stand on it with wet feet and it feels great." An antique painted tray table holds towels.
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A Dramatic Flair
Long curtains surrounding the tub add a bit of drama to this bathroom. The modern pattern stands out against the white walls and the tub itself becomes an object of interest.
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A Clean, Polished Look
This bathroom is luxurious yet basic, with clean lines and an abundance of natural light provided by a skylight. The owner decided on a glass shower without a door to make the room feel as spacious as possible.