Decorating a bathroom can be intimidating enough but decorating a bathroom in a way that makes an often times small room seem bigger can be a downright challenge. Whether you’re living in your first apartment or you just bought your first home and need some tips to expand the walls of your bathroom, these tips will help you get the most space for your buck out of your bathroom.
1. Repurpose existing furniture
It can be hard to work with limited storage space in a small bathroom and it can be tempting to install plenty of shelving or use multiple bulky storage pieces to accommodate. Before crowding the room even more, however, you should try repurposing an old dresser as a vanity. You will have plenty of storage space and you won’t break the bank.
2. Get creative with mirrors
Mirrors are a great addition to any small room because they create an optical illusion of added space. Adding one or two (or three) to your bathroom in strategic positions can help blend the room and create the perception of more space.
3. Get comfy in a tub
With most modern bathrooms offering showers, the old-fashioned tub seems to have gone out of style. Unfortunately, showers can often take up a lot of space and break up the continuity of a room by hogging one or more corners. Replacing your shower space with a tub can not only add space to the room, but it adds character as well.
4. Make a bold statement
The bathroom is often on of the rooms that receive the least attention when it comes to design and décor. Look at this as an opportunity to stand out and add a bold accent piece or statement to this often overlooked room. It can be an antique sign with a bold font or a wild piece of art you snagged at a garage sale. Anything that you can hang on the wall works well because it won’t impede on the already-limited space.
5. Feature a wall
The biggest piece of advice for making a small bathroom appear larger is to promote continuity in the design of the room. But using one wall as a focus point can also add depth. You may choose to paint one wall of a room a different color or only use tile on that wall and pain the others. By calling out this one side of the room with a special design, you draw people’s eyes there and alter the depth perception.
6. Open the blinds
The more light you let flood into your small bathroom, the more the walls of the room will seem to expand. While your first instinct might be to cover all windows with dark or heavy blinds or curtains, you should opt for something light and airy. Find the right balance between privacy and letting the light flow in.
7. Maximize storage
With a small bathroom, you often have to get creative with your storage options. Check out local garage or estate sales for vintage drawers that will fit beneath your bathroom vanity or that you can tuck into a corner without taking up too much space. Even simple paper trays that are typically used in an office can be stacked and used to store small toiletries and the like.
8. It’s all about the door
Yes, you can actually use the bathroom door to add space to the room. Install a traditional French door and replace the glass with mirrors to create an expanded look and feel to the room. If you’re feeling particularly bold, sub a heavy drape in for a door to give the room an airier feel and to be less closed off.
Decorating and designing a bathroom doesn’t have to be all work – it can be fun, too. Get creative with the materials you have to work with and get outside of your comfort zone to try new things. It doesn’t matter if you use all or just some of these tips; they’re sure to make your small bathroom appear bigger – and even give it a touch of style!