3 Design Tricks to Make a Narrow Bathroom Look Larger

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3 Design Tricks to Make a Narrow Bathroom Look Larger

In this episode of Houzz TV Live, Houzz senior editor Mitchell Parker discusses three tricks designers use to make a narrow bathroom layout look and feel larger than it is. He shows how they highlight the floor and rear wall to focus attention on the length of a room rather than its width, use a light color scheme to create an airy atmosphere and add an abundant amount of small tiles to trick the brain into thinking there’s more space. Watch the video to see the bathrooms and find out more.

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Kathleen Marineau

I recognize the bathrooms from other ideabooks and liked some of them. Explanations of why and how of the tile and flooring choices really helps me understand the design goals.

Since my 40sqft bathrooms (2 of them) will need a repaint next year, this is good timing. New flooring is now on the list of changes to see what I can do without changing the acrylic showers and tub. There is hope for something more pleasing.

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Christine Botti

LOVE the black & white👌

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Marie

I loved these ideas for tiny bathrooms. I have two small, very dark, windowless bathrooms and would love to see tricks of your designers to bring more light to them.

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buster57

Marie: If any of them have access to the roof, you can put in a skylight or the tube light - which I should have done but didn't. :(

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buster57

PS-no matter how big it "looks" I still smash my elbows into the sink or the wall when drying off. LOL.

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Kathleen Marineau

I ditto Marie. Our main bath has no window.

I wonder how skylights and tube lights handle snow, ice and hail.

   
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Marie

Thanks buster57, no skylight since I live in an apartment, but the tube light is a great idea!

   
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buster57

Yes, the spouse is very mad at me for not having that tube light thing put in.

   
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Kathleen Marineau

Are tube lights a difficult retrofit project?

   
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Bella Kitchen and Bath

Add crown moulding in small bathrooms. It draws the eyes up and makes the room "look" larger.


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Caroline Chavez

We have a tube light that also gathers solar during the day and then acts like a soft night light!

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bizeebees

great , practical ideas with examples...Thanks!!!

   
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HU-958998050

I have a tube light in my (windowless) kitchen in Wisconsin. Never a problem with ice or snow. I LOVE it! It was a retrofit, installed when we reroofed. I also have a narrow, windowless bathroom, and am reroofing my new house. Great ideas here!

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Barbara O'Keefe

The solar tubes are fantastic. One lights up my large, windowless bathroom as much as a big window. I have had them in my houses for over 20 years without any leaks or troubles. Since I live in MN, snow is not an issue (although deep snow does filter the sun a little). It was installed in a few hours by the pros, no mess, and around a $1000 for the large size, about 14". You won't believe the difference. By the way, retrofit is easy if the roof is above the room.

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Kathleen Marineau

thanks for the encrougaement to add natural light to a bathroom.

   
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SALO BOAKYE

lovely bathrooms

   
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buster57

Thanks everyone: Got me in more trouble by loving those tubes! LOL.