All those with a small bathroom want the same thing: a big bathroom. And so, the main reason for a small bathroom remodel is to create a feeling that the room is bigger. Of course, the bet is to create more than a feeling of some openness and indeed make the bathroom more functional.
The very good news is that nowadays, the small bathroom design ideas are innumerable. The choices among bathroom countertops, materials, flooring, fixtures, and lighting are also numerous. There is a wealth of painting techniques too. And so, a small bathroom can truly be transformed into a charming and functional place – your one-and-only.
How to get started with your small bathroom remodel
To get things right and make the bathroom remodeling work for you, it’s vital that you plan well. That’s the secret to all remodeling projects, even more when the space is limited and the needs plenty.
In small bathrooms, the space is limited but the layout is different. And so, what works well for one bathroom may not work for another. Other things to consider before you even talk to a bathroom remodeling contractor are the room’s height and whether or not there’s a window. Such factors should shape your decision on color.
The whole idea of succeeding with your bathroom renovation is to find the perfect layout of the fixtures, the ideal color, and items that will keep the room decluttered and always looking elegant. Should we give it a go?
Small-scale bathroom fixtures and furniture make a difference
Since space-saving is the rule in small bathrooms, avoid large-scale furniture and fixtures. Depending on the bathroom layout and square feet, you may go for a tub. But if it stands in your way, prefer a walk-in shower. Since the bet is to make the bathroom functional and not just create a feeling that the room is big, take as much space as you can for the vanity. If this is the main bathroom in the home, you need the counter space. Gain a few inches by installing a built-in toilet tank too.
Install task and ambient bathroom lighting
You need good bathroom lighting – both ambient and task light. As far as accessories, like the bathroom lighting fixtures, are concerned, no need to choose tiny ones. But don’t get too many fixtures. One or two will do. If there’s a need for more lighting, choose ceiling recessed lighting.
Put a large mirror over the bathroom vanity
As you likely know already, mirrors make spaces look bigger. And so, a big mirror over the vanity will be exactly what you need to create the impression that the bathroom is more spacious than it really is. Big mirrors also create a feeling of openness and that’s important when you want to unwind.
Get a bathroom vanity with cabinets
In order to get as much storage space as possible, get your bathroom vanity with drawers and/or cabinets. If you prefer open shelves instead, you can place towels on them or large baskets with various items.
Install a big window
Small spaces look bigger and feel friendlier when they are well lit. Natural light will make a world of difference. Ask your bathroom remodeling company to see if you can get a permit to create a window or enlarge the existing one. The bigger the window, the bigger the bathroom will look and the more delightful it will be.
Choose sliding doors
Even if a swing door doesn’t seem to bother you too much, prefer to get a sliding door for your small bathroom. It will make an aesthetic difference and give the impression of a larger space. See if you can install a pocket door, especially if there’s a space problem in the bathroom.
Place a walk-in shower with glass doors
Speaking of the convenience of sliding doors in small spaces, consider getting slide glass doors for your walk-in shower too. It’d be best if you had no door at all and just a fixed glass partition but in small spaces, there’s usually no room for big partitions and the bathroom will be soaked every time you shower. If you don’t mind that, lose the partition altogether. But if you have some kind of a partition or door, make sure it’s clear glass since it’s transparent and will make the space bigger.
Prefer a monochromatic color palette
White bathrooms are excellent when the space is small. But you can also go for the all-black look. Don’t be afraid to check out bold colors but it’s best to stick to the monochromatic color palette. This doesn’t mean that a black bathroom will necessarily be all black since it can utilize hues from the family, like grey or midnight blue. All-white bathrooms may utilize light grey, marble, washed beiges, or soft blues.