How small is your small bathroom? And how big you want to make it look? You see, a small bathroom remodel is hard as is but the project won’t make you shiver from annoyance and anxiety if this is the guest bath. Or a half bath. Or a powder room. In such cases, you can simply settle for a small sink or tiny counter and you’ll be fine. Things get tougher when you need to come up with a small bathroom design that will opt for making it look big without leaving anything out!
The essential elements you can’t help but integrate in a master bathroom – no matter how small, is the sink/counter, toilet, and bathing area (whether a bathtub or shower). And so, what you choose and how the layout is formed will make or break your project. Beyond that, there’s also a number of elements & accessories you can incorporate to give the impression of a larger bathroom.
And we’ll see all that in minute, right after I tell you this. The way to succeed with such bathroom renovation goals is to use smart ideas and the right products to create an airy feeling, openness, a sense of freedom. That’s the goal.
To make it look big, get small and less
If we could title your small bathroom remodeling project, we would use one word: declutter. And not only in the sense of getting rid of anything not necessary but also in creating openness in the bathroom. The first rule? Go small-scale for the fixtures. Forget about huge bathtubs and counters. Take advantage of the whole space with the help of an experienced bathroom renovation contractor but go big as much as you can to move around without difficulty. You don’t want too small (of a counter, for example) either. Or, you will end up getting extra furniture. Your goal should be as small and less possible – the basic features, small sizes but enough to feel comfortable.
Focus on the layout
The layout of the bath fixtures and every cabinet you may need is of the utmost importance. Do that wrong and you will end up with a small bathroom once again. That’s where the masterly skills of the bathroom remodeling contractor will be revealed. The good news is that today there are counters, sinks, showers, tubs, all kinds of furniture to fit all spaces. The layout should be such to create comfort while leaving you space to walk, enter the shower, open the door, sit on the toilet, move around. Speaking of doors, opt for a pocket door.
Bring light into the bathroom
The brighter the room, the bigger will look. You will need good light over the counter; perhaps, some accent lights too. Small bathrooms may or may not have windows. If this is a windowless bathroom, the bright lighting becomes even more important.
Mirrors do the trick
Mirrors make all rooms feel bigger. Get the biggest mirror you can get to double the size of the room. Or get multiple smaller mirrors. That trick is often enough to make the room look much bigger.
Choose white colors
Go white. Choose white for everything – walls, floor, vanity. White makes bathrooms feel airy, clean, pure, elegant. Let the colorful accessories and towels decorate.
Now, although white is the color to choose, the feeling of openness is also created due to the consistency (all white). If this is a half or guest bathroom, you can also go all black. All black with some gloss elements and the right lighting will create a feeling of big.
Go for a clear glass shower door
If you opt for a shower curtain, go for a transparent one. If you want to get a glass shower door, get one with clear glass. If you could avoid either altogether, the sense of openness would be even more intense but then your bathroom floor will be soaked at all times. Transparency helps rooms look bigger.
Toss the cabinets, get shelves
Which bathroom doesn’t need some storage space? Prefer open shelves instead of cabinets. But if you insist on cabinets, get with clear glass doors but avoid clutter by putting small items in boxes.
Put clutter behind you, embrace minimalism
Make sure everything has its place. You don’t want clutter. It won’t make your life easy and the bathroom will not look big. Embrace minimalism by keeping the things you consider necessary and also, beautifully organized. It’ll do the trick.