Based in Naperville and operating across the western suburbs of Chicago, Sebring Services has handled numerous bathroom remodeling projects. The renovation company shares with us some essential tips for remodeling a small bathroom.
When stuck with a small bathroom that feels dated, old and frankly, depressing, it is easy to give up on it. You assume that the only solution is to make an addition to the house, build an entirely new house or just live with what you have. But it does not have to be so. Remodeling a small bathroom can be done with amazing results. At Sebring Services, we have worked with many homeowners who faced the exact same challenge. We helped them transform a dingy stuffy bathroom into a stylish yet functional space.
It’s all About Perception
In most cases, you cannot change the situation. You are stuck with a small bathroom and you have to deal with it as it is. The secret lies in creating the right perceptions.
The human senses and brain do not always work on reality. Lighting, color, shapes and object placement can all affect the way your brain perceives things. This is why optical illusions work so well and is the same reason why movies are able to trick your eyes into seeing what is not real.
For example, most homeowners know that letting in plenty of natural light creates the perception that a space is larger than it actually is. You can use the same trick in a small bathroom. Adding a large window, a skylight and maybe even a screened door allows light to come in and spread around, making the bathroom feel airy and spacious.
Another trick is to get rid of visual obstructions. For example, instead of a walled-off shower area, install a glass walk-in shower. Thus makes the room feel big as light and sound flows around freely.
You also have to be careful when it comes to the elements you add to your bathroom. For example, you can opt for a low-profile cabinet with a simple style and clean lines. A more effective space-increasing effect can be achieved by opting for glass cabinets or open shelving.
Finally, under perception, check your colors. Modern and contemporary décor has been a boon for small spaces thanks to its neutral colors. Colors like gray, white and beige tend to make a space look airier, lighter and bigger. Try to incorporate neutral colors on the flooring, walls and other objects. You can add a pop of color with things like a toothbrush holder, an accent wall or a large planter.
To make the most out of your small bathroom, you have to be a bit creative. For example, you can install a counter or shelving above the toilet, instead of letting that space go to waste. Floating storage is another great idea.
The door can also take up precious real estate. Instead of the standard swing door, opt for a small swing or pocket door.
There are tons of ideas to help you make the most of your small bathroom. So stop worrying and check out this in-depth article Big Ideas for Bathroom Remodeling in Small Spaces, which has helpful tips and ideas.