Bathrooms should be more than functional. They should be beautiful spaces that make you happy. It’s easy to figure out the features and elements you’d like in your bathroom when you have plenty of space. But when you’re dealing with a bathroom a bit more… closet-sized? It’s time to get creative with your storage, your space, and your decorating. Use these tips to make the most of your small Central Coast bathroom.
A Trick of the Eye
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Make the space seem bigger by carrying the same floor of the bathroom into the shower. Without anything to interrupt the eye, the whole room seems to be larger than it is.
Be Careful with Patterns
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You’ve fallen in love with a tile pattern or a wallpaper with intricate design. Go for it! Just be careful with the other surfaces in the room. In a small bathroom, if you choose a bold or detailed tile, keep your walls simple. And if you select a patterned wallpaper, keep the floor more basic in design.
Storage on the Wall
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It’s pretty critical to have your toiletries close at hand when you’re getting ready in the bathroom. Storing your toiletries outside a bathroom with hardly any storage space is just a recipe for disorganization and chaos (every morning!). If your bathroom doesn’t have enough storage space for your needs, look to the wall. Install attractive storage units to keep things tidy, pretty, and close at hand.
But when there really just isn’t enough room, kick the bigger items out of the bathroom. Keep a small bookshelf right outside the bathroom door where you can store extra toilet paper, towels, and washcloths.
Embrace the Ledge
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Consider installing a ledge beneath your mirror and above your sink. This is a great place to keep your toothbrush, hairbrush, and other small things when you just don’t have enough drawer or cabinet space.
Let the Light Shine
Every bathroom should have adequate lighting — it’s where you get your appearance ready each day, after all — but in a small bathroom, the right lighting is even more critical. A well-lit space will make the area feel bigger, brighter, and more inviting to be in.
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Sharp edges in a small bathroom are hard to avoid. Plus, they can appear as if they’re jutting out. Rounded edges on your vanity will make the room a little more friendly (no more bumping into hard corners) and will give you just a tiny bit more space. And in a tiny bathroom, every inch counts.
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Choose a glass shower door instead of a shower curtain or foggy glass. This will let the eye travel around the room without stopping and make the bathroom feel more spacious. Take it one step further, and opt for a zero-threshold shower. Without a curb to step over, the floor is uninterrupted and appears larger.
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If you don’t have much to store in the bathroom, try a floating vanity or shelves for stylish space. A floating vanity puts more visual space into the room, allowing the area to feel larger than it is.
For help making the most of your small Central Coast bathroom, give New Life Bath and Kitchen a call at (805) 586-6814, or contact us online for a free consultation.
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