Small bathrooms may seem like a difficult design task to take on; however, these spaces may introduce a clever design challenge to add to your plate. Creating a functional and storage-friendly bathroom may be just what your Atlanta home needs.
Bright Light Can Make a Small Bathroom Feel Bigger
Paying attention to the lighting. Well lit space always looks larger, so if the budget allows smart redistribution of lights and placing them on the dimmer or preset mood control will create desired ambiance. Eliminate pendants that dangle at the head/eye level, they typically “drop” the ceiling and make the room look even smaller. Wall mount fixtures are usually the best decorative application for a small bathroom, just make sure no one will bump into them.
Install Clear Glass Shower Enclosures To Emphasize Visual Pass-Through
To give the illusion of more space eliminate as much visual clutter as possible when selecting fixtures and materials: Clear shower enclosures with minimal hardware; swinging doors rather than bypass if possible
If Choosing a Bathroom Vanity, Choose the Smallest One Possible
Choose smaller bathroom vanities. Many companies now make “apartment” size vanities. Or go with a simple pedestal sink or wall mounted sink.
Uplight Your Ceiling With Sconces To Create the Illusion of a Taller Ceiling
You can use design tricks through lighting to visually enhance the space in a small Atlanta bathroom. To make the room appear larger, try up-lighting the ceiling with wall sconces or cove lighting. It will create the impression of higher ceilings and a more expansive space. For a narrow room, illuminating one wall with light will give the illusion of a more open area.
Big Tiles Look Best In Small Bathrooms
Select larger floor tile to open up the space. Lesser grout lines give the illusion of bigger space.
Install Floor Tile On a Diagonal
Place floor tiles on a diagonal. This will give the room the illusion of being larger. Larger tiles with thin grout lines will also give the appearance of more square footage.
Hang the Toilet From the Wall
A great way to maximize a small bath’s space is the use of wall hung cabinetry and toilets with oversized floor tile. Today’s product offering in both of these arenas are much more expansive that in years past and there are styles to suit everyone’s taste and decor.
The wall hung toilet and cabinetry show more of the floor and give the illusion that the room is larger than it appears.
Install a Fully Mirrored, Recessed Medicine Cabinet
Another great space saver is a fully mirrored recessed medicine cabinet. Once installed the cabinet looks like a stylish flat or beveled mirror, but has hidden storage of 4 inches which is the depth of a standard wall. These cabinets come in a variety of heights and widths to accommodate most applications and the best part about the cabinet is its fully mirrored inside so you can easily see what product is behind the bottle of mouthwash!
Replace Shower Curtain With Frameless Glass Shower Door
Open up the room with glass. If your Atlanta bathroom only has a shower stall consider not only a glass shower door but partially taking out another wall & replacing it with glass. Even a small tub area will benefit from some clean, clear glass doors. If glass is not an option then use clear shower curtains that will allow light in.
Do Not Use More Than Two Paint Colors (More Than That Feels Busy)
Keep it simple. Busy wall paper, too many paint colors, patterned fabrics and accessories will make the room feel cluttered and smaller. Two colors will work great in a small bath. One for wall color and another for accessories.
Emphasize Texture Over Color
Bring in texture, not color, to add interest without it getting too busy. Add one unique element –a cool mirror, a unique piece of art, a funky sink. One carefully chosen focused piece can transform it from small and boring to cute and chic.
Beware of Busy Details That Crowd the Room–Stone Veining, Trim, etc.
When selecting materials, be aware of the cumulative effect of patterns. Veining and designs in tiles and flooring, decorative details on hardware and cabinetry can “crowd” a room. On the other hand, using only small scale patterns can emphasize that the room is small. Incorporating larger scaled moldings or architectural features sparingly can give the room more importance.
Create a 3rd Visual Dimension By Adding Art That Uses Perspective
Adding art to the walls can also increase the sense of space. Landscapes in particular can give the walls dimension. Finally, lighting effects can highlight architectural features, illuminate “dead” corners and art and make the room more comfortable and functional.
Correctly Scaling Elements Can Make or Break the Small Bathroom
Scale of other elements; depending on the precise size of the room installing too large or too small tile all over will look out of proportion to the room’s parameters and thus accentuate its small size. Accent small tiles work well, just make sure you pay attention to the main floor or wall tile size that is installed. For modern/transitional places installing rectangular tile vertically will visually increase the height of the room; glass tile 4×6 or similar size also create a nice depth to the walls and when used in calmer shades extend the room’s size.
Choose the Right Kind of Door for Your Small Bathroom
Be sure your bathroom door swings out, not in. Or, better yet, use pocket doors.
Extend Wall Ceramic Tile To The Ceiling (Ceilings Look Higher That Way)
Tiling the walls all the way up to the ceiling will make the ceilings appear higher. Place a colored or decorative tile near the upper wall and ceiling line to draw your eye up.
Put a Vessel Sink on a Floating Countertop
One recommendation we would offer is to take out the clunky sink cabinet and replace it with a floating countertop with a vessel sink. You can then incorporate either hanging or floating shelves below for storage (include baskets for those items you don’t necessarily wish to display). This takes the visual weight up and off the floor while still providing for ample storage in a small space – something much needed in every bathroom.