This post is one in a series on remodeling small bathrooms as well as part of a sub-series on the use to color to create various effects and feelings. To access either of the lead posts, please select either of the links in the prior sentence.
This post explains how you can use color to accentuate only one dimension of a room.
Does the room feel too narrow? Too short? Too shallow?
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Stripes alter our perception of space. Stripes make us believe the direction the stripes are running in is longer than it actually is.
If the room feels too narrow, run stripes across the room from side to side.
If the room feels too shallow, run stripes down the room from front to back.
If the room feels too short, run stripes up the walls from floor to ceiling.
You can do this with any and every surface, not just your walls. Although stripes on the ceiling may feel a little weird, in extreme situations (a really small bathroom) it may make sense.
However the floor is a very reasonable place to install stripes. Floor tiles do not need to be square, they can be rectangular which in and of itself creates stripes. Your floor tiles can also be different colors allowing you to create a stripe pattern.
In the example below, black and white tiles are used to create a stripped floor that runs across the room from side to side. In this example it’s a kitchen, but the effect is the same no matter what room it’s in.
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