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White wainscoting and molding form the basis for the structure of this cottage bath, but the placement of windows really enlivens the room. The combination of a skylight with a pair of windows above the vanity more than doubles the amount of natural light that enters the room through what otherwise would have been blank wall or ceiling space.
Timeless white woodwork and cool marble floors complement the vintage style of the handsome soaking bathtub in this large bathroom. Notice how the paneling and picture rail bring down the height of the room and complement the scale of the bathtub, giving the room a finished look even though it's lightly furnished.
When a bathroom doesn't have its own window, one solution is to borrow light from another space. In this bath, light comes through a French door with frosted glass from the adjoining bedroom. The glass allows light in while maintaining privacy. A tub-mount, hand-held shower and a wall-mount mirror facilitate shaving in the freestanding bathtub.
If you remodel your attic, consider adding dormer windows. They add natural light and increase headroom and useable space inside, while adding visual interest to the exterior of your home. A dormer with a fan window was added to this house to make room for a walk-in shower. Before adding a bathroom to an attic, ask your contractor to make sure the floor joists can handle the weight.
Matching pedestal sinks, clear-glass shelves, and mirrored medicine cabinets separated by a simple storage unit offer a symmetry that's pleasing to the eye without taking up much space in this modest-size bathroom. The placement of the sconces on each side of the mirrors means they can do double duty, providing both task lighting and ambient lighting.
Before you add on to your house, look up... to your attic. This colorful space is a great example of what is possible. It is also a good lesson in planning; in this case, the bathtub, where standing height wasn't important, was tucked under the eaves. Note how the wainscoting and a shallow ledge create architectural style and tie the room together.
A wide ledge is a good way to create a comfortable and safe means to get into a deep bathtub. It also creates an attractive and highly functional architectural detail in even the smallest bathroom. Here the apron in front of the tub matches the wood panels surrounding it to create an integrated look.
Over the years, this master bath had lost its vintage charm. Reclaiming it was the goal of a recent remodel. Now the cottage look is back, accomplished with an outdoor-oriented scheme where colors of sea and shore, along with beachy accessories, set the stage for a centerpiece soaking tub.
Following water damage, the owners of this powder room decided to replace plaid wallpaper and an old brown toilet with new fixtures and a two-part wall treatment. Now, beaded board and bright yellow paint give the room vintage character. A narrow chair railing caps the wainscoting and forms a small ledge for display.
This small bath illustrates the value of a detail-rich design. With its diamond lattice window shutters, 1-inch-square black-and-white floor tiles, and beaded-board bathroom vanities and bathtub surround, this bath manages to be big on affordable architectural style even if it is small on square footage.
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