The size of your bathroom should never limit you as a homeowner. With the following tips and ideas you can transform your small bathroom into a beautiful and luxurious retreat.
Try using a compact elongated toilet, it provides most of the comfort of a traditional elongated bowl in the same space as a round bowl. It features an oval shape and has a larger feel than a round bowl despite being roughly the same size.
Install a tub that will maximize space, like one of the tubs pictured below.
A skylight is another way to really open up a small space. If your bathroom is on the top floor of your home and it fits within your budget, go for it!
(The cost to purchase a skylight starts at $200 and to install varies greatly depending on the size of the window and the complexity of the roofing . The figure is usually somewhere between $500-$1,400 for labor and building materials).
Bonus: Skylights also save electricity!
Keep a monochromatic color scheme, blending tile with the wall color. Busy patterns and extreme contrasts can make a small space feel even more cramped.
Use paint to open up your small bathroom. Painting the walls and ceiling the same color keeps the room from feeling like its closing in (painting the ceiling a different color can make it look lower than it is). If your bathroom is shaped like a rectangle, you can paint the shorter walls just a shade lighter. You can achieve this by mixing in one cup of white paint per gallon for the shorter walls; add just a little more white and you have the color for your ceiling! You can also try painting wide horizontal lines ( they appear to 'push out' the walls) thus making your bathroom appear larger.
Use larger tiles in lighter colors and/or lay tiles diagonally.
Try to keep the space as open as possible. You'll notice in the fourth picture above that the wall between the shower and the bathtub really divides the space and not in a favorable way, if you removed that wall and put up a glass shower wall it would really open it up.
Choose your vanity wisely. The right vanity for you depends on how small your bathroom really is. If it's tiny, you may opt for a pedestal sink (the one pictured above has a little more storage than your typical pedestal sink). A floating vanity makes the room appear larger by leaving open floor space (adding a light underneath opens it up even more). You may need more storage than those options give you, that's where a larger vanity with a linen cabinet to the ceiling come in. Or you may just choose a smaller version of a traditional vanity.
Small Bathroom Perks
There are advantages to having a small bathroom. Adding luxury to a smaller bathroom is easier than to a large bathroom. Think of the square footage difference and the cost per square foot you're saving! Having a smaller bathroom means you can purchase more expensive wall tile and floor tile since you won't have to buy as much. You can upgrade your small tub with a large shower head or with a rain shower head. Since there won't be as much countertop surface to fill, you can use a pricier stone .
In closing, you don't have to follow every tip listed above, you can pick what works best for you and still achieve a grand transformation of your small bathroom!