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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.