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July, 2010

From space-saving designs to the latest in sophisticated style, our design tips are made with you and your dream bathroom in mind.

Small Bathroom Solutions Provide Big Impact

Small Bathroom Solutions Provide Big Impact

Not surprisingly, the average size of the home bathroom has almost doubled during the past few decades. Still, many of us live in homes with considerably "smaller" bathrooms; those that are 100 square feet or less. While they might be short on space, these smaller bathrooms need not lack style and character, or most importantly, the feel of a more spacious spa-like bath.

Even so, you don't have to spend thousands of dollars to pump up a pint-size bath. The following tips can be used to "trick" the eye into seeing more space than istruly there.

Reflect on the Space. Mirrors are a welcome addition to any small bathroom because of the light-enhancing and reflective qualities they provide in visually opening up a space. Try hanging a mirror directly above the bathroom sink where it will reflect the light in the room and pick up the color and pattern of the walls.

Also, when choosing a mirror, pay close attention to the details, which can help draw the eye to the area around the mirror. Inspirations® by Moen® offers several new, stylish mirrors to complement its existing bath d├ęcor accessories. The Glenshire™, Gilcrest™, Sage™ and Sienna™ collections each offer beautiful, yet practical solutions for smaller baths in a variety of finishes including chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze and black (wrought iron).

The inspiration phase is also a good time to look at faucet styles and finishes that interest you. Gone are the days of boxy, boring bathroom faucets in basic Chrome. Today, faucet manufacturers and retail stores are offering the latest styles and finishes.

Create the Illusion of Space. It is possible to "add" space without tearing out a wall. The new Curved Shower Rod from Moen, provides six extra inches of space in the shower. Imagine having the extra elbow room to move about and luxuriate in your shower - all from the unique curve of this decorative rod.

Expand The Ceiling. Think you'll need to actually raise your bathroom ceiling to create a roomier feel? It is possible to draw the eye up the wall and create the illusion of a taller bathroom by painting a lattice or molding design around the edge of the ceiling. Or, install crown molding around the ceiling. Just remember to make sure to paint the crown molding the same color as the ceiling. A contrasting crown molding color will have the opposite effect, breaking up the line of vision and making the space seem cramped and low to the floor.

Add Depth. One of the most cost effective and easiest ways to "optically enlarge" a small bathroom is through the use of paint color. But keep this tip in mind, too much color can create a bathroom that's too busy and cramped looking; while too little color can leave you with a sterile, cold-feeling bathroom. Pick soft creams, light neutrals and pastels to open up this small space. And to lend some contrast, consider adding bright towel colors or accessories.

Let There Be Light. Lighting has a profound effect on the perception of room size. If you don't have a bathroom window, halogen lighting is a good solution because it offers precise light rather then the scattered light provided by fluorescent bulbs. If you have enough height in the room, consider installing soft-diffused lighting, or use several recessed lights. And, although it can be costly, a skylight is another option that can make a room appear significantly larger.

And remember, just because your bathroom may be small, doesn't mean that it has to be dull. Visually opening up a bathroom can make it a warm and inviting retreat that would rival any larger bathroom!

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