Your pocketbook will be happy to learn that fewer square feet means you get high-end features without as huge of a price tag. You can afford to pamper yourself with radiant heat covered in silky marble tiles when the area of the floor is small. Or, if you have just a single sink, you can splurge on a shiny chrome waterfall faucet. Even a tiny shower stall can be an asset when you convert it into a steam room.
You also get more bang for your decorating buck in a small master bathroom because decorative finishes in small doses pack more of a punch. A brightly painted accent wall, an inlaid tile pattern, or a single piece of graphic art has powerful impact. Even a subtle effect, such as coating the walls with an opalescent glaze, is more noticeable when it's close enough to view. A sparkly crystal chandelier or a pair of art-glass sconces will make more of a statement when they are not swallowed up in a cavernous room.
To create a master bathroom that doesn't feel claustrophobic and cramped, incorporate elements that visually expand the space. Avoid clunky fixtures: A pedestal sink is trimmer than a sink in a base cabinet, and a claw-foot tub takes up less room than a tub set into a surround. Create a sense of airiness by sticking to a soft color scheme, such as neutrals or pastels. Usher in plenty of ambient light by lightly dressing windows or installing skylights in the ceiling. Finally, a mirror over the sink is a given, but hanging additional mirrors, such as a full-length wardrobe mirror, will add a sense of dimension to a boxy room.
To build in storage in a small master bathroom, look for spots around the perimeter of the space where you can take advantage of nooks and crannies while keeping the floor area free. Recess a medicine chest into the wall between studs. Hang two tiers of towel racks or stagger hooks to use up vertical wall space. Mount a shelf above the door for extra linens and bulky supplies. Fit glass shelves inside the window casing as a showcase for pretty perfume bottles and lotions. The back of the door can be put to use, too, when you hang a pantry wall rack or over-door shoe bags to corral small sundries. Finally, maximize the inside of the vanity cabinet, making the most of cupboard and drawer space with organizers that keep items tidy.
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