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Sneak Peek: Best of Bathrooms

by Amy Azzarito


The bathroom can be one of the most difficult rooms to decorate. You have to work around so many bulky fixtures and utilitarian objects. My favorite bathrooms are those that treat the space as an extension of the house, with vintage objects, great artwork and beautiful rugs. Here are 50 great bathrooms that do it right. — Amy Azzarito

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Image above: A dark and dramatic bathroom that didn’t cost an arm and a leg. The floor is linoleum, and the black gloss sink was from a salvage yard. This home is actually a Canadian gastro hotel: Sneak Peek: Jessica & Ash Bettenay.


Image above: This dark color is chalkboard paint mixed with 10% white. It’s the perfect color for art display. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Zoe Johns & Max Catalano.


Image above: Color can make a huge impact in a tiny bathroom. See more of this Austin, Texas, home here: Sneak Peek: Pete & Bailey McCarthy.


See all 50 bathrooms after the jump . . .



Image above: Dark colors can do wonders for a bathroom. See more of this Toronto Victorian house here: Sneak Peek: Emma Reddington of the Marion House Book.


Image above: In the bathroom of his country escape in Victoria, Australia, the homeowner managed to find a matching sink and tub for only $60! See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Luke Mortimer.


Image above: The homeowner found all the items for her nautically themed bathroom in Australia from eBay. See the full house tour here: Sneak Peek: Paula of Tuppenny Farm.


Image above: With chalkboard paint, the pattern can be changed on a whim. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Tara Mangini & Percy Bright.


Image above: A relaxing bathroom in a Catskills vacation home. The tub is a black-bottomed clawfoot tub. The tub fill is a brass spigot originally used for a laundry basin and found on eBay. Subway tile on the walls and Carrara mosaic tile for the floors. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Jason Gnewikow & Jeff Madalena.


Image above: Instead of a shower curtain, try salvaged windows! See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Evan and Oliver Haslegrave.


Image above: A cheerful light blue bathroom in Tel Aviv, Israel. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Merav Sade.


Image above: A great industrial shower in Mexico City. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Enrique Arellano & Libia Moreno.


Image above: Somehow, Gregory Beauchamp’s favorite rug ended up in the bathroom of his Venice Beach home, but it really warms up the space and looks great next to the Pendleton towel. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Gregory Beauchamp.


Image above: Gorgeous wood-planked bathroom in Belfast, Maine. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Annie & Caleb Coggan Crawford.


Image above: Originally this bathroom was covered in ’70s wallpaper, but the homeowner wanted to take it in a more masculine direction. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Emily & Andrew de Stefano.


Image above: Black and white doesn’t mean lack of drama. See the full Dallas home here: Sneak Peek: Paige Morse.


Image above: The fern wallpaper is the highlight of this tiny bathroom. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Carla & Jack Fahden.


Image above: A white bathroom with simple wood furniture for a Scandinavian feel. See this full London home here: Sneak Peek: Jane Cumberbatch.


Image above: The orange tub is part of what gives this bathroom a Moroccan feel. See the full Nîmes home here: Sneak Peek: Myriam Balaÿ-Devidal.


Image above: The huge white ornate mirror adds some glamour to an all-white bathroom. See the full San Francisco home tour: Sneak Peek: Jochen & Tina Frey.


Image above: This white clawfoot tub stands out against the brown wall, making a huge visual statement in this Australian home. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Annabelle Kerslake of Fête Magazine.


Image above: A flocked wallpaper is the feature of this tiny bathroom. See more of this Austin, Texas, home here: Sneak Peek: Pete & Bailey McCarthy.


Image above: Dream shower in Austin, Texas. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Pete & Bailey McCarthy.


Image above: The clean white backdrop makes this bathroom the perfect place to display fun finds like the party banner and the bird cage. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Charity D’Amato.


Image above: The shower and floor are covered in
glazed handmade Moroccan tiles, which give the space a lot of texture. See the full Sydney, Australia, home here: Sneak Peek: Sarah Davison.


