What Are Alternatives to Glass Shower Doors?

Don’t like glass for a shower door? You’re not alone. Many people are looking for alternatives to glass doors. We set out viable alternatives with photo examples here as well as explain pros and cons of each.-

X through glass shower door suggesting alternatives to glass shower doors

Don’t like glass for a shower door? You’re not alone. Many people are looking for alternatives to glass doors.
Unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options, but what options there are, we set them out below.

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A. 3 Shower Door Materials
B. Alternatives to Glass Shower Doors

  1. Shower curtains
    a. Benefits of shower curtains
    b. Curtain disadvantages
  2. Doorless Shower
    a. Benefits of no shower door or curtain
    b. Disadvantages of leaving it open
    A. 3 Shower Door Materials
  3. Glass: Glass shower doors can swing or slide. They come in glass or tempered glass.
  4. Curtains: Single plastic curtain or two layers with plastic inside and fabric outside.
  5. Nothing (open): This is common in Asia and is becoming a more viable option with large walk-in showers.

B. Alternatives to Glass Shower Doors

  1. Shower curtains
    You can opt for a single plastic curtain or a two-layer curtain with plastic inner and decorative fabric outer.

Image comparing single layer and double layer shower curtainsTo hang up your shower curtains you can use vinyl or polyester rings that you suspend from simple tension rods. Alternatively, you can suspend a curtain from the ceiling… although this is not a common method.
a. Benefits of shower curtains
These curtains usually come with several benefits that you can count on in both the use and maintenance of your shower. Well, here are some of the things you can use.

i. Easier to clean

If your curtain becomes dirty over time, you can easily pluck it off and pop it in the wash, and in minutes, it will be ready for use again. This could prove more efficient than glass doors that you might have to deal with the gunk and mildew collecting on the doors. Besides, these curtains make it easier when it comes to cleaning the bathtub itself.

ii. Easy and inexpensive to replace

Another great thing about curtains is that you can swap the old ones with new ones fast. If you want to change the style or replace a worn out one, curtains could be the way to go, and you will hardly need a pro to help.

iii. Easier to bathe kids

As a parent of 2 young kids, this is a huge benefit of curtains. Our previous home had sliding glass doors and it was much more difficult bathing our infant son. Because half of the opening is covered in glass, it’s hard to reach in and have full access to kids, especially if two kids are in the tub at the same time.

iv. Decorative

If you opt for a two-layer curtain, it can look really nice with the fabric outer layer serving as a decorative curtain that drapes on the outside of the tub edge.

v. More privacy

A fully transparent glass shower door doesn’t offer much privacy inside the bathroom. If a shared bathroom this could be a concern. Curtains provide more privacy.

vi. Works with tubs

If you have a tub/shower combo, you pretty much have no choice but to go with a curtain. Yes, you can have sliding glass doors mounted on top of a bathtub ledge (we had one), but more tub/shower combos use a curtain.

b. Curtain disadvantages
i. Frilly look

The curtain look, whether single layer or fancier two-layer look is a more frilly look; not as sleek and simple as glass doors.

ii. Curtain management

You need to tie it back and ensure it’s draping on the inside of a tub. It’s not as hassle-free as glass doors.

iii. Doesn’t last as long

Anyone with a curtain knows they rip off the rings at some point which looks bad and then needs to be replaced.

  1. Doorless Shower
    Walk-in shower with no door or curtainAnother option is to use nothing, which is common in Asia. I don’t think this is a great option for tub-style showers, but for large walk-in showers where the shower spray is contained within the space, it’s a fabulous option.

a. Benefits of no shower door or curtain
i. Nothing to clean

You don’t have to worry about mineral deposit or scum on the glass or the frames.

ii. Easy to enter and exit

With no curtain to manage or glass door to open, it’s very convenient to enter a shower with no glass door. I love this style; it’s very freeing.

b. Disadvantages of leaving it open
i. Water spray

Unless it’s properly planned and designed, a doorless shower can end up spraying water outside of the shower area which means towelling it up after every shower. If left undried, you can end up with mold and water issues.

ii. Less privacy

If you have a penchant for privacy, an open shower doesn’t provide as much privacy as a brushed glass door or curtain.

iii. Not viable option for tub/shower combos

If you have a tub and shower combo, unless you build a glass walled area and tile everything inside surrounding the tub, going doorless isn’t an option.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about. While the example below isn’t a shower, the concept is one where if properly tiled and walled off, could turn create a bathtub/shower combo with no door.

18 Ideal Indoor Plants for Your Bathroom

We collected eighteen houseplant suggestions for you that you can grow in your bathroom. Just like every other room in your home, the bathroom deserves to be decorated with lush greenery. But the question is, what plant could flourish there? It can be a bit tricky due to warm temperature, low light, and high humidity where only a few houseplants will thrive.  

Just like every other room in your home, the bathroom deserves to be decorated with lush greenery. But the question is, what plant could flourish there? It can be a bit tricky due to warm temperature, low light, and high humidity where only a few houseplants will thrive.

We collected eighteen houseplant suggestions for you that you can grow in your bathroom. Check them out below. But first, let’s dig into the points that you need to consider when choosing bathroom flora.

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Light Requirements
Humidity in the Air

  1. Begonia
  2. Haworthia
  3. Cast Iron Plant
  4. ZZ Plant
  5. Dieffenbachia
  6. Boston Fern
  7. Dracaena
  8. Snake Plant
  9. Ivy
  10. Chinese Evergreen
  11. Orchid
  12. Aloe Vera
  13. Philodendron
  14. Tillandsias
  15. Pothos
  16. Bamboo
  17. Peace Lily
  18. Spider Plant
    Space for greenery is often limited as bathrooms tend to be on the smaller side of your dwelling, and because of this, tall or large flora don’t usually thrive in the bathroom. The best thing to do is to opt for for plants that will trail down from a high shelf or can hang from the ceiling. You can as well make use of the windowsill, it’s a great location for your bathroom plants as they can enjoy lots of light exposure from there.

Light Requirements
Another challenge for picking a bathroom plant is that most bathrooms have small windows and others have none at all. Keep in mind that all plants, even the low light ones need some light to grow. Fluorescent light bulbs are a good idea in the bathroom as they produce wavelengths that your plants need.

Humidity in the Air
Are you a fan of a hot shower? Hot running water from your shower can cause temperature levels and humidity to rise instantly. This doesn’t suit most plants, but this gives you a better picture why some tropical plants do great in bathrooms.

Now let’s dig in deeper into the top 18 plant choices that can flourish in your bathroom:

  1. Begonia

Begonia plants are great for indoors, and the bathroom is one of the ideal locations for them because they are overwintered inside in many climates. Use fluorescent lighting for this flora or place them on the windowsill, except for north-facing windows. Remember that they need regular misting and daily bathroom humidity.

  1. Haworthia

Haworthia is a low light succulent plant that contains more than seventy species of the South African genus. Most of them are compact and easy to flourish in a low light setting. They are ideal types for bathroom growth because of its humid environment and limited space. They can simply glean their water from the humid bathroom air alone.

  1. Cast Iron Plant

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The cast iron plant is an incredibly tough houseplant. It can survive infrequent watering, extreme heat, and low light. Place this potted plant in low to moderate light for best results. Water it regularly and keep it out of direct sunlight as much as possible. It will flourish in temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees.

  1. ZZ Plant

Also known as the ‘eternity plant’, this virtually indestructible houseplant can take long months of low light and neglect and still look amazing. It can do best in bright to moderate, indirect light but will also do fine in extremely low light levels. It boasts beautiful, glossy oval-shaped leaves that will bring a vibrant and fresh feeling to your bathroom.

  1. Dieffenbachia

Dieffenbachia is a large and showy houseplant that is perfect for your home decoration. it is adaptable to different types of conditions and lighting in which you might not expect this houseplant to grow. This can be a great decor for your bathroom if you have a larger bathroom space. Add a fluorescent lighting in your bathroom or place it in a windowsill where it can keep out of direct sunlight.

  1. Boston Fern

The Boston fern is a popular native to tropical and subtropical rain forests. With its long, hanging fronds and frilly leaves, this popular variety of fern is perfect for your bathroom. Place it on a windowsill or in any part of the bathroom that receives a lot of indirect light. For your fern to flourish, it’s important to maintain temperature and humidity of between 55 and 75 degrees. The soil should be kept moist but not saturated during its growing months.

  1. Dracaena

This colorful, strap-like plant foliage also known as the dragon plant is easy and fairly simple to grow. Many cultivars are tall, tree-like plants while others are smaller. You should opt for smaller ones for your bathroom. Place your dragon plant somewhere in the bathroom that has brightly filtered light. It is forgiving of temperatures, as long as it is not too cold.

  1. Snake Plant

Snake Plant or the ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue’ leaves feature white or yellow edging, which grow upright. It is considered as one of the hardiest indoor plants that can survive low light temperature and is flexible in terms of water and heat. It is also known to filter some nasty household toxins from the bathroom air.

  1. Ivy

Ivy can make a bright light, wonderful houseplant. It can grow long and lush. English ivy cultivars are the most well known type of ivy grown indoors. Growing it indoors isn’t hard as long as you provide what it needs. The very important part of the ivy houseplant is light, it needs moderate light. Without appropriate light, it will become sickly and leggy looking and more prone to pests. Requiring just moderate sunlight exposure, this evergreen plant enjoys the high levels of humidity that can be found in bathrooms.

