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Bath Makeover in Blue

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Smart buys and stylish splurges add up to a major bathroom transformation on a modest budget.

Painted vanity and tub apron

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.

Before photo of bathroom

Basic Builder Bath

This master bathroom layout worked well, so the redo focused on upgrading fixtures, surfaces, and accessories.

Bathroom with blu-painted vanity, framed mirror

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.

Bath vanity countertop with faucet

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.

Paint color samples

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.

Assortment of floor tile shapes

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.

Shower surround and bath window covering

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.

Bath towel bar, hooks, soap dish, cabinet knob

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.

Wall sconce

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.

Roman shade

Treat a Window

The made-to-fit allen + roth™ Roman shade in Cabana Ocean (#348677) picks up on the blue in the room.

Built-in shower corner shelf

Add More Storage

An angle-cut allen + roth™ quartz side splash (#369374) is tiled into the corner of the shower, making a perfect shelf.

Tub faucet

Match Fixtures

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).