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6 Design Tips for Small Bathrooms

Achieve a big design impact in a small space with these tips.

6 Design Tips for Small BathroomsWhether you have an older home built during the era when a 5×8 foot bathroom was considered ample or are designing a modest powder room for a new home, fitting your grand design ambitions into a tiny space can be challenging. Here are some helpful suggestions of how to achieve big design impact in your small bathroom while also maximizing available space.

Ditch the Bulky Vanity

While a large vanity cabinet does provide helpful storage, many small bathrooms just can’t support a large vanity. Instead, consider installing a sink that takes up less space but delivers a bigger visual impact. One option would be a slimmer cabinet topped with a dramatic vessel sink. Another possibility is a wall-mount sink which seems to hover above the floor. Finally, you might consider a pedestal sink. This type of sink has been a powder room staple for decades, and you will have your choice of traditional or contemporary shapes.

Use Task Lighting

Another excellent design tip for a small bathroom is to add task lighting to help create the illusion of a larger space in a small full bath. For example, if you add a pair of wall sconces flanking the vanity and a recessed light above the tub or shower it will make these two parts of the bath feel like separate spaces and thereby help the whole room seem bigger.

Open Up the Shower Area

Curbless showers are becoming increasingly popular, and lucky for you this design trend is a small bathroom’s best friend. By eliminating the bulky step into the shower area, and by replacing shower curtains with sleek glass doors or dividers, you can help remove barriers that would otherwise make your small bathroom seem cluttered.

Install a Low Profile Toilet

Compared to a traditional two-piece toilet with an elongated bowl, a low profile toilet can save quite a bit of floor space in the bathroom. One option is a one-piece toilet, which has a slimmer profile while still allowing for the same comfortable bowl size. However, for a really modern look try a wall hung toilet. These toilets come in a variety of shapes and can give you 9 more inches of clearance in front of the toilet.

Use Vertical Space

When floor space is at a premium, you can use vertical space to add more storage and interest to the room. If your small bathroom has high ceilings, you can make use of that space with slender floor-to-ceiling bathroom cabinetry. If your bathroom has low ceilings, you can create an illusion of more vertical space using décor elements like a ladder towel rack or an artistic screen panel.

Create a Focal Point

While a small bathroom can’t support too many competing visual elements, you can and should consider creating a focal point in the bathroom by using one really amazing statement piece. A common choice is to focus on the vanity, perhaps using a vessel sink or a fantastic designer faucet set to create your focal point. Another possibility is to create a recessed niche for storage in the shower and surround it with dramatic decorative tile.

Whatever route you decide to go with your small bathroom, Mission West Kitchen & Bath is here to help with all the high-end designer products you need from solid wood bathroom cabinetry to quality designer plumbing fixtures.