When it comes to bathroom designing, first thing to consider is, obviously, the architecture of the room. Long bathrooms with a narrow, rectangular shape are a common find in many interiors and often a challenge to the designer. That is because the space literally dictates the positioning of the various fixtures, as there is little or no room to play around with them. What we usually see is an aligned position of the sink(s) and the toilet while the shower or bathtub is fitted in the narrow end wall. I have 5 brilliant long bathroom examples to show you, where, although the placement is more or less the same, the design choices of the materials and fixtures are what actually make the difference.
Above: I'm head over heels for this bathroom designed by Linda Bergroth. Starting with the main design elements, one can't ignore the amazing floor tiles that complement the sleek subway tiles on the walls, the industrial lighting fixtures and the danish console serving as a vanity. But it's definitely more to that; the whole design idea is wonderful. The bathroom is divided into two parallel zones, one on the right, with the toilet and the vanity, and a built-in bathtub and a sauna (!) on the right. A subtle, almost invisible, shower is located on the far end. See more photos of this bathroom here.
Above: Bathroom suites come in all kinds of styles and shapes, so it's really easy to pick one to match your aesthetics. The squared sinks and tub of this bathroom, designed by Feldman Architects, add up to the modern sleek vibe of the room and look really great with the wooden surfaces and the black floor tiles. (photo by Paul Dyer and Joe Fletcher)
Above: Natural materials add warmth and coziness to any given room. Same goes with the design of a bathroom and this one in the ranch of Ellen Degeneres in Santa Monica is the perfect showcase. The impressive limestone stone tub matches the countertop and the wooden cabinet and floor. The vintage chair and stool, as well as the dark art on the wall and the black fixtures, complete a chic modern country look. (photo by William Abramowicz)
Above: Here's another smart idea. An open shower placed right before the bathtub and separated by the aligned toilet and vanity with a clear glass. That way the bathroom stays open and airy but still holds the double quality of both bathing and showering at the same spot. The black floor and the sleek surfaces add depth to the room. Bathroom designed by Techne.
Above: Lastly but not least, we have the incredibly gorgeous bathroom of Ali Cayne in Manhattan. Golden fixtures, subway tiles, wooden floors and an amazing black clawfoot tub, all co-existing harmoniously in an understated glamorous high ceiling room. Call me spoiled, but I'd totally add heat towel rails in this bathroom as well. Is there anything more luxurious than a hot cushy towel waiting for you after shower? (photo by Brittany Ambridge via domino)