How to Design Your Dream Master Bathroom

A master bedroom addition is a valuable asset to every house. It is your getaway place where you can take a nap, read a book and watch TV. With the second story addition you can enjoy the marvelous Encinitas ocean view even more. With more space comes the cozy sitting area, a walk-in closet where you can dress up and a large master bathroom. And there’s nothing like a long relaxing bath after a long day.

If you are thinking about adding or revamping your master bathroom, consider these few smart design ideas to enjoy your Encinitas home even more.

Bath space

Your master bathroom should be smaller than the bedroom, approximately the size of your dining room. So think carefully about the size and location of the shower and tub. Estimate the size of the bathing space. Too big or too small a shower or bath is one of the most common mistakes.

Depending on your preferences, you might go for a large walk-in shower or a freestanding whirlpool tub as the bathroom’s focal point. If space is not an issue, you may have both. Otherwise, ask yourself whether a tub in combination with a shower is essential to your needs. Skip the tub and recreate the spa-resort feeling with a luxury shower. You can make the space more open with frameless glass shower enclosures. Install a steam shower for the ultimate relaxation.


The sink is not just a sink. You may find yourself baffled when trying to choose the right one. From traditional to trendy, there are many styles and options available. Skip the most commonly used top-mounted sinks. A washplane sink takes up little space and gives a touch of elegance. You see it in hotels and restaurants, so why not have it in your home? There’s just one thing: these sinks are quite shallow and meant for hand washing, so they don’t come with a plug.

On the other hand, a vessel sink is a great way to make a statement and it can hold plenty of water. If you prefer the minimalistic style and don’t need storage space but want a deeper sink, choose a wall mounted sink.

The tiles

Use various shapes in different colors. Experiment with materials and textures, but keep the design balanced and pay attention to details. The tiles should complement the other elements in the bathroom. Warm and neutral colors contribute to the peaceful atmosphere and create a soothing mood, while earth tones create the sophisticated and a slightly rustic look.

You may add a graphic punch with mosaic tiles or get creative with some shimmering tiles. You might decide to put the focus on the floor or use the same floor and wall tiles.


Natural light is essential to any lighting design and a great asset, especially when your master bedroom and bathroom windows look over the beach right outside. With a second story addition, you can make the most of the sunny days and the outstanding Encinitas view.

Make sure that the bathroom furniture doesn’t block the light. Large mirrors, glass shelves and light colors will help radiate brilliance and bounce the light around the bathroom. If you have a sloped ceiling, add more natural light and provide a stunning view of the sky by installing a skylight. Enjoy that wonderful bath with the moonlight above.

Light fixtures play a huge role in creating a serene atmosphere, so don’t stop with the overhead lighting and the vanity lights. Some high-end whirlpool tubs have underwater mood lights and if you don’t like showering in the near-dark, you may choose an open shower trim lights.

Consider a LED tape under the vanity or the countertop edge to provide a low light. This can be useful when you wake up in the middle of the night and need just a bit of light for the safe maneuvering around the bathroom.