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Designer BathroomThe choice of colors in this bathroom design is all modern, but it’s the placement of those colors that make it spectacular. 

The first bit of room design genius is the bathroom tile… sea glass-colored mosaic tiles on the foor that perfectly simulate the  unspoiled tropical waters of an idyllic island (if you’ve ever been to BoraBora, this is the actual color of the water). Running the same tile up the bathroom shower wall would transport you to the sea while showering!

The second bit of genius is all the white paint everywhere else. Walls, ceiling and fixtures disappear around so much of this head-clearing hue. The trick here is to use not just a version of  white paint, but a pure, unadulterated white (Behr #1850 is the purest white paint color I’ve found).

The bathroom shower wall is all-glass. Light fixtures are simple white glass globes on the ceiling and there’s nothing fancy or distracting about the mirror goes on the full length of the wall. Towel racks are simple stainless steel and white towels would be a requirement.

The pedestal sink lets us see more of the bathroom floor, makes the room look bigger and creates the illusion that the uninterrupted floor is the sea itself. A storage shelf beneath the mirror is discreet and if other bathroom cabinets were needed, they’d need to be white.

Even if you don’t have a bathroom design as streamlined as this one, the same scheme would work in any bathroom.

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A tiny bathroom is typical of small homes and apartments. To make matters worse, many come with low-priced, builder-standard cabinets, flooring and faucets. 

But the good thing about a small bathroom is that it doesn’t cost a lot to give them a facelift. Adding a few stylish elements can transform a small, styleless bathroom into something much more interesting.

Here’s what’s working well in this small bathroom:

The wallpaper is color coordinated with the wood grain and floor color – less color contrast makes this small room look bigger.

The rich texture of the wallpaper makes this a luxurious place to be.

 The textured, gold-finished mirror frame is like a piece of art – much more interesting than a built-in mirror or one matched to the oak vanity cabinet below.

Plush white towels are richly layered, creaing the look resembles a five-star hotel resort.

The silver towel rack looks heavy and substantial;  a nice upgrade from cheaper builder standards.  

The tall glass shower door is more streamlined than curtains; it makes the room seem bigger because we can see through to the tub walls.


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