The top bathrooms of 2013
Designed to feel like an enclosed porch, this vintage-feeling bathroom designed by Bill Ingram in Lake Martin, Alabama, features lantern-style light fixtures, hidden medicine cabinets, and freestanding, antique oak washstands.
Pure, simple planes of marble and glass defer to the view overlooking Central Park, in this New York City bathroom designed by Jack Wettling. "The marble on the walls is the color of the sky on an autumn day, with a pale silvery streak in it like thin wisps of clouds," he says. "There's something incredibly peaceful about it."
No need for reservations. To be transported to the Casbah, just step into this Cape Cod bathroom designed by Kyle Timothy Blood. The mesmerizing patterns of Moroccan tile, from Mosaic House, evoke the atmosphere of a traditional hammam.
For inspiration, designer Jennifer Palumbo looked to the nearby mountains, forests, and streams in this Stowe, Vermont, bathroom. "The snowy mountains are right outside, but inside it's warm, calm, and luxurious," she says.
In a New York City bathroom designed by Alla Akimova, the walls and surfaces are made of glass. But in this luminous room, the drama is really on the floor tile. "The client and her husband collect modern art, and the white feels serene, like a gallery," she says. "Then you have the pop of color on the floor."
Architect Thomas Catalano and designer Chris Benson went beyond the usual his-and-hers towels and double sink in this Wellesley, Massachusetts, bathroom design. By adding a pass-through shower, they combined two rooms into one, but personalized each side for the husband and wife.
Small and mirrored
In this compact bathroom in New York City, mirrors make the walls appear to vanish. "When the doors are closed, it's really a hall of mirrors, reflecting everything into infinity," designer Brian J. McCarthy says. The sheen of polished nickel and mirror is balanced by the creamy softness of the marble and plaster walls.
In this Southborough, Massachusetts, country bathroom by Andrew and Yvonne Pojani, the design is all about the warm, reclaimed barn wood on the walls. "It's natural, rustic. Kind of inside out, as if you had put the exterior on the interior," Yvonne Pojani says. "To keep that mood, we did pebble tile on the shower floor."
Designer Deirdre Doherty gives a fresh look to this bathroom in an old Spanish Revival Los Angeles house. By blending in a bit of industrial chic, the space feels totally new. "I wanted to do something that felt as if it could have been here forever - but with a little edge," she says.
In a Tenafly, New Jersey, bathroom, the Art Deco allure of smoky mirror and marble gets a cool, sleek update. "It says glamour - an Art Deco, Hollywood-inspired glamour that's elegant not glitzy," designer Nancy Epstein says. "With antiqued mirror, you get the illusion of space without all those multiple glaring reflections."