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Nov 29, 2007

Great Decor Tips and Guide to Creating a Larger Contemporary Bathroom Interior

The bathroom is more than just a space to cleanse ourselves. It also provides a space which we can relax in as we soak and wash away the worries of the day. For those small spaces, here are 5 great decor tips and guide to creating a larger contemporary bathroom interior:

1) Go neutral – pale and cool colors such as vanilla and pastels reflect light and can make a small room feel larger. Woodwork, trim and doors will seem more transparent if painted the same hue as the walls, allowing for a visually larger area. Better yet, keep counter tops and cabinets in the same shade for added transparency.

Try splashing the walls in light colors with an even lighter tint for the ceiling This combination will make surfaces recede from view and make the room seem larger.

To spice it up? Introduce bolder colors through accessories, towels, collectibles, artwork and even furniture. You can also add interest with a variety of textures, such as woven baskets, textured towels or floor mats. Complete the homely appeal by adding in family photos or artwork.

2) Eye tricks – Create a taller ceiling with visual tricks. Wood moldings, wallpaper borders, wood paneling and tile designs placed where the walls and ceiling meet provide a splash of color and help naturally draw the eye upward.

A single vertical stripe on the walls will make them seem taller or opt for wall paper with tiny prints for a more whimsical approach.

To spice it up? Vivid displays with mosaic tiles are all the rage now. Opt for stripes that will help elongate walls or enlarge small spaces.

3) Glass act – Glass doesn’t reproduce a space but it doesn’t obstruct it either. Make wise choices. In a small bath for instance, a clear glass shower door may prove to be a better place stretcher than a patterned shower curtain.

It is a good idea to thoroughly clean shower doors weekly to keep them from losing their crystal clear character. After all, there is nothing more unsightly than a mildew-covered, water spotted glass door.

4) Mirror finish – mirrors help to create an element of space. 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 angel.

Two mirrors placed opposite each other create the illusion of a never-ending room.

5) Clutter cutter – in a small bath, space is too precious to be taken up by clutter. Make sure counter tops are adorned with only the most necessary items and keep the rest concealed. Customize your cabinets with wire racks, boxes and shelves.

By putting your possessions in order, you make the most of the space you have.

Movable bathroom caddies make spectacular alternative storage in even the smallest bathrooms.

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