Three Tips for Designing Your Small Bathroom
Having a small bathroom doesn’t mean you can’t integrate a number of design ideas.
There are certain things that you can work with that are already present. For
example, lighting is essential in small spaces and you want to make sure you have
either natural lighting in the bathroom or a way to lighten the space up to appear
larger. Bathrooms that are small and dark tend to feel like a box.
Here are some tips to consider when designing your small bathroom from your
friends at NewBath Alabama:
The first tip in design ideas for a small bathroom should be to examine the lighting.
Are there any windows? What kinds of light features are installed? Does the light
that is available cast enough light into the room? Windows can be covered with a
peel and stick plastic sheet that looks like stained glass, crushed glass or opaque
glass that will offer privacy but still let in natural light and can be found at any home
A center light fixture for the bathroom is normally a standard so no shadows appear
in any corners and lighting over the bathroom vanity and mirrors can be done using
strip lighting or by installing lights above the mirrors. If you have children in the
home a nightlight can be used to compliment the design of your bathroom such as a
palm tree, lighthouse, fish and just about any other shape you can imagine. If you
want more natural light you can install a small skylight that can be inserted through
the roof. Some skylights are actually small enough that they are even used in closets
and areas for a washer and dryer set that is in a hall closet.
The second tip would be to examine the walls. Are they dark or light? Can they be
painted? Light colors reflect light and can make a small space appear larger. Dark
colors absorb light and can make even a large space appear smaller. Poured plaster,
drywall and even paneling can all be painted over. Adding a border to the top of the
walls that meet the ceiling can add color, direct the eye and add charm to any
The third tip is add storage space. Play with a few ideas like adding a shelving unit
that fits over the toilet. Install a small closet that is has just 12″ deep wire shelves
attached to the wall and enclosed with a folding screen with one end attached to the
wall and the other with a hook and eye. Add wire shelves to the inside of the vanity
For more bathroom design ideas contact the pros at NewBath Alabama!
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