Thursday, April 11, 2013

Guest post- Ten Design Tricks For A Small Space!

This article is provided by Tim Labas.

Small spaces in the home can be one of the hardest to remodel, renovate or redesign. But since a bathroom is typically already the smallest room in the house, a small bathroom is even harder to work with and design effectively. Whether you are starting from scratch or you plan on remodeling your existing small bathroom space, you can be sure that it is going to be tough to design. Use these ten simple tricks for small bathroom spaces and you will be sure to get the most out of your tiny bathroom area.

Door Openings- Doors that swing into a small bathroom space are a no-no. Be sure your small bathroom door swings out of the room to save space in a tiny bathroom area. You may also want to consider installing a pocket style door instead of a full swing.

One Wall Design- To help save space in a small bathroom, it’s a good idea to place the sink and toilet along one wall. Tub and shower enclosures should be installed at the end of a small bath to help conserve space.

Under Sink Storage- While many bathrooms have a large vanity for under sink storage solutions, you may want to install a smaller pedestal style sink to save on space. Use clever storage solutions that hang from the wall (like towel racks) to help gain extra room in your small bathroom.

Ventilation- Small bathroom spaces may have less room, but they do not have fewer problems with moisture. Install a large ventilation fan with a high CFM to keep mold and mildew at bay. 

Colors- Light and natural colors tend to make any smaller space feel larger. Only use dark colors to accent specific features in the bathroom décor, such as your small bathroom vanity. Wainscoting and chair rail can help to break up small bathroom walls and make the room feel larger.

Windows- Many times, windows work well for ventilation and natural light. They also make a small space feel larger, but be wary of installing them if they limit tub/shower enclosure space.

Exterior Linen Closets- One of the best ways to make a small bathroom space larger is by creating storage space just outside of your small bathroom for towels and linens.

Small Décor Design- Keep your small bathroom space open and free by using small décor materials in your design. It prevents the cluttered look that often overwhelms a small bathroom space.

Tile- No bathroom space is complete without the right tile. Whether it is flooring tile or you are going to install it on your shower enclosure walls, consider installing tile diagonally. This helps to add depth to a small bathroom space and increase the feeling that the area is actually larger than it really is.

Half and Three Quarter Baths- Not all small bathroom spaces need full utilities to make them useful. A half bath employs a toilet and a sink and works well for guest bathrooms. Three quarter baths have all the features of a regular sized bath, but lack a shower enclosure.

I hope these tips and suggestions will transform your small bathroom into a space you can finally be proud of! Whatever designs you chose, make sure they fit your style, personality and taste. After all, you will be using it more than anyone else. Most of all, have fun with your remodel!

Disclaimer: I have received compensation in return for publishing this article.

1 comment:

  1. This is exactly what I need right now. I'm about to move in to our new home in 100 w chestnut.


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