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Cabinet doors can visually weigh down a petite bath. Keep things light and airy with a furniture-style vanity. With this unit, baskets hold supplies on the bottom shelf, ensuring the undersink area provides plentiful storage. Small drawers on both sides of the sink house small toiletries and cosmetics.
Give a plain bath a quick update by plucking out a few of the existing tiles and replacing them with decorative glass tiles. Flashy new 4x4-inch solid green tiles alternate with a mosaic motif to take the white tiles in this bath from sterile to sensational. To continue the shimmery theme, swap out a standard light fixture in favor of a chandelier. Add a dimmer switch to set the mood for ultimate relaxation.
When you're tight on space, call on a pedestal sink -- or two! A traditional vanity would have closed in this bath and obscured the shower, but a pair of pedestal sinks provides the luxury of a space built for two while maintaining an open feeling. A skylight above adds natural light to this interior room, also making it feel bigger.
Give your bath a timeless look by splurging on a marble countertop and save on inexpensive cabinetry. This simple marble-topped workbench-style vanity provides room for towels and toiletries under the sink. Simple cotton skirting, instead of traditional doors, keeps the items under wraps. Flirty green floral wallpaper adds cottage style that's easy to update in the future.
Create an eye-catching focal point by pressing an antique table or dresser into service as a vanity. Modern vessel sinks partnered with vintage-inspired bridge faucets connect old and new in this bath. To keep the look streamlined, two slender vertical mirrors hide 9-inch-deep medicine cabinets, one complete with an outlet for the hair dryer.
A powder room is a great place to showcase high style. It's a smart place to invest in luxurious products because this room is often frequented by guests, and its small footprint will keep your budget in order. Here, a wall of glass mosaic tile creates a dramatic backdrop for a glamorous retreat. A standout vanity echoes the rich tone, and a shapely toilet continues the geometric theme.
Visually lighten a floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinet by combining open shelves with closed doors. Towels, soaps, and glass canisters are perfect candidates for open shelving because they're decorative and functional. Closed storage is important for storing personal items, cleaning supplies, and laundry bins.
Extend the sight lines of a small bath by using a light color throughout the space. In this room, white finishes on the floor, walls, sink, toilet, and shower make the small space seem bigger. Natural light from the window also brightens the space. A few black tiles on the floor and wall add visual interest without becoming overpowering.
Minimize clutter on bath walls by attaching a towel rod to the side of a freestanding vanity. For an extra dash of panache, change out a standard mirror for one with a decorative frame that complements the style of your vanity. A column of drawers between the open shelves boosts storage while keeping the look of the vanity light and open.
Vanities with cabinet doors are great for hiding personal items, cleaning supplies, and plumbing fixtures, but opening and closing the doors in a long, narrow bath is tricky. Adding a sink skirt to this bath helps disguise the toilet and the sink's plumbing while highlighting the existing decorative red tile border. A Roman shade in the same fabric completes the look.
Make a ceiling look taller with some visual tricks. A vertical stripe on the walls can give the illusion of a higher ceiling. Wood moldings, wallpaper borders, and tile designs placed where the walls and ceiling meet will also provide a splash of color and help naturally draw the eye upward. Otherwise, choose a wallpaper with a small, airy print or lattice design. Avoid large or busy patterns that will diminish the scale of the space.
Pale and cool colors reflect light, so soft whites, pastels, and neutrals can make a bath feel bigger. Woodwork, trim, and doors will "disappear" if they are painted the same hue as the walls. The effect is enhanced if cabinets and counters are the same color as the walls. To keep a neutral scheme from appearing bland, introduce bold colors through accessories, linens, and artwork.
No matter their size or style, windows enlarge the feel of a room if they're allowed to transmit light. If possible, leave windows unadorned with clear or frosted glass. Mini blinds, matchstick blinds, or shades that can be drawn to the top of the window are other sleek solutions. Or cover the lower half of the glass with sheer fabric that will admit light but maintain privacy.
Mirrors stretch space by reproducing it. Mirroring the long wall of a narrow bath, for example, can change the room's proportions and make it seem wider. Be sure to place mirrors so they reflect the bath's assets -- whether that's a wall hanging, a panoramic view, or the widest room angle. Two mirrors positioned opposite each other create the illusion of a never-ending room.
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