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Master Bathroom Ideas: Saving Space

If you're in the process of remodeling your bathroom, take a lesson from this master bath. Its smart floor plan maximizes function and helps a couple share space without sacrificing luxury.

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Make Elbow Room

A double vanity eliminates crowding and provides each user with individual space. Furniture-style feet free up floor space to create the illusion of more area (the more floor you see, the larger a room feels).

Embrace Contrast

Cool, crisp tones and stone flooring serve as striking backdrops for dark-stained vanities, while mirror frames stained black to match pop against pale walls and white tile.

Shine the Light

Proper lighting in a makeup area is key. If wall space is at a premium, get creative; mount sconces on the mirror to gain maximum light and reflective surface.

Look into the Walls

To keep bathroom clutter under control, shower cubbies and built-in cabinets utilize space between wall studs without eating up floor space. Glass-front doors protect display shelves from moisture, while handy storage cubbies can keep shampoo bottles off the floor.

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Share Space

While a windowed bay is often the logical spot for a bathtub, space constraints can make the placement impossible. The solution? Create a wet room shared by the shower and tub. Separate the wet room from the rest of the bathroom with clear glass panels to keep the entire space light and dry.

Create Traction Underfoot

Using a different flooring material within each small space defines each area, and different tile sizes better serve the room's different functions. For example, smaller tiles unify wet-room floor. Remember, smaller tiles yield more grout lines to improve traction -- a must in potentially slippery spaces.

Get Wrapped Up in Tile

Using white subway tile on most of the wall looks classic and clean. Add a border of accent glass tile for a splash of color. Such a treatment may be commonplace in a shower or bath area, but extending it around the perimeter of the whole room will unify the space.

Seize the Light

This master bath features a stretch of bay windows, serving as a natural wake-up call for bathers during the morning hours. If you're room isn't endowed with such a large bank of windows, consider adding oversize mirrors over the vanity to catch and reflect light that will keep the space bright and airy with less artificial light.

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