Whether it’s a spacious master bath or Lilliputian powder room, practicality matters most in bathroom design—but that doesn’t mean you can’t add style to this oh-so-functional space. Yes, you need a tub in which to wash away the day, but why not opt for a fetching freestanding version? And, sure, subway tile is a standard choice, but why not incorporate a border or decorative contrasting tile to give it some flair? For a quick makeover—no contractor required—consider adding artwork or wallpaper. Sometimes the smallest details make the biggest impact, and both of these options are easy ways to beautify any bath.
The powder bath is the perfect place to play it safe—said no one ever. Small footprints and limited time spent in these spaces make them them an ideal space for fun and experimentation. Whether that means a bold patterned or textured wallpaper, funky fixtures, or wild tile, consider this an invitation to make a statement, even if the rest of your home is timid and tame.
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The height of luxury, a freestanding tub reminds you to slow down and soak in the little things. Whether you opt for a classic white structure or an elaborate marble, this choice becomes a showcase feature of one of your most private spaces. So go ahead—pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on some tunes, and get out a good book. You deserve a little self-care.
It’s a classic, safe choice, to be sure, but subway tile can still add interest. Consider different cuts or shapes, patterns, colors, or grouts to add punch to this bathroom staple.
Ann Sacks mosaic tile pairs with a classic subway tile in this master bath by Brittany Cobb.
Why it works: The pairing of patterns makes this tile anything but standard.
Designed by MORE Design + Build, Regan Carlile’s daughter’s bathroom boasts a freestanding tub, white subway tile, and a portrait done by husband Zach’s grandmother Mildred Carlile.