Does your Tulsa, OK, home have a small bathroom that needs to be remodeled? Are you faced with the dilemma that you cannot enlarge the bathroom’s foot print? The creative reallocation of space and or the use of visual enhancements may provide the answers to your needs. And no one remodels small spaces with big ideas like The Buckingham Group. With years of experience in creative design build remodeling, we are your small bathroom renovation experts.
Here are 10 ideas for remodeling a small bathroom:
- Glass – In small bathrooms, glass can be spectacular. Having an open feeling created by glass helps the small bathroom feel roomy. Shower fronts can be made of glass to give the appearance of more room throughout the bathroom. Glass block window inserts can provide an option in the shower that will let in some natural light. Glass between the shower and the vanity can open up the space. Complemented with light, natural colored tile and your bathroom can feel much larger than what it is.
- Open Shelving – A savvy trick is to create open shelves, or floating shelves, to display color and texture with fluffy towels and décor. Keeping the shelves light in color will add to the open feeling. Shelves hung high and out of the way will give you a better use of space.
- Wall-hung fixtures – A space-saving tip is to buy a wall-hung toilet and sink – the kind that hug the wall rather than use a floor pedestal. These fixtures have less cleaning surfaces, so are easier to clean, and they use up slightly less floor space and feel roomier.
- Countertop – To give more breathing space to your bathroom, minimize what you are putting on the vanity counter. If you have personal hygiene products, store them out of sight and keep the counter space as open as possible. A very light touch of greenery or flowers is all the décor your small bathroom needs to feel like a spa.
- Compact Fixtures – If your small bathroom is a powder room, a diminutive sink may be all that is needed for common washing needs. Suspended without a heavy cabinet base, your small sink really helps open up the space. Consider a corner sink, a slim-profile sink, a small vessel sink, or other pint-sized products that can get the job done. Using light colors for the sink and countertop can go a long way in visual appeal as well.
- Mirrors – Plate glass mirrors can cover an entire wall above a vanity or can be incorporated into decorative frames to add visual interest and an added feeling of spaciousness in the bathroom. In locating a mirror always consider the image that it will be reflecting. Ideally it will be across from a window, reflect the outdoors and give the illusion of the bathroom being part of the adjoining yard. At a minimum, it will visually enhance the feeling of space in the bathroom.
- Lighting – Bright lighting will visually enlarge any room. In small bathrooms, a dark corner will compromise the spatial appearance of the room and cast shadows that make the room feel smaller. Use LED bulbs with a rating of 2700K for warm light similar to an incandescent bulb or 4000k for a whiter or fluorescent lighting appearance.
- Doors– When the door swings into a bathroom, it effectively takes up a portion of the available floor space and becomes a visual distraction. One of the most effective ways of dealing with doors is to replace a standard hinged door with a pocket door which takes up absolutely no space in the bathroom while still providing needed privacy.
- Floor Tiles – Contrary to what may appear to be the logical choice, larger not smaller floor tiles, are the way to go in small bathrooms. When choosing a tile for the floor be sure to avoid tiles that have a busy appearance. The use of larger floor tiles, with simple patterns, will avoid the visual choppy feeling of small tiles and enhance the feeling of openness in the bathroom.
- Skylights– If your bathroom is an interior space without windows, a skylight may be an effective means of providing natural light in the bathroom. When natural light comes from above it adds an entire new dimension to the feeling of the bathroom. You will be pleasantly surprised how light and bright your bathroom will feel with light from above.
These ten tips are just starting points in planning a tasteful, new design for your small bathroom. Your design pro at Buckingham Group will have many more suggestions to get started on creative solutions for your space needs. By the time we’re done, the small bathroom can look fresh and cozy – a place you’ll be excited to show off!
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Is your half bath or three-quarters bath in need of a makeover? Call us today at (918) 624-2666 or email us to schedule a free consultation. We can remodel your small bathroom to eke out additional space you didn’t know you had, while adding light elements that will give the illusion of space. Adding the beautiful extra touches can lend an air of luxury and comfort to your small space so you can enjoy it for years to come.