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Give your bathroom a new life by making it a blond

It has been a few years since the design world embraced light woods, but doing so can take a bathroom from bland to bold

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GO FOR A LIGHT WOOD TONE: Here, light-hued bird’s-eye maple veneer adds a welcome cheeriness to the fronts of a custom vanity. If you’re adding an unexpected accent, always be sure to reinforce with repetition — anything good is worth doing again in my books!

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OPEN IT UP: To make storage more glam, try an an open surface and display area. Add some handsome band of stone, such as the marble mosaic installed here, for another great decor element.

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SHOWCASE A LAYERED, TEXTURED BLEND OF DIFFERENT STONES AND TONES: In this space, the combination of four cool-toned marbles was used to create a boldly striped floor and chic mosaic wall, reinforcing my opinion that more can be more in some circumstances.

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PUT A SERIOUS SOAKER TUB AT THE TOP OF YOUR LIST: All bathtubs are not created equal. But before eliminating a bathtub from your must-have list, I challenge you to consider whether you’ve ever actually experienced a truly great soaking experience.

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