While visitors may call your small bathroom “quaint” or “cute,” you might not be so laudatory about your lavatory. You may even be tempted to tell them that if they love the space so much, they can somehow find space for toiletries and medication… or to ask them how they might decorate it to alleviate the claustrophobia you feel when you shower. We get it. A smaller bathroom can pose some challenges. But where challenge exists, so too does opportunity.
Great Remodeling Ideas For Small Bathroom
Get creative with color
Everybody has that color that they were dazzled by at the paint store, but could never quite figure out where it would work in their home. Why not the small bathroom? Where bold, adventurous hues may be a bit much for a larger room, they can strike just the right note in a small space by adding an interesting dimension. This can even extend to hanging vibrant towels or robes to add color and personality
Add storage, stylishly
Storage, or lack thereof, is one of the biggest problems posed by a small bathroom (our years in the business have led us to this shocking conclusion). Sure, you can add storage, but doing it with style is always better. Instead of stuffing them in large cabinets, showcase your colorful, textured towels in open shelving. This will add warmth and playful colors to your space and eliminate unwanted large furniture pieces. Other ideas:
- Stack floating shelves to add storage in a fashionable way.
- Colorful storage ladders showcase personality and are a great place to store containers.
- Sink skirts add flair and hide cleaning products.
- Wooden crates can be stacked, drilled into the wall or placed on the ground for accessible storage.
Replace your shower curtain with a glass door
Open up the room with glass! If your bathroom only has a shower stall, consider not only a glass door but partially taking out another wall & replacing it with glass. Even a small tub area will benefit from some clean, clear glass doors. If a glass isn’t an option, use clear shower curtains that will allow light in.
Pay attention to the lighting. A well-lit space always looks larger. So, if your budget allows smart redistribution of lights, place them on the dimmer or preset mood control; it will create the desired ambience. Eliminate pendants that dangle at the head/eye level, as they typically “drop” the ceiling and make the room look even smaller. Wall mount fixtures are usually the best decorative application for a small bathroom — just make sure no one will bump into them.
Lose the Tub
Tubs take up twice the amount of floor space than showers. If you have the option to lose the tub, you’ll open up your small bathroom significantly. Showers are great for adults and guests, especially older ones. If you add a hand shower, showers are also excellent for getting pets clean too. However, if you have children and you need to keep the tub for bathing them, then consider a lower profile tub. The lower height makes getting in and out easier and it will make your room feel more open, as well.
Hang the toilet from the wall
A great way to maximize a small bath’s space is the use of wall-hung cabinetry and toilets with oversized floor tile. Today’s product offering in both of these areas is much more expansive than in the past and there are styles to suit everyone’s taste and décor.
Adding art to the walls can also increase the sense of space. Landscapes, in particular, can give the walls dimension. Be sure to use only relatively inexpensive art, though, since humidity can damage art.
Use a variety of tile sizes
Use large (24″x24″ or larger) tiles with minimal grout lines that match the color of the tile — a consistent tone gives a sense of more room. Also, you can mix thing up by using small tiles on the floor with large tiles on the walls or vice versa. The juxtaposition keeps things interesting.
These are just a few possibilities you can incorporate into your small bathroom. At Ovation design build , whatever the size and whatever the room, though, we can work wonders with the space. Contact us today to find out how!