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How To Make A Small Bathroom Look Bigger Using Clever Decor Tricks

Unless you're lucky enough to have a magnificent at-home spa, chances are your bathroom could stand to be a bit bigger. If renovation isn't an option, simply call upon these decor tips.

Keep the walls and floor the same tone or value.
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Stark contrasts can make a room appear smaller. Instead, use a furnishing or accessory to introduce a new color. For more design tips, check out the bathroom gallery at Domino.
Choose a clear glass shower surround.
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A textured one may offer more privacy, but it visually reads as a wall, cutting off your space.
Mirrors can help.
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They can make a space feel more expansive. Mirrors that reach from the vanity almost to the ceiling are the most effective at creating this illusion.
Go for neutral fixtures.
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Patterned and dark colored bathroom suites can overpower a room.

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And if you're a renter that can't even paint a wall, remember this: The most important thing to know dealing with a tiny bathroom is to be ruthless about clutter. Every square space counts (even underneath your sink). Don't store piles of towels or back-up products bought in bulk. Don't crowd the counter with more than you need. The less visual clutter you can see, the roomier the space will be.

1
Take the doors off cabinets.
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To answer your question right off the bat: Yes, you have to be a bit more organized.
2
Paint horizontal stripes.
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Black and white is always stylish, but the stripe treatment can make a room seem wider.
3
Be selective about what you bring into your home.
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Less is more -- never underestimate the power of breathing room in a small space.
4
Paint a statement wall.
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Whether you go dark or light, this creates depth which can make a room seem more spacious. (Embracing a minimal lifestyle also helps.)
5
Get (very) creative with wall space.
Got dozens of shoes? Put 'em up.
6
Hang curtains all the way to the ceiling.
This creates the illusion of a higher ceiling.
7
Incorporate mirrored finishes.
They reflect light (revolutionary, we know) which makes a room seem bigger.
8
Use a rug to define a space.
In an open floor plan, an area rug can turn a seating arrangement into a "room."