If you have a small bathroom, you know it can be a challenge to make it work. Bathroom spaces need to be functional, of course, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t also have style. With the right fixtures, smart storage, and a few design tricks, you can create a great-looking bathroom that works for you.
Find space for storage. You don’t need cabinets and furniture pieces to create storage. Open shelves, floating shelves, and ladders all are fashionable options that don’t take up a lot space. If you have a cabinet-style vanity, consider fitting it with drawers. They maximize usable space without taking up any additional footprint. Even the smallest bathrooms have hidden spaces you can leverage to create extra storage. Behind every interior wall that doesn’t have pipes or insulation, there is a useable space, about 16 inches wide and 4 inches deep, between the studs. Use this space to create a niche. Just remember whatever is stored in the open should look its best. Use coordinated containers and keep things neat.
Choose the right fixtures. Every bathroom has certain essential elements—sink, bathtub or shower, and toilet. Switching these out for more streamlined models will free up space without losing any functionality. Pedestal and wall-mounted sinks are good options with smaller footprints. Vessel sinks are beautiful and free up valuable real estate on small vanity countertops. Or, gain additional counter space with wall-mounted faucets.
Work with your doors. If your bathroom door is taking up too much space, consider pocket-style doors. Or reverse the door so that it opens into the hallway.
Make smart color choices. When it comes to small-space design, it’s not just about what goes into the room. The color palette can make a big difference in how a room feels. Light, neutral colors will make the room appear larger. Introduce color and interest with your towels and accessories, with tile, or with accent walls.
Use glass. The key to making any small space feel larger is to make it look open. Because glass is clear, it tricks the eye. It also lets light move around the room. If you have a shower, a glass enclosure is a great option. Glass shelves provide storage without appearing to take up any additional space.
Bring in light. To light your bathroom best, use multiple sources. Maximize natural light using blinds instead of curtains for privacy. A large mirror can help reflect light and open up the space. Tip: Placing lights over a mirror creates shadows that age the face and make it difficult to see well for shaving or makeup application. Instead, install sconces beside the mirror.