Today we will discuss our top 25 tips to implement in your small bathroom.
The goal is to make your small bathroom look larger, brighter, more functional, stylish, and downright fabulous.
Raise your hands if you are looking for bathroom ideas that will make the whole space appear spacious. If you have a teeny tiny bathroom in your condo that needs a complete make-over. Here are the best ways to remodel your powder rooms into fabulously designed spaces.
1. Go for Leggy Fixtures
Opt for leggy fixtures, pedestal sinks, or vanity with legs, so they lift off the floor and allow more visibility into the space to make your bathroom look bigger.
2. Floating Bathroom Vanity
Whatever space you have leftover should be used for vanity, no more, no less. Floating vanities are also an excellent option for the small bathroom to make it look larger. Floating vanity cabinets can instantly lift off a space.
3. Curved Bathroom Vanity
In a small bathroom, curved vanities are an excellent solution for a tight space that needs a door swing.
4. Using a Narrow Sink
For a long small bathroom, source a narrow and long sink to optimize space.
5. Using Wall Mounted Faucet
Use wall-mounted faucets to free up countertop space. There is a domino effect when you choose a wall faucet. It uses less countertop material. You can source a smaller sink, and the countertop can be of more shallowing depth. Wall-mounted faucets look stylish and modern, and bonus points for being super easy to clean since gravity will help water drip down and not collect on the countertop as a deck-mounted faucet will.
6. Using Single Lever Faucet
Choose a faucet with a single lever versus a faucet with two separate handles to free up more countertop space and make it look spacious.
7. Colors and Patterns
Once you have decided on your main fixtures, that is, the toilet and the sink. You can then start planning about finishes, colors, and patterns to make it feel bigger.
Let’sLet’s talk about colors to make your small bathroom look larger. The goal here is to keep it very low contrast. Keep the color palette light, bright and airy, or deep dark and moody.
Light shade walls, light color fixtures and finishes, add brightness to the space. Low contrast finishes brighten the entire space making it feel larger.
8. Choosing Light-Vs-Dark Color Palette
If you love color, opt for a lighter tone like sky blue versus a darker royal blue to brighten the space and make it appear larger.
9. Light Weight Window Treatment
Breezy lightweight window treatment adds to a feeling of airy open space in a small bathroom.
10. How to Use Dark Tones
On the flip side, dark space adds depth and creates the illusion of a larger space. Dark colors are perfect for the windowless bathroom when it’s already significantly a dark space. Dark and moody don’t have to be all black. It can be just as dramatic with patterned wallpaper, rich woods, and low lighting. If you choose dark walls, remember the importance of a fabulous light fixture.
11. Using High Gloss Paint
High gloss paint reflects light and helps it bounce back all around the surfaces making the whole space appear larger.
12. Using a Frameless Shower Door
The preference is frameless glass doors for a small bathroom. You could have a fixed panel on one side with a frameless glass side on the other. Or you can have a half-wall fixed panel and obliterate the door. This allows you to have full access to the shower. Framed shower doors feel heavy in small bathrooms, but keep in mind that a pronounced sloped drain is essential without shower doors.
13. Omitting Sliding Doors for Tubs
If you have a tub-shower combo, get rid of those builder-grade sliding doors, they create visual weight and are not that functional.
14. Use Shower Curtains Instead of Doors
You can skip the showers sliders entirely and add a tension rod with a shower curtain that you can pull all the way to one side instead. Shower curtains offer a burst of color into your space.
15. Large Scale Patterned Wall Covering
Another trick to make a small bathroom look larger is sourcing large-scale patterned wallpaper or mural. The larger the pattern, the larger the space will appear.
16. Using Wall Murals
If you are not a fan of covering the whole wall with patterned wallpaper, then go creative with an over-scale mural for a wow effect.
17. Using Tone-on-Tone Patterns
Smaller patterns will visually clutter a smaller space. Unless the pattern is tone-on-tone and doesn’t have much contrast, then a small pattern can create an illusion of solid color.
18. Using Wainscoting
If you fall in love with a busier pattern. Consider adding wainscoting to the bottom half of the wall. Paint it bright white and layer it with the chosen wallpaper up top. You will raise the visual weight in the room and still provide the visual impact you require from the wallpaper.
19. Using Tile Tricks on Walls
If you are worried about wetness penetrating wallpaper, think about investing in wall-to-wall tiles instead. A trick that can make your small bathroom appear larger is tile all of the walls from the floor to the ceiling. Tiling all walls gives small spaces a wide factor. You can use any type of tile for the project.
20. Using Peel n Stick Wall Tiles
Another budget-conscious and a renter-friendly solution is peel and stick wall tiles that look like full mosaic sheets instead. Peel and stick wallpapers can only be used on non-wet areas, outside tubs, and showers.
21. Using Floor Tiles
If you want your bathroom to appear larger, extend the floor tiles right into the shower. Extending floor tiles into the shower pan creates a seamless look. Use the same floor tiles and run them up the tub face to visually extend the room’s length.
22. Mirror the Entire Wall
Another tip to make your small bathroom appear larger is to mirror the entire length of the wall. The reflection will help visually expand space and double the impact of color and pattern in the space.
If you don’t have a window, the mirror acts like a window furthering the light’s effect in the room. Make sure you specify the most oversized mirror that fits the wall or custom cut a mirror to install. Remember not to mirror all the walls. The hall of mirror effect is dizzying and loses its impact.
23. Using Ledges as Extra Storage
Use a ledge or a deck to create more space. a narrow ledge along the entire length of the bathroom is the perfect spot to place a mirror, toiletries, candles, and bathroom essentials
With one simple move, you double your surface storage space. Long ledges look sleek and modern, granted their only use for daily essentials and not for all toiletries back stock. Extend the ledge into the shower to create a long linear line
24. Using Closed Cabinets
If you have bottles and tubes scattered all over the countertop, it’s guaranteed to distract you and clutter the space. Use closed storage such as a linen closet or a vanity with drawers and doors to keep things neatly tucked away. Closed cabinets help conceal clutter.
25. Low Contrast and Seamless Transitions
The fewer materials specified, the larger the bathroom will feel. Keeping floor, walls, and fixtures of similar colors and patterns make it feel bigger. Since there is no transition between wall and floor, this will draw the eyes into the whole space and make the whole room feel larger.
These small bathroom ideas are just making the most of what you have got. Now you can see how bold designs elements can make a tremendous impact in the tiniest bathrooms. If you do it right, the whole room will feel brighter, more spacious, and more inspiring, becoming the showpiece of the entire house. Which idea suits your space the most? Comment below and let us know.