Cherry Finish NightstandCherry Finish Nightstand

Simple circulation. Try to keep your circulation on one side of the room. Hotels do a great job of this. There's a reason 90 percent of hotels have the same floor plan: because it's simple and it works. Circulation plans become a little more challenging with en suite rooms (bedrooms with bathrooms attached) or bedrooms that have doors to the outside. To save on space pay attention to where you locate the bathroom and closet in your bedroom. Rooms that have bathroom or closet access before the sleeping area require a longer hall (see the left-hand plan). If you organize the circulation so the bathroom and closet are accessed through the sleeping area (right-hand plan) you don't need a separate hall and you can add the circulation space into the room to make it feel larger too.

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Black NightstandBlack Nightstand

A nice way to mix and match furnishings is to unify them with a common hue. In this space the lamps differ in height and style but the color green is what allows them to "speak" to each other. On either side of this bed you'll see that the nightstands and artwork are different. However equity is created because the height on both sides is the same. This type of symmetry is not always necessary but visual balance does help to make a room feel more comfortable for some people.

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Vintage NightstandsVintage Nightstands

Fresh romantic. Pure linen sheets or pillow shams flowing white curtains and fresh flowers are musts for this look. Practicing a bit of restraint will keep it from veering into froufrou territory — a bit of a ruffle perhaps but skip the floral prints. Walls painted a pale minty green provide a soothing backdrop.

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Waterfall Bathtub FaucetWaterfall Bathtub Faucet

Build your tub right into your bathroom floor by sinking it in below floor level. This tub is formed from concrete then tiled for aesthetics and comfort. This can save you the hassle of installing a tub while giving you the benefits of a built-in feature — like the corner seat and step here.

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Teak NightstandTeak Nightstand

Boho glam. Pick a classic decorator favorite (like the upholstered bed with nailhead trim shown here) to build the room around then mix and match accessories at whim. Bamboo blinds and colorful printed bedding paired with a glass-top table and a fun framed print add up to a laid-back yet glamorous look.

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Bathtub RingBathtub Ring

The man of the house. If you're outnumbered by the females in your household or you tend to take a back seat when it comes to the home could it be time to take a stand — literally as well as figuratively — and put your own stamp on the bathroom?

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Bathtub HandlesBathtub Handles

The rebel. We're all forced to toe the line to some degree — there are laws to follow jobs to show up for and cultural norms to abide by after all. But if a part of you wants to walk your own path a symbol in your bathroom can serve as a reminder to stand up for what you believe in and that you can dance to your own tune … at least to a degree.

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Drop In BathtubDrop In Bathtub

The academic. Goofed off too much at school to get good marks? Stuck in a dead-end job with zero intellectual stimulation? Studying in your downtime might just provide the brain food you need.

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Small NightstandSmall Nightstand

Because the bedroom is one of the simplest rooms in the house it's often overlooked. One of the first steps to a great bedroom design is having an efficient and well-designed floor plan that gives you everything you want — no matter how much space you start with.

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Turquoise NightstandTurquoise Nightstand

Simple circulation. Try to keep your circulation on one side of the room. Hotels do a great job of this. There's a reason 90 percent of hotels have the same floor plan: because it's simple and it works. Circulation plans become a little more challenging with en suite rooms (bedrooms with bathrooms attached) or bedrooms that have doors to the outside. To save on space pay attention to where you locate the bathroom and closet in your bedroom. Rooms that have bathroom or closet access before the sleeping area require a longer hall (see the left-hand plan). If you organize the circulation so the bathroom and closet are accessed through the sleeping area (right-hand plan) you don't need a separate hall and you can add the circulation space into the room to make it feel larger too.

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