If you have a small bathroom but don’t have the budget to increase the square footage, there are ways to maximize the space so that it appears larger. Specific colors, finishes, materials, tiles, architectural features, and lights help create the illusion of a bigger space with depth. If you are planning to do a remodel, but don’t have the space to expand or the option to tear down any walls inside your bathroom, here are 7 tips to help you maximize your space.
Tiles Large or Small
Wall Hung Vanity & Toilet
A wall mounted vanity and wall mounted toilet will create the feeling of more space as it is elevated and keeps the floor area beneath clear. It may require more maintenance since you will now have to regularly clean the floor space underneath the vanity and toilet, but the advantage is it frees up the floor space and makes the space appear larger.
Bold Patterns or Neutral Tones
You can go either bold or neutral when it comes to colors. Neutral colors such as white, soft grays, and warm taupe on the walls and floor gives the illusion of space. These colors provide a soothing and calming feel that creates a spa-like atmosphere in small bathrooms adding brightness to the room. However, bold colors or bold patterns when contrasted against white can also provide depth in a small space. I’ve used both white and dark 3×6 ceramic tiles in small bathroom designs with smaller grout lines and they both work to enhance the spaciousness of the room. It’s a myth that only lighter colors work in making small bathrooms appear larger.
Replace your shower curtains with glass doors or a glass panel. Glass doors reflect light which opens up the shower area and brightens up the room. It gives the appearance of more space when you can see the whole length and width of the shower clearly.
If you don’t have a lot of floor space and need additional storage, go vertical. Hang floating shelves above the toilet or even better, create a niche in your wall or recessed shelving if you have the budget for it. A niche allows for extra storage and provides a clean, simple, and contemporary look and feel leaving the floor space clear. If the recessed shelves are open, make sure to arrange your towels and bath accessories neatly so it doesn’t look cluttered from floor to ceiling.
Mirrors are a great and simple way to open up a small space. They have a reflective surface which brightens up a space and allows light to bounce around the room. You can add lighted medicine cabinets which provides a clean and contemporary look or an oversized antique mirror, a round industrial style mirror with a leather hanging strap, or vertical oval mirrors that elongate the height of the room. Materials with a reflective surface (besides mirrors) such as polished tiles or a polished quartz countertop also help trick the eye into making small rooms appear larger than they actually are.
Continuous Floor Material
If you are using marble, porcelain, ceramic, concrete, or stone for your floors, try to keep the material and colors similar for the entire floor. It creates the appearance of one continuous floor throughout the bathroom which gives the illusion of a larger space. If you are planning a remodel and decided on honed marble hexagon tiles for your shower and bathroom floor, the shower curb, baseboard, and threshold should ideally be marble as well to give a seamless look of one continuous material throughout the entire bathroom.