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Making the Most of a Small Bathroom
August 26, 2019

Small bathrooms are one of the toughest design areas for homeowners. They have the potential to be oases of quick rejuvenation, but more than often they become cluttered and stuffy. In this design recipe, I’m going to show you how to take advantage of the space in your small bathroom to turn it into an inspired and inviting place.

Small bathrooms are one of the toughest design areas for homeowners. They have the potential to be oases of quick rejuvenation, but more than often they become cluttered and stuffy. In this design recipe, I’m going to show you how to take advantage of the space in your small bathroom to turn it into an inspired and inviting place.

First—Declutter!

First—Declutter!

Too many ingredients in your small bathroom will ruin any hope of tranquility. Start by taking everything out that isn’t necessary. If you keep make-up, grooming products, or cleaners there, move them to your bedroom or a master bathroom.

Too many ingredients in your small bathroom will ruin any hope of tranquility. Start by taking everything out that isn’t necessary. If you keep make-up, grooming products, or cleaners there, move them to your bedroom or a master bathroom.

Lighting is Key

Lighting is Key

Bright light will expand your small bathroom, while dim lighting will make it seem crowded. Make sure an overhead light is bright enough to fill the entire room. Don’t rely just on mirror lighting.

Bright light will expand your small bathroom, while dim lighting will make it seem crowded. Make sure an overhead light is bright enough to fill the entire room. Don’t rely just on mirror lighting.

If possible, let in an abundance of natural light, and avoid dark or heavy curtains.

If possible, let in an abundance of natural light, and avoid dark or heavy curtains.

Introduce Soft Colors

Introduce Soft Colors

Neutral, bright colors make small rooms more vibrant and open. I recommend using shades of white to open up the space as much as possible.

Neutral, bright colors make small rooms more vibrant and open. I recommend using shades of white to open up the space as much as possible.

Mirror Magic

Mirror Magic

Mirrors have an almost magical ability to change our perception of space. Swap out your current mirror for a super-sized replacement. If you can, hang the mirror across from a window to create the illusion of even more roominess.

Mirrors have an almost magical ability to change our perception of space. Swap out your current mirror for a super-sized replacement. If you can, hang the mirror across from a window to create the illusion of even more roominess.

Think Vertically

Think Vertically

Take advantage of all your wall space to keep your sink area and counters clutter-free. Install shelves above the toilet or add a wall niche to keep your toiletries accessible yet unintrusive.

Take advantage of all your wall space to keep your sink area and counters clutter-free. Install shelves above the toilet or add a wall niche to keep your toiletries accessible yet unintrusive.

Embrace the Ledge

Embrace the Ledge

Stop cluttering your sink with toothbrushes, soaps, and creams. Install a ledge under your mirror that you can use as an additional countertop. Using this vertical space offers more surface storage without taking up more of your floor plan.

Stop cluttering your sink with toothbrushes, soaps, and creams. Install a ledge under your mirror that you can use as an additional countertop. Using this vertical space offers more surface storage without taking up more of your floor plan.

Add a Floating Space

Add a Floating Space

Walls aren’t limited to just shelving and cabinets. Add floating space to the wall like a floating vanity, leaving the floor clear all the way to the wall. Allow the maximum amount of floor space to make your bathroom more spacious.

Walls aren’t limited to just shelving and cabinets. Add floating space to the wall like a floating vanity, leaving the floor clear all the way to the wall. Allow the maximum amount of floor space to make your bathroom more spacious.

Cut the Curtains

Cut the Curtains

Shower curtains get in the way and add uncertainty to small spaces. Replace them with a glass door and instantly gain back the space that was hiding behind the curtain. If you have a tub, use a transparent curtain and replace it often.

Shower curtains get in the way and add uncertainty to small spaces. Replace them with a glass door and instantly gain back the space that was hiding behind the curtain. If you have a tub, use a transparent curtain and replace it often.

Incorporate these simple design tips into your small bathroom to boost the amount of space and convenience it offers. Remember to keep it light and minimal and to take advantage of your valuable wall space. When decorating a small bathroom, less is more!

Incorporate these simple design tips into your small bathroom to boost the amount of space and convenience it offers. Remember to keep it light and minimal and to take advantage of your valuable wall space. When decorating a small bathroom, less is more!