Bathtub Wall PanelsBathtub Wall Panels

The philosopher. If you find yourself yearning to discuss the ins and outs of surrealism or metaphysics but your friends are more into celebrity gossip or talking about sports use your “me” time in the bathroom to ponder the meaning of life. Take these out-of-the-ordinary cabinets as your inspiration to think along different lines.

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Bathtub SurroundBathtub Surround

Glass screen. A glass screen or panel extends about 60 percent of the way across the side of the tub and is fixed to the wall with brackets or hinges. It can be stationary or have a door that swings out from the tub. A glass screen is a great option in small bathrooms because it takes up less space physically and visually since less glass and hardware are needed. A glass panel with a door that swings out because it fit the room's contemporary feel and makes the tile in the shower a focal point. The swinging door allows better access to the water controls.

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Glass BathtubGlass Bathtub

Inside the shower. If you're sensitive to the cold and would rather have every single shower accouterment at your fingertips the instant you turn the water off a towel rack inside the shower stall might be right for you. If you want to pull this off it helps to have either a longer-than-standard-size shower stall or a rainfall shower that will be less likely to splash and get your dry towel wet.

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Nightstand ClockNightstand Clock

Not all table lamps are created equal for reading. Ideally the base of the shade should sit level with your eyes when you're propped up in bed and the shade should direct light toward you rather than channeling it up or down. Floor lamps also are an option but they compete for space with nightstands so it can be harder to make them work.

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Mirabelle BathtubMirabelle Bathtub

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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Short NightstandShort Nightstand

Cozy rustic. Raw unfinished wood is key to this look but you don't need to splurge on a big piece to make it work. Use a plain wood slice (find it in a crafts store) as a tray to hold bedside necessities repurpose a wood stump as a table or bring in a few rustic wooden boxes as bedroom storage. Create warmth with cozy patchwork quilts wool blankets and faux fur pillows — and if you have a pair of cowboy boots be sure to leave them out on display.

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Art Deco NightstandArt Deco Nightstand

Warm modern. Keep a clean minimalist look from being too cold with a stroke of fiery red or orange. Here a wide striped bedcover echoes the color in an oversize painting. If a painting of this magnitude is beyond your current budget consider stretching a length of bold fabric on stretchers meant for canvas (find them in art stores). Choose a simple platform-style bed and slim task lamps then fill out the room with a healthy potted plant and a vase of flowers.

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Ladder NightstandLadder Nightstand

Trunk or suitcases. To add a vintage look to your bedroom go for those old and weathered suitcases you've had your eye on in the thrift store. Stack them together and place a sturdy tray on top for a fun DIY night table. Opt for a variety of colors to create a design feature in the room or get crafty and paint your suitcases the same color for a more Shabby Chic look as in this photo. Similarly pull that old trunk out of your attic. The large surface area can easily accommodate a lamp and other decorative items. Carry the vintage style of the trunk into the rest of the room by scattering around small accessories like old photo frames or an antique mirror. Tip: The storage space inside a trunk is a perfect place to stow extra blankets.

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Kohler Bathtub FaucetKohler Bathtub Faucet

Define vanity space. A long towel bar spans the length of this vanity and defines stations at the trough sink. Since the vanity is floating it makes sense to nest the bar squarely underneath it so that it doesn't protrude against the legs of those using the sink.

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Maple NightstandMaple Nightstand

Floating shelf. If your bedside space is challenging or if you prefer a minimalist style try a floating shelf as your night-table alternative. The designs of floating shelves today go beyond the simple white or wood rectangles we've come to know. Stylish shelves can be found in glossy hues and a variety of shapes and can also feature useful storage options. Shelves flanking the sides of the bed often appear built-in and look best when they are the same size and style. Look for a shelf wide or deep enough to hold a small bedside lamp and book and hang it at the same height as the top of your mattress. Tip: Attach the shelf to the wall with anchors and screws that can hold 40 pounds or at least the load that your shelf instructions recommend. Be sure that the combined weight of your bedside items is less than the shelf's maximum load.

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