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Zillow Real Estate

Get this look: Furnishing the bathroom

comp:0000519894c7:00000033ac:5f8c 0 <div class="the-content clearfix"><p>The bathroom is one of the humblest and undoubtedly hardworking rooms in the house. But just because the space is utilitarian, doesn&#8217;t mean it should be lacking in style. More and more, homeowners are furnishing the bath, doing more than just buying towels and a shower curtain. The result is a stylish space more like the living room than bathroom.</p> <h3>Update the vanity</h3> <div id="attachment_121026" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 317px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/eclectic-powder-rooms-1970433292/"><img class=" wp-image-121026 " alt="An old chest gets new life as a vanity." src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/chest-9a032a.jpg" width="307" height="461"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">An old chest gets new life as a vanity.</p></div> <p>&#8220;The epicenter of the bath is the vanity,&#8221; said Marc Thee, founder and principal desinger at <a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/Marc-Michaels-Design-boards/">Marc-Michaels Interior Design</a>. &#8220;There&#8217;s two things you&#8217;re trying to accomplish: the aesthetic and the function. I&#8217;m a firm believer that when those two collide, really good design happens.&#8221;</p> <p>There&#8217;s many ways to acheive a good marriage of design and function in the vanity — and it often doesn&#8217;t involve picking up a standard, built-in piece from a local hardware store.</p> <p>&#8220;Try a repurposed furniture piece, a former hall chest, a vessel sink mounted on a chest of drawers,&#8221; said Thee. &#8220;You cannot convince me that a wooden top is not practical because there&#8217;s so many marine finishes you can apply.&#8221;</p> <p>Storage is always paramount, but if you go with a traditional vanity, it doesn&#8217;t mean you need to stick with the usual storage options.</p> <p>&#8220;Big, built-in vanities are full of storage, but they just look like big boxes. I prefer a separate wall-on cabinet to keep everything at your fingertips,&#8221; said Thee.</p> <div id="attachment_121021" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 366px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-powder-rooms-5035187636/"><img class=" wp-image-121021 " alt="marc michaels" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/marc-michaels-9d436d.jpg" width="356" height="461"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A silver tray holds accessories in this bath by Marc-Michaels Interior Design.</p></div> <p>For the little stuff, try a decorative tray on the counter. Everything you use, from deodorant to lotion, can sit in the tray and, when paired with a few attractive pieces such as a plant or little sculpture, create a balanced arrangement.</p> <h3>Splurge on the backsplash</h3> <div id="attachment_121028" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 470px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/modern-3-4-bathrooms-1947320689/"><img class=" wp-image-121028" alt="backsplash" src="http://cdn1.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/backsplash-7d3baa.jpg" width="460" height="461"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">A decorative backsplash updates this bathroom.</p></div> <p>The area above your sink is a small piece of real estate in terms of the entire bathroom, so it&#8217;s a place where even the most expensive tile can become affordable.</p> <p>&#8220;Try a glass tile, a sculptural tile there,&#8221; said Thee. &#8220;Your bathroom floor tile or shower tile can be cheaper.&#8221;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 18px;letter-spacing: 3px">Accessorize right<br/> </span>Hang towel bars low so you can put art work above them, advises Thee. And when thinking about paint color, think about a color that will look good in different lighting at all hours.</p> <p>&#8220;Choose something a little more saturated, something more flattering to the skin,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Any shade of green will make you look sick, so think about the paint color and how it will make you look.&#8221;</p> <p>When accessorizing the bath, go for items that will soften the room.</p> <p>&#8220;The bathroom is all hard surfaces,&#8221; explained Thee. &#8220;The more softness, the better. I believe in white towels; they&#8217;ll give any bathroom that spa lift. The more towels, the softer the bathroom.&#8221;</p> <div id="attachment_121027" class="wp-caption aligncenter" style="width: 356px"><a href="http://www.zillow.com/digs/traditional-full-bathrooms-1956565099/"><img class=" wp-image-121027 " alt="white towels" src="http://cdn2.blog-media.zillowstatic.com/1/white-towels-93701c.jpg" width="346" height="461"/></a><p class="wp-caption-text">White towels are an easy and affordable bath accessory.</p></div> <p>A soft, tufted stool or a basket holding decorative items can add to a room. A plant — even if it&#8217;s dried or silk — can bring a sense of life to the bathroom.</p> <p><strong>Related:</strong></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-05-09/get-this-look-great-gatsby-inspired-home-decor/">Get This Look: Great Gatsby-Inspired Home Design</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-04-16/get-this-look-brass-is-back/">Get This Look: Brass is Back</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.zillowblog.com/2013-03-12/the-new-neutrals-infusing-bold-color-into-the-home/">The New Neutrals: Infuse Bold Color into Your Home</a></li> </ul> </div>
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