Are you remodeling your master bathroom? Need some inspiration? The last thing you’ll want is to blow the budget or end up with a design that’s a far cry from the one you envisioned. Once you have worked out the best way to use your available space, it’s time to work on the details that make it functional and beautiful,  while keeping an eye on costs.


Consider Using the Same Color Tiles for the Floor and Walls

Choosing the same color for the floor and wall tiles, even if they’re different shapes, will make a small master bath feel much larger. If you can tile walls only to a certain height, consider painting the plaster above the tiled section the same color as the tiles.

Tip: If you love the look of stone but it’s out of your budget, consider an affordable ceramic tile that mimics the look and feel of stone.


Remember the Power of Good Lighting

Placing lights strategically is another way to make a smaller master bathroom feel bigger. Use LED strip lighting to bathe entire walls and floors with a soft, diffused light that resembles daylight. Add lighting to the top of a concealed bulkhead or beneath a vanity, so the vanity appears to float. These are very effective methods of lighting a small en suite.

Tip: Concealing the light source is a smart trick you might consider incorporating into your bathroom design, you’ll find that it visually extends the space.


Think Carefully About Where to Put Accessories

As with any bathroom design, there will be a number of accessories you’ll need to add to your suite to make it functional. Towel racks, for instance, need to be located near the shower and vanity. If your bathroom has limited wall space, consider putting accessories in other spots, such as the back of the door, above or around the toilet, or on the side of the vanity (perfect for installing a toilet paper holder or hand towel ring). Floating shelves are a great way to add organization and space, and also look beautifully modern.

If you plan to install accessories on the bathroom door, be sure to choose a solid-core style, so you can screw the accessories on securely.

Tip: Make sure your plumbing fixtures and accessories are finished in the same color for a more streamlined look.


Think Large, Frameless Glass Designs

The trend of frameless glass in a home bathroom is booming for good reason. Shower curtains and framed shower doors can make a small space feel even smaller. They obstruct your line of sight and cut your bathroom into about a third of its size. Frameless glass enclosures in smaller ensuites or guest bathrooms create a sense the space is much bigger than it really is. 

Frameless glass shower enclosures also allow light to flow naturally through the space. Say goodbye to dark, moldy showers and shower curtains. And why would you want to hide that beautiful new tile you carefully picked out and installed in your bathroom? Frameless glass allows you to showcase more highlights of the design.

Tip: Mold and mildew can be major problems with metal framed shower doors that have internal drain systems and rubber gasketing. Soap and water build up in the seals creates a mess that’s hard to clean. A frameless glass shower enclosure has very little gasketing and individual hardware components, so you have less chance of getting mildew and mold build-up.


Know the Factors That Affect Cost

The cost of your master bathroom redesign will vary according to factors like is it part of a new build or is being retrofitted into an existing home. Simply replacing fixtures in an existing room while retaining the layout and plumbing will be considerably cheaper than rearranging the layout of the entire room or installing a new ensuite.

Other factors can have a big effect on cost, too, including whether there is plumbing close to where you’re installing the new room that you can simply tap into or if new plumbing needs to be installed. If you’re extending your home outside its current boundaries to accommodate the new bathroom, this will be an added expense.

Tip: When you start thinking about your new master bathroom, make a list of the fixtures it will require. Add three columns to the right of the list and get three quotes for each item. You have just created a blueprint budget for three results, usually a low-end, moderate and luxury finish.


Ask Yourself the Right Questions

When planning a master bathroom, the most important thing to consider is what functions need to take place in the space. Once you’ve worked that out, ask yourself the following questions.

  • Do I need a large wall mirror or would it be more cost-effective and just as practical to hang one above the sink?
  • Would it be a good idea to mount the vanity on the wall to maximize floor space?
  • Do I need extra storage in the form of shelves and cabinets?
  • Should the sink be recessed into a cabinet, hung on the wall or sitting on the counter as a feature?
  • Would limiting the tile and color selections streamline the bathroom and make it feel not only larger, but also cleaner and more luxurious?
  • What can I edit out to make the bathroom seem bigger and less cluttered?


If you are on the market for a new bathroom design, contact our team at Frameless By Design in Florida and Georgia! We design all glass enclosures using state of the art CAD software, allowing us to avoid outsourcing to third party vendors. Our company only sources glass and hardware from founders and leaders in the industry. We use top of the line materials, made in the USA, to ensure your glass enclosures are built to last. We use HD hinges standard on all of our custom glass doors – up to 36”, this above the traditional standard of 28”. Each design comes with a 5 year parts and labor warranty, and we strive to complete each project within a 3 week timeframe, so you can start enjoying your newly installed bathroom glass as soon as possible. 


We have shower and tub glass configurations for any size bathroom, but we also offer custom designs to make your space unique to you. You can also choose semi-frameless sliders with your choice of assortment of finishes and fixtures! With over 25 years experience, we here at Frameless By Design have the skillset, knowledge, and pride to achieve your desired vision. Whether you need help choosing your custom shower enclosure or you already have in mind what you’re looking for, we will guide you in making the best decisions that will not only leave your guests speechless, but to ensure that it’s long lasting! Contact us for a free consultation. We proudly serve northwest Florida and many counties in Georgia!



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