As you plan your master bathroom remodel, you probably have a lot of ideas and big plans. But before you hit the bathroom showroom to pick out the perfect vanity and the right stylish shower options, be sure you have avoided these five common layout mistakes.

1. Changing Without Need.

A renovation project will be unnecessarily expensive and more time-consuming if you change layout features for no compelling reason. While the idea of 'looking for a fresh style' can be a good reason, it may also add nothing of great value. Be certain that you know why you're changing each location or element and what the room will gain from it. 

2. Not Including Storage.

Never underestimate the need for storage in a well-used bathroom. Many master suites utilize fixtures or elements, such as floating vanities, designed for a smaller and more decorative space. The result of choosing form over function is a room that doesn't pull its own weight. Instead, plan for more storage than you think you need right now. You'll likely grow into it.

3. Unattractive Toilet Placement.

Want a beautiful and inviting spa-like bathroom? Start by placing the toilet where it can't be seen as you enter the room. No one likes to look at the commode when they walk in, especially if the door to the master bedroom will often be left open. Choose any other feature to greet people. 

4. Complicating the Room.

Overthinking the bathroom layout can backfire. Simple, clean lines and lots of space are usually the best thing for a relaxing and useful bathroom. Adding walls, too many fixtures, unnecessary tables, or too much decoration can simply make things look small and darker. Keep it fresh and clear.

5. Not Prioritizing Real Estate.

Your bathroom has limited real estate — floor and wall space. Add up the available square footage and then the percentage used by each element. How much of that available space is the item taking up? Does that match up with how you use it? If you love to soak in the tub, for instance, you might want to include a large, free-standing bath. But if you don't enjoy a long bubble bath, should your tub really take up more real estate than the shower? 

If you avoid these five layout planning mistakes, you're sure to create a room that you'll love to spend time in — no matter what your interests or budget.