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Great Design Ideas for Small Baths

by Randy Gridley

Those big high-end bathrooms you come across in home improvement magazines are just to die for! For the longest time, you have been envious of such bathroom as you wonder what to do about your pint-sized bathroom. Here are some design ideas that may seem big but will be what you need to transform that small bath into something luxurious.

Older homes tend to have a bathroom that measure 5X8 feet, which is almost like a structural norm. Scaling down on some of the bathroom items will help to deal with that illusion of claustrophobia. You can do a pedestal sink instead of doing a skin that have a long counter space and cabinets. For lighting, work with tiles that have a light hue, and the same applies to the paint; it will create an illusion of more space.

Your choice of color will influence the décor design. For instance, you can do an Asian theme that allows you to play around with dark and light colors. You can do a Japanese feel for the powder room vanity, which will give your room to play around with modern elements complimented by old world designs. Do less of dark hue; taking away that chocolate layout and giving it a new sparkle of beige, light blue or white colors.

As small as you might see your bathroom might be, the available space is its strength; therefore, leverage the space without adding clutter. A touch of vanity lighting complement by light colors on the walls creates the illusion of more space. A light oak finish, more so in the bathroom furniture and storage options, can be an excellent way of creating an alluring contrast in hues.

The modern bathroom design works with horizontal tiles to that aid in creating more space in baths that have limited space. You can pair this with a frameless mirror. Stick to the vanity design concept for the ceiling and walls to stay in line with the creation of more space. You might consider including a curbless shower pairing it with a sizable toilet to make the bath look and feel bigger and luxurious

Leveraging the available space with all its limitations is possible if you work with an efficient vanity working with a light vanity for dark wall and dark vanity for light walls. A vanity with drawers under the sink for storage options for your accessories will be a good way of maximizing your storage space options.

If you have an empty wall space, do not cover it instead, think Zen. A good option would be a horizontal dark-framed mirror; it will help to stretch the wall space while creating an illusion of more space in the bathroom.

Do not rush to paint the room even if it can help add a feeling of more space. You can opt to use marble tiles instead of paint and use other things such as frameless mirrors to create that illusion of space. Do not put in a tub; rather, install a glass door shower paired with a cabinet system that stretches from the floor to the ceiling.

Now you know. Your little bathroom can be just as elegant as those high-end baths. Tearing down the bath for expansion is not always the best route. It just comes with extra costs. Just know how to leverage the available space as you master how to incorporate light and dark color option to achieve that feeling of more space.

How To Make Small Baths Look Larger Using Great Design Ideas

by Randy Gridley


If you have desired the high end bathrooms we often see on the home improvement magazines, you are probably not alone. If at all the size of your bathroom leaves something to be desired, then you might not know what to do. However, the following design ideas can turn your bathroom into the luxurious room you have always wanted.

Older homes usually suffer from having small bathrooms that measure approximately 8 by 5 feet. In order to overcome the extreme fear of confined places, you should scale down the size of the objects in the bathrooms. You can begin by installing a pedestal sink instead of those that come with cabinets and large counter space which will just limit you. Also, choose light tiles and bright paint to create a feeling of space as darker colors tend to make the room feel more confined.

You can employ an Asian inspired design in your bathroom to enhance the play of light in addition to dark colors. A powder bathroom that has a Japanese feel to it will enable you to mix old world designs with the modern features. Also, avoid an all brown layout as it can make the bathroom feel more cramped. You can switch the deep brown and chocolate colors with a beige and white splash.  

Take advantage of all your bathrooms space, but do not make it feel too confined. Employ some light wall colors and some vanity lighting to enhance the feeling of the room being more spacious. If necessary, you can incorporate some oak finish to expand your bath and storage.

If you envy a more modern look to your bathroom, you can go with the horizontal tiles and a frameless mirror which essentially creates an illusion of extra space. You can also use the wall and ceiling vanity to supplement your bathroom space and lead the eye seamlessly around the room. Finally, install a cube less shower in addition to a small toilet which will save on space and at the same time create a luxurious feel and a larger appeal.

You can also take advantage of your bathroom by going with a small but effective vanity. This calls for a dark colored vanity for the light walls and ideally light vanity for the dark walls. You can also increase the storage space by buying a vanity that has drawers under the sink where you can put your accessories.

If your bathroom has too much wall space, and has nothing to conceal it, you can choose the Zen method of decoration by using a long horizontal mirror. This will help you stretch the wall space and create an illusion of a much larger room. In this regard, you can go with a dark framed mirror that has thick framing.

Painting the bathroom might not be enough to make a confined space look or feel larger. But you can complement the illusion by using frameless mirrors and marble tiles which all work together to create a feeling of more space.

There is no reason why a small bathroom can’t be luxurious or stylish. Most homeowners opt for expanding their bathrooms at an extra cost but that is not really necessary. You can use light and dark colors to enhance the feeling of a more spacious bathroom.

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