How To Make Your Bathroom Look More Spacious
Powder rooms are easily the smallest room in the house. There is no need, however, for you settle for a bathroom that is considerably smaller than you prefer. You simply need to consider a few tricks to create a more spacious feeling. It’s time to get out your paintbrush and toolbox and make your bathroom look bigger.
Choose the right paint:
The color of paint you choose can either make a room feel dark and cramped or allow it to feel roomier. Darker paint colors will always give you the feeling that you are being closed in so opt for lighter ones. Light blues, pinks, greens and lavenders are a great choice for making the room feel open and spacious. When it comes to paint, keep it the same color throughout the bathroom. Avoid painting the trim of the room a different color to steer clear of defining the actual size of the space you have. Painting the ceiling the same color of the rest of the room will also give it a cleaner look and will expand the upper space of the bathroom.
Choose the right lighting:
There’s a lot to consider when it comes to lighting. For starters, natural light is always ideal. Windows, skylights and natural light entering in from adjoining rooms will help give your bathroom a bright and open feeling. By hanging sheer curtains you can give the room some privacy while still letting plenty of sunshine in. If the adjoining room is dark, however, it will affect the light that comes into your bathroom, so consider lighter paint choices and window treatments so that you can fully access all of the natural light available. Adding tracked or recessed lighting is also a great option. This lights up the whole room and is installed in a way that takes up very little, if any, usable space. Shiny bathroom faucet fixtures will also brighten up the room as light will bounce off of them creating a soft, ambient glow.
Choose the right sink:
Bathroom vanities are nice for storage but they can take up a lot of space. Try replacing your vanity with a pedestal sink. This will create the illusion of more space in the room. Replace your vanity storage space with open face cabinets and hang them above the toilet or on a wall that is off to the side so they are out of the way. Since the area is small, it may be a good idea to have a linen closet outside of the room to store things, as well.
Choose the right mirror:
A large, decorative mirror in your little bathroom can add quite a bit of style and space. When you place a large mirror right above the sink, it will reflect the wall behind it, giving you the illusion that the room is larger than it is. Mirrors also reflect light so they will help brighten up the room, as well.
Choose the right flooring:
Flooring should be treated similar to the trim of the room and can either define the actual space you have or trick the eye into making it look more spacious. If you are choosing tiles, pick a shade that is similar to the color of paint on the walls. The fewer transitions you have in the room, the bigger it will look. Choose larger tiles 12 to 18 inches in size. Having fewer grout lines will give it a roomier feel with the added bonus of being easier to clean.
Choose clean and clear:
Shower curtains have the ability to cut a room off. Clear glass doors can do wonders when it comes to opening up your space. This little trick allows light to slip in, creating a very expansive feel. Sometimes, however, a shower curtain is your only option. If that is the case, opt for a clear one to brighten up and enlarge your room.
Bathroom remodels lead by a construction team takes up so much time and money. Save yourself the headache by implementing these helpful tips and be your own designer. Have fun making your tiny powder room more functional and spacious in no time at all.
Jay Harris is a Home Depot sales associate in the Chicago area. A regular contributor to the Home Depot website, Jay writes on a variety of bathroom decor topics, providing advice to homeowners on bathroom sinks, vanities and showers.