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Bathroom Remodeling Ideas for Small Bathrooms

By Carrie Dixon, Blog Editor

Small Bathroom RemodeledWant to give that bathroom a facelift, but concerned that the lack of space might limit your choices? There’s good news – while you might not have the same options as a homeowner with a spacious bathroom, there are still plenty of remodeling ideas for small bathrooms. You just need to know a few things first.

Go with lighter colors

First, understand that you need to veer away from dark, heavy items or colors. Those will just make your bathroom feel even smaller than it is. So, if you’ve got your eye on some hunter green paint, think again. Go for lighter colors to make the space feel larger and airier.

You can plan to spend more

Thinking of adding some high-end fixtures to your bathroom? A small bathroom is actually ideal for this. They’re often so small that you can afford to splurge on a high-end vanity, sink or other fixture without breaking the bank. Just make sure that the fixture doesn’t dwarf the room.

Find storage workarounds

One disadvantage to a small bathroom is that storage space is at a premium. So, while a pedestal sink might be nice, you have to wonder where you’re going to put all the things that usually go under or on the sink. Find ways to add storage to your small bathroom that can be easily hidden away (a curtained base for a basin-style sink, for instance).

Add bold highlights

One great way to maximize the feeling of space and brighten up your bathroom is to use bold highlights. For example, you could use a predominantly white palette with bright green accents (limited, of course). You could do the same with orange or yellow, as well.

Use glass to your advantage

Glass is slick and stylish, and it can be used to really improve the look and sense of space in a small bathroom. For instance, rather than a conventional fiberglass shower, opt for a glass shower enclosure. This makes the room feel even larger, while adding a touch of class.

Scale down your fixtures

Small bathrooms can be dwarfed by large fixtures, and they can make the room feel off balance, as well. Fight that by scaling down your fixtures to fit the size of the room. That doesn’t mean you need to go completely minimalist, but you should avoid large, heavy fixtures. Sure, that repurposed chest of drawers-turned vanity might be a great idea, but too large is too large.

Pay attention to the flooring

While your eye will definitely be drawn to the walls, shower and vanity in a bathroom, you can do a lot by changing out the floor. You can also add eye-catching design with some options. For instance, rather than going the vinyl route, choose to use alternating colored tiles. You can also opt for shapes other than square, such as octagonal or hexagonal tiles. Go with white primarily, but mix in colors drawn from the accents in the bathroom to really pull everything together.

Pay attention to your lighting

If there’s one thing that will make a small bathroom feel cramped and old, it’s the lighting. Take a look at your lighting and see how you can change it – replace that single overhead fixture with a strip of lights over the mirror, for instance. There are plenty of ways to use lighting to give your bathroom more visual appeal as well as making it feel larger.

As you can see, there are many options available when it comes to remodeling ideas for small bathrooms. Really, your imagination is the only limit.