  1. Chinese Evergreen

While most flora require minimal effort in providing proper growing conditions such as light, humidity and temperature, growing a Chinese evergreen can make even the beginner indoor gardener look like a pro. This tropical plant is described as ‘almost foolproof’ as it’s considered one of the most durable household flora you can grow in your bathroom. It can tolerate dry air, drought and poor light. It’s just easy to care for.

  1. Orchid

Are you looking to have a luxury spa feel in your bathroom? The elegant orchid plant is an incredible addition.

Place the orchid on the bathroom windowsill, where there is indirect sunlight. You can also perch it next to the sink or on the corner of the bathtub.

  1. Aloe Vera

Known as the plant of immortality due to the fact that it’s hard to kill, the aloe plant is a great and very useful plant that you can have at home.

The juice of aloe vera has lots of vitamins and minerals. On the other hand, the gel is used as a topical treatment for burns, insect bites, minor cuts, dry skin and a lot more.

This healing plant should be situated close to the window of the bathroom due to its low water requirements. With the humidity alone, it can already meet most of its water needs.

  1. Philodendron

Philodendron is a tropical indoor plant that is easy to care for. They prefer medium light intensity. Make sure the light is not too intense because they will turn yellow. On the other hand, if its leaves are widely spaced, it may require more light so you must consider installing fluorescent lights.

  1. Tillandsias

Tillandsias grow differently than majority of other houseplants so they can be a bit confusing to newbie gardeners. They are good low-care types for a humid bathroom temperature with low to moderate lighting. They don’t need soil to thrive.

  1. Pothos

This plant is considered to be a great way to get started caring for houseplant flora. This lovely plant is an easy way to add some green into your home. Pothos plants do well both in bright indirect light and low light, and can be grown in vases of water or dry soil. It’s a great addition to your bathroom as they can tolerate low light. To stop pothos from getting out of control at the same time save on space, hang it from the high shelf or from the ceiling.

  1. Bamboo

Bamboos need very little light to grow, so place them in low and indirect light. No need to use soil, just pop the bamboo stalk into some containers filled with water and pebbles —and you’re done. You need to change the water every 2 to 4 weeks.

The disadvantage of this plant is that it is fast growing. The best way to curtail its growth is to shape it regularly or provide a physical barrier like a recessed shelf.

  1. Peace Lily

Peace lilies, also know as closet plants, are a common choice for homes and offices. They make excellent houseplants for indoors. They are the easiest to care for but be aware of the proper growing conditions that they require. Peace lilies enjoy medium to low light. Position the plant next to a steamy shower to stimulate the natural humidity of the tropics.

  1. Spider Plant

This plant helps in removing fumes, odors, and around 90% formaldehyde from the air. A spider plant requires little care. Whether they get shade or full sun, they work well in bathrooms.

14 Different Types of Vanities

Pamper yourself with any of these different styles of vanities. You know you want to start or end your day sitting down to one so might as well choose the best fit for your lifestyle and one that completes your bedroom, closet or bathroom.  

The vanity started as an ornate box in the ancient times. It contained all paraphernalia for making oneself beautiful such as jars with cosmetics, flasks with rare perfumes and exotic oils, makeup tools, and a mirror. The vanity as a furniture first appeared in the 17th century.

The European aristocrats owned luxurious especially-crafted vanity tables. In the US, the Chippendale style was one of the most popular. In the 19th century, vanity tables from the revivalist styles emerged while it was in the 20th century that the vanity table was associated with glamor and luxury.

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A. Types

  1. Vanity Cabinet
  2. Under-Mounted Sink Vanity
  3. Vessel Vanity
  4. Floating Vanity
  5. Free-Standing Vanity
  6. Pedestal Sink Vanity
  7. Round Bathroom Vanity
  8. Square Bathroom Vanity
  9. Rectangular Bathroom Vanity
  10. Makeup Vanity with Mirror
    B. Materials
  11. Wood
  12. Marble
  13. Laminate
  14. Particle Board
    A. Types
  15. Vanity Cabinet

Vanity cabinets are definitely among the most popular sink fixtures used in people’s bathrooms. As long as your house has enough room to fit one of these vanity cabinets, this will be a very sensible choice to make. This gives you access to a certain amount of storage that will definitely come in handy. This unit is capable of functioning well as a cabinet and as a vanity.

Many people like to install these in their bathrooms and then add a mirror just above the sink. This will allow you to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re getting ready in the morning. Vanity cabinets generally have a large enough surface area to make applying makeup or shaving an easy task. You can find some vanity cabinets that will feature two sinks as well, making it even simpler for a couple to get ready simultaneously in the morning.

You will find vanity cabinets at most major retailers where sinks are sold. This type of vanity is going to look very nice in your home. You can find these vanities being made out of wood, but you can also seek out a marble variant if you want something that is truly upscale. This is the preferred bathroom vanity option for many people, and it is easy to see how useful it can be.

  1. Under-Mounted Sink Vanity

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You will find many bathroom vanities that have the sunk installed in an under-mounted fashion. There are several different ways that you can install a sink into a vanity, but the under-mounted variety is convenient for a few reasons. The sink is mounted under the normal surface of the vanity, giving you more room to place things on top, in most situations. Some people don’t like having the sink on top of the vanity because they don’t want to bump into, it as well.

The sink portion of the vanity being under-mounted does provide it with a little bit of protection. You won’t be bumping into the sides of it when it is mounted inside of the vanity itself. Even if this isn’t a big deal to you, it’s possible that you might prefer the look of an under-mounted sink vanity. It can be quite pleasing to the eye, and it will allow more room for you to place mirrors if you so choose.

Being able to place mirrors is an essential part of any vanity area. These under-mounted sink vanities are good at providing you with enough surface space for your cosmetics, while also giving you space to place a mirror above the sink. These vanities can look very fetching as well, so you will be able to find a stylish option to put in your bathroom. Weigh your options, and think about whether this is the perfect vanity for your situation before you make your final decision.

  1. Vessel Vanity

Vessel vanities are definitely unique because of the way that they look. A vessel vanity is recognizable for the way that the sink is fitted in the vanity itself. The sink rests on top of the vanity, and it often looks like a bowl. This can actually be really interesting, and it will draw a lot of attention since these sink styles aren’t used nearly as common in people’s homes.

The raised bowl look is going to be very aesthetically pleasing, so you may want to consider this option if you want to create an upscale bathroom environment. These types of vanities are often seen in hotels and restaurants that have lavish decors. You can definitely replicate this style in your own home if you really want to. Pairing a vessel sink vanity with a few other inspired design choices could really make for an intriguing bathroom area.

Most vanities of this style also have storage options at the bottom. These usually come with enough drawers so that you can keep all of your cosmetic items nice and tidy. This helps to make this vessel sink vanity option feel a bit more practical. There are some negatives that you should think about before you decide to purchase one, though.

The raised sink design of these vessel sink vanities can make it feel like you have less room to work with. This can be a bit of an annoyance when you’re getting ready in the morning. This is essentially the opposite of the under-mounted sink that was mentioned above. Think about whether or not the aesthetic appeal of this vanity type is enough to outweigh the slight inconvenience of the lack of space.

  1. Floating Vanity

Many people love to make use of floating vanities in their bathrooms. This is going to be a really convenient option if you aren’t too worried about having many cupboards or drawer space. As you might expect, a floating vanity is one that hangs on the wall rather than sitting on the floor. This is going to create a really nice look, and it might even wind up being more convenient for you depending on how your bathroom is set up.

The largest benefit of owning this type of vanity is that it is not going to take up much space. You can save yourself a little bit of room while still having access to a really nice vanity. It doesn’t need to be attached to the floor in any way and you will be able to install this without too much of a hassle. This is really good for smaller bathrooms, and it might be your best option if you don’t have a lot of floor space to work with.

The problem with this vanity is that you will need to be careful with it. If you are a bit accident prone, then you will want to make sure that you don’t trip and fall into your new floating vanity. If you put too much force on this vanity, it is possible that it could fall down and be destroyed in the process. This may be an unlikely scenario, but you will need to be careful about bumping into this vanity for the sake of its survival.

  1. Free-Standing Vanity
    Source: Amazon

A free-standing vanity is generally something that sits on your floor and stands vertically. These free-standing vanities are very commonly used in homes, and they can be really convenient. Most of these free-standing vanities have a square or rectangular design. Some of them will have cabinet areas just like the cabinet vanities that are mentioned above.

Not all free-standing vanities will come with cabinet space, though. You will find some units that will feature empty space that you can use as shelving. Some people like to place toiletries in these spaces or even practical things such as towels. However you decide to use the space, you will certainly find that it is very useful.

The term “free-standing vanity” is mostly just a broad term that refers to a vanity that stands up from the floor. This might be the type of vanity that you have in your bathroom right now, as they are very common overall. If you want to buy something that is going to be very practical, then this type of vanity is going to appeal to you. You can purchase a free-standing vanity that looks really nice without breaking the bank, so it will be worth it to look into your options.

  1. Pedestal Sink Vanity
    Source: Wayfair 

Pedestal sink vanities are really similar to the free-standing vanities that are mentioned above. They differ in a few important ways, though. These pedestal sinks are generally simple standing sinks that don’t feature any storage options. Some may see this as an inconvenience, but the overall look of a nice pedestal sink is undeniably visually appealing.

