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Use Optical Illusions for Small Bathroom Remodeling

By Karin Mangan

Small bathroom remodeling can be a challenging job because of the restricted space. However, if you plan your work carefully, you can make your small bathroom appear larger. Your small bathroom remodeling project can renovate and create space by designing some optical illusions. Here are some simple tricks that you can use:

  • Add height to your bathroom space by using vertical lines on the walls. For example, paint vertical stripes on the walls, hang striped wallpaper, stretch tiles to the ceiling, line the ceiling edge with a border, or just add a cornice for a higher-looking ceiling.
  • For tiled walls, place dissimilar colored or contrasting tile near the top of the walls to pull eyes upward.
  • Add breadth, span, and depth to a small bathroom using a combination of mirrors and lights. But remember, too many mirrors may spoil the effect.
  • In small bathrooms, clear shower doors and screens can add the illusion of space and light. Also, a frameless shower screen may look better.
  • Make the best possible use of the natural light by incorporating windows or skylight in the bathroom.
  • Light up all the corners and edges of the bathroom to make it appear bigger.
  • Mount shelves high up on the walls, close to the ceiling, and position lights under them.
  • Maintain a simple and bold color scheme for the bathroom; too many colors and patterns can make the space look smaller or cluttered.
  • Try to use light colors, neutral pastel shades, or off-whites for the bathroom walls, floors, and furnishings to make the small space appear larger.
  • Rectified porcelain tiles in matching shapes, narrow grout lines, or larger tiles may give the impression of more space to help your small bathroom remodeling project.
  • Tiled floors that draw focus also enhance the impression of space in a small bathroom.
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