Most people would love to have a large, spacious bathroom that could accommodate everything from a chair and accent table to a make-up vanity and large, lush plants; however, most bathrooms simply aren’t this spacious. If you have a bathroom that has just enough room for you to turn around, these tips will help you transform it into a bathroom that will not only look larger, but one you’ll actually enjoy.
Start off with color
Color is perhaps the most important element of making small rooms look larger and vice-versa. For an extremely small bath, keep the colors light; pastel shades of peach, blue, lavender and soft yellow work well, as does a neutral cream color.
Keep the color of the walls light, and add interest by trimming out woodwork such as baseboards and door facings in white for contrast.
Eliminate anything that “sticks out”
Most homeowners add their own touches to a room; this is particularly true when trying to make a bathroom look pretty. If you have placed shelves on the walls for what-nots, lotions, towels, pictures and other accents, take them down. Anything that sticks out and interrupts the appearance of the straight lines of the walls should be removed. You will be amazed at how this single trick opens up the room to make it appear more spacious!
Give the impression of a higher ceiling
A high ceiling makes a room appear larger, but of course you don’t want to go to the work or expense to actually raise your ceiling.
You can give the illusion of a higher ceiling by painting a lattice or molding design around the border of the wall next to the ceiling! Do this by actually applying lattice or crown molding around this area, and then paint it to match the ceiling. The extended color of the ceiling on to the upper portion of the walls will visually raise the height of the ceiling, giving your bathroom a more open look.
Take away those visual “blocks”
If your bathtub or shower has a fiberglass or glass door that is opaque, remove it and replace it with clear glass. Alternately, you may want to remove doors altogether and simply use a shower curtain that can be pulled back when not in use.
By removing doors, the eye can see to the farthest wall which makes the bathroom look much bigger than it actually is.
Mirrors reflect light and add space
This is an old trick most people already know, but just to remind you: mirrors expand space!
Since mirrors reflect anything they are facing, try to find a space where it will actually be facing a window. The reflected sunlight will make your bathroom look incredibly larger, and the brightness enhances the “light” airy look of the room.
Keep the floors a light color if possible, and eliminate clutter. Lots of “little” things make any room look messy, and detract from the spacious, open look.
Try a few of these ideas in your bathroom; you will be amazed at what a difference a few small changes can make!