A small bathroom can feel cramped and claustrophobic, with even a nominal set of
possessions creating a windstorm of clutter that gives the room a chaotic feel.
Luckily, there are a few tricks of decorative magic which you can use to create
the illusion of space, playing with visual loop holes and psychological
understanding to turn a cramped water closet, into a calm and cozy bathroom
Illumination is a great way to make a space feel bigger. The more dark corners
you have, the less room you will be able to see, and the smaller the space will
feel. There are a variety of ways to make a bathroom brighter without cutting
into valuable floor space. Sunlight is best, but having a large open window in a
bathroom isnít always an option. Recessed lighting is another way to go, with
fixtures installed in the wall keeping them from taking up visual or actual
space within the room itself.
Generally bright, dramatic colors will make a tiny environment feel smaller.
Drawing the eye, the colors themselves will seem to take up space. While they
will not actually interfere with the physical dimension, the eye and the mind
will perceive them as having depth simply because they are so noticeable.
Instead you should try to use soft, serene tones, gentle earth hues, off whites,
or pastels, to create a hazy glow to the space. This will make the room seem to
stretch out around you, as if the walls themselves are only a light fog, with
plenty of room lying just beyond the boundaries of their gentle countenance.
Clutter by its very nature makes a room feel cramped. When things are stacked,
stored, and ordered, the precision tends to create space, the logic inherent in
the organization opening the environment up. A mess just takes up more room, so
keeping a small bathroom neat and tidy is vital to combating its claustrophobic
There are a number of strategies that you can use to make your bathroom more
organized and less cluttered. Bins, shelves, and drawers can all be purchased to
supplement existing structures. Try to choose pieces which are vertical, taking
up more height than width. Alternatively you can also use a nearby linen closet
to store essentials, extending the reach of the bathroom beyond its defining
Sometimes a small bathroom will be equipped with a large luxurious vanity. While
this may be useful for storage and decorative purposes, it can also eat into
valuable floor space in a tiny bathroom. Instead, trade this out for a daintier
wall mounted, or pedestal sink, which will serve the same purpose without taking
up all of that room.
Finally, you should try to embrace the nature of your tiny bathroom rather than
rejecting it with any decorative style. All of the visual magic in the world
canít change the bottom line square footage of the space. Instead of fighting
it, try to use it to your advantage, decorating with an eye towards making this
room feel cozy and comfortable. Soothing accessories, amiable color schemes, and
a warm demeanor can help to turn the tiniest bathroom into a comforting retreat.
This article was written on behalf of PebbleZís line of decorative marble
vases made from real, mountain born stone. The article was written by artist
and designer Joey Pebble.
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