Due to their size, small bathrooms are always a challenge in both function and design. Fortunately, there are some clever hacks that make it possible for us to get the most out of petite spaces.
If you live in a house with a small bathroom – or probably find yourself in one after interstate or local moving – we have some 10 tips and tricks for you to explore in a bid to enhance this very important room in your house.
We have tried to limit these to some general workarounds that work for most spaces, but some will suit some spaces better than others. Others involve overhauls and are more ideal if you own the house as opposed to renting one.
No matter…There are plenty of ideas that should work for most small bathrooms.
1. Get rid of protruding items
Items that stick out give a feel of complexity or heaviness in any room. When it comes to small bathrooms, and especially narrower ones, avoiding anything that juts out from the walls actually adds to the square footage.
That could mean installing the towel bar on the back of the door, opting for built-in toilet paper holders, as well as avoiding features like decorative shelves.
2. Hang the toilet from the wall
This is something that will achieve the same effect as from our previous point. And something that will also need repurposing the space, which is more viable if you own the house.
A wall-hang toilet creates more space and shows more of the floor, making the space bigger while at the same time creating the illusion that the room is larger than it really is.
3. Install floor tiles diagonally
Unlike regimented, grid-like tiling, installing tiles at a diagonal gives the room the illusion of a larger room.
If this is an option, opt for larger tiles, preferably with thin grout lines to give the appearance of more square footage.
4. Opt for towel hooks instead of racks
Again, towel racks only serve to eat up space in bathrooms with less acreage.
Instead of towel racks, opt to have towel hooks to maximize the little space you have available.
5. Less is more when it comes to choice of paint colors
Too many color options in small spaces make the room feel small and cluttered. Ideally, you want to limit the paint colors to two options max, perhaps one color for the walls and another for the small number of accessories.
Same case with patterned fabrics and busy wallpaper – these are best avoided.
6. Emphasize texture over color
Speaking of color, you can add interest without making the space feel too busy by emphasizing texture over color.
For example, you can add one unique element – a unique piece of art, cool mirror, or funky sink, for instance – which can transform the bathroom from small and uninteresting to cute and chic.
7. Ensure darker walls are glossy
Lighter colors work best for smaller bathrooms, but if these don’t do it for you, you can always opt for darker tones.
The caveat here, should you opt for this approach, is to make sure the deeper hue sports a sheen. A semi-gloss finish reflects light, and this helps the room appear bigger.
8. A well-lit space feels bigger
Lighting is an important aspect of every space. When we’re talking small bathrooms, making use of bright light can work in your favor.
If you can swing it, placing the lights on preset mood control and smart redistribution can enhance the ambience. Wall-mount fixtures work best.
9. Extend wall tiles to the ceiling
This makes the ceiling look taller, in turn making the walls appear higher than they really are.
Tip: Opt for a decorative or colored tile near the ceiling to draw the eye up.
- Go with a glass door over shower curtain
A glass door is undoubtedly more elegant and the glass opens up the room.
If glass is not an option, some quality clear shower curtains are a good alternative.
- 1 1. Get rid of protruding items
- 2 2. Hang the toilet from the wall
- 3 3. Install floor tiles diagonally
- 4 4. Opt for towel hooks instead of racks
- 5 5. Less is more when it comes to choice of paint colors
- 6 6. Emphasize texture over color
- 7 7. Ensure darker walls are glossy
- 8 8. A well-lit space feels bigger
- 9 9. Extend wall tiles to the ceiling