Small Bathroom Makeover: Getting More for Less


Small bathrooms are very common in older houses, but they are also typical for smaller apartments and houses where the architects saw the most fitting to get a few extra feet by taking a few from this very room. We could argue about the wisdom of this call, but instead we’ll try to get the most of the space you already have on disposal. Contrary to what most of people are thinking, a small bathroom doesn’t have to feel cramped and be impractical. Here, we’ll give you some big ideas on how to find the right design which will lead your small bath from claustrophobic to cozy.

Find Inspiration in Asia

Asia is famous for minimalistic designs that bring serenity and harmony into a space, which makes it a perfect inspiration for a tiny bathroom. Here’s a surprise, though. In Asian design, you don’t have to use all-white to give your bath an illusion of spaciousness, just use the colors you see in nature – mostly earthy and woody tones such as warm brown, beige, etc. The powder room’s vanity inspired by kaidan tansu (“staircase chest”), a piece popular in farmer and merchant houses in Edo period, gives fluidity to the design.

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Easy, Breezy, Beachy

The lightness of beach-inspired design will surely make your bathroom feel more relaxed and cleaner. Here, you should opt for light colors and bright bare wood for storage units and vanity. The walls don’t have to be white, but you shouldn’t go much further than sand. A clean wall, with no tile will create the illusion of a larger room. By incorporating ambient lighting in all the right places, you can make the space seem even bigger.

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Mini Spa Retreat

Spa bathrooms are becoming more popular with each passing day, and there is no reason for people with small bathrooms to be deprived of this soothing design. If you want the space to feel roomier, without increasing square footage, you should introduce several mirrored surfaces and marble tiles, advise Sydney-based experts for bathroom renovations. Also, you can go vertical with your storage units (floor-to-ceiling cabinets). A glass shower wall will add up to the space by eliminating the border. For the extra spa-punch, use rich wood tones and include some fresh flowers.

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Hacienda-Inspired Design

If you think that it is impossible to design a small bathroom in hacienda-style without making it feel cluttered and over-the-top, think again. A trick is to use patterns and textures selectively as accents to avoid overwhelming a small room. While the walls and tiles can be neutral (beige, nude, mocha, etc.), the drama can come with rich shower draperies, striking pendant light, a minimal industrial vanity and a top-mount sink.

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Glass Love

Glass is a true miracle worker when it comes to creating an illusion of roominess, so there is no good reason not to use its superpowers in your bathroom remodeling. A large mirror is a must in this case, but you can incorporate glass everywhere: from mosaic-style tiles to countertop and vanity doors.

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Packed Corners

If you feel cornered up in your bathroom, maybe your best way out of this claustrophobic situation is to use those corners the best way you can. No matter how teeny-tiny your bath may be, you have to make some extra space in the centre of the room, otherwise you’ll have to jump across the toilet to get to the sink and shower. Get a cornered sink and countertop, and if you can, make some extra storage space under it. Add clear glass shower doors to eliminate visual barriers.

A small bathroom may seem as a curse, but if you choose the right design, you may turn it into a true blessing. Just use whatever tools you have on your disposal – from lighting to painting.

Lillian Connors
Lillian Connors simply can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on.

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