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Use Bathroom Design To Enhance A Small Space

by Allison E. Beatty
Repair-Home.com Columnist

If a small bathroom has you in a quandary, don't worry. There are plenty of ways to use decorating to make your bathroom appear larger. You can complete most of the following home improvement projects without using a contractor.

Paint Solves Bathroom Design Issues

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for any room, particularly a small space. You can do this home improvement project by yourself if you have some time and patience. Otherwise, turn it over to a painting contractor and watch the transformation. Among the options are:

  • Think beyond basic white to a crisp linen or soft cream. Light colored paint makes the room look larger.
  • Paint the ceiling a shade lighter than the walls to help draw the eyes up.
  • Raise the ceiling by adding a wallpaper border or design near the ceiling.


Declutter Bathroom Design

Clutter is one of the biggest obstacles to home improvement and can doom a small bathroom design. Look around your bathroom for ways to:

  • Keep towels and accessories enclosed. Can you add wall shelving with doors or a narrow floor storage unit?
  • Eliminate some knick-knacks.
  • Remove floor standing toilet paper holders; install a wall one.


Add Mirrors to Bathroom Design

Decorative mirrors also can enhance a small bathroom design. Try an oval or rectangular mirror over the sink, framed with wood or a metal that matches your hardware. Or, hang a series of small mirrors on the wall.

Bathroom Cabinetry Options

Light colored cabinets also make a room look larger. Try adding a white bathroom vanity with two doors. The cabinet will add storage, so you can move freestanding items inside and reduce clutter. Those with limited carpentry and plumbing skills should hire a contractor for this piece of the renovation.

In a powder room, consider a streamlined pedestal sink, which requires less space than a traditional vanity, but offers few storage options.

To make your small bathroom appear larger, think light and bright, and then use a little imagination and some of these proven tricks of the trade.

About the Author
Allison E. Beatty is a syndicated real estate writer and founder of the Web site Renovator's Place. She has been a writer of home improvement columns for 15 years. Her articles have appeared in numerous national newspapers and magazines, and on home improvement Web sites.