How can you make a small bathroom look bigger? How do you get more visual square inches? Here’s how…
A master bathroom with a large jacuzzi tub, two sinks, big window and heated floor is great for some, but unfortunately, budget and space concerns bring most of us back down to earth. But we shouldn’t let our small bathrooms limit our creativity and dreams. We can increase the perception of space and forget how small our bathroom really is, thanks to several design principles and techniques presented below.
1. Go with brighter and softer colors
When dealing with a small bathroom, it’s usually a smart decision not to use dark colors or busy patterns because they can overpower and appear to shrink the space. Natural, light tones create an airy, spacious feel. The best option is classic white which will make your bathroom look the largest. If you want to be creative and add something extra to the walls, we suggest you play with textures rather than patterns and vivid colors. The color palette should be simple. Remember that one color doesn’t mean you can’t use a variety of shades. If you really want to introduce a secondary color, try to do it in small splashes.
2. Paint your ceiling the same color as your walls
Ceilings are frequently bland and boring. We are making the safe choice and painting them white. However, there are some very good reasons for painting the ceiling the same color as the walls. A one-color treatment can add spaciousness to your tiny bathroom and evoke a restful, soothing mood.
3. Let there be light
Nothing makes a small room look bigger than plenty of sunlight. If you are not a lucky person and do not have a window in your bathroom, you have to organize proper artificial lighting. We often tend to think that a single ceiling fixture is enough. It’s not. The lighting requires extra thought.A good lighting plan for our bathroom is a series of layers. Use recessed lighting over a tub or shower and scones on either side of a mirror. Other light sources enhance the overall mood of the room. Adding a dimmer switch to the lighting fixture can be a good idea – you can use stronger light when you are getting ready for work in the morning and more subtle light for the evening relax in the tub.
4. Decorating with mirrors
Mirrors are kind of decorating details that should receive far more attention than they do. After all, we look at them every day. Hanging a mirror is almost like hanging art. There are some general rules for choosing and hanging mirrors in the bathrooms, especially in the small ones. The mirror is a nice tool to make a room feel bigger. Remember to consider the subject that will be reflected. It is good to put a mirror across from a window – it will reflect light and scenery. Make sure it’s not reflecting the towel rail or the toilet. The best way to use a mirror in a small bathroom is to make it a focal point. A beautiful frame, shape or unique style help take the focus off the size of the place.
5. Replace a tub with a shower
Tubs take much more floor space than showers. If we have the option to get rid of the tub, we will open up our small bathroom significantly. A shower is also much cheaper and easier to clean. It’s a safer and functional option for older people. Stepping down into the tub increases the chance of fall injury and you don’t have this problem with the shower. If you are not able to give up a tub, consider replacing it with a lower-walled model. It’s good for showering and still deep enough for pleasant, long baths.
6. Frameless shower doors and clear glass
You have decided for a shower instead of a tub. Good choice. But now you must think about some issues connected with choosing a proper shower. You should consider frameless shower doors which serve to enhance the appearance of size and space of any bathroom they are installed in. Use clear glass in your shower. Textured glass can make space feel like it has an extra wall. You may be able to have some privacy, but it will be a visual barrier within a room.
7. Be creative with storage
Storage space is key in a small bathroom. Without it, toothbrushes lay all over, shampoo bottles pile up and you barely have room to do your makeup. What can you do? Try for example wall-mounted shelves which are a very useful solution for small spaces. They give you a place to lay out toilet paper, keep your tissues, store extra towels or place your cosmetics. You can also use some baskets to decrease clutter and add storage. Plus, it will be much easier to find things.
8. Change a swing of your door
You know how in some small rooms doors are like, always in the way? Try to get a little extra space for your small bathroom and if your door swings into the room consider flipping the door around so it swings out of the bathroom. Another option can be changing a standard swinging door into a pocket door that slides into the wall. It’s visually appealing solution because the doors “hide”inside the wall.
9. Choose large-format tiles
Not so long ago it was recommended that small rooms benefit from small tiles. However, it’s not true because all the grouting lines that come with many tiles create a cluttered effect making the bathroom feel smaller. Bigger tiles with thinner and softer grout lines work to make a room appear larger. You can choose from various colors and tile designs. The newest trends are wood-look and stone-look tiles.
10. Be ruthless about clutter
The most important and probably the most obvious thing to know dealing with a small bathroom is to keep space uncluttered. Every square space counts. Don’t crowd the shelves with more than you need. Ensure floor space is also kept clear. The less visual clutter you can see, the roomier space will be.
We hope you find these tried ideas useful for planning your small bathroom. Remember that despite limited square footage, you can create a gorgeous bathroom. By using some imagination, you can turn your cramped bathroom into a cozy retreat – without having to move any walls.