Nearly every home owner with a small bathroom wishes they had made the room larger during the construction of their home. Even if they purchased a resale, if the bathroom is small, it can be problematic.
While you may not be able to afford a complete remodel, there are many things you can do to give the room a more open, spacious appearance. In fact, it can be made to look quite a bit larger than it actually is. This article offers tips and ideas that will open up your bath, making it more attractive and appealing.
The use of color and lighting can make a dramatic transformation in the look of your bathroom. Here are a few ideas, many of which you can put to use right now!
Use the Right Colors
Most people are aware of the fact that color plays an important role in the appearance and mood of a room. Dark colors tend to draw the walls in, making the spaces appear smaller. Light, bright colors visually enlarge a room, making it appear bigger than its actual square footage.
In your bathroom, use lightly colored neutrals and pastels to expand the room. Sand shades, creams and pastels such as peach and sky blue are all great colors for the bath. Walls and ceilings should be kept as light as possible, with contrasting (but still light) hues on baseboards and door facings. Bath rugs, shower curtains and window treatments should be kept light as well, with patterns or designs that include colors from the same palette.
Light Up the Room!
Lighting makes all the difference in whether a room looks dark and receding, or large and spacious. Natural light flooding through windows adds to the roomy atmosphere, and other lighting can enhance the effect. You may want to consider recessed lighting in the ceiling or additional lighting around the mirror over your vanity.
Mirrors help reflect light as well, and visually make the room larger because of the reflection. You might want to consider hanging an additional mirror on one wall, preferably where it will reflect the light from the windows.
Add More Floor Space
While it won't actually give you more room to walk, removing your old vanity can make a tremendous difference in the appearance of your bathroom. Many vanities have cabinetry below, with doors, drawers, etc. for storing toothpaste, hair brushes and other necessities.
By removing the vanity and replacing it with a pedestal style vanity, you will be amazed at the change in the appearance of the room. A pedestal vanity takes up very little floor space, and adds a touch of elegance to the room at the same time. Find other areas where you can store your necessities such as a nearby linen closet. The improved appearance of your bathroom will make this small sacrifice worth the effort.
Are you ready to transform your tiny bathroom in to one that is inviting and spacious? Stick with light colors all over the room, add plenty of lighting and consider replacing your large vanity with a small pedestal sink. Little changes make all the difference!