6 Ideas for Small Bathroom Design

Designing for small spaces can be difficult, and nowhere is it as difficult as the bathroom. No matter what, in a small bathroom you’re stuck with a sink, toilet, storage space, and a shower at minimum. And unless you’re looking to put some serious dollars into the pocket of your local plumber, the interior plumbing of your home dictates that you’re stuck with the existing layout as well.  With these restraints in mind, here are 6 ideas for small bathroom design to make your powder room feel larger.

1. Install narrow wall shelves.

Small Bathroom Ideas: Narrow ShelvesAlthough getting the most out of a small bathroom layout can be difficult, you can create the illusion of a larger room by applying basic principles of interior design and adding a touch of your own creativity.

While your first instinct may be to tuck your storage space into the vanity or in a medicine cabinet and eliminate shelves altogether, narrow wall shelves let you maximize interior space while still looking stylish. They’re also extremely easy to install.

A secondary benefit is that you’ll have your key toiletries easily accessible, without needing large counter space. Use narrow wall shelves to store your soaps, shampoos, cotton balls, towels, and lotion, while leaving your more private toiletries for the vanity.

2. Choose a pedestal sink.

Small Bathroom Ideas: Pedestal SinkAnother remodeling idea for your small bathroom is to install a pedestal sink.  There’s certainly a trade-off here – on the one hand, a vanity offers hidden storage space and more counter surface. On the other hand, it takes up unnecessary space and makes the bathroom feel smaller.

While a pedestal sink may be a larger small bathroom renovation than you are willing to undertake, it’s certainly something to consider.

3. Switch to a floating vanity.

Small Bathroom Ideas: Floating VanityIf a pedestal sink isn’t the right look for you, consider maximizing space in your small bathroom by installing a small floating vanity.

This will give your bathroom a more modern and spacious feel, while also giving you some easily accessible storage space beneath the vanity – a place to tuck your trash can for example.

4. Use a clear shower curtain or door.

Small Bathroom Ideas: Clear Shower CurtainYou can’t magically expand your cramped bathroom – or can you? If you have an opaque shower curtain or shower door, you’re just closing off your existing bathroom space. If you want your cozy little bathroom to feel a bit bigger, just add a clear shower curtain or door. Your bathroom will instantly feel a whole lot bigger.

5. Install pot lights.

Small Bathroom Ideas: Pot LightsReplacing your traditional lights with pot lights has a tremendous effect on the illusion of space. For one, pot lights don’t encroach into the space of the room, making it feel more open and airy.

Secondly, the even distribution of light creates a more diffused shadow, further enhancing the illusion of space.

Depending on whether you have a drop ceiling, this might be difficult to do as a DIY project, but it’s a small change that can make huge difference in enhancing the illusion of roominess.

6. Choose a soft, pale color scheme.

Small Bathroom Ideas: Pale colorsWhen thinking how to decorate a small bathroom, choosing softer, pale color schemes will lighten up the whole room and make it feel larger.

This certainly doesn’t mean your bathroom has to be painted a flowery pink or all white, but it does mean you’ll want to avoid using bold, strong colors. For background surfaces like the floor and walls, choose from a palette of white, neutral colors, and pastels. Add some brightly colored accessories and towels for accents in order to add some “pop”.

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Author bio:

Simon is a professional blogger/designer/SEO guy a sort of “digital renaissance man” of many talents. He writes the blog of Seattle plumber company Fischer plumbing and his own blog. In his free time he works on DIY projects around the house.

Note: Photos sourced from Canadian Freshome and HGTV.

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