People buy pedestal sink vanities because of how elegant they look. A nice sink that is standing straight up may look simple, but it has a certain appeal that draws your eye to it. This can be an interesting design choice that will help your bathroom to stand out and look even more interesting. The lack of storage options may wind up being a deal breaker for many people, though.

The biggest problem with this pedestal sink vanity is that it doesn’t have a lot of surface space. People aren’t going to be able to use this sink to get ready in the morning as easily as they would many of the other vanity options. For this reason, this is a vanity that people choose because the style appeals to them. It isn’t a choice that makes a lot of practical sense for those who want to use their vanity area to do their makeup.

Even so, if you like this pedestal sink vanity, you will be able to find a beautiful one if you take the time to look. If you want your bathroom to look the best that it possibly can, then it is possible that this pedestal sink vanity will work well for your purposes. You might need to create a vanity area for yourself outside of your bathroom for practical use, but it’s a decision that is up to you. There are many different styles of pedestal sink vanities, so you will want to peruse them all to see which one will call out to you.

  1. Round Bathroom Vanity
    Source: Wayfair 

Round bathroom vanities are good when you don’t have a lot of space to put a vanity in your bathroom. These rounded bathroom vanity sets are a little more compact than the other types. You will be able to put this in a small bathroom so that you can still have access to a vanity. This might be the only way that some people can have a vanity in their bathroom, so it is undeniably useful for that purpose.

You don’t see these round vanities in homes as often as you do other types. These vanities are not large enough to provide storage space for people to place their cosmetics. This makes the practicality of using a round bathroom vanity a little more limited. They can still be useful, but they just aren’t as sought-after as many of the other options.

These round bathroom vanities are often seen in powder rooms. It is perfectly suitable for quickly freshening yourself up. It may not be ideal for applying makeup and doing your hair, but it is sufficient for making minor adjustments. Powder rooms aren’t something that most common people have, so these vanities are definitely less likely to be seen than the other ones that are represented here.

  1. Square Bathroom Vanity

Square bathroom vanities are excellent when you want to have some storage space, but you don’t have a ton of room. These are a lot more practical than the round bathroom vanities mentioned earlier. A square vanity still has a good amount of space that you can work with, and they can come with shelves or drawers that you can make use of. This is one of the most typical vanities that you will see in people’s homes.

Most people will be able to fit a square vanity into their bathroom. It doesn’t have to be too big, but it will still be able to be useful to you. This might not be ideal for someone who wants to have a robust vanity set up with many options. The storage in a square bathroom vanity is good, but it isn’t the best that you can get.

If you have a medium-sized bathroom, then getting yourself a square bathroom vanity is highly recommended. This is going to be an easy way for you to have a vanity in your bathroom without taking up too much of your precious space. It will look really nice, and you will be able to put it to good use. If your bathroom is larger, then you may want to consider a bigger vanity such as a rectangular one.

  1. Rectangular Bathroom Vanity

Rectangular vanities are going to give you the most space that you can possibly have. These vanities are pretty long and they often come with a lot of storage space. This makes it easy for you to store all of your makeup and other important products in a convenient fashion. You won’t have to worry about running out of space, and the surface area will make it easy for you to do what you need to do.

Most of the rectangular vanities that you will find on the market will feature two sinks as well. This is going to come in handy as it will allow you to get ready more quickly. If you are married, then your spouse will be able to make use of the other sink to get ready at the same time that you’re doing your preparations. This just makes everything seem so much smoother in the mornings, so it is worth looking into if you have enough space.

People put these rectangular bathroom vanities in their master bathrooms pretty often. They look really fantastic, and they function even better. If you want to have a really good experience with your bathroom vanity, then getting one of these is going to prove to be beneficial. It will make your mornings easier, and you’ll always have a good time getting yourself ready.

  1. Makeup Vanity with Mirror

Sometimes you won’t have enough room in your bathroom to install a suitable vanity. In these situations, it is a good idea to seek out a makeup vanity with a mirror. You can put this vanity in your master bedroom and use it to get ready instead of the sink in your bathroom. This will allow you to have a convenient spot where you can put on your makeup and tend to your hair in the morning.

There are many people who really like having a vanity that is outside of their bathroom area. It can actually work out better for you in many situations. You can use a combination of your bathroom and your bedroom vanity area to get yourself ready in the morning. Depending on the size of your home, this may wind up being the best option that is available to you.

Being able to buy a makeup vanity that comes with a mirror is really convenient. These mirrors are usually large enough to make them very useful for multiple purposes. Whether you are trying to see small details to do your makeup just right, or if you are fussing with your hair, this will work out perfectly for you. There are several makeup vanity styles, so you’ll be able to find one that will fit in well with your other furniture pieces in your bedroom.

B. Materials

  1. Wood

Wood is a common material that is used to make vanities. There are many different types of wood that are used to make vanities, so you will be able to seek out a specific type if you have a preference. Some people really like the look of oak, and others find something about the look of pinewood to be very appealing. Whatever your preferences are, you will be able to find an excellent vanity that is made out of wood.

  1. Marble

Marble isn’t the most common material that is used to make vanities, but it is one of the most sought-after. People purchase marble vanities when they want their bathroom areas to look as elegant as they possibly can. The look of marble is something that people have been pining over for a long time. You can make your bathroom look really extravagant if you choose to install a marble vanity.

This option is going to be significantly more expensive than many of the other options. You will want to go with a marble vanity if your budget is a bit higher than normal. It will help you to create a look that will stand the test of time. If your shower and some other parts of your bathroom already make use of marble, then it is just sensible to get a marble vanity as well.

  1. Laminate
    Source: Amazon 

Laminate is a good option to consider when looking for the ideal vanity material. Laminate bathroom vanities are very sturdy, and they will work well for many purposes. These vanities look very nice, and you will be able to enjoy incorporating them into your bathroom. You can find laminate vanities in many different styles, so it shouldn’t be difficult to use them to create the ideal look that you’re going for.

One big reason that people purchase laminate vanities is that they are very cost-effective. These vanities aren’t inexpensive, but they also aren’t nearly as costly as most of the marble options. These vanities can look really nice in your bathroom, and you can purchase them without having to spend too much of your hard-earned money. That makes laminate vanities a popular choice that you should certainly consider.

  1. Particle Board

Source: K-Mart

If you want to buy a vanity that is as inexpensive as possible, then you can seek out one that is made using particle board. Admittedly, particle board is seen as an inferior material when compared to the other options. Even still, these particle board vanities can stand up to regular use and look nice in your bathroom when you take care of them properly. Most particle board vanities look very similar to sturdier wood options, and they are treated in such a way that they will feel pretty rugged.

As long as you aren’t being rough with this type of vanity, it will last a good long while for you. If you want something that is going to last you for decades, then you may be better off seeking another option. These vanities are very affordable, and that is what draws people to them. If your budget is low, then you can consider this option, and it just might work out perfectly for you.

7 Natural Shower Alternatives

Find clever ways to stay clean and maintain personal hygiene even when you tend to skip your daily shower by checking out this list of natural shower alternatives.  

A daily shower has become a standard in modern society’s concept of personal hygiene. However, this simple practice isn’t always an achievable goal especially for busy moms who need to keep up with other more demanding daily tasks. It’s also not that practical for those who live in drought areas where conserving water is considered more important.

For older adults, showering isn’t as easy although keeping clean is just as important. Fortunately, there are practical and natural ways to manage one’s personal hygiene and stay clean even without taking a shower. Scroll down below to find out how.

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  1. Taking a Bath
  2. Shower Chairs
  3. Using Baby Wipes
  4. Getting a Fresh Change of Clothes
  5. Washing Your Face with Olive Oil
  6. Apple Cider Vinegar
  7. Baking Soda
  8. Taking a Bath

If you are having trouble taking showers, it might be best for you to switch to being a bath person. Not everyone who owns a shower has a bathtub, as some showers are simply stalls. Regardless, if you have the option to take a bath, then this is going to be your best bet. Even if you are hurting or having some problems, you should be able to take a bath.

Those who have severe injuries may need to have some type of supervision during the bathing process. At least having someone outside the bathroom door may be enough to keep you safe. If your need for a shower alternative is more due to having problems standing, then a bath is a perfect option for you. Even if you weren’t a bath person up until now, it will be best to get used to it.


You likely already have a bathtub and will be able to switch over to taking baths right away. Even if you have trouble standing, you’ll be able to sit down in a bath and get cleaned up. This will allow you to maintain proper hygiene while letting yourself heal. Even those with permanent disabilities should be able to bathe safely with the right supervision.


Some people simply do not enjoy baths as much as they do showers. If you are very injured, you might require some assistance to get into and out of the bathtub. Those who don’t have someone to help them may not be able to make use of this method easily. Even so, this is the most practical shower alternative that most people will turn to.

  1. Shower Chairs

Shower chairs are another alternative that you will want to consider. This type of alternative will appeal to people who avoid the shower due to medical reasons. If you can’t shower because you are having trouble standing up, there is something that can help you. Buying a simple shower chair will allow you to take a shower while sitting down.

