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Making the most of a small bathroom
Posted on Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The most recent issue of Kitchen & Bath Design News reports that homes - and bathrooms - may be getting smaller.

According to the National Association of Homebuilders, the average U.S. home was 2,500 square feet in 2007. In 2010, the average home shrunk to 2,380 square feet.

"Perhaps as a nod to current economics and environmental respect, there does seem to be a trend to remodel within the existing space, rather than adding space to create a master oasis," the publication's Mary Jo Peterson wrote.

Those embarking on a bathroom renovation in a smaller space can take the advice experts from offer on making the most of the space available, however small it may be.

Installing a pedestal sink, rather than a larger bathroom vanity, is one strategy.

"By placing a pedestal sink in the small bathroom, you can open up the bathroom space by another 10 percent," the website suggests.

Other tips for making a smaller space appear larger include using soft color on the walls, choosing a light-colored floor, eliminating clutter and adding additional light fixtures to make the space appear brighter.




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