When selecting paint sheens, keep in mind that shiny surfaces help to make a small space feel larger because they are reflective, like in this modern kitchen with high-gloss orange cabinets. Use a semigloss sheen to visually expand a small kitchen or bathroom. Softer sheens, such as satin or eggshell, give bedrooms — especially kids' rooms and living areas — a more subtle finish.
The property is large enough to include a guest house, called the casita (translation: small house). With its own separate entrance and luxurious bathroom, along with amazing views of the trees, it's a blissful private retreat.
Down the hall, a small teal and white bathroom gives guests their own space to freshen up. Where white walls and a chrome sink make the space feel clean, a fish scale backsplash adds beautiful visual interest.
Down the hall, a door opens to this two-toned, transitional guest bathroom. An oversized mirror anchors the wall and makes the small space seem even larger, while cabinets on either end offer storage for extra towels and travel-sized products.
One of the home's five bathrooms, this small space features a large mirror, two medicine cabinets, a sleek modern vanity and plenty of drawers for extra linens. The neutral-and-black tile adds a fun, retro touch to the space.
The oversized walk-in shower features glass walls that allow it to flow seamlessly into the rest of the bathroom. The same granite from the vanity countertops is used as a shelf and small seat in the shower.
A reclaimed factory window serves as the shower door in this country cottage. The striking black and white color palate keeps the bathroom feeling modern and fresh. A small window in the shower lets in just enough natural light.
One of designer Claire Paquin's favorite ways to make an impact in the bathroom is marble mosaic floor tiles. "Bathrooms rarely have any opportunity for pattern, with the exceptions of window treatments and wallpaper, so a patterned floor tile is a great place to splurge. Sometimes the small, intricate patterns are expensive, but you typically won't need to buy as much," says Paquin.
A powder room at the top of a set of stairs features an elegant chandelier and beautiful printed wallpaper. The designer made the most of a small space by using a small, low-impact glass vanity top for the round stainless sink. In the hallway leading into the bathroom sits an antique dress form, dolled up with scarves and a handbag for a feminine touch.
A tiny powder room uses white walls and a small floating toilet to make the most of the space. A bathroom niche with metallic tile adds a decorative element and houses a pretty purple orchid, bringing life to the room.
A double-wide, glass-enclosed shower designed by Drew and Jonathan Scott of Buying and Selling is the centerpiece of this simple yet elegant bathroom. Large cream-colored tile on the lower half of the shower contrasts against the small glass tiles used on the floor and top of the shower. The clean, reflective surfaces of the tile make the entire bathroom brighter.
A small space between the hall bathroom and staircase marks the perfect spot for a wet bar that services the second floor family room. Floating shelves showcase framed photos and decorative accessories. Sage green walls and wooden accents give the space a country cottage look.
The gray tile gives this slender shower a tunnel-like effect against the neutral tones in the bathroom. Two strips made of small white and gray tiles run from the floor to the ceiling for a fun, decorative accent.
Artwork and accessories have no place in a room where materials and clean lines take center stage. White porcelain tile, cabinetry and countertops create a feeling of tranquility. Glass doors provide a seamless transition from bathroom to shower stall. A small picture window floods the space with sunlight.
Susan Brunstrum updated this small powder room by using a monochromatic color palette to enlarge the space. Taupe, cream and beige create an unified effect, while a dark wood mirror above the vanity coordinates with the dark wood of the bathroom door. The look is understated but is soft and welcoming.
Clean, crisp lines and a neutral color palette create a guest bathroom with contemporary flair. The white vanity "floats" in the space and is surrounded by clean white subway tile. Frameless glass on the shower helps to open up the small space.