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What are the best selections for remodeling/decorating a small bathroom, specifically, best colors/patterns?

I am remodeling my bathroom in my roommates house. So I can't get crazy with the look. My selections should be appealing to the masses. However, I dont want it to be boring. I have always loved the black and white checkered floor look but I dont know if it will work in a small space. I like black and white because i think it can be feminine and/or masculine, contemporary and/or modern and youthful or mature/classy all at the same time. If i went that route with the floor i think i would paint the vanity black and possibly give it the distressed look. But again, i am not sure if such a bold contrast with the black against white will be good for that small of a space.

Black is a great accent color but once you paint the vanity black it will be VERY difficult to turn back. I painted a cool piece of furniture black and I am sorry now, even though it looked good for a couple of years, now I'm bored with it. I wish I had left it and went with rugs, pictures, towels, curtains, etc.

I just did my bathroom a couple of years ago and it is really calm and gender nuetral. It is white and beige which looks good with cobalt blue…or…red…or…aqua…

Whatever I'm in the mood to do with it.

Even if you painted it a brown that had reddish tones like clay it would really make a statement and push the walls away visually. It is a misconception that dark paint shrinks a room. Especially if the trim is creme or a soft beige. Black towels and a shower curtain with geometric shapes and black accent color in it with black and white photos in frames that matched your trim would look modern and stylish….

Here are some sites that are good examples of versatile colors etc…

http://www.glidden.com/visualizer/buildup.do

http://www.us.kohler.com/designkb/colors/kohler_shadesofneutral.jsp

Paint color….borrowed from answers…

http://www.dongardner.com/images/plans/interiors/1022bath.jpg

GOOD LUCK!

P.S. The checked floor with black & white would shrink the room…go nuetral and get a rug that has that 50's geometric look….the current trend is 50's patterns in earthy tones….a bathroom greatly affects a homes resale value too.

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