Making the most of your small bathroom

Aug 26, 2014 at 6:36 p.m. ET
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Are you thinking about renovating your small bathroom? Before you do, consider these seven style and design tips. You'll be surprised how you can trick the eye into thinking your bathroom is bigger than it really is.

1. Stay neutral

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If your bathroom doesn't have a lot of square footage, consider selecting a neutral color palette for all the finishes to visually enlarge the space. Benjamin Moore's Soothing Aloe is a serene spa green for the walls. A white vanity with white Carrara marble countertops and white tile for the floor and shower make this space feel light and airy.

2. Use the magic of illusion

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Keep the flow of the tile floor by bringing it into the shower. This helps give the illusion that the footprint of the floor is longer and draws the eye to the back of the shower wall. A different tile for the shower floor would have broken up the flow and cut the space short.

3. Be vain

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Forgo the medicine cabinet and use a large mirror to fill the space over the vanity. Especially if there is a nearby window, the mirror will draw the natural light in and magnify the size of the area.

4. Lose the frames

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Adding a frameless shower door is an excellent way to visually open up a bathroom. The lack of frames creates flowing space and draws the eye to the beautifully tiled shower and fixtures.

5. Follow the light

A lighting plan is critical to the design of any room. It adds depth and interest to the space while opening it up at the same time.

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If your budget permits, add a skylight. Not only will it increase the overall value of your home, it will pull in bright natural light from a high point in the ceiling. Skylights will disperse the natural light evenly into the room and reduce shadows, which can close in a room. Add a skylight in the shower to brighten it up and add extra headroom.

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Don't take up extra counter space. Instead add additional lighting on the wall or mount lights directly to the mirror, like this one here.

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To save on space, install a pocket door with frosted glass to allow for privacy and natural light to pass through into the adjacent room or hallway.

6. Don't forget those nooks and crannies

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Utilize every square inch of space. Add a custom built-in into the eave of the roof for form and functionality. It's the perfect amount of space for clean towels, and the pull-out hamper drawer keeps the floor clear of an extra hamper basket.

7. Stay chic

There's always space for accessories — they are candy for your eyes and keep them moving around the room by creating visual interest. Just make sure to edit and choose smart items.

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Clear your counter clutter and use trays to corral toiletries. These clear trays are great because they keep the counter looking clean.

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Add accessories to the wall, like these pretty and functional towel hooks or wall art that complements your neutral color palette.

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Baskets are great for extra hidden storage, and a little boxwood plant adds softness by breaking up the hard textures in the bathroom.

With these seven big ideas you'll be sure to create a grand small bathroom.

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