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5 Clever ways to create a spacious bathroom retreat

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The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the house. It’s where you do everything from showering in the morning to washing up and brushing your teeth at night. That’s why the last thing you want is a tiny bathroom. However, sometimes that is our only option. In those cases, there is hope. Check out ways to make your bathroom look more spacious below:

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1. Stick to the same colors and tones

 If you want to make your bathroom look bigger than it really is, you need to keep everything the same tone and color. You want the room to have one united shade. That’s because if you opt for a look like dark walls and light tiles, this will only make the space appear more enclosed. If you must have some contrast going on, though, limit it to something that is more of an object. For instance, let it be a light fixture or a low cabinet. That way the object will really stand out and get everyone’s attention, while the rest of the room blends together and acts as more of a backdrop than anything else.

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2. Opt for clear glass doors for your shower

 When you choose to have shower doors made of textured glass, you are giving off the illusion of an extra wall. This not only allows you to get some light into your shower, but also have the feel of some privacy. These doors are truly a visual barrier within the room, making your bathroom come across as more spacious.

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3. Invest in large bathroom vanities

 There is nothing that will make a bathroom appear larger than it is than a than a huge bath vanity. In fact, a bath vanity that reaches all the way to the ceiling will do wonders for your room. It doesn’t matter if the bath vanity is trimmed out in wood or tile. All you want is a tall bath vanity that has lighting on the top of it or hanging in the front of it, as that will work to double the light’s impact and make your lavatory feel much bigger than it is. However, don’t choose a bath vanity that uses double mirrors over side by side sinks. This will have the opposite effect you’re going for and make your bathroom look smaller.

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4. Install shelves within your wall

 The way most medicine cabinets recess into your wall, you can use this idea this throughout the rest of your bathroom. If you have a linen cabinet that takes up a lot of space, change this up. Instead, purchase cabinetry that you can have installed into the wall so you have more storage room. You will need to reframe the walls in that area, but this is worth whatever cost that is. With less clutter to be had, your bathroom will appear a lot bigger.

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5. Get as much natural light in as possible

 Natural light is something that homeowners always want shining through in their bathroom. There is no better feeling than waking up and going into your bathroom and having the sun fall on your face. The sun’s presence even helps you when you’re applying your makeup. Today, so many people opt for a lavatory with windows that are completely covered with shutters or have their window coverings blacked out. While this will grant you privacy, it’s not ideal. Instead what you should do is cover up a window with a translucent window shade. This way you still get that privacy you want while also having plenty of natural light coming through. If your bathroom doesn’t have a window, you can always get a solar tube or some type of skylight put in. This will also bring in some natural light into your bathroom. It’s this natural light that will really make your bathroom appear much bigger than it really is.

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Photo Sources: 1. Grossman Photography, 2. Stephen Fletcher Architects, 3. K & K Custom Cabinets, 4. AKL Designer Kitchens, 5. Brandon Barré Photography, 6. LDa Architecture & Interiors, 7. Brandon Barré Photography, 8. Globus Builder, 9. b+g design inc.

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