Whether you have a small powder room or a master bath to renovate, seems like everyone’s looking to make a statement and make more space in the most intimate of spaces in a home, the bathroom.
Before you pull out the old tile or crack open a can of paint, consider these factors, then make your plans for a bathroom that meets your needs.
Who Will Use the Space?
If you have multiple people using a common bathroom, you may want to consider separating the toilet from the bathtub and sink areas. A water closet maintains privacy, while others can wash up.
How Much Storage is Needed?
Seems one can never have enough storage. If you’re doing a full remodel and you have the space, consider installing:
- Enough cabinets and shelves so each person has room for their belongings
- A vanity instead of a pedestal sink for instant storage
- A closet or shelving that goes floor to ceiling
Double sinks are handy in a family bathroom, but some people are opting for a single sink in the master bath to gain valuable real estate on the top of the vanity.
Tight Space? Size Matters
In a small room, maximizing every inch of space counts. Look for streamlined fixtures that are slightly smaller than standard measurements, but still large enough you won’t notice the difference:
- A sink can go wider, and not as deep (even 15 inches), so it doesn’t project out into a narrow space.
- Select a toilet that fits the space. There are models that measure just 25 inches front to back.
- Consider moving the door to the right or left of a doorway, and making it a pocket door.
- Use a smaller tub. Forgo an oversized Jacuzzi: it increases your water bill and uses up your hot water. As an alternative, look for a deeper, smaller tub built for two; it saves space, along with money and heat.
If the bathroom and master bedroom are connected, consider an open plan design, or try coordinating paint colors or textures to create a smooth, seamless transition between the two spaces.
Open Up the Room Visually
Use paint or a tile accent to create a continuous horizontal line. Consider having a walk-in shower, or glass shower walls or doors to minimize the visual demarcation between the tub, shower and the rest of the room.
Mirrors reflect light, and expand the space visually; rich, dark colors make the walls recede, so you have the illusion of roominess.
Put Tile to Work
Oversize tiles make a space seem larger, as does using tile on the ceiling walls and floors; it makes cleaning easier, too. Before you commit to a tile pattern, live with them for a couple weeks, as you would with paint: mount large samples on wallboard and put them in the space to see if you like it.
In small spaces in particular, drama rules. Use a bold print for a shower curtain or window treatment, or a bright color palette for paint or accessories.
Are you inspired to makeover your bathroom, but want professional help? Use our instant estimate tool to get a price in seconds and find a certified professional in your area. Get a price. Get a pro. Get it done.