Despite the increased popularity of oversized bathrooms, in-home spas, and whirlpools, the average bathroom is around 50 square feet. If you’re faced with designing or remodeling a small bathroom or powder room, space is at a premium. There won’t be a lot left after putting in the essentials–shower or bathtub, vanity, toilet, medicine cabinet, lighting, and storage. So be sure to install space efficient fixtures that maximize floor space. For example, there are toilets, sinks, and showers available that are designed to fit in corners.
If your bathroom has no window, you need to provide good, well balanced lighting. Choose incandescent lighting rather than fluorescent and use more than just a single fixture in the center of the ceiling. One option is to put in a suspended ceiling, if you have the height in the room, and install over-all soft diffused lighting. Another possibility is several well-positioned recessed lights that don’t “intrude” upon the space of the room. If a skylight is an option, it can add natural light and open up a smaller room.
Decorating a smaller bathroom is another area that needs special attention. There are two different approaches you can take. One is to keep everything very basic. Paint the room a single color throughout and perhaps add a small wallpaper border for accent. Keep window treatments very basic too. Vertical blinds work best on larger windows and give a clean, contemporary look to a room. Pleated or honeycomb shades do the same for smaller windows. They all give needed privacy without a lot of material to clutter up the limited space. Add a simple fabric valance if your wish to give an additional element of design.
The other approach to decorating a smaller room is to go for a very elaborate and elegant look. Choose colored fixtures, decorative faucets, and use a richly patterned wallcovering. Complete the look with some elaborately framed pictures or mirror. Regardless of which way you choose to decorate your small bathroom, remember to pick materials that are suitable for use in areas with moisture.
With just a little planning, a small bathroom can meet all your needs without sacrificing efficiency and comfort.