Spain, Morocco, Japan, you name it — the designers featured here looked around the globe to infuse a home's most intimate space with international flair.
With Carrara marble peaking out from beneath the cast-iron clawfoot tub, a basket weave insert from provides additional detail in the center of a Massachusetts master bathroom. Interior designer Hattie Holland chose 's Parma Gray for the trim since it "has a historic feeling with that gray cast and plays off the Carrara marble so well."
Colleen Bashaw drew inspiration from soothing spas to pull together this guest bath. Floor tile from ebbs and flows across the room, while 's Palm Leaves wallpaper adds a tropical touch up top.
"I wanted drama!" says designer SuzAnn Kletzien of this daring en suite bathroom. The impact begins with a dynamic hexagonal-tile "rug" by . In Nero Marquina, Pacific White and Thassos marbles, it's a luxe version of traditional penny-tile.
Adriatic Sea tiles by line the shower in Justina Blakeney's "Jungalow." The pattern — and trio of niches — set off a jewel-like mirror.
This "fisherman's shack" sits directly on top of the water, so bands of tile echo ocean views outside. The floors look shipshape thanks to Carrara hexagonal tiles.
"I've always loved those glass gold-leaf tiles ... they are so Liberace!" says Bailey McCarthy of 's Davlin collection. Calacatta Gold marble and an antique chandelier make the renovated master bathroom a real showstopper.
Glass doors put a shower on full display, so Matthew Quinn played up the view with Origami Kiki marble tiles from . The irregular pattern and hexagonal shapes "are dynamic, but the neutral palette makes sure it isn't too loud visually," he says. He kept the rest of the shower unobtrusive with AKDO Soft Gray marble tiles.
Cement floor tiles pick up the gray and "add just the right amount of pattern," says designer Daleet Spector of an understated bath. "And they're cool and fresh on bare feet. The room is luxurious but in a very modern, understated way."
The circular motif of 's Beau Monde Glass Mosaics tile in this San Francisco master bathroom echos the round stool and Roman shade.
In a Cape Cod bathroom, designer Kyle Timothy Blood created a T-shaped carpet of tile in a Moroccan pattern. "Did you notice how the 'carpet' runs right under the vanity?" the designer says. The tile and woodwork is from Mosaic House.
The shower stall of a California guest bathroom is clad in Carrara marble tiles from and the Soho marble tiles are from .
Marmi Blanco tile by and a floral wall-covering create a focal wall in a feminine bathroom.
"The first thing we shopped for was that tub," says Chicago-based designer Julia Buckingham. "It's the crown jewel." A "rug" made out of tile balances the focal point, "and you'll never need to dry-clean it."
Hand-painted Portuguese tiles bring drama to the powder room of Mark D. Sikes's Hollywood house.
Silver travertine tiles, 's Palladium, line the walls and floor of a Boston townhouse's master bath.
The master bath walls in a Manhattan penthouse are tiled in 's Mughetto, and the floors in 's Savoy.
Graphic Escher tiles by and zebra wallpaper elevate a kids' bath in an apartment decorated by Miles Redd.
A powder room in a worldly Los Angeles home features 's Maghreb 4 tiles on the wall.
"I like to blur boundaries," says designer Karen Vidal. The tile she chose for this 1970s beach house bathroom is similar to that of a cement floor in Spain, but the pattern is based on a block print from India.
In a boy's bathroom, turquoise tiles by Mission Tile West create a 1930s-inspired vibe.
In a Spanish Colonial-inspired powder room, the graphic tiles are original to the Richmond, Virginia, house.
"I love cherry blossoms," says designer Caroline Beaupère. "And this master bath in a house in Jersey City, New Jersey, was inspired by hanami, the Japanese tradition of going to see the blossoms as part of a celebration of spring.
Designer Deirdre Doherty gives a fresh look to this bathroom in an old Spanish Revival. By blending in a bit of industrial chic, the space feels totally new. (The wall tile is Michael S. Smith for and the floor tile is Cluny by .)
In a New York City bathroom designed by Alla Akimova, the drama is really on the floor. in Vetro Bianco on the walls and the vanity reflect light beautifully. (The chevron, composed of Dark Emperador and Thassos marble, was custom cut by .)
A Nantucket beach house's blue master bathroom gets its airy look from high ceilings and walls painted a pale blue. Designer Frank Roop drew the mosaic tile floor on a computer with CAD software, and manufactured it in one piece, like a carpet.
In an art-deco bathroom, mother-of-pearl liner frames the Arpell Bianco tile by .
A geometric design encloses the mirror and sconces in a New York bathroom, with tile by .
Glass tiles from line the walls and floor in the guest bathroom of this California country home by designer Jay Jeffers. The amber stripes break up the space and add a note of whimsy.