Newly built homes have spacious bathrooms, but many of the older homes throughout northern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire have bathrooms that are quite small. As you consider a bathroom remodel, you may wonder if it’s even worth it or if you should just repaint and hope for the best. When you work with experienced bath remodelers, you’ll find that they can make any bathroom feel bigger and provide you with more efficient space. Here are a few of the tricks we’ve used while remodeling bathrooms locally.
Open the Space by Removing Borders
If your bathroom has a traditional shower/tub combination and you have a shower curtain, you’re creating a wall which makes the space seem smaller. If you don’t use the tub, you may want to replace it with a walk-in shower that has a frameless glass enclosure. Talk to your bath remodeler about the best option if keeping the tub/shower combination is preferred.
Another common border we see in older homes is a wall at the end of the vanity. Sometimes this wall was added for privacy and other times to hold a medicine cabinet. Unless this wall provides some structural support, removing it will not only make the room seem bigger but also provide a bit more space.
Choose Colors Carefully
Most people know that the darker the color palette, the smaller a space will feel. As you begin to look at a new vanity and tile for your bathroom remodel, stick with whites and light colors. Cool tones also can aid in making a space feel larger. One tip from experienced bath remodelers is to blend colors. One example of blending colors in your bathroom is once you choose your tile, pick a color from the tile for your wall paint. Some people may think this creates a look that’s too monochrome, but it will make the space feel bigger. All you need to do to break up the monochrome feel is to choose bath towels or other décor with some color as an accent.
The direction you choose to lay the tile (on the floor and shower walls) can make a difference in how big the space feels. For many years, the standard was square tiles. Showers often had four-inch square tiles while floors had 12-inch squares. If you want a space to seem bigger, consider rectangular tiles on the floor and lay them to elongate the space.
One popular option is wood-look tile as it’s narrow and long and makes the room feel deeper. You and your bath remodeler can talk about the best option for the shower walls, depending on the shower location and style.
Add Natural Light
If your bathroom is on an outside wall and doesn’t have a window, adding one is perhaps the easiest way to make the space feel bigger. Even a small transom-style window above the shower will let in light. If it’s an interior room but there is access to the roof, consider adding a skylight or solar tube. Adding a skylight may also result in increased height in the bathroom which will make the space feel bigger as well.
Contact the Experienced Bath Remodelers at G.M. Roth Design Remodeling
We’ve been remodeling bathrooms for decades and have helped countless homeowners solve many space issues in bathrooms, kitchens, mudrooms and more. If you are considering a bathroom remodel or want to remodel other parts of your home, call us for your free consultation at (603) 880-3761 or fill out our contact form today.