Most traditional older homes and urban area apartments or lofts have small bathrooms. Most
of us prefer a large and luxurious bathroom to a smaller one; however, size should not deprive you to enjoy a
luxurious spa feeling in a small bathroom. There are many ways to create a relaxing environment where the senses
can be stimulated and the body can relax after a hard day's work.
A small bathroom can feel like a box or it can feel inviting and relaxing - it all depends
on the way it is decorated. There are many tricks to make a space feel larger. These include the proper selection
of color, patterns, fabrics, pictures, and accessories, which can give a small bathroom a charming appeal, a
relaxed atmosphere, or an organic and Zen feel.
Lighting and its reflection can be used to enhance a small space. The square footage of a
small bathroom will not change without a remodel, but the eye and the mind can be tricked to make the space give
the feeling and atmosphere you are after, when using these decorating tips.
The first thing to do is to identify the feeling or atmosphere that one is looking to
create in the small bathroom. Is it an organic feel, a relaxing Zen appeal? Or maybe, a tropical rainforest feeling
is desired, or a relaxing coastal atmosphere, instead. Whatever the mood to be achieved, the colors and materials
used to induce it must lead the mind and eye towards that feeling. One mistake that many people do is to make it a
theme bathroom, visually, but that does not convey the feeling - this happens when too many accessories of a theme
are used, without paying attention to other important elements such as lighting, color, and patterns.
If a serene mood is to be created, colors that are lighter in shade, will work well for
that purpose as well to make the room appear bigger. Accessories can be used in deeper shades to accentuate, but
not much as to make the place seem crowded. Minimize accessories to a few. Choosing relaxing colors such as in a
cool palette will refresh the eye and convey that feeling.
Play with the type of lighting to be used, staying away from fixtures that are too big for
the small space or that will dominate the entire decor. Depending on the atmosphere to be created select lighting
that will enhance it - recessed lighting works well, but changing current fixtures to a different style will also
work. Mirrors are another way to reflect light to other areas.
Trading bulky pieces of bathroom furniture for smaller ones, with simple lines will work
to enhance a space. Pedestal sinks are a great solution to replace bulky units. Eliminating excessive shelving or
items that visually cut the space is another way to make a bathroom look bigger. Minimize accessories to necessary
items only, to cut storage needs. Getting rid of all clutter (unnecessary items) and keep decorative items to a
minimum (just to convey the atmosphere one is going for) works wonders and can be counted as one of the best small
Hanging a curtain higher to the ceiling will add height to the room. Lighter floors will
also make a space more ample. Creating the illusion of a high ceiling or recessed walls by using trompe l'oeil
painting or art techniques is one of the most creative small bathrooms ideas.
There is no need for a costly remodel to enjoy a perfect relaxing atmosphere in a small