Wednesday, August 16, 2017  

Pump Up a Pint-Sized Bath
Tips to Boost the Space  

Your bathroom is likely one of the smallest rooms in your home. In fact, most baths are 75 square feet or less. But, even if you are tight on space (or budget), you can create a huge impact with some simple updates. Just follow these easy rules and in no time you’ll be living large.

Maximize Space and Organization

Freeing up floor space can have a big impact in making a room look larger by creating more open area. Instead of dark or large vanities which can monopolize a small space, opt for a smaller and more stylish pedestal sink. 

And while you may fret about the lost under-sink storage with a pedestal sink, there are many storage alternatives. Accessories, for example, not only add a bit of organization, but also pull the design of the room together. Inspirations by Moen offers a variety of bath accessory collections, ranging from traditional to modern designs that feature the latest finishes and a variety of product options, including towel bars, towel rings, robe hooks and the popular pivoting paper holders to keep your bathroom both functional and fashionable.

Create Optical Illusions

There are many design tricks to fool the eye and make a room look larger. Mirrors can visually double the size of a room -- especially a large mirror. But you don’t have to settle for the large plate-glass mirror already in your bathroom.  Create a custom look -- and a focal point in the bath -- with products such as Mirrorscapes Mirror Frames from Inspirations by Moen.  Mirrorscapes transforms plate-glass mirrors into style statements in a matter of minutes.

Mirrorscapes offers a variety of easy-to-install styles for a beautifully coordinated, custom-designed look.

Another trick is to draw the eye to the ceiling with vertical elements that increase the apparent height of the room. Try painting vertical stripes, install crown molding or hang floor-to-ceiling draperies to elongate walls and bring height to your room.

Finally, look to the bath/shower area to expose additional space. If you have a glass shower door, replace it with an attractive curved shower rod and fabric shower curtain. You’ll gain more room in the shower and love the look when you pull the shower curtain back to reveal the bath, thus exposing additional space.

Color Correctly

Color can instantly update the look of a room. Cool, soft colors tend to enlarge a room and brighten a space. Most importantly, use a monochromatic color scheme throughout the room.  Paint baseboards, walls and even ceilings the same color to avoid a break in the visual plane.  To add a bit of pizzazz, try using household items like sponges to paint different textures and designs bringing more depth and variety to the room, but be sure to stay away from oversized patterns that can overwhelm a small room. For additional ideas, visit your local home improvement store where they offer instructional classes on the latest painting techniques and styles.

Lighten Up

Bright and light rooms look larger. In addition to cool wall colors, add warm, inviting lighting, such as task lighting to eliminate dark shadows and increase space appeal. When selecting your lighting, remember to choose fixtures that complement the room size and properly disperse light throughout the bathroom.

Although simple, these changes can make a big impact and give the illusion of extra space in your pint-size bathroom.