Small Bathroom Ideas in the Spotlight

There are many creative small bathroom ideas and design tricks that can be applied to make the most of a small space and to make that space seem generous.

One of the most effective ways of blurring the boundaries in a limited space, is to use light cleverly.

small bathroom with glass bricks

Natural light especially, can do a lot to open up a space - even if it's just a narrow vertical band of glass bricks allowing natural light as in the small bathroom pictured above right.

And what if your bathroom does not have windows and adding a skylight is not an option?

How to Add Natural Light to a Small Bathroom?

A bathroom located away from outside walls need not be deprived of natural light.

A clever design solution not only brought light into this small master bathroom, but it also added a beautiful decorative element.

The wall between the bedroom and bathroom draws its inspiration from the Japanese Shoji screens.

shoji type window in bathroom

The opaque laminated glass lets in ample natural light, yet it ensures total privacy. At most, a silhouette of another person can be seen from either side, adding mystique and a sensuous and romantic touch.

At night the lights can be turned on in either room, turning this glass wall into a dramatic lighting feature. Small bathroom ideas such as this won't break the bank either!

semi-transprent screen
Note: Skylights can also dramatically increase the sense of space as well as provide ventilation - an excellent solution if it is practically feasible and within your budget when you plan a small bathroom remodel.

Small Bathroom Ideas to Visually Enlarge the Room

lift fixtures off bathroom floor

Another way to visually increase the size of the floor is to lift fixtures off the floor.

In this small bathroom both the vanity and tub are raised, which appears to reduce their footprint, allowing the eye to continue along the floor.

The bathroom decor follows design principles often recommended for small bathrooms: Simple and light bathroom colors that recede - rather than bright or strong colors which would come forward and make the space more enclosing.

Even the finishing accent tile strip is simple and understated.

The advantage of small bathroom designs is that you can really splash out a chunk of your budget on one beautiful element, which can be the focal point and set the tone for the entire space.

It may be a beautiful vanity, deep soaking tub or sky-light.

Or it may be those exquisite designer bathroom tile designs that can transform a small bathroom into a jaw-dropping space.

Small Bathroom Plans - Using Every Bathroom Element to Add Space

And finally - Two more space saving features in this bathroom: A corner shower with a curved front and a pocket bathroom door (cavity slider) that does not intrude into the space.

small bathroom layout drawing

You may also want to look at these space saving ideas in more detail:

Small Bathroom Remodeling - A Quest for Space

Designs for Small Bathrooms - Opening Up to an Adjoining Bedroom

Bathroom Doors - Their Ideal Placement in Your Small Bathroom Layouts

Pocket Doors - The Ultimate Space Saver for Small Bathrooms

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