This is a handy tool that helps people to enjoy a refreshing shower without having to feel like they are in danger. These chairs are capable of supporting quite a bit of weight too. If you are a bit on the heavier side due to your injury, you will be happy to know that the shower chair being shown here supports up to 350 pounds. This is the option that most people choose when they have suffered an injury or are too frail to take a normal shower.


A shower chair can potentially help someone regain their feeling of independence. This tool can help someone who feels too unbalanced to take a normal shower. Being able to sit down while showering will feel natural and will help a person get cleaned up very nicely. Also, these shower chairs are not all that expensive, so they should be affordable to purchase on any budget.


Shower chairs can be great, but sometimes people still require supervision. Depending on the severity of a person’s injuries or their physical conditioning, they may not be able to stand up from the chair without assistance. This means that someone will need to be present even while they are using the chair. This largely depends on how severe the physical problems of the user are, of course.

  1. Using Baby Wipes

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Baby wipes can actually be a really good tool for you to make use of if you cannot use your shower for some reason. If you need to avoid taking showers for a few days due to an injury or your shower needing repairs, you’ll need a method to stay somewhat clean. The easiest thing that you can do is purchase some baby wipes. You can use these to easily clean yourself so that you can stay as fresh as possible given the circumstances.

There are many people who take baby wipes with them when they go out camping too. You can use these unscented wipes to clean up and stay fresh without having to take the time to shower. It’s excellent for times when you simply do not have access to a shower, and it doesn’t cost too much money. Baby wipes are very inexpensive and you can purchase them just about anywhere, so this is a solid shower alternative to consider.


Baby wipes don’t cost much at all, so anyone can make use of this shower alternative. If you use baby wipes to wash yourself up, you should be able to stay relatively fresh. Most people won’t even be able to tell that you haven’t had a shower if you have cleaned up in this fashion. It’s a quick process and you’ll never even feel inconvenienced. Also, baby wipes are useful for multiple purposes, so you’ll love having them around.


You aren’t going to be able to avoid showering forever. Baby wipes are certainly better than nothing, but you will notice a change in your skin condition if you don’t take a proper shower after a few days. This is a great solution for a few days, but it isn’t the best long-term solution. If your shower is being repaired, this should work fine while you fix things up, however.

  1. Getting a Fresh Change of Clothes

Another important thing to do when you aren’t able to shower is simply getting a fresh change of clothes. If you change your clothes, you will smell a lot better. The most important part of your clothing to change regularly is your undergarments. These clothes get very sweaty and will begin to smell after some time, so change those at the very least.

If you combine changing into fresh clothes using the baby wipes as mentioned above, you will feel relatively clean. Even if you have to avoid showers for whatever reason, you will be able to stay fairly well-groomed this way. People won’t notice that anything is different about you and you’ll be able to go about your business. Just try to clean up with baby wipes before changing, if at all possible.


Changing into a fresh pair of clothes is a very simple way to freshen up. You will feel a lot better when you put fresh clothing on too. Changing your undergarments is probably the most important aspect of this shower alternative. Your other clothing should be changed out as well, but pay close attention to your undergarments at the very least.


If you are particularly dirty, changing into fresh clothes isn’t going to cover up that fact. This method really does need to be paired with using baby wipes in order to be as effective as possible. If you want to be able to appear as clean as possible, you will certainly need clean clothes. You just might need to clean your body too, depending on how dirty you are at the time.

  1. Washing Your Face with Olive Oil

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One of the biggest problems that people encounter when they are unable to shower is that their skin starts to look bad. When you can’t shower for a stretch of time, your pores will begin to get clogged up. This can lead to you feeling dirty and your skin looking bad. Luckily, there are some natural remedies you can make use of to mitigate the damage.

Washing your face with olive oil is an effective way to cleanse your pores. Olive oil contains a ton of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial for your skin. Your skin will look more vibrant if you use olive oil instead of a normal commercial facial cleansing product. This is inexpensive to do as well, so it’s definitely worth trying. Simply wash your face with some olive oil and a little bit of water to ensure that you look as good as possible.


Buying olive oil is very easy to do. You can find it at pretty much any supermarket that you visit. It should only cost a pittance and you’ll be able to start washing your face with it right away. It will invigorate your face and cleanse your pores, making you look as good as possible.


This will help the look of your face but it won’t really get you clean. You’re still going to be dealing with other hygiene issues even if you address your skin condition. It can be a good part of a shower alternative, but it is not an entire solution.

  1. Apple Cider Vinegar

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Apple cider vinegar is an excellent way for you to cover up the smell of your body. If you are starting to notice that your body has an odor, you will want to do something about it. Buying some apple cider vinegar is a cost-effective way to deodorize yourself. Apply some of the apple cider vinegar to your armpits and other areas of your body and you will smell ten times better.

Many people are not aware that apple cider vinegar was widely used in the past to help people smell better. The advent of modern deodorant options made this an uncommon practice. Even so, apple cider vinegar can be very useful today. It has natural anti-bacterial properties and can really help your skin look better.


Apple cider vinegar is very easy to find at any grocery store. You’ll be able to use this inexpensive method to ensure that you smell fine. Using it on your armpits and other sweaty regions of your body works great. You’ll feel fresher and people won’t be able to tell that you have not showered recently.


This is another shower alternative that can help you cover up the symptoms of not taking a shower. You need to be able to bathe at least semi-regularly for the sake of hygiene. No amount of special products or remedies is going to completely replace showering or bathing. You should use these methods to help, but should not count on them as a complete replacement for showering.

  1. Baking Soda

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If one of your biggest problems is that your hair is getting incredibly greasy, you should be able to solve things with a bit of baking soda. Using baking soda as a sort of dry shampoo is an effective solution. If you put some baking soda on the greasy parts of your hair, things will start to dry out. This will allow you to go a little longer without having to take a shower or wash your hair.

You will need to comb your hair out in order to ensure that you don’t have any white flakes in your hair. If you leave the baking soda in, then people are going to be able to tell that you did something to it. You don’t want it to be obvious that you put baking soda in your hair, so it’s a good idea to go to some lengths to comb out your hair and inspect yourself after using this method.


Baking soda doesn’t cost a lot of money and it can help to eliminate greasy hair. No one likes having greasy hair, as it can feel somewhat nasty to the touch. Eliminating this problem is easy when you use baking soda, so don’t hesitate to give this a try if you have a greasy hair problem.


This method isn’t exactly quick, as you will need to comb out your hair. If you are going to go to these lengths to make your hair less greasy, you could just go ahead and wash your hair. Even washing your hair in a sink is something that can be effective. This method may not be appealing to everyone because of this.

34 Attractive Living Room Storage Ideas

Awesome collection of 34 living room storage ideas that reduces clutter and makes your living room look even better. Great ideas that you’ll love.-

Welcome to our guide to living room storage options!

So you have some extra stuff, and you want it nearby where you can access it with ease. Tucking it away in a basement or garage doesn’t work–those are too far away. Why not store things in your living room? Because it’s too cluttered?

Living room storage is a great way to keep those items nearby, ready whenever you need them. But what about cluttering up your sleek and well planned living room design? Don’t worry, there are plenty of clever storage ideas that can keep your living room filled with your favorite things, all while remaining uncluttered.

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One great option for living room storage is an ottoman. An ottoman is a great design choice; it can increase the comfort of a particular seat by acting as a footstool, act as a table, or even increase the seating options in your living room. This is a great selection when seeking to increase storage because many ottomans are hollow and have a removable seat. The seats are usually either completely removable or on a hinge. This is a great way to store items; the storage is out of sight, so the stored items are almost as good as invisible. You can customize your ottoman to fit with nearly any design choice and living room style. The multiple uses and versatility of the ottoman make it an amazing choice if you are looking to maximize the functionality of each piece in your space.

Depending on what kinds of chairs you have in your living room, there is plenty of unused space under those chairs. There may be creative ways to use this space to store items. There are even some chairs built with this in mind. Much like ottomans, some chairs have removable seats and storage right underneath.

Coffee tables and end tables with shelves are also good places to store items. Although these often don’t hide the visibility of the items, it is still a good place to keep things. Some may have drawers which can store smaller items.

Another great option is a truck or chest. A trunk or chest can have vintage or antique appeal as a table while providing storage space.

Bookcases and other shelves are perfect for storage. They provide ample storage, and come in a variety of styles, shapes, and sizes. They can be freestanding, or even built into your walls. These are perfect for items you want to display out in your living room. Cube shelves are a great and simple solution. Some cube shelves even have baskets that act as drawers. Be creative with shelves and you will have endless possibilities.

Cabinets are also a good options depending on your space. If you have items that you want to display, but perhaps don’t want them to be free for all to touch, a cabinet with glass doors is ideal. If you would rather the items be out of sight, a cabinet with a solid door can be a great design piece.

If you have plenty of shelf space, but there are things you don’t want to display, there are ways to hide those items with some clever accessories. Hollow books, or other design items may be a good place to hide things you want stored away but close by.

Specific living room storage ideas

  1.  Shelving
    Whether it’s for book storage, Blu-Ray storage, or for decorative purposes, shelves are a great way to make use of vertical wall storage in a living room or family room.

This ladder shelf features two drawers at the bottom, which would normally go unused since they’re so low.

If you don’t have the floor space for a free-standing or leaning shelf, you might prefer floating shelving:

Whether for decorative purposes or to store books, shelves are one of the most versatile types of storage.

