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Remodeling Your Small Bathroom Quickly and Efficiently

Remodeling Your Small Bathroom Quickly and Efficiently

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Homeowners often imagine that remodeling?a small bathroom—about 50 square feet or less—will be much quicker, easier, and less expensive than remodeling a large bathroom. The reality is you may not shave off as much time and money as you had hoped since a small bathroom requires installing a lot of the same amenities and hiring the same professionals—only to work in a tighter space. Find out what parts of a remodel you might be able to do on your own and where you can potentially save some money.

Smaller bathrooms will challenge you to get creative by doing more with less space. Dip into interior design trade tricks of the trade and see how color choices, lighting, and mirrors can make a room feel larger. Approach your bathroom remodel project as a challenging puzzle and have fun solving it without breaking the bank.

Top Design Tips for Small Bathrooms

You may be limited by space but not by creativity. These tips for a small bathroom can make you adore your little bathroom oasis.

1. Trick the eye and make a room feel tallerWhenever you can blur the line between the ceiling and wall, you raise the room, tricking the eye to think you are in a space larger than you are. Replace thick crown molding with narrow strips, matching the ceiling. Replace pendant lighting or hanging light fixtures with recessed lighting or wall sconces that direct light up, giving the illusion that the wall is elongated.

2. Lighten up a small spaceAvoid dark colors and contrasting hues in a small area. Light shades within a single color family will help a small room feel larger. Match the floor tile to the wall, which will elongate the room and give the sense of more space. Avoid putting color on the ceiling, white works best. Saturate the room with natural light, if possible.

3.Play With Color. You can keep your bathroom light and airy while still adding a pop of color to breathe life or personality into the room. Go for a fun towel color and a nubby or shaggy textured bath mat to jazz up your comfort zone.

4.Use large-scale patterns. Large squares, wide stripes, and other large patterns can fool the eye and make spaces seem larger. 

5.Use a shower curtain or sliding shower doorShower doors that pivot on hinges may not work for small bathrooms. Instead, use a glass shower door that slides on tracks or a shower curtain. And, if you get a shower curtain, consider getting a curved curtain rod. The rod will keep the shower curtain from sticking to your body if you have tight quarters. Most curved shower curtain rods can provide up to 33% more room in the shower.

6.Choose a vanity with rounded corners. In tight spaces, vanities with sharp corners can bruise hips. A rounded vanity will also free up a few extra inches to maneuver around the bathroom.

7.Extend the counter over the toilet. A little extra counter space created when the vanity counter extends over the adjacent toilet can be surprisingly effective. Open shelves offer storage without swinging doors that can get in the way in a small bathroom. Only keep the essentials for your morning and evening bathroom routine. Move spare towels, cleaning supplies, additional toilet paper, and extra tissue boxes to another storage area or closet.

8.Mirror the wall. A mirror along an entire wall can help two people get ready at once in tight spaces. Mirrors also lighten the room by reflecting the light, brightening walls, and deceptively enlarging the feel of the room. Shiny fixtures and gleaming white tubs, sinks, and showers also bounce the light.

9.Mount the towel bar on the door. When space is limited, mounting a towel bar on the shower door or the back of the entry door keeps towels at easy reach. 

10.Get creative with the sink and faucet. When mounted on a wall, the low profile of a trough sink frees up floor space for storage. Also, you can use a wall-mounted faucet, significantly reducing the depth of your vanity and freeing up space in a small bathroom. Another space-saving sink idea for a tiny bathroom is a corner sink. Beware of using pedestal sinks; they can be challenging to fit in little bathrooms.