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The conventional wisdom has always been that wood doesn't belong in the bathroom. In the last few years, though, homeowners have begun to explore ways of enjoying the warmth and texture of the material while sidestepping mold, rot, and other icky issues. Wood-paneled ceilings, wood vanities, wood accent walls—all lend a "homey" quality to a room rarely described in such terms. That said, hardwood comes with a higher price tag than many more conventional bathroom materials. On a budget? Maykut suggests cost-effective wood-look tile, which combines the visual characteristics of wood with the durability of porcelain or ceramic, providing the "best of both worlds."
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