The size of your bathroom makes a huge impact on your renovation plans. With limited space to work with, renovating a small bathroom does not come without its challenges. You need to make smart decisions about the materials and design elements you use to maximize the space.
Our bathroom renovation experts have put together a collection of 10 small bathroom renovation tips to help you create a highly functional and aesthetic space. Check them out:
How do you plan to use the bathroom? Where is it located in your home? These two simple questions will tell you a lot about where you should focus your design efforts. For example, the elements you use can vary if you plan to use the space as a main floor powder room versus a guest bathroom. You may not include a shower in a powder room but certainly would in a guest bath.
Regardless of how you plan to use the bathroom, its important to avoid putting too much into the small space. Don’t try to cram in a full-size bathtub in a space where it makes more sense to include a stand up shower. Less is more.
Its always a good idea to opt for lighter colours when working in smaller spaces. Whites, gray, and pastel colours are idea. This will help create the illusion of more space. Choose softer colours for the walls and finish off the space with white trim. You can add in splashes of colour with décor items, towels, and bath mats.
Sliding doors are optimal for saving space. In a smaller bathroom you can install sliders rather than a swinging door. You can also install sliding glass shower doors. Sliding doors will help you get more usable space.
Including ventilation in a smaller bathroom is important. Adding a vent will allow the heat and humidity from your shower to escape. This can protect your walls and paint from damage. It also helps to prevent the growth of mold. While its not the most stylish part of the design, its one of the most functional.
Storage can be a challenge in smaller bathrooms. One way to get more storage is to add a medicine cabinet or floating shelves above the toilet on the wall. Choose a modern design that fits with the theme you are trying to achieve.
Finding the right style and size sink for a small bathroom can be challenging. You will most likely be looking at smaller sink options. If storage is not an issue, opt for a pedestal sink to create the illusion of more space. A corner sink is also an option in smaller spaces. If you need storage space, choose a vanity with an optional amount of storage but without overcrowding the room.
Where you place your towel bars, hooks and other bathroom accessories is important is small bathrooms. Your vanity mirror, shelving and storage will take up most of the wall space. If you have a swinging door, use the back of the door to install hooks and a towel bar. You could also consider attaching your towel bar to the side of the vanity.
The more light that can get into the bathroom the better. Mirrors help reflect light, so it makes sense to add as big of a mirror as the space allows. A big mirror coupled with other highly reflective surfaces can make your small bathroom brighter and seem much bigger. You could even consider mirroring and entire wall.
You should think small when working with smaller spaces. Smaller vanities, apartment size showers and bathtubs, and compact toilets will help you include all the elements you need without making it feel too cramped. Even one piece that’s too big for the room can make it fell smaller.
Are you planning to renovate a smaller bathroom in your home? Are you thinking about adding a small bathroom as part of a larger design project? Contact Bradshaw Plumbing today to get a free quote and to discuss your design ideas.
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