The bathroom is often one of the smallest rooms of the house. And let's face, it is often more about function and convenient storage than design.
However all is not lost for those who insist on making the most of this small — sometimes very small — space attractive.
Here are some tips.
Light is right: With any small space, lighter tones help things appear bigger. Keep away from dark colors and wallpapers with big bold designs.
Let the sunshine in: Take advantage of any natural light available. Filling space with sunshine instantly makes it grow. Is adding a skylight a possibility?
Keep it simple: Fancy hardware and woodwork with embellishments don't work well here. Keep the lines sleek and clean.
Think space savers: A pedestal sink, uncluttered floating shelves, storage built into the wall all help maximize this little space.
Mirror, mirror: Mirrors reflect light and create the illusion that the space is much bigger.
Glass it in: Close in the shower with glass instead of a curtain or other visual obstacle. You will be amazed how much bigger the bathroom looks.
Keep it open: Replace a big built-in vanity with a thin table that has open space below.
Basket cases: Use small decorative baskets to hold towels and supplies.
Take advantage of surfaces: Who says the top of the toilet bin can't serve as a space to place something pretty.
Think scale: This is a small space so keep everything on a small scale. No big chairs, fixtures or wall pieces.