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Out of all the rooms in our home, bathrooms offer a heightened level of respite. It’s a space where we can stand peacefully under a steamy stream of water or dim the lights, light a candle, and soak in a hot bathtub without a care for what’s happening on the other side of the door.

Our bathroom is also a place that comes alive with that “getting ready” energy when we blast our favorite music, sip on wine, and apply our makeup before a night out.

Doing all of the above in an elevated environment can make all the difference when it comes to indulging in those small moments of me-time. So, try incorporating some of these simple design tips for creating a luxurious bathroom.

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Paint Your Space

A fresh coat of paint can do serious wonders. “You can paint everything from the walls to the tile to your vanity — and it’s one of the easiest and best ways to completely transform your space,” says Stephanie Purzycki, CEO, and co-founder of The Finish. Whether rich colors like forest green and deep blue or traditional shades like eggshell white, you can’t go wrong. Consider painting just an accent wall or choose a standout color to give your cabinetry a quick makeover.

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Or, Try Wallpaper

Wallpaper is making a comeback and for good reason: “Wallpaper takes any room to another level,” notes Suzanne Falk, founder of Suzanne Falk Interior Design. “Between durability and design, you get a big bang for your buck. It really makes a small space more special.” She recommends opting for a vinyl paper that’s washable and features a subtle pattern. And because it’s a smaller space, you may also want to consider splurging on something ultra-divine, like wallpaper by House of Hackney or Graham & Brown.

Swap Out Old Fixtures

Swapping out old fixtures is a super simple way to zhuzh up your space. Maybe it’s replacing your doorknob with a vintage crystal glass piece, or perhaps it’s swapping out your faucet handles for something sleeker and more modern. Changing up your cabinet pulls is a pretty simple and inexpensive way to elevate the space, too. Take a look at the unique selection of knobs and pulls on Etsy.

Add Mood Lighting

Lighting might seem like such a small thing, but it sets the mood in a room. Just think about how great you feel under ambient mood lighting versus the harsh brightness of, say, overhead office lighting. “Lighting can take a room from blah to sexy,” notes Falk. “A simple swap from a typical flush-mount ceiling light to wall scones flanking a mirror or an illuminating chandelier can create an unexpected mood for the space.”

Incorporate Art and Accessories

Once you’ve got your walls and lighting settled, go back in with an artful eye and add a few pieces of flare throughout the space. “Whether it’s a photo from a memorable vacation, a piece of wall art, or even Grandma’s vase, these personal touches make a special difference,” says Falk. She adds, “Nothing is off-limits here. A low-profile shelf can house a sentimental heirloom or vase, and frames of photos or vintage art can be hung on or leaned against a wall.” The Fy! Shop has a vast selection of playful wall art prints that are perfect for the bathroom.

Finish With a Touch of Nature

When designing a luxurious bathroom, also consider adding earthy elements for a more “one with nature” aesthetic. Think hanging shower plants, potted orchids, collections of rocks in glass boxes, and neutral-toned stoneware and trays to house essentials like cotton swabs and toiletries.

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