Transforming the Space
Small bathroom remodeling is a viable option for homeowners that want to create a more spacious looking bathing space and increase the resale value of their homes in the process. However, there are many challenges that come into play when remodeling a washroom with restricted dimensions. The limited size of your bath must seriously be taken into consideration in order to get the satisfactory results you are after. You can’t just hope to magically transform your tiny lavatory into Buckingham Palace with a few well-placed mirrors.
Let’s keep it real, homeowners that do not have the space or are unable to remove a wall to expand an existing smaller sized lavatory will find that their best ally when coming up with small bath refitting ideas is finding the right fit of comparatively smaller fixtures to replace their larger bulky ones. This spatial relationship also holds true for the types of colors and surfaces you have in your narrow bath.
And don’t forget about the effect that light has on smaller spaces and the patterns you use, all add up, or in this case subtract from the optical clutter that visually makes a small grooming space seem even smaller. Below we have provided some useful tips you can use when considering updating a small bath area and how to successfully approach this sometimes daunting task.
Big Ideas Make an Undersized Compartment Functional
Small washroom planning is your first step to overcoming your space woes. The success of your renovation project will be based on, how much, or how little effort has gone into creating a plan for your grooming area. Some people get mislead into thinking that a smaller sized powder room does not require extensive planning and often start the remodeling process without doing the necessary measurements to ensure that their bathroom will fit the changes they have in mind or saw in some “bed and bath” magazine.
It is of the uttermost importance to first map out how your bathroom space is going to be used or rearranged. You will also need to know which changes you actually intend to make as opposed to just “wants” to ensure that your small washroom remodeling project will make the best use of the space.
Petite Fixtures: As mentioned earlier, one of the ways of approaching a space sensitive rebath project is by using diminutive sized fixtures instead of the large traditional ones that are present in larger baths. You will get a more spacious feel when using smaller fixtures and will also win over some space in the process to display some charming accessories that you like.
Petite fixtures do not mean fixtures that are used for children, but rather fittings that have smaller dimensions and are used specially for smaller sized half-baths. You should also ensure that you abide by the minimum requirements that are outlined by the National Kitchen and Bath Association for toilets, baths, enclosed showers, bathtubs, bidets and sinks.
Demolish or Update
Demolish or replace: Do you plan to demolish the whole bath and start from scratch or would you prefer to approach your transformation project by just replacing certain items? Demolishing will require a lot more scheduling and work. If you plan to hire a contractor, then this will also influence the amount you eventually spend on your remodeling venture.
If you just want to replace certain fixtures then you will find that this is an easier and less expensive alternative. The only drawback with this alternative is that you do not have a lot of flexibility to make any major changes if you are seeking a viable bath refitting solution.
Using Design Fundamentals to Visually Expand the Room
Colors: Always use light colors to paint your bathroom walls. If you plan on using wall papers, then ensure that the prints are small and that the colors are light. Light colors create a spacious airy feel as opposed to dark colors. They will also add a touch of warmth and homeliness in your washroom after you are finished with your upgrades.
Mirrors: Use mirrors wisely.. Excess mirrors can create the wrong feel and make your bathroom look like a showroom instead of a user friendly bathing space. Choose the right angle to hang mirrors and avoid bulky large mirrors with a lot of designs as these can overwhelm the user. You can place grooming mirrors opposite to each other to create the illusion that the room is more spacious.
Designs: You can also theme your makeover to make it more creative and interesting. However, your designs should not dominate the small grooming space, but rather create a sense of balance to your theme. Idealistically, try to choose themes for your small bathroom remodeling development that are warm, creative and full of character, yet simple and unobtrusive.
Styling Your Grooming Interior With Illumination
Light: You should ensure that your bathing space has enough light to make it look spacious and not dark and cramped. In your endeavor, you can even consider the possibility of increasing the size of your windows to get more light coming in. If it is possible you may also open areas in your walls or have a skylight that allows light to come in on the shower area or encompass the entire bathing space in radiant light.
Bath cabinets, vanities and countertops: In a small bathroom, these fixtures should not be dull or dark colors. Lighter more, reflective surfaces in a small powder room add character and create a more inviting feeling of space. These recommendations will work for just about all tiny bathing area. Pick and choose the ideas that best suits your limited space and give your humble bath a more spacious facelift that it deserves.