Thursday, June 20, 2024

Illumination: Bathroom Vanity Lighting Ideas

Large lighted mirror over a marble vanity.

Creating the perfect vanity lighting can significantly enhance the ambiance and functionality of a bathroom or dressing area. Here are some creative vanity lighting ideas, to refresh your bathroom vanity vibes. 


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1. Hollywood-Style Vanity Lights 

Hollywood-style vanity lights, characterized by large, round bulbs surrounding a mirror, offer a classic, glamorous look reminiscent of old Hollywood dressing rooms. These lights provide even, shadow-free illumination, which is ideal for makeup application and grooming. The bulbs can be LED, offering energy efficiency and a range of color temperatures from warm to daylight. The symmetrical arrangement ensures that the face is evenly lit from all sides, reducing shadows under the eyes and chin. This setup not only enhances visibility but also adds a touch of vintage glamour to the space, making it feel more luxurious and stylish. 

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Lighted medicine cabinet mirror over a double vanity in a white bathroom.

2. Backlit Mirrors 

Backlit mirrors incorporate LED strips behind the mirror, creating a soft, ambient glow that surrounds the mirror's edges. This type of lighting provides a modern, sleek appearance and eliminates harsh shadows by diffusing light evenly around the face. The backlighting can be adjusted for brightness and color temperature, allowing for customization based on the time of day or personal preference. Additionally, backlit mirrors are energy-efficient and can serve as a striking focal point in a bathroom, contributing to a clean, minimalist aesthetic. 

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3. Pendant Lighting 

Pendant lights hanging on either side of the vanity mirror can add a touch of elegance and sophistication to the bathroom. These lights come in various styles, from sleek, modern designs to more ornate, vintage options. Placing the pendants at eye level ensures direct, even lighting on the face, reducing shadows and providing excellent visibility for makeup application and grooming. The variety of designs and finishes available allows homeowners to personalize their space, adding unique character and enhancing the overall decor of the bathroom. 

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4. Sconces 

Wall sconces flanking a vanity mirror provide both functional lighting and decorative appeal. Positioned at the right height, sconces offer balanced illumination, minimizing shadows on the face. They come in a wide array of styles, including contemporary, traditional, and transitional, allowing for a cohesive design with the rest of the bathroom decor. Sconces can feature adjustable arms, dimming capabilities, and various bulb types, offering flexibility and control over the lighting environment. Their placement and design can significantly influence the bathroom's ambiance, making it feel more intimate and inviting. 

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Triple wide backlit mirror over a double vanity in a modern bathroom.

5. Strip Lighting 


LED strip lights, installed around the mirror or along the edges of the vanity, offer a contemporary lighting solution that provides even illumination and a touch of modern flair. These strips can be customized in length, color, and brightness, allowing for creative design possibilities. They can be installed under the vanity countertop for a floating effect, or around the mirror for a halo-like glow. LED strip lights are energy-efficient and long-lasting, making them an eco-friendly option. This type of lighting can also be controlled via smart home systems, offering convenience and the ability to set the perfect lighting mood with ease. 

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6. Chandeliers 

For those seeking to make a bold statement, a chandelier above the vanity can serve as both a functional light source and a stunning decorative piece. Chandeliers come in various sizes, styles, and finishes, from crystal and brass to modern geometric designs. While they provide ample ambient light, they can be paired with task lighting for precise illumination needed for grooming activities. A chandelier adds a touch of elegance and sophistication, elevating the bathroom's overall aesthetic and creating a focal point that draws the eye. 

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Each of these vanity lighting ideas offers unique benefits and can be tailored to fit various design aesthetics and functional needs, helping to create a well-lit, stylish, and practical bathroom space. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2024

Bathroom Color Ideas for a Fresh Summer Makeover

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Bathroom feeling dull and uninspiring? A summer bathroom makeover is a fantastic opportunity to infuse vibrant colors, refreshing patterns, and lively textures into the space.  

Color is one of the easiest ways to make the bathroom feel completely new. Here are some colorful bathroom ideas to help you create a bright and cheerful oasis that will set the tone for your summer. 


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Tropical Paradise 

Bring the beach vibes indoors by incorporating tropical colors such as turquoise, coral, and sunny yellow. Consider adding wallpaper with palm leaf or tropical flower patterns to create a statement wall. 


