The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home. Nearly everyone spends time in the bathroom before leaving the house. Your bathroom should be a space that you enjoy being in, no matter how small. If you find your bathroom cramped or cluttered, you can make a few small changes that will quickly transform it without ruining your budget.
Remodeling a small bathroom requires a lot of planning to ensure that your budget is used wisely. When it comes to small spaces, choosing the right accessories can impact the look and feel of the space more than anything else.
First, check your cabinet hardware. If your bathroom cabinets are old and tired looking and you can’t afford new ones, there’s still a cheap and easy way to freshen them up. Purchase new cabinet handles and drawer pulls. Nowadays there is a wealth of strikingly decorative cabinet hardware that will take attention away from the outdated cupboards and drawers and act as a distinctive finishing touch for the entire bathroom. Consider selecting cabinet hardware that matches the color of the paint on your walls as it will help bring the room together.
Then take a look at your shower curtain and rug. They are two articles that can quickly take a beating from frequent use. The shower curtain can turn cloudy and the bath mat rug can lose its bright color and fluffiness.
Purchasing a new, crisp shower curtain and a new, soft rug are easy ways to freshen up your bathroom immediately. Select curtain and mat colors that either match your walls or that contrast in a harmonious way.
Beside that, you need to reduce the scale of the accessories and furniture in the bathroom. The bigger the items are, the smaller the bathroom will feel. This is especially true of crowded corners, overstuffed sinks and windowsills and large laundry hampers or containers. Just by replacing these items for a smaller version, you can gain enough space to add other items or to replace the tub or extend the shower.
Don’t forget take out the tub and make do with just a shower. This will increase the available space considerably and allow you to add additional furniture for storage. A shower curtain will make the space look even bigger, since you can leave it slightly open to show the added space behind it. If you prefer sliding doors, make them glass.
You can also try and add a large mirror. If you can’t change your vanity mirror, add track lights on top to give the impression of a larger reflection or place a second mirror on the opposite wall. Make space for candles or add a dimmer switch so you can take a bath in a more peaceful atmosphere.
If you consider to repaint or retile, use light colors. If white or light blue feel too simple, consider adding splashes of color by introducing a contrasting tile once in a while or painting a border to separate wall from ceiling.