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Small Bathroom Remodeling Tips for Your Home

In a small bathroom, every inch counts. Transforming a compact space into a stylish and functional room doesn’t have to be overwhelming.

With the right design choices and a handful of creative solutions, even the smallest bathrooms can become cozy retreats that enhance your home’s value and visual appeal. Here are some expert tips to maximize style and functionality in your small bathroom remodel.

Lighten Things UpA remodeled bathroom

Bouncing light around your small bathroom tricks your eye into thinking there’s more space than there really is. Consider these ideas to transform the room into a bright and airy space:

  • Enhance natural light: If you have a window in your bathroom, use textured glass or a lightweight, translucent window covering to let in as much sunlight as possible while maintaining privacy.
  • Stick to a light color palette: White, light neutrals, and pastels make the bathroom feel larger and cleaner. Matching the color of the floor tiles and wall paint also helps unify the space, blurring the transition between surfaces to create the illusion of a larger area.
  • Opt for wall sconces: Pendant lights visually shorten the ceiling height. To prevent this, consider replacing them with wall sconces. These flood the ceiling with light to direct the eye upward, making the room seem taller and more spacious.
  • Install large mirrors: Oversized mirrors or cleverly placed corner mirrors reflect light and visually double the size of the room.

Add Pops of Bright Colors

A small bathroom remodel features pops of color

Try these strategic uses of color to inject personality into your small bathroom without overwhelming the space:

  • Bright accents: Use vibrant towels, rugs, or decor items to bring a dynamic element to the room.
  • Greenery: Introducing potted plants adds a fresh, natural touch. Compact, humidity-loving Boston ferns, spider plants, and peace lilies thrive in bathroom settings.
  • Mosaic tiles: For a pop of color and texture, consider mosaic tiles in a shower niche or as a decorative border.
  • Strategic wallpaper: Applying patterned wallpaper to one wall creates a focal point and makes the room appear larger, especially if the pattern is vertically oriented to direct the eye upward.


Upgrade Your Tub-Shower Combo to a Walk-in Shower

Shower installed in a small bathroom remodel

Replacing a bulky tub-shower enclosure with a sleek walk-in shower frees up space. Here are the benefits of this upgrade:

  • Visual expansion: A frameless shower door offers a seamless look that opens up sightlines to the back shower wall, expanding the space’s visual square footage.
  • Accessibility: Walk-in showers are easier to access, with curbless options that make them practical for people with mobility challenges.
  • Style and efficiency: Modern hardware and minimalist designs look better and serve small spaces more efficiently.

Get Creative with Storage

Storage space in a small bathroom

Smart storage solutions are essential in a small bathroom, especially if you opt for a pedestal or floating sink with no storage beneath. Here are some thoughts to inspire you:

  • Floating shelves: Use vertical space for storage to keep essentials at hand without crowding the room.
  • Open-shelf storage systems: These can be organized beautifully with baskets or clear containers, adding to the decor while keeping things organized.
  • Over-the-toilet units: Above the toilet is ideal for additional shelving, which is perfect for storing items such as extra towels and toiletries.

Transform Your Small Bathroom in DC, MD, or VA

Ready to create a luxurious, space-efficient bathroom? Wentworth’s in-house, architect-led design team can turn your compact space into an award-winning design. As a fully licensed and insured company with an A+ BBB rating, you can trust us for comprehensive, cost-effective design-build services.

Browse our portfolio for more bathroom design ideas and pictures. Then, call (240) 383-1226 to schedule a bathroom remodeling consultation.

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