Our Favorites – Glass Sinks 

Glass offers opportunities for color and texture that can transform the look and feel of the bathroom. This green glass sink by Kraus is the perfect match for a tropical design with its green palette and organic, leaf-like texture. It sits atop the vanity countertop so it’s on full display and a key part of your design. 

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Citrus Splash 

Energize your bathroom with citrus-inspired hues like lemon yellow, lime green, and tangerine orange. You can introduce these colors through accessories such as towels, shower curtains, and bathmats for a refreshing summer feel. 

Mood board with blue ocean inspired palette.

Ocean Blue 

Create a serene oasis reminiscent of the ocean by using shades of blue ranging from soft aqua to deep navy. Pair blue accents with crisp white fixtures and natural wood elements to evoke a coastal-inspired ambiance. 

Our Favorites – The Blue Vanity 

The vanity is often the visual center of the bathroom—whether it deserves it or not. A blue vanity ensures that the vanity isn’t only the center of attention, but also that it is stunning. We offer an assortment of vanity styles in blue from transitional wall-mounted varieties to ultra-modern sleek vanities.  

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Bohemian Chic 

Embrace a bohemian aesthetic by layering rich jewel tones such as emerald green, sapphire blue, and amethyst purple. Mix and match patterned textiles, such as Moroccan-inspired rugs and eclectic shower curtains, to add depth and personality to the space. 

 
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Sunset Palette 

Capture the warmth and beauty of a summer sunset with a palette of warm tones like peach, coral, and rosy pink. Consider incorporating these colors through wall paint, tiles, or decorative accents for a cozy and inviting atmosphere. 

Our Favorites – Warm Metallics 

Warm metallics like brass, gold, bronze, and copper are an excellent way to top off a warmer color palette. Choose your faucets and fixtures in the warmer metal finishes to achieve sunset perfection. 


 

Pastel Dream 

Create a soft and serene atmosphere with a palette of pastel colors like mint green, lavender, and blush pink. These gentle hues can be incorporated through wall paint, subway tiles, or decorative accessories for a whimsical and airy feel. 

Bold Contrasts 

Make a statement with bold color contrasts by pairing vibrant shades with crisp white or black accents. Consider using geometric patterns or color-blocking techniques to add visual interest and drama to the space. 

Our Favorites – Black in the Bathroom 

Though black might not seem like the most obvious choice for adding vibrance to the bathroom, it’s the contrast that makes this scheme work. Black and white is the classic go-to but consider adding other accent colors that black will make even more vibrant. For instance, a bright tiled shower with a black shower faucet will make both elements stand out. 



Natural Elements 

Incorporate natural elements such as wood, stone, and plants to add warmth and texture to your colorful bathroom. Consider adding potted plants, woven baskets, or wooden shelving to bring the outdoors in and create a tranquil retreat. 

 
Time to create a mood board full of colors, textures, and patterns to give your bathroom a new face full of summer vibes. Get started today. 


Thursday, May 2, 2024

A Guide to No-Demo Bathroom Makeovers

Blue and white bathroom with double vanity and round mirrors.


Remodeling a bathroom without a full demolition can be a cost-effective and less disruptive way to update the space. Here are some tips on how to remodel a bathroom without tearing everything out. 


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1. Clean and Repair 

Start by thoroughly cleaning the bathroom to remove any dirt, grime, or mold. A deep clean can make the bathroom feel refreshed or help you see what really needs attention in your remodel. 

Fix any minor damage, leaks, or issues with the existing fixtures and surfaces. This too can make your bathroom feel new again or help identify what priorities should be in your remodel. 


 2. Paint 

A fresh coat of paint can make a significant difference in the appearance of your bathroom. In fact, it may be all you need to give your bathroom a much-needed boost.  

Opt for light and neutral colors to make the space look larger and brighter. Select an accent color to add interest and style to the space.  

Clean and sand the walls, then apply primer before painting—no demolition necessary. Use moisture-resistant paint suitable for high moisture-level bathrooms. 


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 3. Update Fixtures 

Replacing old fixtures can instantly update the look of your bathroom without any demo. Replace the sink and faucet for a modern and functional upgrade. Consider installing a new toilet with water-saving features. Update the showerhead and faucets for a refreshed look and improved functionality. 

