May 21st, 2012
Gone are the days when people only had one bathroom in a home, and many times when more bathrooms were added to a house they were squeezed into a small space. If you’ve got one of these small bathrooms, you can make it look bigger without undergoing a costly renovation.
Start with the bathroom walls. Paint them a light color to make the space seem bigger. If the ceiling is sloped (such as under a stairwell) create wide vertical stripes using paint or wallpaper and extend them up the sloped part of the ceiling. Consider replacing a few tiles with glass decorative ones to break up a monotone wall and add interest.
Closed vanities take up a lot of space and add bulk in the room. Think about switching to a pedestal sink, or a furniture-styled vanity that has legs and open shelving to give the room more air.
In the shower, remove the shower curtain, and use a glass door. This will allow the eye to extend all the way to the end of the bathroom. If the floor is tiled, consider extending that tile into the shower to avoid breaking up the visual field.
Storage is always a big issue in small bathrooms. Closed door storage actually makes the room seem smaller so consider tall narrow open shelving, open shelves in a corner, or even installing recessed storage between wall studs.
With just a few small changes, a small bathroom can quickly become a room to show-off in your house.