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9 Ways To Make A Small Bath Look Bigger

By  Julie Lohmeier

A small bath - it's a common problem. It may be a bath in an old house, an added powder room, or even a bath tucked under stairs. But how can you make a tiny space look bigger than it actually is? Here are a few tips:

1) Minimize. Use clean and simple lines in your fixtures. Don't make the sink, tub, or toilet too fussy.

2) Mount fixtures on the wall. If the floor is bigger, the space looks more open so mount as many fixtures on the wall, especially the sink, and even possibly, the toilet.

3) Use vertical lines to give the room an illusion of greater height, and therefore, more space.

4) Large mirrors to reflect light and make the area seem more spacious.

5) One large fixture defines the room instead of using a bunch of downsized pieces which just says - "Wow, look how small I am, I can't even fit a normal sink."

6) Create lots of light - recessed, chandeliers, sconces, you name it, add it. The more light, the brighter the room and the bigger it will feel.

7) Monochromatic color theme. One color stops the eye from breaking and makes the space visually seem larger. A light hue is recommended. Unless of course, you are going for the small cave look.

8) Creatively add storage above doors, in small nooks, under dormers, and along the wall behind the shower. Use open shelving to allow the room extra depth.

9) Pocket doors slide in and out of a wall preserving valuable floor space.

While your bathroom will still be small, using these tricks can fool the eye to see cozy rather than cramped.

About The Author:

Julie Lohmeier is the veteran of numerous home remodeling and building projects. From working hands on and doing much of the work herself to hiring contractors and construction managers, she has seen the entire spectrum of home improvement. She shares her remodeling tips, home decorating ideas, and other various rants at http://www.myhomeredux.com. Subscribe to her free newsletter at: http://myhomeredux.typepad.com/blog/2005/09/get_my_home_red_2.html
 
 

 

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