Some of the best designs have a dramatic twist, a hidden surprise that makes them worthy of note. Others are simply remarkably for their elegant simplicity, even if they are clean, perfect and idealized beyond the realm of real-life possibility – like the great (but expensive) ideas in these designer bathroom pictures.

With modular moving panels that let you shape space, these layouts from Karol of course require that you have enough space to actually divide your bathroom design into different areas. Also, some of these high-end luxury finishes may not make it into your next remodeling budget.

Still, while you may not have as much room as the bathrooms in these images do, some of these strategies still apply. Diffuse natural (or even artificial) lighting around a shower or bath tub, for example, can make for a more intimate bathroom space. A basin also often looks more contemporary and clean than a built-in sunken sink.

Simple black and white works well in the background with wood and mirror accents, and simple partitions even in smaller bathroom spaces can assist in compartmentalizing various functions and zones. Done right, these kinds of tricks avoid the need for excessive decorating as well – the painting and materials make up the decor.

Extra shelving, wall-hung mirrors, cabinets and vanities can help a space feel more open, light and free of clutter – even if you look for a cheap or DIY alternative to these more elegant prefabricated solutions and bathroom collections.

“1980: – birth of an aesthetic. There is a strong link between Karol’s birth year and the will of renewing and combine use and shape in the design object; the will of linking use and aesthetical practice in a fructuous symbiosis. The purpose is celebrating a mixture between a useful place and a beautiful place, transforming the everyday geography into semantics of visual conquest.”

“Spacing design and valuing the space: this is the bilateral focus that presses any project; submitting the matter to the double idea of function and feeling. In this challenge with the goal of being functional and being beautiful at the same time, Karol develops its own operative plan; and so both executive needs of turning basically common materials into unique items through alternative solutions of manufacturing and of developing a dimension of manual care as well.”