A: Unless you live in a custom-built home with a luxurious bath and dressing room, you probably wish your bathroom were larger. Without adding any more square footage, you might feel less cramped if you use some of our tips to make your small bathroom look and feel larger.
- Brighten Up the Room – Without taking up any counter space, you can add extra lighting to “open up” the look of your bathroom and add interest. Recessed can lighting can be installed into the ceiling and focused on any work space. Wall sconces or a countertop lamp will add warmth. Also use a lighter color paint.
- Trade a Large Vanity for a Delicate Pedestal Sink – A vanity cabinet provides nice storage under a sink, but takes up lots of floor space in a small bath. Replacing the vanity with a pedestal or wall-mounted sink can be fairly inexpensive and your bath will definitely feel more open. Find alternative storage space with a small shelf or organize a nearby linen closet.
- Expand the Space With Mirrors – If your space will hold it, get a larger mirror to place in front of the bathroom sink. The mirror will reflect all the light in the room, and pick up the color and pattern. You might consider a collection of mirrors arranged artistically in the place of one large mirror.
- Choose Light-Colored Flooring – Just like with the walls, the floor will appear to open up if it’s done with a light color. If you cannot replace the flooring, choose a large, light-colored rug over your existing flooring.
- Cut Out the Small Accessories – There’s nothing like clutter to make a small space feel even smaller. Pare down on towels and use just one large floor rug. Select one piece of art instead of lots of small pieces. Use one decorative accessory instead of lots of small ones. Store whatever else you really need out of sight.
Just because your bathroom is small doesn’t mean that it has to be dull. It can be a warm and inviting retreat, showing off your sense of color and style.