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Ultimate Storage-Packed Baths

Get a clean, clutter-free bath with spa-like appeal. Check out our picks for the top restful retreats with savvy storage ideas you can use.

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    • Timeless Remodel

      In this remodeled bathroom, the style is traditional with a modern twist. A furniture-style cherry-paneled vanity offers each person a devoted space. A row of shared apothecary drawers separates the two sinks. Durable, easy-to-maintain quartz-surfacing tops the vanity, and stone underfoot will stand the test of time.

    • A Contemporary Touch

      Polished-chrome fixtures lend a modern edge and pair perfectly with the gray countertops. The durable nature of quartz-surfacing means maintenance is virtually nonexistent.

    • Room with a View

      The tub is the centerpiece of the light-filled room. A large window lets in gorgeous outdoor views, making a soak in the tub a true escape. Tile in muted tones creates a cozy nook, and a delicate capiz-shell pendant brings a modern look.

    • Simple Spa Retreat

      Rich cherry paneling surrounds the tub and provides sleek storage on each end. The polished-chrome faucet matches those on the vanity and makes the bath feel more like a spa retreat.

    • Wide Open Spaces

      A doorless shower ensures safe entry and continuity throughout the bathroom. Gray marble, glass-and-stone mosaic tile, and a field of cream-color squares come together to create a beautiful shower space. A low bench is good for sitting or storing bathing necessities.

    • Detailed Definition

      In the marble floors, small glass mosaic tiles outline the bathroom, giving the space custom character. The combination of glass tiles and rich marble is a timeless look.

    • Seamless Storage

      A small nook looks like an extension of the full bathroom, featuring the same cherry cabinetry mixed with open shelves. Dirty laundry is stored out of sight thanks to a nifty pullout drawer.

    • Outfit the Vanity

      See how to outfit the vanity and surrounding area to make the most of the storage space.

    • Contemporary Touches

      When their tiny and outdated bathroom flooded, these homeowners jumped at the chance to expand and makeover the master bath. A combination of traditional lines and a contemporary color palette creates a dramatic look. Three drawers in the leggy vanity provide plenty of storage for every day essentials.

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      Eye-Catching Accents

      Eye-catching narrow tile on the wall behind the vanity serves as the focal point for the entire master bath. The modern faucet complements the vanity's classic marble countertop. 

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      Behind Closed Doors

      Recessed into the wall for a clean look, a medicine cabinet keeps creams and cosmetics out of sight, but convenient. The dark accent into the wall of tile breaks up the pattern, providing visual relief.

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      Smart Move

      What could have been a wasted wall between the toilet and shower was maximized with a recessed set of shelves, trimmed in the same rich wood as the rest of the bathroom for a coordinated look.

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      Tile Treatment

      Sheathed in oversize ceramic tile, the shower is grounded with a textured river rock floor. A rain-style showerhead and handheld wand enhance showering. The same linear tile on the vanity backsplash covers the tub surround and niche, adding a third layer of tile style.

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      Shades of Gray

      A small bench takes advantage of the angled corner of the shower, and a tall niche with 3 shelves provides plenty of in-shower storage. The gray, white and black color combo is perfectly executed with three different kinds of tile in the shower. Sleek, modern-style fixtures and rain showerhead add a layer of luxury to the master bathroom.

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      Pretty and Practical

      Beyond the sumptuous, spa-like scheme of this bathing retreat, plentiful and straightforward storage keeps life organized and daily tasks effortless. Two vanities allow each homeowner to organize grooming necessities on an individual counter and within customized drawers.

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      Stress-Free Morning

      Clear acrylic trays keep jewelry and shaving supplies tidy and accessible in a vanity drawer.

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      Shorten Your Steps

      No need to shuffle all the way to the kitchen for your morning pick-me-up. A kitchenette just off the bath outfitted with a sink, coffee station, mini refrigerator, and slim dishwasher easily incorporates breakfast into the routine. A generous 6-foot-long line of cabinets offers pretty and practical storage for extra bath towels and toiletries, as well as spots to stash coffee mugs, canisters of beverage supplies, and favorite late-night snacks.

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      Added Storage

      A built-in linen cabinet with a bench seat fills an easily forgotten corner and offers a spot to towel off after a bath or enjoy a pampering pedicure.

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      Within Reach

      In a low drawer, canvas-lined bins hold pedicure supplies and travel toiletries at the ready.

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      Unique Displays

      Several standout containers complement the elegant monogrammed linens and marble-tile surfaces. Metal and porcelain trays are small and light, allowing supplies to transition from sink to dressing table to tubside.

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      Simple Indulgence

      A vintage silver soup ladle serves bath salts right out of a glass decanter and into the tub. Shapely glass jars -- a mix of family heirlooms and new vessels from discount stores -- show off salts, sponges, and cotton balls.

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      Personalized Storage

      In this master bathroom, customized cabinetry and a linen closet ensure a plethora of storage opportunities. The spacious dual vanity -- treated with an antiqued finish -- offers plentiful storage space. Customized cabinet and drawer inserts keep all grooming and bathing supplies stored out of sight.

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      Make Multitasking Easy

      A cabinet sits atop the vanity, separating the two sink areas and concealing a brewing station. Canisters and wire baskets organize coffee and tea necessities on the top shelves, while a lower shelf houses mugs. The couple can brew and enjoy their favorite morning beverages without leaving the bathroom.

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      Customize Cabinets

      A deep drawer can safely hold a hot hair dryer and other primping tools after use. Here, custom-fit stainless-steel canisters allow beauty tools to cool safely inside the drawer while housing them as well.

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      Storage in the Shower

      A large bench in the shower offers a perch to sit and soak and a place for bathing necessities. A two-tier metal lazy Susan sits atop the shower bench and functions as a caddy for gels and scrubbing supplies.

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      Creative Linen Closet

      For added convenience, a linen closet was built into the corner wall space between the vanity and walk-in shower. Inside, shelves accommodate towels and labeled baskets of workout clothes. A storage cube on wheels slides out to allow easy access to yoga blocks. Hooks and shallow compartments, hanging from pegboard mounted to the back of the closet door, store small items.

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      Capable Cabinets

      To squeeze lots of storage space into a cozy, compact bathroom, efficient cabinetry is a must. Here, recessed flat-panel cabinets put on a clean, attractive front. Just behind the cabinet doors and drawers, clever kitchenlike storage components maximize space for bathroom essentials.

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      Make Use of Vertical Space

      A glass-door cabinet sits atop one end of the countertop and provides four levels of vertical storage for stacked towels.

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      Pullouts that Please

      Below the sink, two cabinet doors open to reveal a roomy pullout shelf. This pullout makes grabbing bath essentials easy. A handy towel bar -- attached to the back of a cabinet door -- offers an out-of-sight storage spot for washcloths.

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      Hide the Hamper

      Beneath the vanity countertop, a pullout hamper provides a spot for stashing dirty clothes. The canvas liner is removable for easy transport on laundry day.

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      Add a Dressing Area

      In the adjoining dressing area, a built-in dresser and a floor-to-ceiling shoe shelf offer plenty of storage without taking up a single inch of floor space.

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      Nifty Niche

      A built-in shower niche keeps shampoos and soaps nearby without taking up any floor space. If a niche is out of the question in your shower stall, consider storing products in a decorative shower caddy that hangs from the showerhead. Another idea: Suction-cup caddies are easy to place wherever you want them.

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      Creative Bathroom Storage Ideas

      Few rooms house as many small, assorted items as the bathroom. Keep them all in check and streamline your morning routine with these ideas for creating functional and stylish stowaways.
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