The Small and Functional Bathroom

by Rachel Laurendeau on December 29, 2012

Whether you are an apartment or condo dweller or your house simply has a small bathroom, there are some tricks and tips to keep in mind to make your small bathroom feel larger.

Don’t simply ignore your small bathroom and just live with it as is. Instead, embrace it and find ways to optimize its functionality as well as its style. Depending on what you’re starting with, it may take only a few simple home improvements or it may mean hiring a professional bathroom remodeling contractor to turn it into the perfect space.

• Start with the basics: if you are remodeling, consider whether or not anything in the room could be moved or reconfigured, making the small space flow better. Unfortunately, when it comes to bathroom renos, moving the plumbing can be quite pricey, so if you don’t have to move anything, that would be the most economical. But, could you replace the bathtub with a nice shower? Or could you replace a bulky vanity with a pedestal sink? Both of those options would open up considerably more floor space.

• Next, consider the lighting in the room. Good lighting can make any room feel larger. Replace your dated fixture with modern ones and pay particular focus to general lighting and task lighting above the vanity. Also, make sure that windows are modern and unobstructed so that you are getting the most natural light possible filtering into the room.

• Reflective surfaces and glass will help bounce light around the room and make it feel more airy. You can use a frameless shower enclosure to creative more visual space, hang an oversized mirror, use simple clean-lined glass shelves or even choose tile with reflective qualities.

• In addition to choosing the right materials for your surfaces, try to keep visual clutter on your countertop and shelves to an absolute minimum in a small space. Clutter can make a tiny bathroom feel overwhelming and oppressive. Having enough storage (preferably closed) is the best way to keep clutter off the surfaces. Whether you use a vanity, cupboard, or shelves, storage is key in a well-organized bathroom.

• Some people might say to keep to neutral tones in a small space. If that floats your boat, then by all means, paint your bathroom white. However, I am a firm believer in using color in the bathroom, particularly if it is kept to a monochromatic palette.

Not all bathrooms are big enough to park a bus. Nor do they need to be. By following these simple home remodeling tips, you can turn your small bathroom into a stylish and functional space that you enjoy waking up to.

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