Even the most beautiful, spalike bathroom can be defeated by a common foe: the clutter created by bottles, soaps, washcloths, toothbrushes, cosmetics and other toiletries left out on every available surface.
“The bathroom is a space that can set you up for success or failure in the day,” said Marissa Hagmeyer, a founder of the home-organizing company Neat Method. “If it’s a disaster, it’s hard to get ready for the day, and you’re automatically heading out the door in a rough mood.”
Monica Fried, an interior designer in New York.
Many medicine cabinets are designed to be recessed into the wall above a vanity, but that is not the only option. Ms. Fried sometimes recesses shallow cabinets into other bathroom walls, with mirrored or painted doors. “Sometimes it’s a flat panel, so it just looks like part of the wall,” she said, but opens like a tiny closet to reveal toiletries.
Atelier Davis, a design studio with offices in Atlanta and South Orange, N.J., has added armoire-size built-ins to some bathrooms and semi-recessed cabinets just a few inches deep to others.