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often young and well traveled, and interested in transitional styling, rather than replicating original bathrooms of the era. Designs are a lot more streamlined, but also soft and respectful of the architecture. Palumbo says other projects reflect a more contemporary approach, with clean-lined, modern fixtures. “However, we are seeing a move away from looks that are too clinical,” says Palumbo. “A bathroom needs to be an inviting retreat and this often translates to warm tones and organic forms, materials and textures. There may even be a tile that mimics wood – maybe bleached wood for a summer house. One bathroom we completed, in a vacation home, is lined with wave tiles. Another bathroom in the same house has a pebble-tile floor.” The designer says good bathroom design is a question of balance. “We recently completed an all-white bathroom with a high ceiling. We created separate functional zones, but keeping it all white helps to avoid a choppy look. We added mosaic tiles to the shower, specified a gray-blue tile for the floor, and added a mahogany vanity to ground the space visually.” Left: Many homeowners today are opting for a fresh, clean look for their bathrooms. Interior designer Jennifer Palumbo specified white walls for this large bathroom, to help bring together the separate bathing zones. The floor features large-format porcelain tiles – another popular choice for modern bathrooms. Above: The shower in the same bathroom is lined with marble mosaic tiles that are subtle, yet add another visual dimension. search | save | share at 87