  1.  Ottomans with Storage
    Like in the bedroom, ottomans can be used to neatly tuck away blankets or throw pillows that would probably otherwise end up on the floor.

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Ottomans are most common in living rooms, where you can use them to store blankets or pillows.

  1.  Coffee Tables with Storage
    There are some pretty cool coffee tables with unique storage options out there, so you can find one that has the kind of storage you’ll make the most use of.

For example, the multiple levels of storage afforded to you by this option:

There are drawers in the bottom of the table, and the top is also removable, revealing two storage cubbies.

Or, if you prefer, you can get a table with a little more versatility:

Magazine racks are built into the sides, and drawers into the bottom. The top lifts up as well.

  1.  End Tables with Storage
    The end tables always seem to collect the most clutter in a living room or family room. Tissue boxes, glasses, magazines, books, and remote controls. Having a spot to hide all of these away will instantly reduce clutter in your living room.

A small table with a cabinet below a shelf allows you to tuck away small clutter out of sight.

If you prefer a more open look, you could try this style:

Elegant legs are connected by a single low shelf. A small drawer is above.

  1.  Entertainment Media Center Storage Units
    Entertainment centers are the king of living room storage. They almost always have shelving, drawers, and cabinets for you to place your gaming consoles, movies, and other media in.  Some are grand while others are more simple such as a basic TV stand (which can also include storage).

Entertainment centers generally are large pieces of furniture, so they have lots of potential for storage.

  1.  Baskets
    A well-placed basket adds style to a room. We like to place them wherever a blanket usually ends up on the floor. You might also use a basket to store a child or pet’s toys. Of course, you can also add them to existing cubbies to dress up and contain your items.

Wicker baskets add texture to this simple wooden bench.

  1.  Hutches
    This elegant piece of furniture isn’t one you see in many houses anymore, but it’s excellent storage that looks great. If you have a glass-faced hutch, you’ll probably want to use it for more decorative pieces, like keepsakes or porcelain.

You can store your keepsakes in the upper portion, and tuck away blankets or other items int he lower drawers and cabinets.

If you prefer, you can get a hutch with closed storage on the top as well.

The dark wood and textured panels add visual interest to an already elegant piece.

  1.  Firewood Storage
    A roaring fireplace is a huge plus to any living room, but if it’s wood burning, you’ll need a nice spot to keep the firewood without making a mess out of your hearth.

This simple oval holder has an attached tray to catch any dirt, bark, or slivers that fall off the wood as it sits. Plus, it looks great!

  1.  Magazine Rack
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If you read many magazines, a magazine rack might be a great option to keep all of your magazines from being scattered on a coffee table or on an end table.

Whether your rack is on the floor or on the wall, you’ll be able to keep your magazines organized and all in one place!

This simple V-shaped magazine holder can hold just a few magazines and is best for someone who reads one or two magazines.

If you’re looking for a wall mounted version with more storage, you might like this one:

This much more decorative magazine rack holds the magazines neatly between each curve.

  1.  Storage Trunk / Steamer Chest
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An old trunk or chest can serve many different purposes in your living room, from simple storage to a storage coffee table. Plus, we love the style they add to a room.

This trunk has a classic curved top with wooden sides and tooled leather. It even includes buckles!

Or, you can go for a more traditional cedar chest to store your blankets and pillows.

Ornate carving around the outside of the box is decoration enough for any formal living room.

  1.  Mini-Bar
    A mini-bar will serve you well if you spend much time entertaining in your living room.

You can go for a more permanent installation, or a rolling bar that you can move into storage when it’s not needed.

This all-wood mini bar is a more permanent installation, and features a foot bar should you want to add barstools to the mix.

Or, opt for this smaller version:

Glass doors allow you to display what’s inside. It also includes an extendable counter and a wine rack.

Also check out these 15 custom luxury home bars.

  1.  Console Tables
    If you need a bit less storage than an entertainment center, you might opt for a console table instead. The open shelving can be used for decorative purposes as well. Console tables are also excellent on their own or behind a sofa.

While the top of the table is used to house a lamp and several accents, the lower portion can house items in a basket.

  1.  Bookcases
    Bookcases, whether they’re built-in or not, are a great storage solution.If you don’t have enough books to completely fill the shelves,  you can use that storage for other things as well.

A simple bookcase can add so much to a room, regardless if you’re an avid reader or not. Use baskets to organize smaller items, or store a collection of movies.

  1.  Storage Benches
    Learn about all types of storage benches here.

A storage bench can double as an ottoman or as a coffee table, and only depends on what kind of storage you find yourself in need of, but for a living room, we like them best as an extra seat.

Check out this plush bench that  your guests won’t mind sitting on:

The top lifts up to store anything you desire and can fit. It’s also a great place to store items like dog toys while your guests are over.

Real livings with some great storage ideas

This living room utilizes a amazing trunk as a table. The trunk provides a great deal of storage space while being a very stylish and appealing table.

On both sides of this fireplace there are glass door cabinets. These are great for storage and showing off items and design accessories. These cabinets add a cool design element while increasing storage. See more of this home here. Designed by Clay Construction.

Here is a long bench with a storage area under the seat. This is a great storage option because it is a single piece of furniture with multiple uses. The more function a single piece of furniture has, the better. Learn more here.

This room has an ottoman, shelves, cabinets, and a large chest in the center of the room. This room has so many great and creative storage ideas. All of them work together, and all fit the design well. See more of this home here. Designed by Miller & Miller Real Estate

A simple shelf and basket below the top of a coffee table is a simple and easy way to store items. While they may not be hidden away, they are out of the way, and still easy to get to. Learn more here.

This room has a bit of storage under the coffee table, but also has quite a bit of shelving around the television. These storage areas are being used to display various items that work well with the overall design of the room. See more of this home here. Designed by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.

Here are some hollow books that are great for hiding away items in your living room bookshelves. They appear to fill out your library, while creating more places to put things out of the way. Learn more here.

Here is an interesting and appealing shelving and drawer unit. It is used as a design feature, but it is also a functional part of the room. If you are going to have some shelves and drawers, might as well go for a quirky, fun, or interesting design. See more of this home here. Designed by Vanlian Architecture.

This entertainment center is a perfect opportunity for storage, as it has shelves and drawers. Entertainment centers have fallen out of favor in previous years, but they’re still a great way to create wall-storage and hide loose wires. Source: Zillow Digs™

In a simple and sleek modern living room, the creative use of space can create good storage space. Beyond the shelves on the wall, the entertainment space has cabinet space, and there is room under the simple coffee table. See more of this home here. Designed by Sa.ne Studio.

This open ottoman shows the storage that can be inside a utility furnishing. Store pillows and throw blankets close by where you can fish them out if it gets chilly. Learn more here.

This picture shows that putting shelves behind a couch is an easy way to add shelf space if you don’t have more room against the walls. See more of this home here. Designed by Garrison Hullinger Interior Design.

Of all the kinds of shelf units that one can get, corner shelves make the most out of limited and unused space. These are a great idea if you have unused corners and need a bit more storage space. Learn more here.

Here we see built in shelves, which are always a good option if you can manage it. Also there is another shelf tucked behind a couch. Putting a unit behind a couch is great if you have run out of blank wall space to put shelving, and you can use them to divide a larger space into more intimate seating areas.  See more of this home here. Designed by Garrison Hullinger interior Design.

These simple shelves and colorful baskets make an interesting and fun kind of drawer system for storing any variety of items. Source: Zillow Digs™

This living room has a nice, sleek, and interesting cabinet against the wall that has a top that can be used as a console table. There is also room under that table for keeping plenty of items. See more of this home here. Designed by Homepolish.

Here is basic bookshelf, which is always good for simple and easy storage solutions. These kinds of bookshelves come in many different colors, shapes, and sizes. No matter what kind of space you have in your living room, you can likely find a bookcase in this style that would fit your needs. Learn more here.

This simple and rustic room uses suspended shelves to create storage without taking up much floorspace. With a design like this, it is important to keep things uncluttered and clean, and storage up off of the ground is a good way to keep the space open. See more of this home here. Designed by PplusP Architecture.

Built-in shelves are always a great use of space and can keep storage space out of the way. This room also has s large center table that likely has a plethora of storage inside. This kind of table can fit in with a lot of different designs, and is always stylish.  See more of this home here. Designed by Awork.

A simple leaning shelf can fit in smaller space and create good storage space to almost any style living room. This particular shelf has a distressed painted wood look that’s perfect for a shabby chic living room. Learn more here. Designed by Dapper Dave’s Workshop.

51 Sleek Modern Master Bathroom Ideas (Photos)

Thanks for visiting our modern master bathroom photo gallery where you can search a lot of modern master bathroom design ideas.

Please note that we include both contemporary and modern designs here.  I know modern is a specific type of design, but we’ve found that most people looking for “modern” bathrooms are really looking for contemporary designs.

This is our modern style master bathroom design gallery where you can browse photos or filter down your search with the options on the right.  We hope you find your inspiration here.  We add new designs every week.

Photos of awesome modern master bathrooms
We love this black, natural wood and white bathroom.  Check out all the mirrors and notice how the bathtub looks out into the master bedroom with a view of the wall-mounted TV and the fireplace. An extremly cool and smart layout for a 21st century bathroom.

