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Next to the kitchen, the bathroom ranks as one of the most popular rooms in the home for people to update, especially given the high value an updated bathroom can add to your home.

Below are 6 of the most popular master bathroom updates that people are making; some are small and others require time and money to implement, but all of them are guaranteed to bring a fresh, updated feel to your master bath.

1. Install An Elegant Chandelier

Consider replacing your tired, old lighting with a chandelier. While overhead lighting is no replacement for focused lighting in the area of the bathroom where you will be, say, putting on makeup, a chandelier can add incredible ambiance and pizazz to your space. Since many bathrooms lack natural light, a large overhead lighting option can boost visibility while creating a design statement unique to your personal style and taste.

LampsPlus.com offers a fantastic selection of chandeliers ranging in price from $25 to $200 and more. If you are fortunate enough to have a master bath that connects to a walk-in closet, consider carrying the chandelier theme throughout, adding a matching one in the closet and even in the bedroom area above your bed or reading nook. You will be surprised at what a difference a little light or a few lamps can add to the feeling of a bathroom.

2. Install New Hardware

Simple. Affordable. High-Impact. Changing out your hardware (think drawer-pulls, switch plates, and more) will provide immediate gratification and can instantly transform a dated bathroom into a modern area. Consider sleek, shiny uber-modern hardware if you are going for an elegant look, or opt for rustic, textured hardware if you want a more relaxed, lived-in vibe.

No matter what you choose, be sure that it matches the overall décor, including sink fixtures, countertops, and paint colors. Also keep in mind that more custom options are available, should you want something more unique than what is found at any major home goods store. Overall, remember to choose hardware in finishes that you are going to enjoy for some time – after all, the point is that YOU enjoy the space!

3. Tile Your Floor

This project definitely requires a lot in terms of time and money, but the end results are undeniably gorgeous. Tile is resilient and easy to clean; it is also incredibly modern and – should you want to sell your home in the future – potential buyers will look very favorably on time as opposed to alternatives like carpet or laminate. Done right, your flooring will compliment your countertops, so be sure to select a color and texture/grain that will go well with your entire bathroom. To add even more pizazz, don’t stop with the floor; consider tiling your shower or tub for a complete look that screams “REFINEMENT” from every angle, giving you a great feeling every time you enter the room.

4. Accessorize Well

The little things often make the biggest difference, and when it comes to your master bathroom this is especially true. Wall art, jewelry holders, photo frames – these and more add to the overall look and feel of the space and can easily change the whole look of the décor. Less is always more, though, so select 2-3 “statement pieces” and then decorate around them as the focal points of your bathroom. Some great ideas for statement pieces include:

  • A unique, repurposed item such as an antique stool, ladder, or cabinet
  • A large photo canvas or framed piece of art that adds color and beauty to the space
  • A bold splash of color, such as new display towels or greenery

5. Install Granite Countertops

Granite is the epitome of beauty and elegance. It is also incredibly durable and easy to clean, making it the perfect solution for your master bathroom. Residue from hair products, toothpaste, makeup, and soap scup can easily build up on flat surfaces; since polished granite doesn’t have porous areas that are susceptible to germ and bacteria growth, granite is extremely hygienic and can easily be cleaned with soap and water, or even essential oils.

6. Install A Free-Standing Tub

Sure – built-ins are the norm, but many people are reverting to the age-old beauty of freestanding tubs. For those looking for a true vintage feel, consider a claw foot tub, whether an original model of a newly manufactured replica. There are also many gorgeous modern options to choose from. They lend an air of luxury and beauty to any master bath, and they come in virtually any size and shape imaginable, making it easy to find one that will fit well in your space. If you really want to up the bathtub ante, consider mounting a flat-screen to the wall for your viewing pleasure during a long, leisurely soak.

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