1 Bath, 3 Ways: A Trio of Bathroom Makeovers

Staying within the existing footprint doesn't limit style. Here are three looks for updating a basic bathroom.

Chic Retreat

Bring new life into a basic bath with a few simple revamps. In this once standard bath, removing the bath-shower combo makes way for a soaking tub in the airy space. Beaded board surrounds the tub, and floral wallpaper highlights the wall behind the vanity. A new color palette enhances the retreat.

Seated Solution

A vanity bench keeps bath necessities close at hand and provides a place to sit and get ready. Thoughtful details, such as furniture finishes and bath towels that correlate with the color scheme, tie the room together to create the desired aesthetic.

Versatile Vanity

A base cabinet with a rich wood finish and an integrated sink looks elegant and is a seamless storage solution. The shelves inside provide ample space for towels, lotions, and bath accessories.

Splashy Spotlight

A freestanding soaking tub creates a focal point in this posh bath. The handheld shower is a practical choice for the tub area because it adds the function of the shower while keeping with the elegant aesthetic. If you prefer to keep a traditional wall-mount shower, look for a ceiling-mount, oval-shape shower rod to hang a shower curtain from.

All in the Details

Blue walls, white beaded board, and a papered wall all add interest yet keep the color scheme. Consider papering only the wall behind your sink as a cost-saving alternative to papering an entire room. Gorgeous wall sconces also contribute upgraded glam to a basic bathroom. These wall sconces not only contribute style, but they also add more concentrated light to the vanity area.

Easy Upgrade

Give your basic bath a more tailored and custom look with a few updates. In this bath, once nondescript, an innovative cabinet base replaces the original pedestal with the same sink setting on top, and glass doors replace the shower curtain. A few accessories and a new color palette of dusty blue, chocolate brown, and warm vanilla add flair.

Harmonious Hardware

The vanity sets the tone for the rest of the room's simple decor. Chrome-finish light fixtures flank a frameless square mirror for a sleek look. For a cohesion, pick features that have a similar finish and style. The cabinet knobs, soap dish, and towel bar were all chosen because of their unified silver finish.

Mix & Match

Modify existing furniture to blend style with storage. This base cabinet, specially designed to fit an existing pedestal sink top, adds storage while maintaining the slim profile of a pedestal sink.

Sleek Shower

Upgrade from a shower curtain to a sliding bypass door for a built-in look that adds a sense of spaciousness. Bonus: A door-mounttowel bar frees space on the walls for storing other items.

Sage Solution

This builder-basic bath didn't always have such personality. Color on the walls and accents brighten the room, while tile and hardware upgrades add a custom look on a dime. Storage expands with the addition of a few simple accessories, giving the room a fresh and functional look.

Mirror, Mirror

Even small mirrors can visually enhance a space by reflecting light throughout it. Simple oval shapes, found in the mirror and light fixtures, are integrated as an antidote to the square pedestal sink.

Functional Fixtures

Replacing hardware is an easy way to give your bathroom a facelift. Here, a new shower fixture is a high-impact upgrade that complements the decor of the bathroom, and a curved shower curtain rod makes the shower space feel roomier. Adding a tile surround also customizes the look of a shower and protects the walls from moisture. Keep costs down by opting for a simple yet sophisticated material, such as this white tile, and add in the panache with smaller items, such as a bath mat and shower curtain.

Basket Case

Deep baskets provide storage and display space without the expense of built-ins or furniture. Roll up towels and pile them into open baskets near the shower for easy access.

Introduce Color

Color and patterns revive personality in any room. This bath's crisp white trim sparkles against soft green walls, while accessories in multiple shades of green give the bath a colorful, custom look.

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