5 Tips on Making your Small Bathroom Feel Larger

Friday, October 5, 2018

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Lately Texan and I have been dreaming of all the home-improvement projects we want to complete for our house. Thanks for all the inspiration Fixer Upper! We renovated our kitchen a few years ago so now that it’s (mostly) complete, we decided that sometime in the near future our master bath is next up on the list of rooms to get a facelift. Our small, 45 square-foot master bath feels so small and cluttered, I can’t wait to give it a makeover! Being filled with dark grey and hard-wood does nothing to help make it feel bigger or have a relaxing atmosphere. You can be sure that those are a few of the things I would love to change about our master bath! 

 Image: Premier Surfaces

Since Texan and I have been living together, I have dreamed of having a huge master that can accommodate a double vanity and a water closet for my toilet. Our bathroom is so tiny, I know it’s never going to happen in the floorplan we have now. So, to avoid spending thousands in a huge addition, I’ve been on the hunt for all things bathroom reno to make our master feel larger. In my search, I’ve come across a few tips to help our master feel a little more open that I want to share with y’all today. 

1. Use lighter materials 
When choosing colors and materials for a small bathroom, stick with light airy colors. Whites and cool tones such as powder blue or light greys can help to make the small space look bright which in turn makes it feel bigger. Look into lighter floor and shower backsplash tiles. Match the lighter tiles with a bright, clean vanity countertop and even lighter colored cabinetry! Finish off the bathroom with a light-colored paint for the walls. A nice light grey wall color is my personal favorite.    

2. Don’t be afraid to use contrast and texture 
You may be trying to lighten and brighten your bathroom, but you don’t want to make it feel sterile! Don’t be afraid to add some contrast and texture into the space. If you’ve chosen a white tile for the shower backsplash, pair it with a natural or darker grey grout. Grab a white shower curtain with ruffles or layered texture to give the bathroom a nice statement piece that also brings a relaxing atmosphere. 

3. Plenty of light 
Small rooms can feel so much smaller without adequate lighting. In addition to the vanity light, consider adding additional light fixtures. Depending on your budget, you can go with a budget friendly functional light or have fun with an interesting eye-catching light fixture like a chandelier. Either way, with the goal of making the bathroom feel larger and more inviting, you can’t go wrong with plenty of light! 

4. Choosing your vanity 
Vanities can come in so many shapes, sizes and colors, it can be hard to know what to go with. When looking for the size and shape of your vanity, take in consideration how much room it will take up. Try to find the perfect balance of plenty of under sink storage and a small footprint so your eye isn’t visually drawn to the large cabinet in the room. Keep in mind you will want room to store items you don’t want left out on the countertop. 

Image: Premier Surfaces

You will want to stick with a light-colored countertop to keep the room feeling open and airy. Under mount sinks are stunning with clean lines and an elegant feel. While they are very popular right now, don’t be afraid to let your sink stand out. A raised vessel sink can give the illusion that the vanity is larger than it actually is.  

If you are unsure of where to start when looking for countertops, try checking out Premier Surfaces Richmond VA. They are located in the Richmond, VA area as well as a few other locations on the East Coast and Midwest. Within the last year they merged with four of the leading countertop fabricators to give their clients a wider variety of quality products.  

5. Big Mirrors 
In smaller bathrooms, having a large mirror can give the illusion that the room is much larger than it actually is. Use a large framed vanity mirror to match the style and help create the environment you want in your bathroom. If a framed mirror doesn’t fit the style you’re going for, try a wall-to-wall mirror. The wall covering mirror will make a dramatic and bold statement that also makes the bathroom feel grander. 

I can’t wait to use these 5 tips when we start updating our master bath. I hope they can help if you’re planning a bath reno too! Leave a comment below sharing how you plan to update your bath!

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