Photo: Courtesy of The Chatwal New York

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Avoid Small Distractions
Gleaming tiles reflect light, which can brighten the room and make it seem bigger—unless you're using mosaic, penny or any tile design smaller than your palm, really. These tiles have more grout lines and look busy, says Joel Freyberg, general manager of The Chatwal New York, which earned top honors as Best Bathroom at the 2011 Hospitality Design Awards. The larger and simpler the tile design, the less you'll feel like your walls are shrieking, "60 square feet!"