Luxurious Master Bathroom Remodel

After a complete overhaul, elegant accents, like a grand iron chandelier, soaking tub and brushed-nickel hardware come together in this master bathroom.
By: Karin Beuerlein

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Photo By: Jason Kisner

Clean and Serene

The finished master bath is elegant and spa-like, with the crowning touch overhead: a wood-and-iron chandelier sourced from a local salvage shop. The Carters had just installed a similar piece in their dining room when they realized how good it would look in their newly remodeled bathroom—so a second shopping trip yielded the same model in a different color.

Before the Remodel

The dark mauve garden tub appeared to suck all the light out of the master bathroom, even though it was located right next to a large window. Even worse, tiles had begun to disintegrate in the surround and the smell of mold had become noticeable. To Christa, the tub always felt old and dirty even when it was clean.

Shower Power

A larger walk-in shower was the top priority for John and Christa. Done in ceramic tile with a glass tile accent, the shower features both a traditional showerhead and a handheld spray for easy cleaning.

Extra Storage

Four built-in shower niches provide enough storage that the Carters don't miss the linen closet they had to eliminate.

Clever Hooks

Robe hooks take up far less space than towel bars would have, allowing for the entire shower experience to fit inside the once-cramped alcove.

Multipurpose Bench

Christa did some serious searching before finding the perfect storage bench. Deep enough to hold bath towels easily, the bench has a tufted linen cover with nailhead trim.

Tucked Away Toilet

Peeking out from behind the space-saving pocket door are the comfort-height toilet, now occupying its own compartment, and a woven basket for holding tissue.

Relaxing Tub

Christa loved the simplicity of this freestanding soaking tub—and the extra feeling of space it would afford because of its relatively small footprint. Because the tub was white, she chose to paint her beadboard trim the same sage color as the walls in order to set off the tub visually, a tip from her interior decorator aunt.

Handy Fixtures

Christa had the tub re-plumbed to include the fixtures she wanted, including a handheld spray.

Vanity Flair

The new contemporary vanity has a higher profile and offers more storage than the old one the Carters were living with.

Drawer Space

Dividers maximize the usefulness of the vanity's large drawers.

Mirror, Mirror

Using separate tilted mirrors and two banks of lights adds more drama per square foot than a single mirror or fixture would have. Mirrors that tilt on an axis are handy for couples because they can be adjusted for users of different heights.

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