Bath Makeover Tour: Master Bath with a Luxury Hotel Spa Feel

A well-traveled homeowner infuses her cramped bathroom with Spanish elegance and relaxing touches.


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A Bathroom Remodel Inspired by a Hotel Spa

    Inspired by the peace she felt at a hotel spa in Barcelona, this homeowner opened up her formerly cramped bathroom and redressed it in a relaxing spa style. Granite countertops and dark mahogany and maple woodwork capture a luxe elegance that fits right into the family's 1929 Colonial Revival home in Des Moines, Iowa.

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BEFORE: Cramped Bathroom Space

    Before this master bath was made over, there was no room for relaxation. A cramped combination of a closet, a dressing table, a bland bath, and a cavelike shower left the room feeling crowded and confined. The homeowner decided to open up the space and remodel it to resemble the marble-and-glass bathroom she'd seen on vacation in Spain.

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Mahogany Woodwork and Ceramic Tile

    To match the Colonial Revival style of the house, the carpenter copied the pattern and finish of the existing panel designs and crown molding throughout the home. Stain-resistant ceramic tile lends the spacious shower the impressive look of stone at a lower cost, and the rustic pattern of the 20-inch-square tiles complements the patinaed maple of the woodwork and cabinetry.

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Bathtub for Soaking

    The gleaming white finish of the jetted pedestal bathtub produces a dramatic contrast when paired with the dark-stained wood and muted travertine-look ceramic-tile floor. A hot-air massage feature makes this the perfect spot to unwind.

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Gleaming Faucets

    Polished-nickel faucets on the tub and vanities add a touch of Art Deco style to the bathroom. The vintage-inspired faucets and dramatic oversize mirror above the bathtub infuse the room with subtle glamour to augment the serene atmosphere.

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Bathroom Vanity Storage

    Vanities with custom maple cabinets above and below are the perfect place to store bathroom essentials. Mimicking the style of hotel bathrooms, the eased edges and extra-tall backsplashes make the counters easy to clean. A drawer beneath each cabinet creates a space to keep towels and toiletries while maximizing the area beneath the sink.

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Spa-Like Details

    Wood-paneled knee walls bookend the tub, creating privacy for the toilet tucked in the corner. To give the room its spa-like feel, the homeowner incorporated soothing white accents such as the bathtub and towels. The khaki walls and light ceiling warm the room without stealing the spotlight from the dark woodwork and white accessories.

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BEFORE: Bathroom Floor Plan

    The formerly overcrowded layout of this bathroom left the homeowners feeling closed in and offered nowhere to relax. The new design sacrificed closet space, but it also rid the homeowners of their bland bathtub and cavelike shower. A total renovation of the 120-square-foot room helped to create a relaxing space inspired by a spa in Barcelona.

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AFTER: Bathroom Renovation

    Once a cramped, uninspiring space, the 13x9-foot remodeled bathroom offers cozy spa style and space to breathe. Twin sinks and dark-stained woodwork create dramatic elegance in the room, while a soaking tub and large glass shower provide the perfect places to relax. The travertine-look tiles, classic white fixtures, and polished-nickel accents are at once glamorous and calming.

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