Inspiring Coastal Bathrooms

Our inspirations and must-have product picks, from lighting to tile, that will transform your bath into a soothing space you can't wait to wake up to.

Be a Show-Off

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Idea #1: Be a Show-Off

When you find an element that you really love—like the beautiful iridescent glass tile in this bath—it's okay to forgo a less-is-more mentality. Instead, consider cladding each of your room's walls (and bathtub surround) in your favorite mosaic to lend a cohesive element to the space and give it a spa-like feel.

Design by Murdock Solon Architects

Sapphire Tile

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Get the Look: Sapphire Tile

A deep, royal tile will give your bathroom an added touch of luxe.

Buy it: Sicis Murano Smalto Tile in Sapphire 2, $30 per sheet; mosaictileusa.com.

Universal Showerhead

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Get the Look: Universal Showerhead

We believe a fabulous and functional showerhead is worth a bit of a splurge.

Buy it: Waterworks Universal Showerhead in Nickel, $230; waterworks.com.

Drawer Pull

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Get the Look: Drawer Pull

This polished chrome drawer pull makes certain that function doesn't trump style.

Buy it: Baldwin Couture Pull in Polished Chrome, $25; baldwinhardware.com for retailers.

Toiletry Tray

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Get the Look: Sleek Toiletry Tray

Give guests the star treatment in a stylish tray filled with bathroom necessities.

Buy it: Terrain Square Chiseled Tray, $88; shopterrain.com.

Go Trad and True

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Idea #2: Go Trad and True

The claw-foot tub, which was first introduced to the market-place in the late 1800s, is still being embraced in homes today.If you have your eye on the old-timey mainstay while pondering your own bath remodel, consider pairing it with bright, light walls, a vintage-style washstand with exposed plumbing, delicate sconces, and a picturesque half wall of subway tiles for a look that is at once traditional and timeless.

Design by Clora Kelly

Mosaic Tile

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Get the Look: Mosaic Tile

The quiet color showcases the mosaic tile's intricate pattern.

Buy it: New Ravenna Raj Mosaic Tile, $63 per square foot; newravenna.com for retailers.

Classic Faucet

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Get the Look: Classic Faucet

Stay sleek and classic with a polished nickel bathroom faucet.

Buy it: Perrin & Rowe Jubilee Georgian Era 3-Hole High Neck C-Spout Widespread Faucet in Polished Nickel, $875; rohlhome.com for showrooms.

Wall Sconce

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Get the Look: Wall Sconce

The warm light from this sconce allows the bathroom to feel like a sanctuary.

Buy it: Thomas O'Brien Leyland Sconce in Polished Nickel, $420; circalighting.com.

Master the Element of Surprise

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Idea #3: Master the Element of Surprise

Wood isn't often used in baths due to its natural propensity to warp or shrink when confronted with water, but with the proper sealant and right species (such as cedar, teak, or alder), it can be a great alternative to wallpaper or tile. To make sure your look is fresh and modern, go for a super light stain that allows the natural beauty and grain of the wood to shine through.

Design by Mell Lawrence Architects

Patterned Tile

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Get the Look: Patterned Tile

This tile smartly pairs natural colors with amplified design so it won't overwhelm your space.

Buy it: Artistic Tile Estrella Cream Blend Gloss Finish Mosaic Tile, $50 per square foot; artistictile.com for retailers.

Hanging Lamp

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Get the Look: Hanging Lamp

A lantern-inspired hanging lamp feels rustic yet refined.

Buy it: Kevin Reilly Caelum Hanging Lamp, $3,825; hollyhunt.com for showrooms.

Sleek Faucet

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Get the Look: Sleek Faucet

A sleek, minimal faucet allows for more creative freedom elsewhere.

Buy it: Kohler Stillness Widespread Bathroom Sink Faucet with Lever Handles in Polished Chrome, $584; us.kohler.com for retailers.

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