Nobody wants a small, cramped bathroom, but since this is a room that's often designed to be utilitarian rather than luxurious, many homeowners end up with at least one bathroom that they'd like to enlarge. Before you knock out a wall in your quest for a more spacious bathroom, consider trying a simple remodel first. Often, you can create the illusion of a large, airy bathroom without going to the trouble of actually enlarging the room, if you know the right tricks to use. Check out a few ways you can maximize your bathroom's size without completely rebuilding the room.
Make it Monochromatic
If your bathroom is already too small, then this is not the place to show off your ability to choose contrasting colors. Painting one wall red or blue in an effort to provide an accent color is just going to draw attention to how close together the walls really are. The same goes for the fixtures – if it stands out from the rest of the room, you're just chopping up the already limited space.
Pick one color – preferably a pale neutral color – and go with it. Make the room appear as seamless as possible. That means painting the ceiling to match the color of the walls, blending the tile to match the walls and ceiling, and choosing fixtures that are the same shade as the walls and tiles. The less transitions the room appears to have, the better. Transitions break up the space in the room. Blending everything together by sticking with one color creates the illusion of continuous space, which feels larger.
If you still really feel the need to add a splash of contrasting color, at least avoid the walls and major fixtures. Instead, choose a brightly colored light fixture, or paint the doors of the cabinets under the sink in an accent color. This will make the differently colored object stand out while the entire rest of the room appears to recede, enhancing the impression that it's an enlarged space.
Take Out the Tub
If you were trying to make your living room appear larger, you could take out the couch and replace it with a loveseat, or remove some end tables that were creating a cluttered appearance. Most of the "furniture" that goes in a bathroom, however, is non-negotiable. You absolutely need a toilet, a sink, and a shower – but in many cases, the one thing that you can lose is the bathtub. And that's good news, because it's probably the fixture that's taking up the most space.
Opting for a shower stall instead can save actual space, instead of just making the room appear larger. You can further visually increase that space gain by choosing a frameless, clear glass shower enclosure, like those at Clifton Mirror & Glass. Rather than cutting away at the available space, the clear glass will minimize any disruption in the room caused by the enclosure. You'll still be able to see the continuous color of the walls, so the enclosure won't interrupt the sense of the room as a large area with few transitions.
Frameless glass shower enclosures have a few other advantages as well – they're easy to clean and the go well with any color scheme or decorative theme that you choose to use. Even if you want to redo your bathroom every few years, your glass shower stall will continue to match, unlike a custom colored bathtub.
Let in the Light
One common mistake that many homeowners make is shuttering or blacking out a bathroom window in the name of privacy. Privacy is important, but the more natural light that you allow into a room, the bigger it seems. There are ways to preserve your privacy without blocking out the light that connects the room to the outdoors and visually expands the room.
The simplest solution is a decorative window film. These window coverings can make a window appear to look like frosted or stained glass. They allow light in without allowing outsiders to see in, which will make your bathroom more comfortable to use while maintaining the appearance of space. This is an inexpensive solution that will work for pretty much any bathroom window.
If you don't have a bathroom window, you may have to consider a more drastic option. A skylight, or a solar tube that brings light in through a tunnel without exposing you to a direct view of the sky, might be the best solution. If that's not an option, then it's time to take a good look at your light fixtures. Install sconces in various strategic spots around the room rather than relying on one overhead fixture, and choose full-spectrum light bulbs that mimic natural daylight as much as possible.
Your bathroom space may be limited, but that doesn't mean the bathroom has to look or feel cramped. Making the right choices when it comes to colors, fixtures, and lighting can make the difference between a bathroom that seems too small and a bathroom that seems large and luxurious.Share