Small Bath Makeover

Refresh your bedroom for about $500 with these smart, chic updates.

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Soothing Color Schemes

The right color palette has the ability to inspire tranquility. Transform your bathroom into a spa-worthy sanctuary with our favorite calming color schemes.

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Walk-In Shower Ideas

Find ideas to create a gorgeous walk-in shower in your bathroom.

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Easy Bathroom Storage

Boost your bathroom's storage for less with these smart organization tips and tricks.

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DIY Remodeling Tales

Though they're usually hidden behind closed doors, master bathrooms, guest bathrooms, and powder rooms all deserve to be as thoughtfully decorated as your home's living spaces. We found three bloggers with DIY bath remodeling stories to inspire your own makeovers.

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Most Popular Makeovers

You voted. We listened. We've gathered your most-loved kitchen and bath makeovers from Facebook and Pinterest for some serious before-and-after inspiration.

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Stunning Walk-In Showers

Find design inspiration in 15 walk-in showers that beautifully stretch a small bathroom's footprint, increase its functionality, and amplify its good looks.

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Bathroom Privacy Design Tips

What to consider to achieve visual and acoustic privacy in a bathroom.

A bathroom should be a sanctuary of privacy. But what feels private to some people may feel uncomfortable to others. Privacy requirements can vary from one type of bathroom to another. A powder room, for example, will have different requirements than a master bath with views of a secluded backyard.

In any case, you'll probably want coverings for large windows. Avoid heavy fabrics that will soak up moisture. Quick-drying cotton is best, though you may need a liner to avoid transparency. Other options include venetian blinds, miniblinds, and pull-down shades. Don't use wooden blinds or shutters unless your bath has excellent ventilation to get rid of moisture.

Glass block allows in light while obscuring views. It can be used for internal partition walls (such as shower enclosures) or in window openings. Some kinds of glass block distort views and conserve heat more than others, so choose a pattern that makes you feel comfortable.

Narrow, horizontal windows placed high on a wall are another possible solution. Remember, however, that just because you can't see out doesn't mean someone else can't see in. A high window in, say, a first-floor bath may be within view of a neighbor's second floor.

In addition to visual privacy, acoustic privacy is a concern in bathrooms. The whir of a ventilating fan can act as welcome white noise, drowning out other sounds. Insulating the bathroom walls also helps. Look in home centers for insulation and wallboard fasteners that are specifically designed to deaden sound.

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