You Don't Have to Build an Addition to Your Home
Unless you live in a custom-built home with a luxurious bath and
dressing room, you probaly 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.
It's true that a small bathroom can feel cozy and intimate. But it can
also feel claustrophobic and depressing. Depending on your decorating
style, it can ge quiet and sophisticated, charming, or sparkling like a
No matter what style you decorate your small bath, though, it will
always be a small bath.
But with a bit of visual magic, color change, and lighting, you can
transform your small bath into a cozy retreat.
A bathroom is a very special space, but the theories about space
enlargement apply here as to any other room in the house.
Use some of these decorating tricks to make your bathroom look and feel
larger, even if it stays the same size.
Select Colors for Serenity
Pale, soft color schemes tend to give the illusion of more space. I'm
not saying that the small bath has to be pink, but avoid strong,
exciting colors. Use the brights for accessories and towels, but select
pastel tones, neutrals, and whites for backgrounds. "Cool" colors give
the feeling of serenity.
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. More
expensive alternatives for bringing more light into the room would be
skylights, larger windows, or Solatubes.
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 be fairly inexpensive. Your bath will
definitely feel more open. Find alternative storage space with a small
shelf or organize a nearby linen closet. When you remove the vanity
cabinet, you'll probably have to repair the flooring.
Cut Back Anything That Sticks Out
Even the smallest piece of furniture or accessory that sticks out into
the room can stop where your eye goes and make your room seem to
"shrink". Remove wall shelves, hanging racks, or decorative accessories
on the walls that cut into the room and make it look smaller. Of
course, you may need some of the pieces for comfort and their
usefulness, but if the room feels bigger without them, think of some
other way to supply the space you need.