Source: Redfin. I love this black, natural wood and white bathroom.  Check out all the mirrors and notice how the bathtub looks out into the master bedroom with a view of the wall-mounted TV and the fireplace.  Very cool and smart layout and design.

A simplistic design, this gorgeous bathroom uses cool cream, white, and light gray in combination with dark colored hardwood floors for an amazing simple but chic finish.

Designed by Heusch Inc.

This is no ordinary bathroom. This modern bathroom has gorgeous gray textured walls and a warm toned hardwood floors for a gorgeous finish. All the elements and colors elevate this bathroom from its competition.

Designed by: ARRCC | Architect: SAOTA

A large, square shaped bathtub with wide rims fits cozily in this neutral colored bathroom.  The large windows looking out into a small garden and further down to another room give the space a sense of openness and calm. This is a great way to bring the outside natural beauty into the bathroom, which is rarely seen these days.

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If there was ever a unique design for sinks, it’s this! A bed of rocks rimmed with blue LED lighting gives a futuristic touch to a classic dark wood cupboard beneath. The black sinks with mounted faucet and taps finish the look.

Designed by: LLI Design

Warm, soft neutral colors dominate this bathroom. The wooden effect of the walls and the sleek coffee colored hues of the mounted cupboards make the white sinks stand out and look breathlessly elegant.

Designed by: Sanders Architecture

This is a gorgeous bathroom with an all white design that uses accents and nature to add life. The dark wooden cabinets stand out brightly against the white background as do the pots of flowers beside the sink and at the edge of the tub. The marble floor and bathtub are the perfect finish.

Sebastian van Damme | Architect: EVA

A clean, minimalistic looking bathroom design uses a contemporary shaped tub and reflective glass to bring the whole space together. The accents of warmer bath trays and a dark mat are the only color in this bathroom apart from a black towel and monochrome tiling.


A small bathroom which uses large mirrors and light colored floors to give the illusion of a larger space than it actually holds. The hanging lights give it a luxurious feel and the gray and white theme goes beautifully with the overall expensive aesthetic.


Skylights are an ingenious way of adding natural light to bathrooms. This gray and black themed bathroom uses contemporary elements such as skylights and spotlights combined with simpler, almost rustic dual sinks.


A geometric, stylish bathtub and stool make this bathroom at once modern and sleek. There’s lots of natural light and a rain shower with a bench which adds a touch of luxury. The cool toned wooden walls go great with the tiles and make this look almost like a cabin.

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A soft, caramel colored theme makes this bathroom look spacious and minimal. The inner lighting behind the windows and carefully placed along the ceiling give the bathroom a beautiful glow.

This bathroom features a large corner to corner mirror with warm wooden panels and stylish-hanging lights along the edge of the mirror. The sinks are separated from each other as are the shower and tub making this bathroom feel spacious. Marbled floor and panels with their gray accents finish heighten the look of this mesmerizing bathroom.

Skylights and windows are a great way to give the bathroom a lot of natural light and bring out a natural green vibe. Modern cut bathtubs and a shower stall with a mounted bench all give this bathroom a uniquely contemporary look.

A small bathroom can feel much larger with the right elements. Skylights, mirrors, and a cool white and gray theme all help make this bathroom look expansive. The gentle curves of the bathtub are a modern twist on the otherwise simple, straight lines of the bathroom.  

This bathroom uses shades of deep brown and caramel to create a warm, pleasing aesthetic. The white tub, sink, and toilet stand out against the rich brown while the caramel adds a little bit of color and opens up the space.


This bathroom looks almost like the inside of an igloo with its soft-snow colored tiles on the floors and walls. The dark wooden cabinet adds some depth to the space while the corner to corner mirror makes it seem larger.

Source: Zillow DigsTM

This is a truly modern bathroom with blue LED lights highlighting different areas. The rustic coffee colored theme makes it seem warm and inviting and the sleek tub and shower only look more inviting.


This bathroom is a prime example of perfectly utilizing a given space. There is no space wasted here. This ingenious design allows for the tub and shower to be fit cozily into the same space. The design is at once stylish, functional, and contemporary.

MU Architecture

This bathroom is minimalistic to its core. Simple, clean marble with white and gray accents are used for the floor as well as the walls, and the shower is open spaced with no cubicle restricting it. to sum it up in a few words; sleek, modern, and simple.

This bathroom design looks like something out of an art show. The bathtub and shower cubicle are side by side, framed by a geometric patterned shaped capsule of tiles that’s set in the midst of foggy gray floors and light wooden ceilings. If this wasn’t a photo, it could easily pass as a hyper realistic painting.

This bathroom uses different shades of woods for the floor and cabinets to give a nice, warm aesthetic that is contrasted by the white bathtub, sink, and accessories. Once again, windows and skylights are a prominent feature.  

Imagine sinking into a warm bath with a television right in front of you. This beautiful design has a stunning view outside the window and a TV in front for the ultimate luxury experience. This bathroom bring two worlds into one.

This bathroom uses dark chestnut wooden flooring in combination with marble to give a sophisticated finish. A hanging light and slanted shower stall give a contemporary look. A fine example of a modern bathroom.

Source: Trulia

Dual sinks and large mirrors make this moderate bathroom look even larger. With a simplistic tub cornered by wide rims and gray tiles, this bathroom looks exquisite.

A black and white theme with a contemporary twist; this bathroom uses careful accents to make the black pop on the white marble. Stripes in the shower stall with a black seat and black flooring around the tub, and the cupboards and window make it stylish without being bland.

This bathroom has an interesting combination of elephant gray walls, marbled tiles and shower cubicle with patterned black accents. The overall look is a stylish, but extremely elegant finish making it look very luxurious. The first thing that comes to our mind is the word ’unique’

This bathroom with the master bedroom is simple with its laminated wood cabinet and marble countertop but still gives off a sleek, modern finish.

This bathroom uses light, neutral toned wood for cupboards and mirror panels and has tons of natural light giving it an earthy, clean finish. The vanity table added between the sinks is a very nice, functional touch.

This bathroom is connected to the terrace by a large floor to ceiling sliding doors. The slim mirror over the dual sinks also adds to making the small space feel bigger. The shower stall is simple and frameless making it a clean, simple, and sleek design.

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This modern bathroom has cool toned hardwood floors and an impressive marble shower stall is a good mix of the old and new. The sinks have soft, accent lighting while the opposite area with marble countertops boasts lantern lights.

This bathroom is small but is infinitely cozy. The eggshell colored tiles pair so well with the wooden cupboards. The tasteful addition of flowers and a painting make it look even more inviting.

Source: Trulia

Another black and white themed bathroom, this one sets itself apart by using almost brick like patterns for its tub. The large mirror and windows help to reflect light and make the narrow space seem wider. The black tiles and cupboard are sleek and non-fussy, making the design effortlessly stylish.

This beautiful design with the tiles of the bathtub running up and along the shower cubicle make it seem geometric, funky, and modern while still holding on to the classic black and white monochrome theme

A gorgeous bathroom that looks out into the city skyline, this design uses cream colored tones for a modern, feminine look. The flowers add some color and freshness to the enclosed space. The curtains over the window next to the bathtub provide the option of giving yourself the privacy that you deserve, or letting plenty of light in.

This bathroom is absolutely stunning with its cool toned ashy colors. The white ceramics are brought to life through gray tiles in the shower and gorgeous hardwood tiles and countertops. This is truly a sleek and contemporary design at its finest.


This bathroom is simplistic but luxurious at the same time. A generously sized shower stall is adorned with eggshell pattered tiles. The sink has a pleasing swooping design and a sleek marble countertop. But the star of the show is the large hot tub in the corner with beautiful spotlights above it.

This bathroom has beautiful elephant gray walls and sleek tiled floors and countertops. The tub and shower stall are minimalistic and there’s option for plenty of light to come through the windows and skylights.

This bathroom is pretty neutral in terms of design but there is a pop of color through the baby blue shower stall glass. The rest of the bathroom is cool toned grays and creams with a dark wooden basin.

This bathroom separates the bath area from the toilet by closing the toilet off behind a cubicle. The remaining bathroom is neutral with cream colored paneling and sleek ceramic countertops. There are large windows and soft hanging lights to give it a nice glow.

This is a perfect example of how to make a small bathroom look stylish. With a single basin and sleek shower cubicle, this bathroom makes the best use of its given specifications while still looking modern and stylish.

Frameless mirror and frameless shower cubicle make this bathroom look more spacious than it is. Add to it the neutral toned tiles and you have a stylish, fresh bathroom on your hands.

This bathroom has an impressive rain shower, a rounded basin, and a window side tub – what more could you want?

There’s something very impressive about dark, warm wood. It makes this bathroom looks rich and luxurious.

modern bathroom

This bathroom is absolutely stunning with its cool toned ashy colors. The white ceramics are brought to life through gray tiles in the shower and gorgeous hardwood tiles and countertops. This is truly sleek and contemporary design at its finest.

This beautiful marbled bathroom adds luxury with a mounted fireplace right in the bathroom itself! That’s not something that you often see in a bathroom, but it works great in this setting.

A huge mirror, neutral toned tiles and simple fixtures make this bathroom appealing, a classic and contemporary at the same time.

Types of bathrooms:  Master Bathrooms | Powder Rooms

A few of my favorite modern master bathroom designs
Here’s a diverse collection of modern and contemporary master bathroom design ideas.

