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 remodel 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 bathroom remodel, 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 bathroom remodel 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.