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The most recent U.S. Houzz Bathroom Trends Study revealed that 30% of respondents felt their bathrooms were too small for their needs. Millennial homeowners, in particular, were even more likely to be unhappy with the size of their space.
When expanding the space isn’t an option, it’s your job to help guide your clients through making the most of the space available to them. The good news is that with the right approach, it’s easy to pack a lot of style into a small space.

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Make Every Inch Count

Without more square footage, it’s imperative to make sure every last inch of space has a purpose, like a puzzle where the shower, toilet and sink must all be arranged for ease of use, while making sure to create spaces for storing necessities like towels, toilet paper and cosmetic supplies. Utilize a floating vanity to not only create the appearance of more space, but also to free up floor space for extra storage.

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Go Big on Comfort

No matter the size of their space, your clients want their bathroom to serve as a welcoming oasis they can escape to at the end of a busy day. Replacing a ho-hum shower head with a drenching HydroRain® Two-in-One Shower Head is an upgrade your clients will appreciate every day and won’t require any additional space.


Pick an Expressive Pattern

While your clients may shy away from dramatic colors or patterns in larger areas of their home, a small bathroom is the perfect place to embrace a wild, wonderful pattern. A bold wallpaper or cabinets create visual interest that can make a small space feel bigger. Be sure to stick to a color palette, and coordinate faucet and drawer pull finishes to keep things looking clean and cohesive.

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Keep It Cool

According to the Houzz study, white and gray continue to gain popularity in renovated master bathrooms, especially with Millennials. And more than eight out of 10 renovating homeowners are replacing wall finishes outside the shower area.
Classic white subway tile paired with cool gray paint and a stainless steel faucet set the scene for a calming washroom, while creating the feeling of more space. The slim silhouette of a pedestal sink can create freedom of movement and a well-placed mirror or two can breathe more light into the room, making it feel more spacious.


Be Transparent

When space is of the essence, suggest your client ditch a traditional shower door in favor of an eye-catching curtain or a glass shower partition, which visually open up the space. Tie everything together by coordinating the style and finish of all bathroom hardware—such as shower heads, faucets and robe hooks—for a neat, tailored look.

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