Small Bathroom Design Ideas
When it comes to small bathrooms, there just isn’t much room to add, well, anything! Fortunately, “refreshing your bathroom’s design does not have to involve large-scale demolition or elaborate installations,” says Keri Sanders, an assistant editor at HGTV.com.
The bathroom is often the first place you visit when you wake up and the last place you go before bed. The average American spends 30 minutes a day in the bathroom – and one in four spend more than an hour. So, it makes sense that your bathroom be as inviting and visually-pleasing as possible.
Small Projects for Small Bathrooms that Make a BIG Difference
When it comes to small bathrooms, there just isn’t much room to add, well, anything! Fortunately, “refreshing your bathroom’s design does not have to involve large-scale demolition or elaborate installations,” says Keri Sanders, an assistant editor at HGTV.com. A few well-thought-out updates could be all you need to totally transform your small bathroom.
Think Strategically with Every Purchase
“Make sure every piece has a purpose,” says Lauren Smith, House Beautiful. And, when possible, choose items that pull double duty, such as “mirrors with drawers or shelves.” This will help add storage without adding more clutter to your small bathroom. You could also consider incorporating “built-in shelves into the wall behind the bathtub for towels and products.” These recessed shelves won’t take up any additional space and will add visual intrigue to the room.
New Window Treatments
New window treatments can breathe new life into your bathroom and really help open up a small space. Unfortunately, many homeowners neglect their blinds and shades in favor of big-budget upgrades, such as the tub, toilet, and sink.
“Don’t put bathroom window treatments at the bottom of your wish list,” advises Georgie Rudge, Townhouse Interiors, “as they can add a much-needed decorative blast to a functional space.”
Bathroom window treatments need to pull triple duty: adding aesthetic appeal, natural light, and privacy. “Unlike other rooms, bathroom window treatments need to let in natural light while keeping prying eyes out,” says David Rasmussen, Rasmussen Construction. The solution: Top Down/Bottom UpHoneycomb Shades.
These window treatments “can roll down from the top to let in sun, while providing privacy at the bottom,” says Elizabeth Aaron, president of Elizabeth Aaron Interior Design. Other bathroom-friendly options to to make the most of your small space include:
- Café Panel Vinyl Shutters, which allow for privacy and light control on the bottom half, while letting in plenty of natural light from above.
- Faux Wood Blinds give the look of real wood without the threat of warping under the intense humidity found in some bathrooms.
Fresh Coat of Paint
When it comes to bathroom remodeling on a budget, a fresh coat of paint should be right at the top of your list. Just remember to take time to fully consider your paint choice. In a small bathroom, it is important to choose light, airy colors that will help brighten a space and make it feel larger than it really is, while dark, dramatic colors can often make a small room feel even smaller. This is why many small bathrooms opt for an all-white color scheme.
“Some may say its boring, but an all white bathroom makes any tucked away space feel bigger and brighter,” says Smith.
And with the average cost of paint somewhere between $15-25 per gallon, paint is an incredibly affordable option.
Nothing can make a small bathroom seem even smaller than a dark shower curtain or opaque shower door. Instead, opt for a clear glass shower door. “It’ll make the shower feel like livable square footage,” says Smith.
Mirror, Mirror on the Wall
When it comes to small spaces, lighting is your best friend. A dark space appears smaller, while a well-lit bathroom will feel much larger than it really is. And a few strategically-placed mirrors can help. These simple additions not only add an artistic element to your walls, but also reflect light and create the “illusion of a larger space,” says Smith. “It makes a big difference.”
“Sometimes, the simplest update can make a world of difference,” says Keri Sanders, an assistant editor at HGTV.com. Instead of splurging for a new sink, toilet, or tub, “save money on your remodel by refreshing your bathroom’s existing features instead.”
Believe it or not, the right accessories can actually make a small bathroom feel larger. They “add decorative elements to the bathroom, which allows the room design as a whole to feel clean and open (but not overwhelming),”says Smith.