Ideas for Small Bathroom Makeover


Upon waking up and before going to bed, the room that you likely visit is the bathroom. If you have a drab, outdated or cramped bathroom, consider redesigning it into a space that you enjoy being in; with the right approach, even a small space can make a big statement.

Optical Illusions

  • Use light and mirrors to advantage in your small bathroom, as these elements can make the space appear larger than it really is. Hang a tall and wide mirror above the vanity or install mirrored doors on a closet or shower--or, you can combine these options. Light is another element to consider when trying to make your bathroom look bigger. If possible, bring natural light into the room by installing a window or a skylight. If a window is not an option, illuminate the space with strategically placed fixtures. For example, recessed lighting or track lighting placed above the vanity and mirror, shower, toilet and over the center of the room will make the room seem bigger than it actually is.

Sink and Vanity

  • A bathroom vanity provides storage and in a small bathroom, storage is key. A floating vanity maximizes the space, as it take up less room and still provides that much-needed storage. If extra storage is not a priority, or if your bathroom is just too small to accommodate a vanity, a pedestal sink is a stylish, space-saving option.

Shower Stall

  • If a shower stall is all that can fit in your bathroom, don't think that you are confined to a boring space that lacks style and luxury. Use extravagant tiles for the shower surround--perhaps granite, glass mosaics or marble. Enclose the shower with glass blocks or a a clear glass door. For a luxurious and awakening shower experience, install a rainfall shower head. If you are not restrained by a budget, consider the ultimate spa shower stall–one with multiple shower jets.

Colors and Accessories

  • Brighten up the space with color and accessories. Paint the walls light colors–pastel blues, pinks or greens, tan and ecru and even white, to make the space lighter and seem larger. Take advantage of your wall and countertop space by using them for storage: hang shelves on the walls and place small baskets on countertops. Light-colored towels and area rugs with simple designs complement the room.

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