You don’t have to gut the entire bathroom and replace everything. Use paint and hardware to update your existing vanity. Then splurge on sophisticated materials, such as quartz countertops, a new shower surround, and porcelain tile.
Basic Builder Bath
This master bathroom layout worked well, so the redo focused on upgrading fixtures, surfaces, and accessories.
Refresh a Vanity
Blue paint (Valspar Signature Skyline, #ar1128) and a champagne bronze Delta faucet (model 3594LF-CZMPU) turn a basic vanity into a standout. Sconces (model 41806-827) flank a framed allen + roth™ mirror (#399215) that replaces the existing oversize mirror. The sconces can point up or down.
Upgrade the Countertops
Made from 1-inch-thick quartz material, the elegant allen + roth™ quartz vanity top (#369746) comes ready to install with predrilled 8-inch widespread faucet holes and an attached undermount rectangular sink.
Set the Tone with Paint
If you’re unsure about committing to new bath colors, first form a neutral backdrop with paint and tile. Then rely on colorful accessories and painted furniture to create a look that’s easy to update. Cream-color walls (Valspar Signature Irish Cream, #ar518) and a light blue ceiling (Valspar Signature Morning Jog, #ar1221) balance the more colorful vanity and tub surround (Valspar Signature Skyline, #ar1128). Painting the ceiling a contrasting hue makes the space appear taller.
Choose Tile with Texture
Porcelain floor tiles (#397690, #120556) convey the look of wood and limestone in a more practical form. The medley of tile shapes and sizes, all in subtle neutral tones, includes mosaic (#305380) and plank patterns. Mixing patterns and textures adds layers of visual interest.
Revive a Shower
Splurge on a Basco shower enclosure (Special Order) and wall tile (#446992) to upgrade privacy and style. The enclosure features silky glass panels that obscure views without blocking light. An allen + roth™ window shade (#348677) also lets in natural light while preserving privacy.
Change the Hardware and Accessories
Give plain drawers a beautiful upgrade with allen + roth™ aged-brass cabinet knobs (#136667) that feature an oval shape and a dainty beaded border. Create cohesive style with allen + roth™ Forsyth and Brinkley bath accessories -- towel bars, robe hooks, and soap dishes -- in a rich, burnished finish.
Dial Down the Lights
Add a dimmer switch (#160726) to your bath to set just the right mood with light. You can install one in less than an hour.
Treat a Window
The made-to-fit allen + roth™ Roman shade in Cabana Ocean (#348677) picks up on the blue in the room.
Add More Storage
An angle-cut allen + roth™ quartz side splash (#369374) is tiled into the corner of the shower, making a perfect shelf.
The tub faucet (model T2794-CZ) wears the same champagne bronze finish as other fixtures.
Fool the Eye
Create the illusion of wood flooring with porcelain tile (#397690), then weave a floor "rug" by insetting a small area with decorative tiles (#120556 and #305380).