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Small Bathroom Ideas That 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. The following small bathroom ideas can be used to "trick" the eye into seeing more space than is truly there.

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Think Smaller Scale

If you want a small bath to appear larger, it's important not to overwhelm the space with oversized objects. Forgo an oversized vanity and opt instead for a pedestal sink. Keep your countertops clutter-free and opt for a single-handle faucet to promote a sleek and clean sink area.

Store Smart

Take advantage of above-the-toilet storage cabinets or wall-hung shelving to keep precious floor space clear. Also, accessories like a space-saving robe hook and nine-, 18-, or 24-inch towel bars keep items off the floor and against the wall, while helping to complete the look of your bath. To take your organization a step further, consider adding towel bar hooks, which easily snap on to most standard-size towel bars to keep items like clothing, jewelry, towels and travel bags within reach.

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 appears to be busy and overcrowded, while too little color can leave you with a sterile, cold-feeling bathroom. Pick light neutral hues to open up this small space. And to give the room a pop of color, consider adding brightly colored towels or decorative accents.

Mirrors are also a welcome addition to any small bathroom because of the light-enhancing and reflective qualities they provide to visually open up a space. Hang your 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.

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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 than 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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