Here’s a great example of a contemporary master bathroom with large glass walk-in shower, double sink vanity, large white space and tub. Large is the current trend with today’s en suites. We love all the windows too, which isn’t too common for bathrooms.

Rustic meets modern in this master bathroom with rustic wood wall, round mirror and then the modern cabinetry and ultra modern trough-style basin.

Here’s an example of a house where the attic was turned into a master suite which includes a renovated attic master bathroom that is totally contemporary in design with its walk-in shower, freestanding white tub and of course those fabulous skylights, which really make the place look great. This is a great example of building a bathroom in an unconventional space, while holding on to its unique characteristics.

This style of master bath is very common today with the gray and white tile floor, freestanding white tub, white vanity with black surface and full glass walk-in shower (very large).

This is a smaller modern master bathroom with a  floating white vanity, small tub, floating toilet and small glass shower with gray tile floor and white tile walls. The wall-mounted metal heated towel rack is a very nice touch.

Here’s another example of a small master bathroom in contemporary design.

Spacious master bathroom with more storage than most kitchens, which is doubling as a dressing room. I think white flooring would be a better fit here, but those cabinets are amazing.

Here’s another view of the contemporary bathroom above.

This is a great example of a modern Asian style master bathroom with dark textured wood, square vessel basin, and dark brown tile throughout. The Asian element truly bring a sense of personality to the bathroom.

Here’s a renovated master bathroom that is gray, brown and white. We absolutely love the skylight and the gray shower color scheme. Though, we are not so big on the use of the color brown here, but the layout is really great.

Fabulous wood-framed walk-in shower is the star of this master bath that includes a two entry points. Wooden paneling can accentuate a bathroom’s look if utilized correctly.

A modern master bathroom is the 4th most popular of the analyzed bathrooms, with the design taking over 12.43%, or 135,654, of the 1,091,335 bathrooms. It comes in behind contemporary, traditional, and transitional, respectively.

Modern bathrooms tend to focus on the look of the mid-century, using sharp, sleek lines with a creative mix of geometric patterns. Features, like sinks and faucets, tend to be angular in shape and the overall design tends to have a clean, uncluttered vibe.

This design also focuses on a minimalistic feel, making it a good choice for both large bathrooms and small bathrooms. Many people like this design choice because you can easily blend different materials, like porcelain, stone, and wood, and still create a seamless design.

Browse our gallery to get some modern master bathroom design ideas for your home.

Favorite Modern Elements
Although modern master bathrooms aren’t the most popular, you’ll notice that many traditional elements of bathroom design coincide with familiar elements of modern design. Here is some data that shows the popularity of many modern design elements within the bathrooms we analyzed.

This graph demonstrates the breakdown of popularity for cabinet styles in the bathroom. As you can see, out of 278,612 analyzed bathrooms, the flat-panel style, a popular choice for modern bathrooms, is the most popular choice, used in 87,426, or 31.38% of those bathrooms.

Porcelain and ceramic tile are among the favorites for floor covering in master bathrooms, making up 32.60% and 28.37% of the analyzed bathrooms, respectively. These are also top choices in modern master bathroom design ideas because of their sleek lines and finishes.

This graph shows the popularity of color schemes in master bathrooms, with gray, white, beige, and brown leading the pack, totaling 82.47% of the 948,706 analyzed bathrooms. These colors are all popular in modern bathroom design ideas.

Mixing Materials
As with any design choice that involves mixing materials or patterns, you won’t want to overdo it with your master bath design. But, mixing woods and stones is perfect for a modern design and gives you the ability to use some of your favorite materials in one room.

Use wood cabinets or wood flooring with rich grains and complement it with some granite countertops, which are used in 28.61% of the 265,810 bathrooms analyzed. Natural woods with stainless steel finish also work well in the master bathroom to provide the sleek, clean look that modern designs need.

101 Backyard Landscaping Ideas for Your Home (Photos)

Welcome to our backyard ideas page where we feature access hundreds of outdoor living spaces including decks, patios, balconies, porches, verandas, swimming pools, outdoor kitchens, gardens, plants, flowers, gazebos and other structures and more.

To date we’ve nearly covered everything imaginable for backyards and landscaping, but we’ll likely come up with more so be sure to check back regularly.

21 Ways to Create a Better Backyard
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21 Ways to Create a Better Backyard

  1. Plant Flowers, Shrubs, Cacti and Succulents
  2. Build a Deck
  3. Design and Construct a Patio
  4. Put in a Swimming Pool
  5. Add an Outdoor Kitchen
  6. Gain Privacy with a Beautiful Fence
  7. Build a Gazebo
  8. Use Retaining Walls as Garden Opportunities
  9. Stay Cool with an Awning
  10. Get Some Chickens
  11. Put in a Backyard Pond
  12. Landscape it Beautifully
  13. Create Walkways
  14. Add Light with Outdoor Lighting
  15. Make Your House Exterior Prettier
  16. Get Inspired with Aerial View Photos of Fabulous Houses
  17. Put in a Pergola
  18. Build a Shed that Looks Great and Gets Rid of Clutter
  19. Get or Build a Playhouse for Kids
  20. Go Up with a Treehouse
  21. Have Fun with a Playground
  22. Front Yard Ideas
    59 Backyard Ideas (Photo Examples)
    Backyard Structures
    Patio Fireplaces
    Garden Bridges
    Garden Patios
    Privacy Screens
    Backyard Garden Ideas
    Flower Boxes
    Terraced Gardens
    Flower Planters
    Container Gardens
    Flower Beds
    Rose Gardens
    Vegetable Gardens
    Shrub Gardens
    Small Gardens
    Large Gardens
    Gardens with Plants
    Rock (Alpine) Garden
    Perennial Garden
    Japanese Garden
    Garden Lighting
    Cactus Garden
    Topiary Gardens
    Backyard Water Feature Ideas
    Swimming Pools
    Water Parks
    Backyard Landscaping Ideas
    Retaining Walls
    Backyard Kids Activity Ideas
    Courts for Various Sports
    Tennis Courts
    Yoga Studios
    Tree Houses
    Putting Greens
    Stargazing Stations
    Relaxation and Entertainment
    Backyard Furniture
    Hot Tubs
    Outdoor Kitchens
    Fire Pits
    Picnic Tables
    Adirondack Relaxation Spaces
    Dog Houses and Kennels
    Bird Houses
    Bird Baths
    Chicken Coops
    Apiaries and Bee Hives
    Other Backyard Ideas
    Stone Steps
    Backyard Lighting
    Palm Trees
    Fruit Trees
    Astro Turf
    Berry Bushes
  23. Plant Flowers, Shrubs, Cacti and Succulents

Click here for our massive garden, flower, plant, shrub and cacti page.

One of our greatest backyard gardening features is our massive plant, flower, cacti and shrub database with well over 1,000 entries and is totally searchable.

You can search via perennials, annuals, sun and water requirements, hardiness zones, soil pH and much, much more.

The database or garden directory includes a photo of each flower or plant and in most cases a tutorial video along with all the key information.

If you’re planning a garden, our garden directory/database is a must-visit feature.

  1. Build a Deck

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We have a spectacular deck designs photo gallery featuring hundreds of different deck designs.

Various features you can drill down your search for include size (small, medium, or large), flowers, railings, covered or uncovered, pergola, privacy screen and/or stairs.

If you’re looking for deck ideas, our deck gallery is a great resource.

  1. Design and Construct a Patio

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Sometimes it’s not easy choosing between a deck and patio and sometimes you don’t have a choice.

A patio is only a viable option if you can build it flush on the ground.  If it needs elevating, you go with a deck.

Patios can more easily blend into the surrounding landscape of your hard.  You can use materials that further blend or stick out to create more contrast.  You have many options for patio materials such as brick, flagstone, cobblestone, tile and more as well as many colors, shapes, textures and design options.

Planning and designing a patio is a great task.

  1. Put in a Swimming Pool

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Without tooting my own horn, our swimming pools gallery is one of the best on the web.  We showcase almost 1,000 swimming pool designs in all shapes, sizes, blues and features.

If you’re considering getting a pool built, our gallery is a must-see page because you will definitely get some great ideas.

  1. Add an Outdoor Kitchen

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For people who spend a lot time outside, an outdoor kitchen may well be the answer.

Yes, you can get a grill, but when it comes to outdoor kitchens, that’s just the beginning.  In fact, I don’t think having a grill qualifies as an outdoor kitchen.  You need more such as counters, a refrigerator… a dedicated prep and cooking space on your patio or deck.

While it’s still fairly novel, more and more people are building outdoor kitchens in their backyard.  Our outdoor kitchen gallery showcases hundreds of designs.

  1. Gain Privacy with a Beautiful Fence

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There are a lot of backyard fence styles and designs to choose from.  It boggles the mind.

And it’s not some random mix of designs either.  There are solid fence classifications such as dog ear, scallop, flat top, lattice top, picket, shadow box, rail, and spaced picket.

On top of that, there are fence materials, the two biggies being wood and vinyl.

Then there’s purpose which is security, privacy, pool, decorative, garden or perhaps a combination.

The point being, a fence is not just a fence.  You need to carefully decide which fence is best for your backyard.

  1. Build a Gazebo

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Not terribly popular, but can be a great addition on your deck, patio or in the yard.

