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ERIC PIASECKI /CREATIVE SYNDICATE

Down with a tepid bath! Up with a sleek makeover that features elegant materials such as travertine, glass and nickel.

Q: We’d like to do over our master bath but in the same footprint. We really can’t enlarge the physical space. Maybe you have some ideas on how to update without upsizing?

A: New materials can change the attitude of the room so dramatically you’ll forget all about actually enlarging the floor space.

For example, if your old bath is all about ceramic tile and you’re into a country/ Victorian mood, consider switching to tongueand- groove wainscoting with a vintage-patterned wallpaper.

Rather go upscale and more contemporary? Look what uber-designer Steve Gambrel does with travertine marble in the elegantly simple bath we show here.

Full disclosure: Gambrel did renovate to gain more space, as he points out in his excellent new book, from which we borrowed this image, “Time & Place.” But his design magic is still adaptable to your samesize makeover.

Item No. 1: The ceilinghigh glass-and-nickel shower stall looks very now and totally luxe but demands no more floor space than an ordinary bathtub.

Item No. 2: The overall use of the same material (travertine) on floor, shower wall an…………… continues on Warm up an Old Bath With Luxe Materials – San Fernando Valley Sun

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