earthy colors and dramatic lighting can add character to any
A small bathroom
presents many challenges. But with just the right design and
decorating ideas, you can make changes that create the illusion of
more space and the luxury of more storage ó without knocking down a
wall or breaking the bank.
colors on the walls, countertops and the flooring. Shades of beige,
silver gray, pale blue or ivory will make the room appear more
spacious because the color flows from floor to ceiling," says
Sandra Bernacchi, designer with Colleen Horner Design Studio in
Milwaukee and Pewaukee. "You can still use a small amount of
accent color if you like."
Instead of using
a traditional vanity, consider a pedestal sink or a sink that fits
against the wall on two legs, Bernacchi says. "More of the floor
is exposed, giving a wide-open effect. Some of the new vanities are up
off the floor on legs but they also have some drawers," she says.
add storage by taking cabinetry up to the ceiling. Consider adding
shelves that are only 12 inches deep instead of 24. One more fold in a
towel allows you to use narrower shelves," says Cheri Ware, owner
of Ware Design in Delafield.
By taking the
door off a linen closet and adding some glass shelves, you can
increase storage, Bernacchi suggests. "Reducing clutter by
storing extra items is another way to make a room appear larger.
Anything that makes your eyes move continuously around the room gives
the appearance of space," she says.
glamour is back in style, even in a small bathroom. "Many of us
consider a bathroom a non-live-in room, so we donít pay a lot of
attention to its character. But a small bathroom can be dramatic
despite its size," says Ware. "Break the rules by using some
darker colors, oversized mirrors and dramatic lighting. The mirrors
can give the illusion of a much deeper space," she says. m