There are two main ways to make a small space seem larger. One is to trick the eye and the other is to make a clever use of space. A small bathroom can seem more spacious if both of these methods are utilized. The eye gets tricked by use of color, smaller fixtures and mirrors. Utilizing space cleverly takes a bit more effort and will depend on the space available. Here are some tips for making a small bathroom look bigger.
Dark colors tend to close in space but look beautiful in large rooms with many windows. For a small bathroom, colors that reflect light are best. Any color can be used as long as it is pale. Light blue, pink, orange or creams and neutrals are all a good choice. The towels should also be a light color and not bold. Wallpaper with a light design is an option, but may be best if the bathroom is to be used for guests.
Along with the pale walls, more lights will open the space. To save space, the lights should be wall sconces or recesses lighting in the ceiling. Directional lighting in the ceiling is also a good choice especially if there are several lights that can be focused in different directions. If the house is a new construction, a large window or skylight can be considered. Even with extra natural light, there should be at least two other light sources in the room.
There are two options for a sink that will make the bathroom look larger. A vanity console with storage space underneath or a pedestal sink. Which one to select will depend on the use of the bathroom. A storage vanity takes more space, but if the bathroom will be used by children or other family members, and there are towels and other things that need to be stored, this is the best option. If the bathroom is only to be used by guests, and hand towels and small soap can be stored elsewhere, the pedestal sink is the best option.
Large fixtures can make the room seem cluttered and cramped. They can be replaced with smaller models on the sink, in the shower, and, if the tub has a sliding door, the sliding door hardware can be changed. If the tub has a shower curtain, adding a sliding door will make the room look larger. The tub can also be removed and a shower stall added. This will actually add more space, not just trick the eye. The toilet can also be replaced with a smaller, water-saving model.
If possible, the small bathroom should not be used for storage. Cleaning supplies, extra towels, soap and anything else should be stored in a linen closet or laundry room. If the bathroom is for guests, some attractive element such as a vase of flowers or designer ceramics may be wanted, but it should be kept to a minimum.
Shower caddies are great space-savers. They keep your toiletries in the shower, where there is a lot of space and off the shelves in the room.
Another option for a place to keep accessories is the back of the door. There are attractive caddies that can be installed on the back of the door and will hold rolled-up hand towels, and other items.
Floating shelves that are installed with brackets on the wall can be put in almost any small space. If there is a space of one or one and a half feet between a mirror and the wall, several floating shelves can be installed to hold toiletries and decoration and they will not take up any space in the room.
It will not break your budget to make a small bathroom look and feel larger. With these few, simple tips, you won’t believe the difference.
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Written by Paisley Hansen. Paisley is a freelance writer and expert in health, beauty, and interior design. When he isn’t writing, she can be found reading a good book, hitting the gym, or playing with her Australian Shephard. Find her on Twitter for more.