Everyone wants a larger bathroom, but renovating a home to allow for a larger bathroom isn’t always practical or affordable. Even if a bathroom is small, it doesn’t have to look small. There are plenty of ways to make a bathroom appear larger than it is. Keep reading for ten practical ideas.
- Add a Large Mirror
Mirrors make a bathroom look larger and reflect more light into the room. The first step when considering bathroom remodeling is often to install a bigger mirror. Homeowners can even find grand mirrors that measure five feet long by three feet high that they can install easily. Another option is to install two mirrors on two walls that met. An L-shaped configuration bounces more light back into a room and makes the room feel more spacious.
- Change the Vanity Cabinet
To maximize room, replace a vanity cabinet with a pedestal sink. These are inexpensive, and homeowners can install them themselves. They give more floor space, which will make the room seem larger.
- More Natural Light
Consider adding skylights or windows. If skylights already exist, they may need cleaning to give maximum light. Take away curtains, which can darken rooms. Another option is replacing clear glass windows with frosted privacy glass. Then curtains or blinds are not necessary.
- Clean Out the Clutter
Artwork and rugs can personalize a bathroom, but they can sometimes add clutter to a bathroom. Clear out some of this clutter to make room for more space. Reducing clutter is an inexpensive way to spruce up a bathroom and help it feel bigger.
- Decrease Color Contrasts
Whenever possible, decrease color contrasts. Homeowners should paint walls and crown molding the same color. Paint a bathroom a light shade to make it feel airier. In a small bathroom, consider replacing tall baseboards with shorter baseboards. Crown molding is beautiful, but it is more appropriate in large rooms, so consider taking it out of a small bathroom.
- Clear Glass Shower
Replace traditional shower/tub enclosures with a transparent shower enclosure. It looks and feels less imposing. Frameless enclosures are made of tempered glass and held together at the corners.
- Use the Same Materials
Tone down the visual noise in a bathroom by using similar materials in a bathroom. Match a countertop closely to the look of the tub/shower surround.
- Storage is Essential
Vanities can have storage space, but not much in a small bathroom. Consider using the walls for storage. Wall cabinets, built-in nooks, or shelving help store items but also look nice.
- Add Wall Paneling
Tongue and groove wall paneling can create the illusion of height. Painting it white or off-white can also help the light bounce around in the bathroom.
- Install a Shelf in the Shower
Creating space for storage is one of the best small bathroom ideas. Install a shelf in the shower for soaps and bottles.
A bathroom should be an oasis from the hustle and bustle of life. Use some of these tips to make this quiet space appear as large as possible.