Bathrooms can be one of the most difficult rooms to renovate. They need to be practical, functional and durable, while also being stylish, comfortable and easy to clean. The challenge involved in renovating a bathroom can be magnified when you only have a small space to work with.
Trying to incorporate amenities and storage space without resulting in a cluttered room that’s difficult to move through can be a major challenge. However, when done properly, a small bathroom renovation can result in cosy yet practical space. Understanding how to work with the limited space you have and making use of techniques to create a greater sense of space can help you bring a small bathroom to life.
So, let’s have a look at a few different strategies for making a small bathroom feel bigger.
Install a skylight
Natural light can be one of the best ways to make a small space feel bigger. It can help to illuminate every corner of the room, with the natural light evoking a sense of the spacious outdoors.
A skylight can be one of the best ways to let in natural light. Unlike windows, skylights have the added bonus of not taking up valuable wall space, which can be at a premium in small bathrooms. With a skylight, you can let in the maximum amount of natural light without compromising your privacy.
Natural light is only going be get you so far. Once the sun goes down, you need to rely on strategic lighting create a sense of space in your bathroom. Recessed lighting can be a great option for small spaces as it doesn’t take up much space and it can be directed to the areas that benefit most from illumination.
Carefully select a bathroom vanity
A poorly chosen bathroom vanity can take up a lot of space without offering much in return. In small bathrooms, your best options are pedestal sinks or floating (or wall-mounted) vanities.
While pedestal sinks will take up the least amount of space, they have little bench space and no under-sink storage space.
Floating vanities will help with space management without forgoing storage space. Since a floating vanity sits about 30cm about the floor, it incorporates under-sink storage space will allowing additional storage space under the vanity unit. And because they don’t use floor space, your bathroom instantly looks bigger.
Use bigger mirrors
Every decorator knows that mirrors are great for creating a sense of space. And luckily mirrors are right at home in the bathroom. Aim for oversize wall mirrors to help enlarge your bathroom will also helping to reflect light around the room. You can even hang a mirror in front of a window or over a bath if wall space is at a premium.
Go all white
White walls and tiles function in a similar way to mirrors. Light bounces off the bright surface to make a space feel instantly bigger. Plus, it makes it easier to match all your fittings if they’re the same colour. If you need a splash of colour, choose bright towels or add a touch of green with a pot plant.
Install a sliding door
Traditional hinged doors can take up valuable space if they open into your bathroom. Using sliding doors, for the bathroom door or the shower door, will free up valuable space as you don’t need to make space for the door swing radius.
Install frameless shower screens
In a small bathroom, your shower will take up the majority of the space. Showers can be imposing and make a space feel more cramped than it is. But if you opt for a shower screen without a frame, the glass creates an illusion like there’s nothing there at all, opening the space up once again.
Turn walls into storage
If storage is a concern in your bathroom, but the space feels cramped with a traditional vanity or shelving unit, cut shelves or cubbies into your walls. These can be great in the shower or above the bath for all those soaps and creams you use every day.
There are plenty more tips and tricks out there for making the most of your small bathroom renovations. Remember to keep the focus on function and ensure that every thing you add works to open the space up rather than clutter it. You can also have a look on our blog on the Preparing for a Bathroom Renovation