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Affordably Upscale Master Bathroom Ideas

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Update a dated bathroom with stylish vanity and fixture choices, and give your tub alcove a custom look with panels and a tile niche. Neutral accents finish this master bathroom remodel for a clean, modern decor.

“Before” master bathroom, and remodeled bathroom with a tiled bath tub niche, white bath vanities and glass-door shower.
Master bathroom before remodeling.

From Outdated to Stylish

This master bathroom went from basic blah to a bright beauty without even changing the footprint. Replacing the dated vanity, mirror and shower door went a long way toward revamping the space. A panel treatment around the existing tub gives it a custom look, and creating a tiled niche adds some nice display space. New fixtures and accents do the rest.

Twin vanities with shelf mirrors and sconces.

Revive the Vanity Area

Convey a furnished feel with allen + roth™ vanities (#444575). Less than $400 each, they come with a top, backsplash and undermount sink. For about $100 each, echo the look of the vanity fronts with allen + roth™ framed mirrors (#635206). Shapely vanity lights (#607421, model #4440402-962) add an artful air. Silver-glazed porcelain floor tile (#446993) provides a luxe look at an affordable price.

Bath tub after remodeling with tiled wall niche.

Transform the Tub Area

Give your tub alcove a custom look by adding a paneled side and a tiled wall niche, both doable DIY projects. Marble tiles (#526277)—about $2 each—on the tub surround and gallery-style framed prints above the wall niche are affordable touches that add to the high-end look.

Neutral color palette for the master bath.

Pick Calm Colors

Neutral colors don’t have to be “safe” or boring choices. The whites, grays and beiges in this bath create a subtle, soothing and sophisticated look that’s easily accented or updated by changing out the colors of linens and accessories.

Detail of the tub niche.

Fill a Niche

Set off a tub niche with distinctive tile. Since a niche is fairly small, it’s a good place to splurge on something a little more expensive, like this natural stone mosaic basketweave tile (#328717). To further the high-end look, choose tub accessories that complement the colors of the tile.

Detail of faucet and countertop.

Rethink Your Sink Faucet

Even if your old sink faucet works OK, it’s probably looking dated. Replacing it is an affordable way to get a designer look in your bath—and save water. For about $160, this curvy two-handle model (#65484) offers an upscale brushed-nickel finish and WaterSense® efficiency.

Stainless-steel finish bath faucet.

Tailor Your Tub Faucet

Try a fresh take on tub faucets with a shapely lever model (#483817) that’s easy to use and allows precise control of water temperature and volume. The stainless-steel finish on the faucet and included spout conveys designer cachet—for about $120.

Showerhead with a brushed-nickel finish.

Switch Out Your Showerhead

Reinvigorate your bath right now by switching out the showerhead. For about $180, this model (#40311) boasts a spa-style shape wrapped in a brushed-nickel finish.

Roller hardware for a glass shower door.

Show Off Your Shower

Trade that stubborn shower curtain or balky door for a high-fashion frameless sliding door (#150560). The frameless design injects a sleek, contemporary vibe into your bath, while the tempered clear glass shows off the tile and faucet on the shower walls. Premium rolling hardware assures easy opening and closing—and looks striking in its own right. At about $700, the door is surprisingly affordable for a focal-point feature.

Bath mirror shelf.

Make a Simple Shelf

Boost style and storage in the vanity area with a DIY shelf you attach to the bottom of a mirror. The shelf costs about $5 (plus paint) to make, and you can finish the job in an hour or so with beginner woodworking skills.

Robe hook beside bathroom wall moulding.

Add Paneled Polish

Use inexpensive moulding to create a pricey paneled look for your bathroom walls. The panel recesses are great spots for robe hooks (#41041) that coordinate with the other metal finishes in the room.

Toilet paper holder and shelf.

Hang a Holder

Solve the tissue issue in upscale style by mounting the toilet paper holder (#21025) on an elegant little DIY shelf that can store or display a few smaller items. Learn how to make the shelf.

You don’t have to be rich to make a bath look like a million bucks. Achieve a high-end look for less. --Lowe’s Creative Ideas

For looks that will last, choose timeless finishes such as a white furniture-style bath vanity and mirror, stone-look countertop and muted metal in the light and faucet.


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