While newer houses tend to have bigger bathrooms, older ones are stuck with minuscule powder rooms that feel claustrophobic. There is always the option of knocking down walls and expanding, but that takes time, money, and a lot of patience. KC Cabinetry has some ideas that will help your bathroom look bigger and better.
Since these bathrooms are so small, storage often becomes the number one concern. If you have a linen closet right by the bathroom, consider using it for the bathroom only. This will free up a lot of space, not only for a larger tub or sink, but illusion of space as well. If you have a lot of storage needs, consider open shelving, as it makes the room appear bigger since the walls are seen. A small vanity can be utilized greatly with carefully placed organizational shelves. This also reduces clutter on the countertop, giving greater space to the room.
Of course, a lack of storage needs can open up a lot of options. A classy pedestal sink lets in more floor space, as does a wall mounted sink (see our blog on sinks for more info). Floating vanities do this as well.
Another way to open up floor space is to install a smaller toilet. There are many options for these types that do not compromise style or comfort. If this is not an option, try limiting waste baskets, hampers, and scales on the floor so you don’t feel cluttered or confined.
If you don’t mind not have a bath tub, try opting for a glass shower. Not only does this give the illusion of space by allowing you to see each end of the room, it also looks very modern. If this is not possible in your bath, use light colored or clear curtains to create that illusion.
People often forget that building up in a room adds to the space. By making the room appear taller, the entire bathroom feels bigger. Installing shower curtains at a higher height adds to this illusion. Glass mosaic tiles add upward movement, and draw attention to the ceiling.
Neutral, warm colors make the space feel warm and inviting, as well as making the room feel larger. Avoid dark colors and harsh lights, as these make the room feel smaller and less inviting. Natural light is always a plus, but if you do not have that luxury, opt for light bulbs with a warmer glow.
Small bathrooms aren’t always something to be down about. Because of the smaller space, you can use more expensive material, since you need so little of them. Also, you can opt for crazy designs, patterns, or tiles that may seem over the top in larger areas. In a small bathroom, you won’t feel so overwhelmed by tree wall paper.
Come into KC Cabinetry today to discuss the options for your small bathroom.
-Cassandra Cordova, KC Cabinetry intern