If you have a home with a large, luxurious bathroom, read no further; skip on ahead to the next post. But if you don't and you'd like your little bathroom to appear larger without adding any more square footage, you've come to the right place.
Here are a few decorating techniques to help you push back the walls and make your bathroom not only look and feel larger, but also make it more attractive even if it stays exactly the same size.
- Pick soft pale cool colors. They tend to give the illusion of more space and the feeling of serenity and luxury.
- Open up the space with more light fixtures. Recessed "can" lighting can be installed into the ceiling. Wall sconces flanking the sink can add mood lighting. Skylights, larger windows or Solatubes also can bring in more light.
- Vanity cabinets take up too much floor space in a small bath. Replace it with a pedestal or wall-mounted sink. These sinks not only open up the floor space but actually add a sense of style.
- Remove wall shelves, hanging racks, or decorative accessories on the walls that cut into the room's space and make it look smaller. Even the smallest piece of furniture or accessory that sticks out into the room can stop where your eyes go and make your room "shrink." This one piece of advice can enlarge the room by providing the illusion of expanding your small space without adding a single square foot.
- Install a larger mirror in front of the bathroom sink. The mirror will reflect all the light in the room, and pick up the color and pattern. Or consider a collection of mirrors arranged artistically in the place of one large mirror.
- As with the walls, the floor will appear to open up if it's done in a light color. Or place one large light-colored rug over your existing flooring.
- Nothing's like clutter to make a small space feel even smaller. Pare down on the towels. Select one piece of art instead of lots of small pieces. Use one decorative accessory instead of lots of small ones. Store whatever else you really need out of sight even if it means putting it in a hall linen closet.
- Trade a frosted-glass bath or shower door for a clear glass one. Or eliminate the door altogether and install a shower curtain that can be pushed back to one side when not in use.
- Add depth by painting a mural on the largest open wall. Or hang a large framed picture of a garden or landscape. This helps to expand the look of your space by visually enlarging the feeling of the room.
These decorating techniques can be used to enlarge any room in the house, but they are essential to expanding the space in a bathroom. And you don't need to call a contractor!