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4. Refresh Lighting 

Improving the lighting in your bathroom can enhance the ambiance and functionality. Install new vanity lights or update existing fixtures. Add task lighting near the mirror and shower. Consider adding ambient lighting, such as recessed lights or a chandelier. 

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5. Replace or Refinish Surfaces 

Instead of tearing out tiles or countertops, you can either replace or refinish them. 

If tiles are in good condition but outdated, you can paint or stencil them for a new look. Otherwise, consider adding new tiles over the existing ones. 

Update the countertops by painting, resurfacing, or adding a new overlay. 


Double bathroom vanity in a light sage green color.

6. Swap Out Handles 

Replace old cabinet handles and knobs with new ones for an instant makeover that makes a real difference. Use the knobs and handles to reinforce the style in your bathroom. For instance, go with a simple square knob for a minimalist style or an ornate filigree handle for more vintage looks. 

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 7. Add Accessories and Décor 

Changing out curtains, accessories, etc. can shift the look and feel of your space with a minimum of renovation disturbance.  

Install a new mirror or frame the existing one for a stylish touch. Add shelves for extra storage and display. Incorporate decorative elements like artwork, plants, and textiles to personalize the space. 

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 8. Flooring 

If you want to update the flooring without demolition, install laminate or vinyl flooring over the existing tile or linoleum. Add rugs to cover and refresh the existing floor. 


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 Remodeling a bathroom without a full demolition involves careful planning, updating fixtures and surfaces, and adding new accessories and décor to refresh and modernize the space. With these steps and tips, you can achieve a stylish and functional bathroom remodel without tearing everything out. 

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall:  Transformative Bathroom Mirror Ideas

Double vanity in a neutral bathroom with arched mirror and long sconces.

The bathroom mirror—an often-overlooked element of the room that you simply can’t do without. Bathroom mirrors are not just functional items; they can also serve as decorative elements that enhance the overall aesthetic of the space.  

With a simple mirror, you can set the tone for a modern-styled bathroom or add some much-needed storage. You can add task lighting right where it counts or even get the weather report. Here are some creative and stylish bathroom mirror ideas to consider. 


Frameless Mirrors 

A sleek and minimalist option that can give a modern and clean look to the bathroom, bathroom mirrors without frames take your design into the 21st century. Their lack of frame opens the vanity area creating a sense of space, so they make a great addition to the smaller bathroom. 


Large vanity with a single sink and large round mirror in a gold frame.

Round Mirrors 

Perfect for softening the sharp edges in a bathroom with many square or rectangular fixtures. They can add a touch of elegance and uniqueness. These can look especially nice with a distinctive frame or special mounting that draws attention to the shape.  

Alternatively, choose an arched or oval mirror to achieve the same effect. 


Oversized Mirrors 

Great for making a small bathroom appear larger and more spacious. An oversized mirror can also reflect more light, brightening up the space. Be sure to select a proportionate vanity. Double vanities are a great choice if you’re going the oversized route.  


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 Bathroom Mirrors with Lights 

These mirrors come with built-in LED lights around the edges or behind the mirror, providing optimal lighting for tasks like shaving or applying makeup. Not only do the give you light right where you need it, but they also amp up the ambiance of the bathroom, setting the tone for the design. 


Medicine Cabinet with Mirror 

A practical choice for storing toiletries and medications while also serving as a mirror. Bathroom mirrors with storage can be hung on the wall or recessed into the wall for a flush installation. Look at our broad selection of medicine cabinets.  

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Antique or Vintage Mirrors 

Perfect for vintage designs like cottagecore, grannychic, etc., these can add character and a sense of history to the bathroom. Look for ornate frames or unique shapes to make a statement. Aged mirrors with patina are a sure bet too. 


Multiple Mirrors 

Installing two or more mirrors can create a stylish and symmetrical look, especially in larger bathrooms. This can also allow for more than one person to use the mirror at the same time. Double and triple vanities are great opportunities to create individual spaces in the bathroom. 


Framed Mirrors 

Adding a decorative frame to a mirror can elevate its appearance and tie it in with the rest of the bathroom's design. Frames can be made from various materials such as wood, metal, or even tile. Creating a statement wall behind the mirror has the same effect. Wallpaper is a popular statement for the bathroom. 


Backlit Mirrors 

These mirrors have a strip of light behind them, providing a soft and subtle glow. This type of lighting can create a relaxing ambiance, perfect for a spa-like bathroom. It also adds light where it most counts for shaving or applying makeup.  


