For bathroom remodeling projects, you have the opportunity to make a completely new space out of your old bathroom. New fixtures and flooring, or small changes like lighting and paint, can make a big difference. To make your bathroom open and inviting, you want to create more visual space. Sometimes this is achieved with fixtures and decorative items, and sometimes with optical illusions that draw the eye to somewhere specific.
Here are some easy ways to create more visual space in your bathroom:
Lighting is one sure way to create an inviting space in your bathroom. To create more visual space, avoid using florescent lighting. It tends to cast a clinical hue over the room, and make things look unattractive. Instead, opt for incandescent lighting above the vanity.
Natural lighting is the best lighting if you are able to get it. Skylights offer the best possible lighting and give the illusion of a much larger room. Windows or solar tubes are also great for natural light. If the bathroom you are remodeling is on the inside of the house and skylights are also not possible, try to use recessed lighting to create the illusion of natural lighting to open up and brighten the space.
2. Bright and Open
An open floor plan and cool, bright colors give the impression of a more spacious room. Try not to clutter the room with too many cabinets, baskets, or other items.
Choose a paint scheme that uses cool or neutral colors, and rely on accents and decorative pieces to bring in pops of color. White is always a great go-to color for bathrooms because it goes with virtually any décor scheme and gives a bright, clean, and open feeling to the space.
3. Optical Illusions
The use of mirrors and glass can create an optical illusion that the room is more spacious than it actually is. A large mirror over the vanity, or small framed mirrors on the wall, can make the room look and feel bigger.
Glass doors around your shower keep the space open rather than closing it off, and create the illusion of more useable space.
For the walls, use wallpaper with thin, vertical striping. This can be accomplished in faint, neutral colors that keep the space bright and draw the eyes upward, making the room look bigger
The fixtures and furniture in your bathroom can change the way the room looks and feels also. Pieces that are up off the ground allows you to see more floor, which makes the room look bigger. Try a classic claw foot tub and pedestal sink to give your new bathroom an old world feel with an open floor plan.
The flooring you choose will change the visual space as well. Large tiles placed diagonally in a bathroom with elongate the floor and make the room appear visually larger.
All of these tips and techniques can help you create a more visual space for your bathroom. When remodeling, keep some of these easy solutions in mind to make your bathroom an open and inviting space.