Making asmall bathroom look and feel bigger is all about smart fixture selection,storage solutions, and styling. The first thing you need to do is think outsidethe boxy, standard versions of vanities, tubs, and even toilets. There are manycompact alternatives out there, and they offer a custom look to boot. The otherplace to look for room is all around you...maybe even up to the ceiling. Wherecan you steal a little space for your eyes (that is, visual space) and yourstuff?
Pop Up the Ceiling, Cantilever the Sink
Believe it or not, this is a small bathroom. It doesn't seem so; it looks fairly spacious,in fact. Yet, if you look at the floor tiles you will see that it can't be morethan about 50 square feet (5 feet wide by 10 feet long).
Is it thewindow that does it? The lovely matrix of 48 glass blocks, a perfect way toallow light in while maintaining privacy? That helps, of course, but what trulycreates the illusion of space is the high ceiling. Even if you've left mullets,McGyver, shoulder pads, and other trappings of the 1980s behind, you mightagree that a cathedral ceiling (gasp!) in one room is a welcome thing.Especially when that room is a cramped 50 square feet.
For a trulymodern small bathroom idea, you can't do much better than setting this doublesink arrangement on a cantilevered bathroom counter. These clean linesemphasize the crisp geometry of the deep basin sinks and their unique fixtures.
Show Off a Stylish Tub
Bathtubshave come a long way over the years. No longer are they limited to the boring,casket-like tubs you see so frequently in tract homes. While a standardwall-mounted tub would seem like a space-saver, it needs walls on three of itssides, and walls take up space.
So why tuckthe tub away? When you spend a bit more for a stylish tub, the tub becomes thefocus of the room. This one is called a double-ended tub, with fixtures locatedin the middle. At night, you can lie on the left side and view the starsthrough the skylight. During the day, recline in the other direction so thatlight coming through the windows shines on your book or magazine.
Almostevery bathroom has a mirror over the vanity, for obvious reasons. But mirrorscan also expand the visual space in a bathroom, just like they can in otherareas of the house. Here, one end of the tub is against the wall--effectivelyhiding supply and drain pipes. But that leads to the issue of the bather alsofacing the wall. This is solved by adding a mirror on the wall, so bathers canview the open space behind while soaking in the tub. The mirror also brightensthe room by reflecting light.
Hide theToilet Tank
Wall-hungtoilets have an almost impossibly sleek look, but what's the secret? If youlook at the back of the bowl, you'll notice something missing: the tank.There's a tank, alright, but it's actually built into the spaces between thewall studs and is completely concealed by the wall finish. The best part—forsmall bathrooms especially—is the reclaimed space that would otherwise go tothe toilet tank. Wall-hung toilets also have no floor base, so the fixturetakes up even less visual space.
Don't Fearthe Medicine Cabinet
Mostpeople's preconceived notions about medicine cabinets are not good. They thinkof antiseptic white (possibly rusty) 1930s-era units full of expired pills, notto mention the thin, punched-metal interiors. But fear not, and look upon this modern medicine cabinet with joy. It's made of dark wood and has three shelvesand sleek, linear styling. Notice how the glass nearly reaches the edges of thecabinet. No oak-wood framing, no doo-dads.