An Illusion of Grandeur for Your Small Bathroom
Stop dreaming about having that big, spacious bathroom you've always wanted; you don't need to extend the room or take a sledge hammer to any walls of the home. You can get the feel of a spacious, luxurious bathroom in a modestly-sized space with a little bit of smart, modern remodeling. The right decor can maximize even the smallest bathroom. Just stop and take a minute to consider what really matters.
The Illusion of Grandeur
In psychology, people talk about "delusions of grandeur" as a negative thing, but in remodeling, the illusion of grandeur can work wonders. In reality, an enormous bathroom takes forever to clean and all that space can feel kind of overwhelming to the point that the illusion of space is actually preferable in most instances to actual extra space.
In other words, you have to put that image if grandeur aside and focus on making the most of what you have. It's not about the size it's about how you utilize it. Forget remodeling to expand and start thinking about remodeling in such a way to make it feel bigger and more elegant.
Below are some tips for getting started on your remodeling venture.
Selecting Bathroom Vanities
When selecting a bathroom vanity, don't be afraid of thinking "too big." You wouldn't be the first person to install a stainless steel sink in a one room townhouse. Again, just because the bathroom itself isn't that big doesn't mean you have to think small in terms of contemporary bathroom vanities and decor. In fact, the point is to think of your bathroom as a classy, elegant room you'd find in a turn-of-the-century mansion, a modern, high-rise apartment or even a beautiful cabin in the woods. The point is, choose a theme without limiting yourself. Where there's a will, there's a way.
It's a good idea to explore all of the modern and contemporary bathroom vanity options and select a piece to build the rest of the bathroom's decor around. Starting with a theme and then choosing a vanity to match allows you to get the hardest part out of the way, so you can focus on maximizing.
Choosing the Decor
After selecting a vanity, you'll want to pick out the decor: tiles, wallpaper, flooring and so on. It's a good idea to follow the general design notions put forth by the vanity itself. For instance, a green marble vanity seems to call for marble tiles, or a nice contrast with cool colored stone tiles. A stainless steel vanity seems to call out for white porcelain. In order to make the most of a small space, stick to light and colors to create an illusion of a wider space; dark colors have a tendency to make rooms seem smaller.
Avoiding clutter is key: a simple piece of wall art and a lovely light fixture are minimal and can add a lot to an otherwise-bare bathroom. You don't want to waste any space on candle holders that will never hold any candles, knick knack shelves or unnecessary floor storage like magazine racks. In a small bathroom, it can be difficult enough to move around without the added clutter.
However, there is an exception to this rule: mirrors. In a small room, you can never have too many mirrors. Mirrors create an illusion of space, doubling the size of any room in the mind's eye. We know that the literal size may only be 8 x 6 feet, but a few mirrors can make it feel like 12 x 8. So remember: mirrors are a must.
Remodeling the Room
One of the quickest and cheapest ways to create space in a bathroom is to simply install a window or two. If this isn't a possibility, landscape paintings create a nice sense of space, as does extra lighting. As long as the light fixtures are within the theme and don't clutter the room, they can be a great addition.
Whether you're worried about the size of your bathroom or you're trying to stay within a strict budget, remodeling your bathroom doesn't have to include a sledgehammer or professionals. You are more than capable of taking on your bathroom; from the mirrors, to the floors, to the lights and the vanity, you can maximize the space you have and create a beautiful new room in your home.
This post was written by Ryan Tupper. Ryan has been helping folks remodel their small bathroom spaces for over ten years. Ryan turns to DecorPlanet.com for his remodel needs.
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