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6 Small But Stunning Dream Bathrooms

Upgrade your tiny loo into a luxurious bathing haven!

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Photography: Houzz

Some of these bathrooms will make you do a double take because they’re about the same size as a typical urban apartment bathroom. They are, however, packed with personality and style. Here are some tricks:

Widen it with a visual cue


A mid-height horizontal tile border creates the illusion of a wider bathroom, as does the strategically placed vanity mirror (which visually doubles the number of windows). In a dramatically contrasting colour, black, to the stark whiteness of the wall tiles, the tile border directs eye movement. Gray floor tiles balance out the contrasting colours.

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Add storage galore

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If you are renovating, plan for built-in storage with a clever combination of wall niches, open shelving and cabinets. This will allow you to maintain a clutter-free bathroom.

Incorporate a soaking tub


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Another consideration for renovation: a soaking tub incorporated in your shower space. Inspired by Japanese soaking tubs, this is smaller than a standard bathtub, yet provides you that luxury of a good soak when your body needs it. (Get a similar tub locally from Homestore.)

Luxe it up with a distracting feature


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The sculptural lighting feature here has the effect of drawing the eye from the vanity mirror up to the ceiling, while the mirror creates the illusion of the lighting feature encompassing more space than it does.

If you dare, replace walls with glass


This one makes so much sense, yet it is only for the truly brave. Glass walls are thinner than bathroom walls that have waterproofing underneath the tiles, so you basically reclaim several millimeters on two sides of the bathroom. Plus, they let all the light—whether daylight or artificial light—in to illuminate your small space. The downside is, you have to be either living alone or completely confident doing all your bathroom activities in full view of your partner.

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Try an open plan


Technically known as a “wet room,” this bathroom design has been around for ages, but lost its popularity due to water from the shower spreading out towards the floor where the washbasin is.

In our humidity, a wet room is not ideal unless you’re diligent about cleaning the bathroom floor (that is, pushing all the water down the drain with a squeegee) after every shower. However, it provides much-needed elbow room in a tiny bathroom—you can stretch out and reach your back without hitting the shower partition, you can get a comfortably-sized washbasin that you’re not splashing out of when you wash your face, etc. (Get similar bathroom fixtures from Sanitec.)

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This article originally appeared in Houzz.com

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