Image above: The tiny office bathroom gets added style with a navy door and bathroom sign. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Judith de Graaff.


Image above: A beautiful clawfoot tub in an 1860s Queen Anne historic brownstone in Baltimore’s cultural district.  See the full tour here: Sneak Peek: Wayne and Angie Wu.


Image above: This bathroom in Cape Town, South Africa, has so much light that it can practically function as a greenhouse. See the full house tour here: Sneak Peek: Monya and Jeremy Eastman.


Image above: This amazing sunken tub has water views. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Family Beach House.


Image above: This Portland bathroom is filled with treasured pieces. The wooden box was found at a flea market in Provence, the ceramic cup was made by a friend and the collage was part of a college art project series. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Julie Pointer.


Image above: The green vanity makes this tiny bathroom in Oakland, California, bright and happy. See the full home here: Sneak Peek: Rebekah Carey McNall of A & B Creative.


Image above: The ultimate luxury: an outdoor clawfoot tub. See the full Australian home tour here: Sneak Peek: Rachel Bending of Bird Textiles.


Image above: The vintage bottles in cool sea colors make this bathroom serene and spa-like. See the full house tour here: Sneak Peek: Josh & Diana of Casa de Perrin.


Image above: A vintage Singer machine as a bathroom vanity — perfect for a crafter. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Chrissy Poitras & Kyle Topping.


Image above: This might be a tiny bathroom, but it has plenty of shoe storage. See full house tour here: Sneak Peek: Katia Graeff & Family.


Image above: The homeowner found this bathroom cabinet on the sidewalk in her Brooklyn neighborhood. See the full house tour here: Sneak Peek: Ariel Dearie.


Image above: The deer bookends and wolf mask add a sense of humor to this bathroom in Toronto, California. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Sarah Foelske and James Milward.


Image above: Decal letters with a reminder to smile in a small bathroom in São Paulo, Brazil. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Cendira Carvalho & Rodrigo Ribeiro.


Image above: A feminine bathroom in Kansas City. The mirror was found for $19 in one of Kansas City’s many great antique markets. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Molly & Robert Josiah Bingaman.


Image above: The ultimate modern bathroom in Calgary, Canada. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Jess Loraas.


Image above: If you can’t add color on the walls, you can still be bold with artwork. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Kate Challis & Andrew Hollo.


Image above: This bathroom, with its salvaged clawfoot tub, is a vision in white. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Alexandra Grablewski and Todd Bonne.


Image above: More of the white bathroom, a salvaged sink paired with an antique brass toothbrush holder. See the full home tour here: Alexandra Grablewski and Todd Bonne.


Image above: Utilitarian outdoor hose handles give this New York City bathroom an unfussy, industrial look. See the full house tour here: Sneak Peek: Lauren Moffatt.


Image above: More of Lauren Moffatt’s industrial bathroom. The vanity is actually a Paul McCobb piece that Lauren found for $50.
See the full house tour here: Sneak Peek: Lauren Moffatt.


Image above: A great toothbrush holder solution! See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Bryan Minnich & Katie D’Angelo.


Image above: An explosion of tile in Marrakech. See full home (with lots of tile) here: Sneak Peek:
Caitlin & Samuel of Popham Design.


Image above: This bathroom was a labor of love. The homeowners did all the tiling themselves. They also splurged on radiant heat floors — perfect for cold Toronto winters. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Shaun Moore & Todd Caldwell.


Image above: Jewelry storage adds some bright color to an all-white bathroom. See the full London home here: Sneak Peek: Michelle Mason.


Image above: White oak bathroom cabinets and red chinoiserie wallpaper make a statement in this Atlanta bathroom. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: John & Vivian of Square Feet Studio.


Image above: A graphic shower curtain adds visual interest in a black and white bathroom. See the full Brooklyn home tour here: Sneak Peek: Kimberly & John Canale.


Image above: Arlo approves of the bathtub, too. See the full home tour here: Sneak Peek: Lizzy Janssen.

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