Bathroom remodels require their fair share of the stake, and if you have a tiny bathroom, that can mean forking over big bucks solely for demolition. Yikes!
But before you knock down any walls, consider these supersizing tricks professional remodelers use—without actually increasing square footage:
• Tile size and pattern can either grow or diminish spaciousness. Conventional wall tiles are 4-inches by 4-inches, which, to the eye, appear smaller than they should. To increase the sense of space in the bathroom, use bigger, glossy wall tiles, like ceramic or granite, in a largely uninterrupted pattern.
• Lighter colors create the impression of more space. To play into this effect, select floor tile that are lighter in color, and arrange them diagonally to give the illusion of more space.
• Tiny bathrooms lack the space for a full-sized bathtub, so don’t try to squeeze one in. Instead, install a compartment shower with glass walls. These allow the occupant to see the room wall to wall, without their line of sight cut off by a curtain or door.
• Strategically-placed lighting can also add spaciousness. To make the most of your tiny bathroom, install wall fixtures, rather than overhead lighting. Wall lighting illuminates the bathroom at eye level; overhead lighting can cast shadows, lending a cramped feel to the space.
Source: Cornerstone Design & Remodel