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Unique Shapes

Consider mirrors in unconventional shapes like hexagonal, oval, or irregular geometrical forms. They can add visual interest and a contemporary flair to the bathroom. 


Floating Mirrors 

These mirrors appear to float off the wall, creating a modern and sophisticated look. They can be paired with floating vanities for a cohesive and minimalist design. 


Large rectangular mirror over a double vanity with smart technology.

Smart Tech Mirror 

Think about including some features in your mirror that take it to a whole new level. Defogging, telling time and temperature, electrical or USB outlets, audio and Bluetooth are just a few of the smart technology that’s now available as a part of your bathroom mirror. 

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Tips for Choosing the Right Bathroom Mirror 


  
Size: Be sure the mirror is proportionate to the sink and vanity. Generally, the mirror should not be wider than the vanity/sink area. 

  
Placement: Ideally, the mirror should be placed at eye level for most users. Consider the height of the tallest person using the bathroom when determining the placement. 

  
Functionality: Think about the primary uses of the mirror. For example, if it's for applying makeup, a mirror with good lighting is essential. 

  
Style and Décor: Choose a mirror that complements the overall style and color scheme of the bathroom. Whether it's modern, traditional, or transitional, the mirror should blend seamlessly with the rest of the space. 

  
Maintenance: Mirrors with anti-fog or easy-to-clean features can be beneficial, especially in bathrooms with high humidity. 

  
Remember, the bathroom mirror is a key element in the design of the space, so take your time to find the perfect mirror that not only serves its functional purpose but also enhances the aesthetic appeal of your bathroom. 

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Thursday, April 11, 2024

11 Essential Plumbing Considerations for your Bathroom Remodel

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While it’s easy to get excited about how a freshly remodeled bathroom will look and feel, there are a lot of logistical things to think about before a hammer ever meets the wall. One of those is the plumbing.  

When planning a bathroom remodel, plumbing considerations are crucial to ensure functionality, efficiency, and compliance with building codes. Here are some key aspects to think about. 


1. Layout and Design 

Determine the optimal layout for your new bathroom, considering the placement of fixtures such as the sink, toilet, bathtub, and shower. Make sure the layout allows for efficient use of space and easy access to plumbing lines. 


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2. Pipe Placement 

Consider the location of existing plumbing lines and consider if any modifications or rerouting are necessary to accommodate the new design. Ensure that pipes are properly sized and positioned to deliver water to fixtures without leaks or pressure issues. 


3. Maintenance Check 

One you get behind the walls, you’re sure to find something unexpected. Maybe it’ll be that there isn’t as much insulation as you thought or the electrical isn’t up to code. Plan on giving all existing plumbing that you plan to keep a thorough check to ensure it is in good condition and will not have any issues in the future.  


4. Water Supply 

Evaluate the capacity and pressure of your water supply system to ensure it can adequately support the demands of any new fixtures. Consider upgrading pipes or installing additional water lines if needed. 


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5. Drainage and Ventilation 

Proper drainage is essential to prevent backups and water damage. Ensure that drains are properly sloped and vent pipes are installed to allow for the release of sewer gases and maintain proper airflow in the plumbing system. 


6. Fixture Selection 

Choose high-quality fixtures that are compatible with your plumbing system and meet your aesthetic and functional preferences. Consider factors such as water efficiency, ease of installation, and maintenance requirements. 

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7. Accessibility 

If you're remodeling for accessibility, ensure that fixtures are positioned at appropriate heights and that grab bars and other accessibility features are installed according to ADA guidelines. 


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 8. Permits and Regulations 

Check local building codes and regulations to ensure compliance with plumbing requirements for your area. Obtain any necessary permits before starting work to avoid potential fines or delays. 


9. Budget and Timeline 

Plumbing work can be a significant part of your remodeling budget and may require professional installation. Plan accordingly and factor in both the cost and timeline for plumbing installation and any necessary inspections. It doesn’t hurt to add a buffer to both your budget and timeline to accommodate for any unforeseen issue that need to be addressed. 


10. Professional Help 

While some plumbing tasks can be DIY-friendly, complex installations or modifications may require the expertise of a licensed plumber. Consider hiring a professional to ensure the job is done safely and up to code. 


