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 Faucet Basics

Tips for selecting quality bathroom faucets from four standard types.

Most bathroom faucets receive heavy daily use, so don't choose one that simply looks good -- also consider ease of use, safety, and durability. With faucets, price is a fairly accurate measure of quality. A warranty is a good indication of a higher-quality faucet.

The best sets are made of brass and come in various finishes and designs. Some brass faucets can contain relatively high levels of lead. If lead in your water is a concern, look for lead-free brass faucets and always allow the faucet to run for a minute before drinking the water.

Faucet finishes include chrome, polished brass, colored epoxy coating, pewter, nickel, and gold. Polished brass finishes usually are coated to keep them from tarnishing. Chrome is the standard finish for most faucets because it is durable and cleans up easily.

Make sure the faucet set is the proper size and design to fit your plumbing fixture. Most sinks have holes predrilled in their rims to accommodate standard faucets and plumbing.

Standard Faucet Types
Faucets come in four standard types: center-set, widespread, mini widespread, and single-control.

Center-set, widespread, and mini widespread faucets are similar: They have separate control handles for hot and cold water, plus a spout. The difference among them is that center-set faucets are connected above the sink deck and appear to consist of a single unit; widespread faucets have no visible connection between the controls and the faucet because the valves and mixing chamber connect underneath the sink. With a mini widespread, the spout and handles are designed to mount in center-set holes with the handles 4 inches apart to resemble a widespread.

Single-control faucets also consist of a single unit but have one central control device (usually a prominent lever or knob) instead of two separate control valves. Although single-control faucets can be elegant and convenient, they sometimes are trickier to operate. Choose them with caution for bathrooms intended for use by either the very old or the very young. To prevent the possibility of hot-water burns, choose a faucet with a built-in temperature-limiting valve.

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