Eliminate Clutter to Ease Congestion
Most homes are blessed with a small bathroom. If you want to make your bathroom look and feel larger without any major renovations you have to keep your design simple and uncluttered. Your objective is to make your bath seem open and inviting as opposed to feeling cramped.
The first thing you should consider when designing or remodelling your bath is the size of your fixtures. Smaller fixtures save much needed inches when your bathroom layout is tight. Prioritize. If you can function without a tub, then a walk-in shower is the better solution. Colors, light and mirrors play an important role in creating the illusion of spaciousness.
Replace your standard sized vanity with a smaller wall hung version or eliminate your vanity altogether with just a wall hung sink. Yes you will be sacrificing storage space but that can be alleviated by installing some hooks for towels or a simple shelf (or sunken in wall cabinet) for extra bath accessories behind the sink.
Visual tricks such as highlighting the horizontal flow of fixture lines create optical tricks with your eyes that accentuates the feeling of space by keeping the ocular flow continuous. Another visual trick is to eliminate all sharp edges producing a bathroom that just flows naturally.
Color Correct Cramped Quarters
Use light and neutral colors to expand the space even more. Also making the ceiling lighter than the walls carries the space upwards to emphasize the room`s height.
Windows not only add light but they give the viewer an escape from the space by providing a scenic view. Also keep your window treatments simple so as not to take away from the view and reduce the sense of clutter. Glass, whether it is on your shower doors or a horizontal mirror not only reflect light but perceptually doubles the size of your bathroom space.
With careful planning a small bathroom can be made to feel roomy and if all else fails you can always perform a more in-depth renovation by stealing space from a closet or adjoining room.
If you really want to get adventurous you can even bump out your exterior wall a couple of feet when remodeling. That extra foot or two may be all that you need to transform a regular sized bath into the bathroom oasis of your dreams.