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August 12, 2014
Don't just tile the bathroom floor: tile the walls and ceiling, too. No windows? No problem! Mirrored walls? Why not! Here we take a look at ten bold design moves for a modern bathroom that stands out from the rest.
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  A London bachelor moved to Brisbane, Australia, and fitted his pad with this transparent chamber bathroom that he says is directly inspired from Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.  Photo by Richard Powers.

    A London bachelor moved to Brisbane, Australia, and fitted his pad with this transparent chamber bathroom that he says is directly inspired from Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

    Photo by Richard Powers.
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  Right angles may be the status quo but it doesn't mean they're a must. Architect William Massie's unusually sculptural prefab project has a wild bathroom with curved walls to boot.   Photo by Henrik Knudsen.

    Right angles may be the status quo but it doesn't mean they're a must. Architect William Massie's unusually sculptural prefab project has a wild bathroom with curved walls to boot. 

    Photo by Henrik Knudsen.
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  Take note: A little tile may go a long way, but a lot of tile makes a lasting impact. The blue-tiled master bathroom in this San Diego family home stands in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the house. The tile is recycled glass from China.   Photo by Noah Webb.

    Take note: A little tile may go a long way, but a lot of tile makes a lasting impact. The blue-tiled master bathroom in this San Diego family home stands in contrast to the muted tones of the rest of the house. The tile is recycled glass from China. 

    Photo by Noah Webb.
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  A Ghanian-born architect rediscovered his roots when moving back with his family to Accra. The house he designed includes a six-by-six-foot shower with a cage of bamboo poles around a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system.   Photo by Dook.

    A Ghanian-born architect rediscovered his roots when moving back with his family to Accra. The house he designed includes a six-by-six-foot shower with a cage of bamboo poles around a hardwood-slatted deck, which allows water to seep into a concrete pan that empties into the main drainage system. 

    Photo by Dook.
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  A wall of mirrors may be a bold choice in a bathroom, but it expands space, especially when it's hiding opious storage. An entire wall in this London bathroom opens to reveal a cabinet that is exactly the depth of a fat roll of toilet paper.  Photo by Matthew Williams.

    A wall of mirrors may be a bold choice in a bathroom, but it expands space, especially when it's hiding opious storage. An entire wall in this London bathroom opens to reveal a cabinet that is exactly the depth of a fat roll of toilet paper.

    Photo by Matthew Williams.
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  Color meets texture for this wacky bathroom in Arizona: shocking magenta ceilings, floors, and walls are paired with a vanity fabricated from sanded and sealed oriented strand board (OSB), a waste material typically used in framing.  Photo by Gregg Segal.

    Color meets texture for this wacky bathroom in Arizona: shocking magenta ceilings, floors, and walls are paired with a vanity fabricated from sanded and sealed oriented strand board (OSB), a waste material typically used in framing.

    Photo by Gregg Segal.
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  Play up the use of metal for an edgy modern bathroom, like designer Barbara Hill did for her apartment in Houston. Winged light bulbs, part of an Ingo Maurer fixture, bring levity when paired with a zinc wall by Houston metalworker George Sacaris.  Photo by Dean Kaufman. Courtesy of Krause, Johansen.

    Play up the use of metal for an edgy modern bathroom, like designer Barbara Hill did for her apartment in Houston. Winged light bulbs, part of an Ingo Maurer fixture, bring levity when paired with a zinc wall by Houston metalworker George Sacaris.

    Photo by Dean Kaufman. Courtesy of Krause, Johansen.
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  Go dark, even black, in a bathroom to contrast an all-white apartment like this one in Paris. To create a sense of visual connection from the loo to the rest of the 635-square-foot apartment, the architects set a colored window between the two rooms. They spent days making sure that the green transparency would meld nicely with the shade of green on the kitchen shelves.  Photo by Céline Clanet.

    Go dark, even black, in a bathroom to contrast an all-white apartment like this one in Paris. To create a sense of visual connection from the loo to the rest of the 635-square-foot apartment, the architects set a colored window between the two rooms. They spent days making sure that the green transparency would meld nicely with the shade of green on the kitchen shelves.

    Photo by Céline Clanet.
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  For this bathroom in a modern Belgian abode that's oriented toward views of a 300-year-old tree, the architects continued the courtyard theme with a window behind a built-in vanity, instead of a mirror.  Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.

    For this bathroom in a modern Belgian abode that's oriented toward views of a 300-year-old tree, the architects continued the courtyard theme with a window behind a built-in vanity, instead of a mirror.

    Photo by Hertha Hurnaus.
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Clayden claims that Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey was the inspiration for his bathroom.

A London bachelor moved to Brisbane, Australia, and fitted his pad with this transparent chamber bathroom that he says is directly inspired from Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Photo by Richard Powers.

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