Small spaces are one of the biggest challenges in home design. When it comes to bathrooms, unless you are willing to tear down walls and expand your space, small spaces do present a challenge. However, don’t let having a small bathroom discourage you. Having a small bathroom won’t limit you in your décor choices, as long as you have an open mind and as long as you stay creative. We would like to share some tips and tricks for decorating and remodeling small bathrooms with you. You can also review our past blog post How to Decorate a Small Bathroom for additional design inspiration for decorating small spaces.
- Declutter the Bathroom
This first tip may be the most important piece of advice we can impart to you. Declutter your bathroom! Declutter, declutter and declutter some more. Removing clutter and getting everything well-organized is crucial to redesigning a space. Clutter gets in the way and makes your space less enjoyable.
To declutter a small bathroom, you can first get rid of everything and anything you never use. Are you holding on to old bottles of shampoo and lotion that have never seen the light of day? Are there old bottles of medicine and expired beauty products taking up space? Toss it! Donate some towels from your closet that you never use anymore or turn them into rags. In other words, don’t cling onto items that will only clutter your space and hold you back from creating the bathroom of your dreams.
- Smart Bathroom Storage
Once the clutter is gone, it’s time to organize what you have left by adding storage to your small bathroom. We cannot emphasize this enough. Adding storage solutions to your bathroom will help you navigate your small space. A decluttered space is a better looking space. Also, your bathroom will be easier to use as you get ready each day when it is better organized. You’ll be able to find everything faster and everything will have a place out-of-sight and out-of-mind.
Here are some storage solutions for you to consider:
-Take advantage of any unused space and add storage solutions. For example, you can add shelving above the bathroom door to create a space for toilet paper and/or towels.
-There’s more unused space hiding behind each cabinet door. Attach hooks and/or organizers to the back of cabinet doors. You can store a multitude of small items to store there, including hair dryers, hair brushes, nail polish, etc.
-Open shelving mounted on the wall above the toilet looks fantastic. You can place baskets on each shelf for hiding items from view.
-Purchase dividers for organizing small items inside of drawers.
-Purchase an elegant shower caddy for organizing bottles of shampoo, razors, soap, etc.
If you’re completely remodeling, and if space and budget allows, consider having cabinets installed or have someone put in built-in shelving and cabinetry in your bathroom. Lastly, recessed storage shelves in the shower are another storage option if you are redoing your shower.
(See DIY Bathroom Projects for more bathroom storage solutions, including a project for vintage mason jar organizers.)
- Open Up the Space
Remember, when you’re decorating a small space, anything you add to the room takes up additional space and will impact everything. This includes all bathroom products like bathtubs, vanities, toilets and showers. Choosing products that are small sizes will help you open up the space and make your bathroom feel larger. Don’t overcrowd a small bathroom with a huge vanity or an over sized shower.
The following are tips for choosing bathroom products to decorate a small space:
-While shopping for a bathroom vanity, look for a pedestal model with a single sink. This will decrease the amount of space the vanity takes up. Curved-front vanities are also a good option.
-If you just feel too crowded, consider removing the bathtub. As long as there’s a shower, you don’t really need to have a bathtub as well. You can always take a bath in a separate bathroom in your home.
-Have a small shower installed. Even pre-fabricated steam showers come in sizes that are perfect for smaller bathrooms.
-Purchase a shower enclosure with glass shower walls. The glass walls will make the space feel larger because the glass is see-through.
- Pro Tips for Making the Bathroom Look Bigger
Like in photography and filmmaking, there are best practices in interior design for “tricking” the human eye. In other words, there are design tips that will help you create the illusion of a larger space in your home.
Make your bathroom look bigger with the following features:
-Hang a big mirror above your bathroom vanity to make the space feel larger. The mirror will reflect the rest of the room back at the viewer and make the bathroom feel more spacious.
-Paint one of the walls in the bathroom a different color than the rest. This accent wall will give the room depth.
-Are you having new tile put in your bathroom? Ask for a tile design with horizontal lines. The lines will make the room appear wider.
-If you order a new shower door, make sure to order a frameless shower door. Both frameless shower doors and glass shower doors will create the illusion of space because they are see-through. (Otherwise, when someone cannot see through the shower door, it feels like space is limited.)
-If having your shower redone, have shower tile installed all the way from the floor to the ceiling. Having vertical lines go up the shower wall will make the ceilings appear to be taller.
-Have floor to ceiling cabinets installed. This visual will make the walls appear to be taller.
- Small Bathroom Lighting
Lighting may seem like a secondary thought, but it makes a big difference in a room. While designing a small room, you do not want to overpower the area with lights, nor do you want to cast the space in shadows.
The following are some pointers for lighting your small bathroom:
-Let natural light shine into the bathroom through the window. You can also consider installing a skylight to increase the amount of natural light coming in. The natural light will bring warmth into the room.
-Purchase light colored curtains for windows that will not block out the natural light.
-Have large windows installed that will let in the optimal amount of natural light.
-Consider how the lighting will change the appearance of the paint color on the walls. Keep this in mind while choosing a paint color for your small space.
-Use layered lighting in the room, including ambient lighting, task lighting and recessed lighting. For ambient lighting, consider installing a trendy light fixture like a chandelier. Place task lighting at the vanity, including lights on either side of the mirror that will light a person’s face. Additional recessed lighting can be installed in the shower, above the toilet and/or above the bathtub.
As you can see from the many tips and tricks above, decorating a small bathroom, while challenging, is doable. Don’t be afraid to go all out and create your vision for your bathroom space. Just remember to not over do it in any of the above areas. You may want to pick one focal point in the bathroom, such as the vanity or the shower. We wish you the best of luck in designing your small bathroom.