Want to turn your 80s bathroom into a spa retreat? You can bring it up to date with luxurious materials and spa amenities, like a separate tub and shower area, a dual vanity or two pedestal sinks, and a separate water closet.
We’ve collected some tips and inspiring images (scroll down) for creating a beautiful master bath full of soothing neutrals and rich details.
- Use earth-tone colors. A calming palette of neutrals creates a soothing atmosphere. Medium-brown walls add depth and enhance the natural materials and wood furniture.
- Integrate a wet area. By borrowing space from a small closet, you can expand the floor plan to accommodate a tiled wet area featuring a spa-style tub, a shower and a built-in bench. A partial glass wall can separate the shower area from the rest of the room.
- Make room for a water closet. Move the toilet to the front of the room and hidden in a closet behind a pocket door.
- Decide on a focal point. If the back wall is immediately noticeable when you enter the room, you can decorate it with a tile mosaic made of tumbled stone and handcrafted tile.
- Add rich details without going over budget. You can still have opulence if you’re on a budget — just use special pieces sparingly for impact. For instance, you can use mosaic tile with metallic accents to make the wet area special.
- Create interest on the floor. Set large tiles on the diagonal to break up a long and narrow room. Mosaic tile can act as the grout line.
- Add character with a distressed finish. Cabinets can be given a lovely patina by sanding, scraping and nicking up new wood with regular woodworker’s tools. Layers of dark brown stain and glaze mix for a rich, warm look.
- Use furniture-style storage. If you have the room, use nontraditional furniture pieces for storage, such as an armoire. You can also create a custom look by attaching furniture-style legs to a vanity.
- Make room for seating. In a professional spa, comfort is key. Bringing a bench into your master bathroom will make it just as cozy.
- Bring the outdoors in. Get fresh air inside with a large window that can be opened easily. If your bathroom is next to a canopy of trees and privacy isn’t an issue, perhaps opt for a lovely French door to bring in the breeze.
- Accent with metal or glass. Oil-rubbed bronze sconces and faucets can bring an old world touch to a spa design, while glass crystal elements bring an elegant opulence to a lovely bathroom.
For some added inspiration, we love some of the beautiful bathroom design pics Pinterest users are choosing. Maybe some of these images will inspire you, too.
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