A great bathroom is essential for the relaxation, safety, and comfort of your family. If your bathroom is small, you might think there are no practical ways to make it spacious without doing a major renovation, but we have good news for you. There are techniques you can use to make even the smallest of bathrooms appear bigger, without breaking the bank. Here are five ideas to try.
1. Use Color
The color of the walls and floors can have a big impact on how you feel about a small room. The “feeling” that your bathroom conveys and how you judge the size of the room can both be affected by color. A spacious look can be achieved by switching out busy wallpaper patterns or dark hues for lighter paint colors or wallpaper with lots of white space between motifs.
2. Let there be Light
Lighting is not only good for your eyes and energy levels; it can also make your bathroom appear bigger than it is. To create the appearance of a larger, open space, use as much natural light as you can in a small bathroom, such as through a skylight or window.
If windows are not possible or practical, install more light fixtures, especially in low-light places like around a vanity, above a shower, or directly overhead. Evenly distributing light around the bathroom, will make for a brighter and more welcoming environment.
3. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
Mirrors can give your bathroom a whimsical appearance, which will enlarge the space. Place mirrors in your bathroom opposite from outside windows or across from one another to further enhance the effect of the sense of extra space. You might even cleverly bounce light around using your mirrors and lighting fixtures to further illuminate the space.
However, if you want to put mirrors in your bathroom, you might want to think about changing your cabinets. Large cabinets will obstruct mirrors and give a shadowy appearance. Fewer shadows will be cast by lower, narrower cabinets, giving the impression that your bathroom is wider than it is.
4. Install a Floating Sink or Floating Vanity
For small bathrooms, finding the right ratio of storage to floor space could be challenging. A creative solution is to remodel your bathroom by installing a floating vanity or sink. Removing a large built-in vanity or sink will provide you with the ability to freely move through a space without running into bulky cabinets. Though you may lose some storage space, gaining additional floor space may be worth the tradeoff as it can make a confined space feel much more open.
5. Decorate with Mindfulness
Be mindful when making your design decisions. Although you might be tempted to add decorations to your bathroom to make it feel more “personal,” if there are too many, the area may feel cramped and cluttered. This is particularly true if there are an excessive number of floor mats, plants, candles, wall-mounted artwork, and trinkets. Too much décor can easily turn into a cluttered mess. Minimizing the number of decorations in a small space will significantly alter how you perceive the space in your bathroom and help you stay within budget.
While it may seem impossible to expand a small bathroom without the ability to tear down walls or add on an addition to your home, Dependable Services, a home renovation company in Broward and Palm Beach County, can help you remodel a small space to create the impression of a larger area without the need for a major renovation. Call (954) 793-8898 to find out more about our services and to get a home estimate.