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11. Future Maintenance 

Think about accessibility for future maintenance needs. Ensure that key plumbing components such as shut-off valves and access panels are easily reachable for repairs or upgrades down the line. 


With all the right plumbing in place, you’ll be able to enjoy all the ambiance and relaxation your new bathroom can offer. A successful and efficient bathroom remodel, including careful attention and planning for plumbing, enhances your peace of mind and the value of your home. 

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Thursday, March 14, 2024

2024’s Top Colors to Transform Your Space

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2024 bursts onto the scene with a vibrant array of hues, ushering in an era of warmth, comfort, and individual expression. Farewell to the days of stark minimalism in grayscale and sterile whites; this year, coziness and color take center stage, defining the palettes of homes everywhere. 

Embracing the trend towards boldness and confidence, the year 2024 introduces a captivating spectrum of colors, breathing new life into familiar favorites. From soothing neutrals to striking accents, the emphasis is on revitalizing interiors with unique twists on timeless classics. 

Let's delve into the must-have interior design color trends for 2024, promising enduring appeal year after year. 

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Choosing Green Over Gray 

The reign of gray fades away as 2024 embraces green-gray neutrals with gusto. Leading the charge, Graham & Brown selects "Viridis" as their color of the year, blending light sage and olive tones to craft a charming yet neutral shade. Similarly, Dutch Boy Paints introduces "Ironside," a rich olive green tinged with warm gray undertones, perfect for those seeking adventurous neutrals without veering into darkness. 

Terracotta color used on walls and furnishings.

Rosy Outlook 

Terracotta and its rose-inspired hues continue to captivate in 2024, but with a fresh perspective. Sherwin-Williams crowns "Persimmon" as its color of the year, a subtly peachy beige that transcends traditional neutrals to infuse spaces with vitality and character. 

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“Soft” Metals 

Hardware and finishes have shifted from silver tones to gold in the last couple of years. Now they may be shifting back to silver again but with a softer presence. Warmth and softness dominated all interior design trends and now that’s evolving to embrace more than just warm colors. Choose matte metals for a softer appearance. Softer shapes in any tone are also a great bet.  

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Singing the Blues 

Blue reigns supreme as three industry giants unveil blue shades as their colors of the year. C2 Paint introduces "Thermal," a breezy blue reminiscent of clear skies, while Valspar opts for "Renew Blue," radiating both serenity and vibrancy. Minwax's choice, "Bay Blue," adds a daring pop of blue-green as a captivating accent, enhancing natural wood grains with its vivid allure. 

Butter yellow color on walls and cabinets in a collage of room scenes.

Dignified Yellows 

Glidden introduces "Limitless," a remarkable beige-yellow hue defying categorization. With elements of cream, yellow, and beige harmoniously intertwined, it emerges as a versatile and contemporary neutral, outshining traditional grays to command attention. 

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Warm Black 

Even black experiences a resurgence in 2024, as Behr Paint Company unveils "Cracked Pepper," a subdued yet inviting black exuding newfound enthusiasm. No longer confined to the shadows, black emerges as a dynamic shade capable of rejuvenating spaces with its captivating allure. 


With an unparalleled array of standout colors, 2024's interior design trends promise to infuse spaces with warmth, energy, and irresistible charm. Discover the transformative power of a refreshed color palette and make your living environment a place where you'll want to linger endlessly. 

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Monday, March 4, 2024

Uncramped: Renovating Ideas for Small Bathrooms


Small bathroom with vanity storage and compact features.


8 Tips for Remodeling a Small Bathroom

As renovation challenges go, a small bathroom or powder room presents some interesting parameters. The smaller measurements limit your choices from selecting a vanity to picking out floor tile. A small bathroom can also be a blessing in disguise. Some of the most stunning bathroom designs out there are powder rooms.

When you know how to make a small bathroom feel bigger—both visually, and design-wise--it will transform your space for the better. Here are 7 renovating ideas for small bathrooms that pack a huge design punch.


1. Direct Focus

One of the reasons you dislike your small bathroom so much is probably because you’re focusing on the elements that make it feel small. Flip that on its head and use it to your advantage to expand the feel of the powder room. 

Put focus on the elements of the room that make it feel bigger. If you have high ceilings, paint them a contrasting color or wallpaper them. If your ceiling is pitched consider it a feature of the space rather than a limitation.

