Remodeling a small bathroom requires a lot of planning to ensure that your budget is wisely used. When it comes to small spaces, choosing the right accessories can impact the look and feel of the space more than anything else.
- Reduce the scale of the accessories and furniture in the bathroom. The bigger the items are, the smaller the bathroom will feel. This is especially true of crowded corners, overstuffed sinks and windowsills and large laundry hampers or containers. Just by replacing these items for a smaller version, you can gain enough space to add other items or to replace the tub or extend the shower.
- Take out the tub and make do with just a shower. This will increase the available space considerably and allow you to add additional furniture for storage. A shower curtain will make the space look even bigger, since you can leave it slightly open to show the added space behind it. If you prefer sliding doors, make them glass.
- Consider replacing your toilet and washbasin with something smaller and flatter. Newer models are often designed for apartment living, so they can fit into shallow spaces and make the most of every single available inch.
- Add a large mirror. If you can’t change your vanity mirror, add track lights on top to give the impression of a larger reflection or place a second mirror on the opposite wall. Make space for candles or add a dimmer switch so you can take a bath in a more peaceful atmosphere.
- Repaint or retile using light colors. If white or light blue feel too simple, consider adding splashes of color by introducing a contrasting tile once in a while or painting a border to separate wall from ceiling. If you want to add other decorative touches, use plants (which add color and give a feeling of open space) and candles (which multiply light).
If you are at a loss for ideas, you can always hire a designer to help you get through the planning process. Many designers will agree to just draw the plans for a small fee if you can’t afford to pay them for the whole process.