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Turn master bath into luxury haven

The master bathroom is usually a haven for refreshing and relaxing in the privacy and comfort of your own personal space. Of all the bathrooms in the house, the master bath is the most important and should be the most elaborate as far as comfort is concerned. Here are some tips for decorating.

Color is important; it should flow from the master bedroom so there is continuity and a seamless transition from the comfort of the bedroom to the refreshment of the bathroom. If wallpaper is your preference, one pattern for the master bedroom with a complementary one for the bath is ideal. If you don’t like that much paper, select a room in which to use wallpaper, and use a complementary color in the other.

How do the tiles in the bathroom look? Are they in need of repair? Do they look dirty no matter how much you scrub them? If so, you should bite the bullet and spend money to repair or replace them. Dirty, messy bathroom tiles make the entire room look dirty no matter how clean it is.

Because we are replacing things, how about the faucets? Are they in good condition? Do they look good? Faucets can be expensive, but they also can be inexpensive yet attractive.

How is the storage? Never enough, right? If wall space permits, attach shelves. Make them deep shelves if possible. You can have more than towels on the shelf if you get baskets and put things in them

Speaking of towels, how about some fresh new ones? This room is your luxury room, so go ahead and get those large, plush towels. Accessories as accents are nice as long as they don’t make for a cluttered look. An attractive bowl filled with artisan soaps works, too. If there is space left on the walls, wall decor is in order. A small picture over the water closet always looks good. A picture hung over the towel rack also helps the room look attractive.

Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, an interior designer in Naples, Fla., is author of “Mystery of Color.”

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