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Bathroom Before Upgrade

Ugly bathroom got you down? Forget the wall-breaking, layout-rearranging bathroom renovation. Add both style and storage by focusing instead on the room's centerpiece: the sink area.

Bathroom After Upgrade

Photo by Mark Lohman

Here, the homeowner traded a wall-mount basin for a white-painted vanity fitted with a Pegasus gray granite top and under­mount sink, all stock pieces from the home center. A new, semi­recessed medicine cabinet from EXPO Design Center, overhead light from Lowes, and vintage-look faucet also from EXPO Design Center finish the transformation.

Mix and match the components featured in this gallery for your own custom look.

Painted White Wood Vanity

Photo by courtesy of EXPO Design Center

Nothing defines the look of a bath more than its vanity. Rather than a closed cabinet, chose open shelving to make a small room appear larger. Standard vanity depth is 21 inches, but lengths range to suit a wide variety of bathroom sizes.

The white-painted finish on this simple wood vanity reflects light, making a diminutive bath seem brighter and roomier. Around $429, EXPO Design Centers

Contemporary Vanity

Photo by courtesy of Xylem

This contemporary vanity with a granite vessel sink attaches to the wall, leaving the floor free for a waste bin. Around $650, Xylem

Porcelain and Stained-Wood Vanity

Photo by courtesy of EXPO Design Centers

No need for a counter with this integral porcelain sink supported by a stained-wood base. Open storage and a built-in rack hold towels. $848, EXPO Design Centers

Pewter Faucet

Photo by courtesy of Delta

The faucet is the jewel of your setup. Be sure the one you pick is sized for the predrilled holes in the counter or sink you plan to use. Choose among single-hole spouts with built-in controls and three-hole ones with a 4- or 8-inch spread between taps.

The boxy lines of this pewter faucet make it ideal for bungalow baths. Around $321, Delta Faucet

Brushed-Nickel Faucet

Photo by courtesy of Moen

A brushed-nickel finish and shapely handles give this faucet a classic look. Around $240, Moen

Bronze Bamboo Faucet

Photo by courtesy of Danze

Fill tall vessels with this bamboo-look spout in distressed bronze. Around $355, Danze

Flush-to-Wall Medicine Cabinet

Photo by courtesy of Restoration Hardware

From contemporary to classic, mirrored cabinets provide a place to primp and space to stow toiletries. You can save valuable square footage by swapping a wall-mount cabinet for a new semirecessed one.

This stainless-steel-wrapped cabinet mounts between the studs for a face flush with the wall. Around $495, Restoration Hardware

Crown-Topped Medicine Cabinets

Photo by courtesy of Robern

Elegant crown molding tops this simple wall-mount cabinet with three adjustable shelves hidden inside. Around $730, Robern

Recessed Wood Medicine Cabinet

Photo by courtesy of Pottery Barn

If space is at a premium and you can't open the wall to recess a cabinet, hang a slim mirror instead. A 3½-inch-deep shelf

on this wood-framed model provides just enough room for a toothbrush and paste. $149, Pottery Barn

Art Deco-Style Sconce

Photo by courtesy of Schoolhouse Electric

A new fixture brightens your bath in more ways than one, providing crucial task lighting for grooming and enhancing the look of the room. Choose overheads or sconces that cast evenly diffused light to prevent glare.

Sconces like this aluminum Art Deco–style one should be spaced 36 to 40 inches apart to avoid casting shadows on your face. Around $259, Schoolhouse Electric

Double-Lamp Wall Fixture

Photo by courtesy of Thomas Lighting

This double-lamp fixture has etched, tea-stained glass shades and metalwork recalling ornate wrought iron. Around $165, Thomas Lighting

Craftsman-Style Light

Photo by courtesy of Wilmette Lighting Company

This colorful Craftsman-style light can be mounted alone over a medicine cabinet or used in a pair to flank the sides. Around $212, Wilmette Lighting Company