Gazebos aren’t cheap, especially a quality cedar type, but if you enjoy eating outdoors, it can be a great way to get a covered outdoor dining space.

In fact, we had a gazebo growing up and used it all summer long.  While not huge, it comfortably sat 5 of us for dinner.  What was nice about it was the square table which makes for plenty of surface area for dining.  Check out our huge gazebo article and gallery.

  1. Use Retaining Walls as Garden Opportunities

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If you have any kind of a slope in your yard, you may consider building a retaining wall in order to landscape it and get more use out of it.

Retaining walls are a great way to get more surface area for gardens, sitting areas or other uses in the yard.  Typically they’re built for creating additional garden space.

We have 2 retaining wall articles.  One is our retaining wall gallery and the other is our retaining wall materials article.

  1. Stay Cool with an Awning

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A covered deck or patio is really nice to have, especially an option that is retractable.  That’s what an awning offers and it’s great, but can be expensive.

Sometimes you want the sun; other times shade.  If your deck or patio is adjacent to your house structure, you can attach an awning.  Actually, there are freestanding awning options too.

And that’s the point of our extensive backyard awning article… it explains the key five types of awnings.

  1. Get Some Chickens

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Homesteading, self-sufficiency, vegetable gardening, canning… are all activities on the rise, even in suburban and urban areas.

Included in this pursuit of being more environmentally friendly, budget-conscious or simply for the challenge, is including a chicken coop for eggs.

Our friends had a chicken coop for years.  They enjoyed fresh eggs daily and even made a few bucks selling them.  While a bit of work, if you enjoy your yard and the thrill of providing your own food, a chicken coop is an inexpensive option.

  1. Put in a Backyard Pond

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While we don’t have a natural backyard pond, I’d love to design and build one.  I love water features.

A small or large pond can enhance any yard, but it’s important to do it right so the water doesn’t get stagnant and that it doesn’t look DIY.  For instance, you need to really put in an effort so that it looks natural in backyard.  You don’t want tarp or other materials showing.

But, when done well, it’s a great feature for any yard.

  1. Landscape it Beautifully

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Sometimes when planning out your yard you simply want to look at a wide variety of photos and designs to see if anything strikes a nerve.

  1. Create Walkways

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Walkways are a relatively inexpensive backyard (and front yard) feature many homes can add.  They make for a great feature that you can plant gardens around and are also functional in providing clear paths to various parts of the yard.

There are many materials one can use for a walkway.  Some materials are easier to use than others if you are going the DIY route.  For instance, most people could create a good gravel walkway; however, brick requires far more craftsmanship.  Our main walkways gallery features all types of walkways including gravel, paver, flagstone, brick, wood, stone and combinations of materials.

  1. Add Light with Outdoor Lighting

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When it comes to outdoor lighting, you have as many options as indoor lighting (which is a lot).

We put together a massive series focusing on all your outdoor lighting options, including a succinct list of outdoor light options plus buying guides for specific types of outdoor lighting.  Click the link above to check out our massive series on outdoor lighting.

  1. Make Your House Exterior Prettier

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Need inspiration for home exterior?

Check out our massive searchable home exterior photo gallery.

Big, small, many colors, all styles – get many ideas.

  1. Get Inspired with Aerial View Photos of Fabulous Houses

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I love checking out aerial shots of beautiful homes.

Hence, I published a great gallery of houses viewed from above.

These spectacular houses look even better from the air – you can see the yards, grounds and the home.

  1. Put in a Pergola

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Do you like the idea of a pergola on your deck to provide some relief from the sun without totally obstructing it?

Pergolas are popular deck and patio structures for good reason.  They provide some shade while not totally obscuring the sun.

  1. Build a Shed that Looks Great and Gets Rid of Clutter

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Building a new shed?

Or, perhaps looking to buy a new shed?

Whatever the case may be, you need to check out our epic shed guide which sets out, illustrates and describes the 42 different types of sheds via features, style, roof, materials, foundation and purpose.

  1. Get or Build a Playhouse for Kids

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When I was a kid I had a terrific playhouse build by my dad.

Last summer my son and I built a bunker playhouse, which while a bit rough around the edges, is pretty cool being partially underground.

  1. Go Up with a Treehouse

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Of all backyard structures, tree houses are my favorite… but for younger kids, playgrounds are best.

I hope to build my son a tree house one day high up in a tree.  For now he has a custom built bunker (which is also cool).

  1. Have Fun with a Playground

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If you have young kids, a backyard playground or set is an ideal addition.

These days your options are amazing, whether you build it yourself or buy the entire set.

  1. Front Yard Ideas

See 101 front yard landscaping ideas here

59 Backyard Ideas (Photo Examples)
Below you can access a backyard ideas overview gallery showcasing a huge variety of options for your yard.  Nothing is in-depth; it’s an overview gallery of ideas.

If you’re looking for more in-depth, access our specific galleries above or below.  The toggle button below opens up an extensive summary gallery of ideas.

Backyard Structures
The first step to adding luxury and functionality to your backyard is determining if you have the space to add any permanent structures. Large yards may have space for a large covered patio or a gazebo, while smaller backyards might find that a privacy screen or patio fireplace is just what they need.

Gazebos are an elegant addition to larger yards, and can feel cramped in smaller yards, unless the gazebo is your only patio space. Gazebos are often mistaken for pergolas and pavilions, but the difference lies in that gazebos are covered and typically have decorative, polygonal roofs.

This cedar gazebo is nestled at the edge of the home’s property nearest to the forest beyond. A crisp brick walkway leads up to the entrance to the gazebo.

This white hexagonal gazebo features a small planting bed around it and brightly colored hanging baskets of flowers are displayed near the front. Built in benches provide seating.

A seaside gazebo flanked by evergreen topiaries and bold red flowers. The view from this structure is gorgeous. Truly a center of outdoor entertaining.

A poolside gazebo attached to the main concrete patio by means of a simple wooden foot bridge with no railings. The property is surrounded by tropical flora and overlooks the sea.

Fences are a must-have for homes with close neighbors or for homeowners who desire privacy or own pets or children that need to be corralled in the yard. They come in many different styles, materials, and heights, so it’s best to do a little research before you pick out your new fence.

We’ve got the perfect guide to get you started picking out your favorite fence.

This tall, solid privacy fence is in a beautiful, rich stain and is punctuated with wooden trellises and a succulent planting bed. Source: Zillow Digs™

This privacy fence is in a much lighter stain, but the slats are staggered to allow the breeze through. This is a great design for areas that see severe weather.

A simple picket fence may be all you need, particularly if it’s backed by a thick hedge for privacy!

Pergolas are often mistaken for gazebos or pavilions, but the distinction here is that pergolas are made to provide a semblance of structure over a small patio area. They are uncovered on top, with interlocking beams. For those looking to add a bit of shade to a pergola, try weaving fabric between the beams.

Love the way pergolas look? Check out more ideas here.

This white pergola is nestled above a small garden patio and bedecked with hanging baskets, climbing vines, and thick beds of flowers. The structure of the pergola is made up of trellises.

A poolside pergola above a small wicker dining set. The pergola doesn’t provide a lot of shade, but is the perfect small, unobtrusive structure to hang a wrought iron chandelier.

This large pergola is attached to the narrow back veranda and extends over a larger patio area. This pergola adds a bit of grandiose style to this patio, drawing the eye upwards.

If you plan to entertain outside, a nice, stable patio area is a must have. They are a solid, clean surface to place patio furniture on, and stand out against the landscaping of your yard. There are dozens of types, styles, and materials to consider, so you’ll want to do some research!

Want to weigh your options? Check out our definitive patio design guide!

A lovely brick patio with a mosaic type layout. This patio is spacious, with plenty of space for two lounge chairs, a dining set with an umbrella, and lots of decorative containers of flowers. The patio is shaded by several mature trees, but looks out onto the yard.

A shaded, quaint cottage style patio with large format flagstone tiles and a green striped awning. A hedge along one side hems in the relaxation area.

A large open patio tucked into a private garden. Steps lead down from the wooden deck. The outdoor patio complete with plenty of seating is overlooked by a balcony and screened-in sunroom.

Related:Patio potted flower and plant ideas

Patio Fireplaces
And what’s a patio without a crackling fireplace? Fire pits are the the most common form of providing outdoor warmth, but an outdoor fireplace can be just as nice. Your guests will love sitting in front of a warm fireplace to chat on a summer or fall evening.

Patio fireplaces are just beautiful. Find more outdoor patio fireplace ideas here.

This elegant patio fireplace is attached to the main home, creating a small bump out. The fireplace is screened in, preventing any crackling or popping embers from escaping.

This fireplace is built into a concrete wall and takes on a much more rustic look when paired with the hanging, trailing flowers flowing like a waterfall over the roof.

This fireplace is built against the side of the home’s stone facade, blending perfectly. It extends through the top of the wooden roof of the patio and has a raised hearth that matches the brick of the patio.

Patios are nice, but a raised sundeck might be a better option for many families. Decks typically have railings and are constructed out of wood. They need a bit more maintenance than a stone patio, but the style and beauty they add to your home is well worth it, particularly if your property is a little hilly.

There are so many different styles of decks; if you’re interested in building a deck, check out your options.

A beautiful wooden deck with a latticed screen around the lower part to keep out rodents and other pests. The deck is in a rich cedar stain and has plenty of space for several seating areas in addition to a hot tub.