Add attention grabbing accents and place them higher up on the wall to draw the eye upward. A few flashy sconces, a painting, or a metallic accent all do the trick. Or, turn your attention downward and make the floor a statement piece of the space with a patterned tile or unique shape.


Small bathroom with lots of storage in a closet and beneath the sink.

2. Maximize Storage

Small bathrooms don’t have much, if any, storage. Yet the bathroom is mostly a functional space. Where on earth are you going to put the extra toilet paper and backup bars of soap?

A medicine cabinet offers the light bouncing properties of a mirror with some hidden away storage so you get the best of both worlds. Get a vanity with a few drawers or cabinets to stow necessities. Build in a few niches to create space almost out of thin air.


Small bathroom with window for natural lighting.

3. Increase Lighting

Light makes a space feel bigger, especially natural light. Lighting is key in your small bathroom. There are lots of ways to introduce, and repurpose, light.

Plan for a skylight and as many windows as you can possibly add. Include all three types of lighting: ambient, task, and accent in the form of recessed lights in the ceiling, sconces around the mirror, and decorative lighting. 

Use mirrors and a lighter color palette to bounce light around the room. Eliminate anything that would absorb light or get in the way of light like big window treatments or shower curtains. 


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Light, bright, white small bathroom.

4. Use Lines

The use of lines in a small bathroom design can be tricky. They can either make the space feel bigger or shrink it. For instance, a 12” tile grid floor tends to shrink the space. On the other hand, a larger tile with fewer grout lines can actually expand the space. 

Wood planking on the floor or walls act as lines of perspective and can make the space feel longer or taller if they all go in the same direction. Choose frameless shower doors and vanity cabinets to decrease the boxy feel these can create. 


Small bathroom with decorative vanity to distract from the storage in in.

5. Disguise the Vanity

We’ve talked about creating features in your small bathroom, but sometimes the right approach is to do what David Copperfield would do and make things disappear. The vanity or sink is likely the item in the bathroom that takes up the most space. Time to make it disappear.

Paint the wall behind the vanity the same color as the vanity. This works especially well with white. With the wall and the vanity blended together pushes back the wall and makes the space feel more expansive. 

 A clean lined, modern style vanity that doesn’t draw attention to itself is a best bet with this approach. Go for flat front cabinets in a frameless style for best results.


6. Scale Down

In a small bathroom sometimes it helps to make everything else small. Pick small tiles (3” or less), small sink, small toilet, small vanity, etc. All that small takes up less space literally and visually and enlarges the room. 

If you have patterns in your design, stick with smaller versions rather than larger than life florals. Modern or contemporary styling is often a great way to go to keep the scale small. It tends to keep things clean, simple, and minimal—all great approaches for the smaller bathroom.


Large, lit mirror in a white bathroom with freestanding tub reflected in the mirror.

7. Leverage Mirrors

Mirrors do double duty when it comes to making a small space feel bigger: they reflect light bringing more light into the space, and they remove the feeling of finite walls that enclose the space. It's like adding another window to the room! Try this large mirror with LED lighting.

Consider adding a large mirror over the vanity, or better yet, span a mirror from wall to wall to fully optimize the effect. Splitting wall design between upper and lower is on trend so consider placing mirror on the upper half to open up the eye level areas.


8. Use Color

Colors can have a huge impact on whether the space feels open and large or small and cramped. White is the obvious choice. It reflects light and makes the space appear bigger. But it’s not the only option that works.

If you want some color but still want the magic of white, go with a lighter hue with plenty of white in the mix. Pale gray, barely there mint greens, coastal blues, and light beiges all do the trick nicely. 

You can also use a bright white in combination with a bolder color. Paint half the wall white and the other half a color. Paint the ceiling a bold color and keep the white walls. If you do choose to go with a bolder color, try to keep oranges and yellows out of the equation. They tend to have an enclosing feel that’s great for a cozy design, but not so great for expanding the small bathroom.




9. Go Glossy

In a similar vein to mirrors and lighting, glossy finishes reflect light making the space feel larger and more open. 

Pick glossy paint. Opt for polished metals on the hardware. Even glossy tile is an excellent option for amplifying the small bathroom into something more. 


Equipped with some renovating ideas for small bathrooms, you can start enjoying your powder room instead of lamenting about it. Want more bathroom remodeling tips? Read on. 


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