Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bathroom Makeovers Starring Tile

Bathroom Makeovers Starring Tile
Whether it's for a simple backsplash or an entire wall, tile can transform a plain bath into a standout sanctuary. See how these beautiful baths incorporate tile to create a soothing retreat.
Relaxing Retreat bathroom  
Relaxing Retreat
    Clean lines bring a soothing luxury-hotel vibe to a formerly tired and cramped bath. The rich, warm tones of the double-sided vanity and the ceramic tile on the floor create striking contrast with the white freestanding tub and frosty blue glass tile. The sculptural freestanding tub echoes the clean lines of its surroundings and was strategically located under a window that overlooks a wooded area.
Easily Accommodating Bathroom 
Easily Accommodating
    Back-to-back vanities made of eucalyptus wood give the homeowners their own separate spaces. To maintain an airy ambience amid the dark wood, the vanity bases were kept open, with a lower storage shelf and exposed plumbing. Frosty blue glass wall tile helps balance the dark tones of the vanity and a ceramic tile floor that's designed to resemble hardwood. The homeowners chose to wrap the entire room in the same tile treatment to create a seamless look.
Storage-Packed Bathroom  
Storage-Packed
    A custom built-in has the look of a cabinet without taking up any floor space, and it offers ample storage for towels, toiletries, and other necessities. This cabinet is recessed into the wall, providing the bathroom with a low-maintenance, stylish storage boost.
Versatile Vanity in Bathroom  
Versatile Vanity
    White-painted maple carts (one on each side of the vanity wall) balance the dark tones of the stately vanity. The carts' glass tops and high-gloss lacquer finish make them easy to maintain. The carts corral cosmetics and toiletries, and their portability makes it easy to slide them over to the bathtub if the homeowners need easy access to contents while soaking.
Sanctuary & Serenity Bathroom  
Sanctuary & Serenity
    The shower's clear glass surround further reflects the bathroom's seamless simplicity. Working in conjunction with the generous-size windows nearby, the steam shower's glass enclosure connects the bath with the outdoors. The glass allows natural light from the windows to shine through while providing a smooth transition to the tub.
Storage Niche in Bathroom 
Storage Niche
    A handy niche in the shower offers convenient storage and a seamless, upscale look. This space carves out a place to keep soap and shampoo within easy reach.
Spa-Inspired Shower  
Spa-Inspired Shower
    Fixtures are an easy way to enhance appeal in a bathroom. With a range of spray options, this showerhead provides an invigorating, spa-like experience. The continuation of the tiled backdrop creates a smooth transition between the shower and the rest of the room.
Reflective Beauty Bathroom 
Reflective Beauty
    In this gorgeous bath, strategically selected surfaces create a light and bright atmosphere. An oversize mirror on one wall of the bathroom helps create the illusion of a larger space while. Glass tile, applied to the bathroom wall and the tub surround, also reflect light and mimic the greenery and trees in the garden just outside the bathroom.
Looking Glass Window in Bathroom 
Looking Glass
    Though most people would expect to see a medicine cabinet rather than a window above a bathroom sink, the homeowners opted to keep the window to preserve the light and the view. When they need a mirror, they simply open the door to the medicine cabinet to the right of the sink. An expansive countertop offers maximum storage and primping space.
Contemporary Tile in Bathroom  
Contemporary Tile
    Green glass tiles capture the essence of the contemporary bath's natural aesthetic. The variegated tile pattern contributes a custom look, while the soft sage green acts as a tranquil buffer to the crisp grout lines and tile shape.
Shaping Up Bathroom  
Shaping Up
    Geometric shapes -- a square tub, rectangular tile and shelf niche, a round showerhead and controls -- are characteristic of contemporary design. A glass door helps this tub-shower combo feel open and inviting, while the tiled surround protects the walls.
Visual Variety Bathroom Sink  
Visual Variety
    Simple lines and a subtle color scheme visually enlarge the bathroom. Here, a sleek wall-mount faucet mingles with the modern simplicity of green rectangular tile. Located under an expansive window, the geometric basin adds a luxurious touch while retaining a spacious, uncluttered look.
Fresh Start Bathroom 
Fresh Start
    A freestanding tub, modern fixtures, gorgeous tile, and a toilet room transformed this dormer-size bathroom into a spa-like retreat. Floor-to-ceiling tile cloaks the walls for a striking focal point. The different hues of blue tile work together to complement the natural feel of the bath. Clean, modern lines add warmth and a little glamour.
Modern Flair Bathroom  
Modern Flair
    Rather than a traditional medicine chest, the homeowners opted for a mirror framed in the same dark-stained oak used for the vanity and storage shelf. The mirror adds an upright sense of style that projects a clean, organized look. Repeated elements, such as the slab style of the mirror, sink, and vanity, make the bath feel stylish and cohesive.
Luxe Lighting in Bathroom  
Luxe Lighting
    Distinctive light fixtures make a style statement in the bathroom. Modern wall-mount sconces dress up walls and add essential lighting to the vanity area. The brown stain on the oak vanity and storage shelf complements both the tile and the flooring.
Elegant Vanity in Bathroom  
Elegant Vanity
    Many materials play off each another for a sleek and sophisticated vanity. The modern vessel sink echoes the style of the tub and contrasts with the dark vanity. A wall-mount faucet frees counter space and adds a finishing touch to the vanity area. Behind the sink, a resin panel allows light to brighten the room, giving the vanity a spa-like feel.
A Modern Take bathtub  
Center of Attention
    As the room's focal point, the soaking tub looks like a piece of modern art at the center of the room. A new energy-efficient window lets in lots of light. Red oak flooring stained a rich, dark brown enhances the sense of warmth and connects the new room to the 1920s style of the home and its neighborhood.
Open & Inviting Shower  
Open & Inviting
    It's hard to say which offers a more luxurious spa feeling, the tub or the shower. Blue mosaic tiles flecked with earth tones cover bathroom walls for a stunning, over-the-top look that's visible through the shower enclosure. Glass shower doors achieve the natural, open feel the homeowners desired.
Extra Detailing Faucet in Bathroom  
Extra Detailing
    In this bathroom, the simple lines of the tub filler repeat those in the rest of the room. Here, blue tiles introduce color and pattern behind the tub, adding contrast and interest to the space while concealing bathroom plumbing.
Tucked Away Toilet  
Tucked Away
    A pocket door that matches the flooring separates the toilet from the rest of the bathroom. Pale blue walls replicate the shade in the master bedroom and match the tile used in the rest of the bathroom, creating a cohesive master suite.

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