small remodeled bathroom with colorful glass tiles
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Color-Blast in a Shoe-Box Bath

The smaller the space, the more critical the details—at least that's the approach these New Jersey homeowners took in tackling the bath they shared with their two young daughters. Their rowhouse dates to the 1890s, but in 1966 a previous owner turned the bath into a study in dark maroon. After living with the gloomy, cramped space for six years, they decided to remodel it themselves, with help from a plumber and electrician.

Scouring plumbing-supply shops, they found a smaller toilet, a narrow-rimmed tub, and a sink just wide enough for two kids armed with toothbrushes. They did almost everything and experimented endlessly to create a colorful pattern of 1-by-3-inch clear, frosted, and silvery glass tiles, pre-mounted on mesh sections for easy installation. A recessed cabinet with sliding doors holds essentials—spillover goes to the linen closet—and radiant heat saves space too. It still gets crowded at bath time, but having every detail right makes being there a pleasure. A new pocket door saves space and has a tidy, tailored look while light-reflecting glass tile and downsized fixtures help create a cheery, open feel.

See the rest of this transformation in Creating Major Impact in a Small Bath.
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