Not every homeowner is blessed with a massive master bathroom. This can particularly hold true for older homes, where rooms tend to be smaller in general.
Sometimes homeowners can expand a small master bathroom to create a larger footprint, but what happens when there’s no space or budget for an expansion?
A designer or homeowner should make the most of what’s there.
Following these design tips can help homeowners and designers maximize and get the most out of a master bathroom, even if it’s tiny:
The Color Palette
This is a pretty standard design tip: when a space needs to look larger, it’s advisable to go with a lighter color palette. This certainly holds true for master bathrooms.
Using lighter colors when choosing products such as natural stone vanity tops, shower surrounds, and floor tile has the added advantage of creating a space that feels fresh and calming. If the bathroom has a window, lighter colors also work well in conjunction with natural light.
Choosing reflective materials, such as glass tiles, is another way to make good use of a small space and ensure the available light is being put to use.
Additionally, keeping all of the colors in the same tonal family is important. When there are varying colors in a small bathroom, it can appear disjointed and as if there’s even less space than there really is.
The Natural Stone and Tile
There are several areas in a bathroom where there is likely to be natural stone and tile, including the vanity countertop, shower surround, and the flooring.
When selecting a vanity top for a small bathroom, it’s a good idea to opt for a luxurious and high-quality material. Since the bathroom is small, there’s less overall materials needed, making it an ideal place to splurge.
The fewer transitions there are in a small bathroom, the less contrast there is and the larger the room will appear.
In terms of the shower surround, consider bringing the natural stone slabs or tiles all the way to the ceiling to create a unified look that will also expand the appearance of the space.
Another option is to continue the same natural stone from the floor, along the entirety of the walls and to the ceiling, as the same rule listed above will apply here.
For homeowners worried the use of a simple color palette will feel boring or uninteresting, consider experimenting with texture. Using richly textured or three-dimensional natural stone tiles can add visual interest and depth, even in a bathroom with a unified color palette.
One final note regarding tile in a small bathroom: while many people think it’s best to use small tile in a small space, in actuality the opposite often holds true. By selecting a larger stone tile, there will be fewer grout lines, more continuity, and the eye will perceive a larger space.
Along with the choice of a natural stone vanity top, another important aspect of bathroom design is the vanity itself.
The goal of a vanity in a small bathroom is to maximize functionality while ensuring it takes up a minimal amount of space.
Achieve these objectives by utilize a floating vanity. Another option is to install a corner vanity.
When a master bathroom is small, mirrors are an important tool. For the primary mirror, which is the one placed over the vanity, larger is better.
A larger mirror means more light is reflected and it will trick the eye into believing the bathroom is more spacious.
Be strategic with the placement of mirrors whenever possible, so they’re positioned to maximize natural light.
A small bathroom doesn’t have to be a hindrance. Small master bathrooms are a valuable place to splurge on high-end natural stone and materials while achieving a design that feels relaxing and spa-like. With some strategic designing it’s also possible to create the visual illusion of a much larger room.