How to Maximize Space in Small Bathrooms

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How to Maximize Space in Small Bathrooms

Few homes are perfect, and if you just purchased one of the Baton Rouge houses for sale or a house anywhere else with one or more of the bathrooms too small, increasing the size can be a major, expensive project. That’s likely the reason why less than a quarter of renovating homeowners choose to do so, according to a recent bathroom trends study. Instead, they look for ways to maximize that small space with ideas like these. 

Visual Effects

Certain visual effects can provide the illusion of more space in your bathroom, such as painting it in a light, neutral tone, which helps open up the space. Think colors like off-white, cream, taupe, beige, a muted blue or green. If you want more color, add brighter accessories, such as a soap dispenser or towels. You can also hang a large mirror, positioning it so that it’s one of the first things you see when walking into the room. Anything that’s attractive to the eye, like a sculpture or painting, can also help take the focus off the size of the space.

Bathrooms need to be well-lit, and using lighting the right way will also make it appear larger. Rather than suspended lights, which “drop” the ceiling, making it feel lower, use cove lighting, wall sconces, and other wall-mounted fixtures that can create the impression of higher ceilings making the space seem more expansive. Recessed lighting is another good option as it’s unobtrusive, can be placed anywhere, and won’t bring the ceiling down.

Install a cabinet or shelves above the toilet

Oftentimes the area above the toilet ends up going unused. You can take advantage of that space by installing shelves or a cabinet over the tank. 

Switch out the Door

If your bathroom door swings in, it’s taking up a lot of space, making your bathroom seem even small. You definitely don’t want a door bumping into a toilet or another fixture when it opens. Ideally, switch to a sliding door that utilizes a rail instead of a hinge.

Use Wall Hanging Racks and Hooks

Try to choose attractive but useful accessories that can do double duty by being functional. For example, towel racks and designer hooks for hanging towels and robes.

More Shelving

Shelving is one of the most important things you can do to take advantage of all the space you do have. Use vertical surfaces to add shelving, installing at eye-level, using narrow open shelves the same color as the walls. Store items that you use the most on eye-level shelving while placing less-often used items up higher. You can also decorate eye-level shelving with lotions and/or bath salts in attractive containers.

Use a Frameless Shower Door

Choose a clear glass, frameless shower door to maximize visual space. It will be easier to clean than a shower curtain/liner, and it also helps with light flow. Dark showers can make it hard to shave or even find the soap, but with a frameless glass shower door, both artificial and natural light can flow into the space, improving visibility.

Luisa Rellini
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