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7 For a cool modern look, using variations of gray marble is a sure bet. In this design by architect Patrizio Fradiani for a Bucktown house, the natural light that comes through the large window and passes through the translucent shower glass lends warmth to the space.
8 Uninterrupted porcelain tile walls and custom cherry cabinetry that seems to float above the limestone floor make this bathroom in a Skokie house by husband-and-wife architects Ann Clark and Peter Nicholas feel large and airy. A wraparound ledge accommodates accessories.
9 Interior designers April Perrella and Ilene Chase of Selections 21 turned a small powder room into a sort of Moroccan jewel box, combining a honey-colored onyx mosaic stone on the wall behind the sink with Venetian plaster in a mix of burnt orange and red on the rest of the walls. Dimmed illumination from crystal sconces and a pendant create a soft glow; a large mirror reflects the light, making the space shimmer.
Photography: (7) Nathan Kirkman; (8) Linda Oyama Bryan; (9) Michael McCaffrey/Pathway Creative