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Our Favorite Small Baths That Live Large

These bathrooms may be small, but their architectural details and waterproof features help them live large.

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    • Little Luxuries

      Smart solutions can make a small bath seem spacious. In this bath, a space-saving sliding door at the entrance has frosted glass to provide privacy, and running the tile vertically up the shower visually stretches the room. A rain showerhead is a luxurious touch.

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    • Sleek Lines

      This bathroom is sleek and free of fussiness. An unframed mirror and a simple white and stainless-steel vanity don't detract from the wall of mosaic tile. For taller family members, try a kitchen faucet in the bathroom to accommodate their height.

    • Seamless Style

      Adding to the room's luxurious amenities is a large soaking tub. Clad in the same mosaic tile as the rest of the room, the tub blends into the room for seamless style. Heated floors keep this entirely-tiled bathroom cozy and not cold.

    • Visual Appeal

      Keep visual clutter at bay in a small bath. In the shower, a wall niche will keep soaps and bottles out of the way, ultimately giving the bather more room to move. It's also cleaner and more attractive than a caddy dangling from the showerhead.

    • Smart Storage in Your Bath

      See how simple add-ons can add fabulous storage to your bath!

    • New Neutral

      Easy-to-clean vinyl covers the walls. Rustic themes and neutral tones meet cheerful pops of color at the vanity. An antique iron door knocker serves as a towel holder.

    • Layer Luxury

      The room is layered in natural texture,
      from the slate-color floor tiles to the woven basket holding the towels. Rich, heavy wood contrasts with the airy prints of prized botanicals.

    • Color Combo

      To add interest and movement to the brown-on-brown bathroom, a smattering of color in various accessories -- yellow towels, a sea green garden stool, and a pair of vibrant blue vases -- brings in a bit of the vibe from the adjacent pool.

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    • A Sassy Seat

      A vintage garden stool provides textural contrast (and a place for
      towels) against the shower's
      vertically oriented wall tile. The stool's teal and blue paint coordinates the room's accessories with the tile on the floor.

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      Cool Color

      Bold color and rustic-chic elements give a powder room a cool and collected vibe. A favorite desk-turned-vanity fits the nook in this bathroom perfectly, saving big money. The rich espresso floors and warm wood vanity offset the walls cool color.

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      Bowled Over

      To turn the desk into a bathroom vanity, the homeowner found this vessel sink for $100 online. A little bit of plumbing created a unique bathroom vanity.

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      Unexpected Accent

      To break up an awkward wall, a casually propped ladder serves as both sculpture and shelving. By keeping the room's existing configuration, the design team could concentrate on cosmetic upgrades.

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      A Bath for Everyone

      As the only main-level bath in this home, this 9x7-foot space serves as both a powder room for guests and a full bath for family members. A neutral palette that blends modern aesthetic with traditional style gives the bathroom a polished look. Glass mosaic tile, limestone tile, and dark-stained cabinetry serve as rich accents that add personality.

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      Small Bath on a Budget

      With limited square footage and a small budget, this bathroom received a complete transformation. See how you can use the same solutions in your bathroom.

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      Designer Style

      When cast-iron pipes within this bathroom wall foiled plans for a wall-mount faucet, the wall behind the vanity was brought forward to make way for the plumbing valves. A dramatic mosaic backdrop provides a striking point of entry for the vanity. The dark-stained wood cabinetry and medicine cabinet present a sophisticated, clean-line look.

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      Smart Storage

      A traditional linen closet was traded for a built-in cabinet to boost function and style. Linens and bath accessories are easy to reach and stow out of sight. Small bins and baskets within cabinet drawers make it a breeze to categorize belongings and eliminate clutter.

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      Custom Touches

      For a neutral shower backdrop, 18x18-inch limestone tile with subtle variations was installed. The wall behind the tub was modified to include a trio of storage niches for bath necessities, and a separate handheld showerhead was brought into play. A luxe two-panel shower curtain with beaded edging completes the look.

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      Attic Bathroom

      This once-cramped attic bath experienced a dramatic overhaul with a few savvy remodeling touches. A monochromatic color scheme and plenty of natural light help to visually expand this bath, which results in a space that feels much larger than its small footprint.

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      Light and Bright

      Furniture-style vanities -- such as this new base cabinet with beaded-board paneling and a fresh vanity top -- conserve floor space and keep the cottage theme consistent throughout the room. A medicine cabinet with beveled glass reflects light to open up the space visually while providing handy storage for small items.

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      Storage Nook

      Display shelves underneath the dormer skylight expand storage space for linens and bath necessities. In a small bath, shelves or cubbies recessed into the walls contribute storage without taking up valuable space.

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      Shower Fresh

      A shower and toilet across from the vanities round out the bathroom space. Keeping the existing fiberglass shower and buying a standard adjustable showerhead made the decision to update the glass shower door an easy one. A new door frame in brushed nickel was installed to give the bath a fresh new look. Consistent use of finishes on bathroom fixtures, including towel hooks and door handles, helps tie the room's aesthetic together.

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      Opening Up

      This 5x12-foot bath was cramped and water-damaged before a water-resistant remodel that maximized space. White wainscoting and a new bathtub made the space appear larger. The homeowners increased the storage space in the bathroom by choosing a slim vanity with drawers and shelf space for towels. The window in the shower and light fixtures above the vanity illuminate the space.

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      Reach New Heights

      The homeowners chose white ceramic tiles for the shower walls because of the tile's water-resistant properties. Installing the tile past the window draws the eye up and makes the bathroom look taller. The window brings in natural light, which is a key to making a small space feel less cramped. Because the window is located in the shower, it needed to be durable and water-resistant. A vinyl-clad window unit did the trick.

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      Storage Central

      Vinyl wainscoting that mimics the look of beaded board provides a waterproof surface on the remaining walls. The new vanity is narrower than the previous one, giving users more space to maneuver in the room. The vanity drawers and towel shelf provide lots of storage space, which is critical in a small space.

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      Totally Floored

      Mosaic stone tiles create an interesting and durable floor. Tile is a popular material for bathrooms because it is stain-proof and water-resistant and comes in a variety of colors and patterns. Though the basket-weave pattern looks intricate, the tile comes in 12x12-inch mesh-mounted sheets for simple installation.

      Tip: If you're worried about stepping onto a cold tile floor after a hot shower or soak, consider installing a radiant heating system under the floor.

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      Sink Smarts

      Center-set faucets are a good choice for vanities without much room behind the sink. An undermount sink provides maximum counter space and makes wiping up spills on the marble countertop easy.

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      Vintage Flair

      The goal of this 6x5-foot bathroom was to conserve space while providing durable, kid-proof surfaces. The vanity is crafted from a marble slab mounted on a 19th-century bureau. The wall-mount faucet conserves counter space around the 13-inch sink.

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      Repurposed Space

      An antique hutch serves as bathroom storage. The open shelves hold towels while the door below conceals toiletries. The wood is protected from splashes by a marine-quality clear varnish.

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      Whitewashed

      To ensure that the bathroom was waterproof, mud-proof, and kid-proof, the homeowners choose subway tile wainscoting for the walls. The bath includes a handheld showerhead and a drain built into the slate floor. The white walls and window above the bathtub visually open the room.

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