Bathrooms should, above all else, function well for our daily hygiene. But that doesn’t mean you have to skimp on style. And the following the most popular bathroom photos so far this year is proof of that.
Generous shower stalls, boldly tiled feature walls, cool blues, and vanity drawers give these spaces plenty of styles as well as function.
1. A Watery Wall in Chicago
Interior designer Erica Lugbill used the long dimensions of this bathroom to her advantage, installing a soothing blue-tiled wall to help create perspective. “This makes space appear larger by creating a continuous sightline between the shower and the rest of the bathroom,” she says.
Detail to note: A luggage rack provides space for extra towels.
2. Drawers, Not Doors in California
For this Santa Clara, California, bathroom, interior designer Melinda Mandell gave the vanity an elegant dresser look by using drawers, pretty pulls, and tapered legs.
Detail to note: The marble mosaic floor provides the room with just the right amount of lively pattern.
3. Wow-Worthy Mosaic Tile in Illinois
Ombre glass mosaic tile creates a show-stealing feature wall in the shower of this bathroom in Glenview, Illinois, which was designed and built by Reynolds Architecture. Other features of the beautiful shower include a floating bench, linear drain, and recessed LED lights that change color.
Detail to note: The millwork over the vanity gives the mirrored wall a more polished and finished look.
4. Zen Vibes in Connecticut
A large shower stall, a Zen-like feel, and bench seating inside and outside the shower were on the wish list of the owners of this coastal Connecticut master bathroom. Design-build pro Gerard Ciccarello of Covenant Kitchens & Baths used idea to refine the look of the room, which includes wavy 3D wall tile, pebble tile on the shower floor and walnut shelving.
Detail to note: All of the tile choices nod to the beach.
5. Tile Style on a Budget in California
Interior designer Molly Erin Carter of Molly Erin Designs got creative when balancing the budget in this 55-square-foot master bathroom in Sacramento, California. She chose three different inexpensive white tiles and played with different patterns to create an original look.
Detail to note: Carter painted the ceiling black to amp up the dramatic contrast.
6. Marvelous Marble in Arkansas
Interior designer Katie Henry of Katie Grace Designs in Little Rock, Arkansas, knocked down a wall to replace a dark, closed-in shower with this luxurious large stall. The elongated hexagonal marble tiles create a stunning focal point, and a pair of showerheads provide space for two to shower at once.
Detail to note: All of the tiles in the shower are gray and white, but the variation in shape and size provides textured visual interest. In addition to the accent wall, mini mosaic tiles cover the floor and large-format rectangular tiles wrap the walls, bench, and exterior border.
7. Nautical Navy on the Massachusetts Coast
The owners of this Cohasset, Massachusetts, bathroom wanted crisp nautical style. To deliver that, interior designer Janet Shea chose a wood vanity for warmth and texture. A clear glass shower enclosure, casement window and lots of white keep the 40-square-foot space bright and airy.
Detail to note: Shea limited the navy tile to only the top third of the shower surround to keep the compact room from looking too dark.
8. Midcentury-Friendly in Southern California
Stephanie Fryer of The Bespoke Interior incorporated a blonde oak vanity and lots of clean lines to suit her client’s preference for a midcentury modern-inspired style in this bathroom in Newport Beach, California. Large-format porcelain wall tile (with a twill texture) wraps the room, making the 50-square-foot space feel more expansive. A floating vanity also helps the room feel spacious.
Detail to note: Even the shower head coordinates with the clean lines in the room.
9. A Play on Geometry in Chicago
Joe Chiavaroli of Core Remodel made a big impact in this compact Chicago bathroom. With just 48 square feet to work with, he limited the color palette to black and white and played with hexagons, rectangles, and circles to give it a geometric pop. Stacking the wall tile vertically helps accentuate one of the room’s more generous proportions: the 10-foot ceiling.
Detail to note: Notice the nice contrast between the high-gloss vanity and the matte white tiles.
10. A Graphic Punch of Pattern Near San Francisco
Architect David Ludwig and interior designer Candace Killman collaborated on this Sausalito, California, master bathroom, which features a focal point of graphic patterned tile in the large shower stall. Placing the shower bench and niche on the sidewalls and opting for a curbless entry and a trench drain along the back wall help keep the view clean and streamlined.
Detail to note: The pattern on the sconce plays off the pattern of the tiles.