When it comes to renters or home buyers, there are two rooms in the house that get more attention than any of the others: the kitchen and the bathroom. When looking at bathrooms, most tend to complain about the size more than anything else. Here are a few tips that can help make even the smallest of bathrooms look and feel bigger.
1. Add More Light
The more light you can add the better. You can add more lights, paint the walls in lighter colors and use the same color to paint the ceiling. A single color gives the appearance of more space. Block of different colors make everything seem smaller.
2. Mirrors Add Space
Using larger mirrors than you would typically use in a bathroom and more of them will help reflect more light and create the illusion of space.
3. More Storage Less Space
It can seem like there is never enough storage in a bathroom. But adding more storage that sticks out and makes that tiny space even smaller is not the answer. Try using shelving that is inset into the walls. Years ago, many houses had medicine cabinets set into the walls, there no reason not make use of this idea and to take it a bit farther.
4. Raise the Curtains
Or in this case,the shower curtains, raise them all the way up to the ceiling. Doing this tends to draw a person’s eyes to the ceiling, helping to further create an illusion of space. If the window has curtains, raise them to the ceiling as well.
5. Get Rid of the Swinging Door
A swinging door that protrudes out into the bathroom takes up just enough space to make the room smaller. Replace it with a pocket door or a sling barn door, adding to the amount of usable space.
6. Get Rid of the Vanity
Consider replacing that space wasting vanity with a pedestal sink. You can use wall-mounted towel racks, soap trays, and many other wall-mounted accessories for those items that used to sit on the vanity.
7. About That Floor
If the bathroom has a dark-colored floor, consider replacing it with something a little lighter in color. The light color will help brighten up the room and will add to the illusion of space already created using bright colored paint and moving the curtains to the ceiling.
8. Replace That Old Shower Unit
Replace that old shower with a new frameless clear glass model. The frame and frosted glass make the whole room feel small. The clear glass opens up the entirespace and completes the illusion of more space.
It doesn’t take much to make the bathroom look much larger than it really is. You can even incorporate some of these ideas in other rooms of your home to make it look more open and airier throughout. None of these ideas are particularly expensive, yet you might be surprised at how much difference they can make.