Primary Bathroom Ideas

Master bathroom

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Looking for primary bathroom ideas? Below, find unique approaches to bathroom design for home renovators. If you're ready to DIY, let one of these ideas inspire you.

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    Sleek Loft-Style Primary Bath

    urban master bathroom with slate tile
    Benjamin Moore

    It's hard not to admire this bathroom from Benjamin Moore, a showcase for some of their paints. For starters, the vertical columns are painted in a rich matte black called Carbon Copy. This bathroom has a generous amount of natural light pouring in through the two big windows. When ​the day is over, the pendant halogen lights over the sink take over. It's all right angles and straight lines—the epitome of city urban loft living

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    Truly a Bathroom That Shines

    master bathroom with columns
    Benjamin Moore

    Drama abounds in this white bathroom with taupe columns. The columns and arches are purely decorative—they hover about 6 inches from the real, load-bearing walls—but they add a real sense of grandeur and style. The white walls go perfectly with the deep marble soaking tub. This is indeed a stately bathroom, and you need the requisite space to pull this off: not just floor room, but also 12-foot ceilings to accommodate the columns and arches.

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    Primary Bathroom Ideas: Runway-Long Countertops

    master bathroom with skylights
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    This bathroom's strength is its length. The downside of these long/narrow bathrooms is that you have no place to put the shower, except at the very end.

    This would have been a gloomy bathroom, were it not for the skylights and for the long window running parallel to the counter. The white paint color scheme helps boost the light level, too.

    The counter is elevated from the floor. Instead of resting on the floor, it is attached to the wall. This gives the room an airier, breezier feeling.

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    Primary Bathroom Ideas: Natural Wood

    Master Bathroom Idea Natural Wood
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    You find little solid, natural, unstained wood in bathrooms. Call it the Finnish sauna effect or not, it's more a result of wood being difficult to maintain in moist environments.

    So, laminate, porcelain, and vinyl tend to be used in great numbers in bathrooms. All of them need zero maintenance (except for the occasional grout sealing for tile).

    If you like the bare wood look but not the maintenance, one solution is to employ moisture-resistant surfaces that look devilishly like natural wood. Luxury vinyl flooring is vinyl that looks exactly like real wood, due to sophisticated imaging techniques.

    If you're not interested in vinyl, another solution is ceramic or porcelain tile that looks like wood.

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    Black and White Color Scheme

    black and white color scheme for master bathroom
    Benjamin Moore

    This powerful design features a black and white color scheme, sconces, oversized tub, and even carpet atop a tile floor.

    Softening the design are the louvered shutters that open to the outside world with a flick of the lever, and the glass-paned french doors between bathroom and bedroom.

    Featured Company

    This picture comes by way of Benjamin Moore. Paint: Walls - Winter White; Accent and Trim - Black Beauty.

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    Primary Bathroom Ideas: Double Pedestals and Plenty of Wide-Open Space

    Master Bathroom Ideas - Sinks

    Most primary bathroom ideas revolve around cramming the space with everything imaginable. This one, from Armstrong, preserves the wide-open floor space. Note the double pedestal sinks and the slipper tub on the left side.

    Another important design feature is the addition of the free-standing furniture at the center of the photo.

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    How to Design a Small Primary Bathroom

    small master bathroom

    Must all primary bathrooms be giant? While there is no single, agreed-upon definition for primary bathroom, it's usually:

    • Larger than other bathrooms, though not necessarily big
    • Has more services (i.e., a bathtub and shower, instead of just a shower)
    • Intended more for the user of that bedroom than for others in the house

    Featured here are Rejuvenation lighting and medicine cabinet, subway tile with rail, and pedestal sink.

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    Primary Bathroom Ideas: Blue & Modern, Candles; Cantilevered Cabinets

    Master Bath Ideas Blue
    Pratt & Lambert

    A sophisticated design from paint manufacturer Pratt & Lambert. Inevitably, you'll find cantilevered cabinets (cabinets attached to the wall rather than resting on the floor), a major hallmark of today's modern bathroom.

    Candles add a warm glow to a darkened bathroom.

    The paints are Bambino (the lighter blue) and Victoria Blue (the darker blue).

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    Primary Bathroom Ideas: Classic Turn-of-Century Cottage Style

    cottage style master bathroom
    Dutch Boy

    On the heels of our previous classic-style primary bath, here's another, also with a pedestal sink, sconces, and subway tile.

    This photo is from Dutch Boy and features High Spirits C20-4 on the walls and White C3-4 on the Chair Rail/Beadboard and Trim.

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    Primary Bathroom Ideas: Light and Softer

    feminine master bathroom design
    Olympic Paint & Stain

    This bathroom, featuring Olympic paints, is decidedly easy-going, soft, and gentle. Slipper tubs are always a great addition to primary baths: the high, sloped back allows for hours of relaxation, reading, and maybe even a little nap.

    Paints: Blue Willow, Moonshine, Lazy Lilac, Delicate White, Stormy Weather