Our community in Winnipeg is no stranger to the small bathroom conversion. Some of the homes we visit have bathrooms that feel a little like an afterthought, without much room to maneuver.
However, after helping our city with so many bathrooms over the years, we have compiled the official Bathroom Remodelers of Winnipeg small bathroom guide for any homeowner trying to do more with less.
This article will discuss how the right fixtures, smart storage solutions, bold colors and patterns, natural light, and some finishing touches can change how you feel about your small bathroom.
Choose the Right Bathroom Fixtures
When remodeling a small bathroom, selecting the right fixtures is critical. In such a small space, the small details become focal points. So planning your fixtures with both style and functionality in mind will go a long way.
When we say “fixtures” we mean the key components of your bathroom: sinks, toilets, showers, lights, and baths. And sometimes, those fixtures are in the wrong spot to make the bathroom easy to use or the wrong size for the space. Consider if it’s worth moving any plumbing or replacing existing fixtures as an example to help maximize space. Do your research to ensure you’re getting the most out of your remodel – look for smaller sinks, tubs, and toilets that will fit without having to relocate any plumbing. We’ve seen wall-mounted sinks be a great replacement for a vanity in some cramped Winnipeg bathrooms.
Replacing outdated fixtures can instantly update the look and feel of your bathroom while being much more efficient and cost-effective than completely remodeling it.
Choose high-quality materials such as ceramic or bronze faucets that stand up to daily use, complementing the overall design aesthetic of your space without compromising on quality or function.
Make the most of your space! Some incredibly creative storage solutions will help you maximize every square foot of your tiny bathroom.
Look for creative shelving options to make the most of any vertical or corner space, such as wall-mounted shelves and baskets. Installing floating shelves over toilets and sinks can offer extra storage without taking up too much room.
You can also utilize other space-saving solutions like hanging organizers for towels and toiletries and magnetic strips on walls to hang items like tweezers and scissors. To keep clutter at bay, consider installing cute bins to store things like makeup, razors, cotton balls, etc.
Lastly, if you’re remodeling a tiny bathroom from scratch or adding new cabinets during an updated project – look for narrow-depth options to maximize floor space.
With these various storage ideas in mind, you can maximize storage while keeping your small bathroom looking neat and organized.
Incorporate Bold Colors and Patterns
Bring your bathroom to life with bold colors and patterns that’ll surely make a statement! Don’t be afraid to embrace minimalism while still incorporating colors and textures.
Utilize texture by using wallpapers, tiles, or paint to create an interesting visual look for your small space. Stencils can be used to add interesting colors and patterns without almost any additional cost. You can even add fun fixtures, such as towel racks, mirrors, and rugs, to bring the room together.
Choose vibrant hues that will draw attention and make your bathroom feel larger than it is. Make sure to make a statement – incorporate bold colors or patterns on the walls, countertops, flooring, and other features in the room.
With careful planning, you can turn your small bathroom into an eye-catching oasis.
Make the Most of Natural Light
We realize that not every bathroom has natural light but considering light in your design can do a lot for a small bathroom. If you do have natural light, we want to highlight that feature by strategically placing mirrors opposite windows if it makes sense. Making the most of natural light is a crucial step when remodeling a small bathroom.
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Incorporate windows to let in natural light during the day, and consider adding a skylight for more illumination.
Doing so will create an open, airy feeling in your newly remodeled space.
Add Mirrors and Glass
Adding mirrors and glass to your small bathroom can instantly give the illusion of more space – so why not try it out?
Strategically placed mirrors can do wonders for a small bathroom, as they create an infinite reflection that makes the room seem larger. Consider placing a large mirror directly across from a window to reflect natural light and double the size of the room.
Additionally, you could install a glass partition between the shower and toilet area to further open the room. This will allow light from both sides of the bathroom to fill in any dark spaces.
Your small bathroom will feel much bigger with careful mirror placement and some strategically placed glass partitions!
Let in Natural Light
Letting natural light into your bathroom with the use of windows brightens up the room, making it feel more spacious and homey. Maximizing sunlight in a small bathroom is an easy way to create a cozy atmosphere without installing extra lighting fixtures. When you wake up in the morning and are exposed to natural light it helps increase your bodies natural awakening response. You’ll feel more awake and alert for longer in the day. (1)
Additionally, including greenery around these windows can help bring in additional light from the outside while adding some life and vibrancy to the space.
Natural sunlight brings warmth and beauty that artificial light just can’t replicate. If you’re able, consider installing larger windows or even French doors in your remodeled bathroom for maximum effect. Doing so will give you an abundance of natural light while also giving you a beautiful view of your outdoor scenery.
And if privacy is an issue, consider using window treatments or frosted glass for added security and design appeal.
Don’t Forget the Finishing Touches
Don’t forget to spruce up your small bathroom with the perfect finishing touches – you know, those little details that make all the difference.
Consider hanging plants or using floating shelves as a way to add a touch of greenery and texture to an otherwise sterile environment. Not only do they look good, but they also provide extra storage space for items like towels and toiletries.
You can even choose from various colors and sizes to match your style.
Additionally, consider adding a few pieces of artwork or décor that reflect your personality and make the room feel cozy and inviting.
A few well-placed scented candles or essential oil diffusers can also help create a relaxing spa-like atmosphere in your small bathroom.
At this point you have either a remodeled small bathroom or you have some ideas that will require some professional help to execute.
With the right fixtures, clever storage solutions, bold colors and patterns, natural lighting, and finishing touches, you have made your small bathroom look like a million bucks—literally! If you don’t quite have that feeling then one of the easiest ways to move the ball forward is to work with a contractor you like and trust to help with execution.
We’d love to hear about your creative space and see what we can’t add to make it just like you pictured. Give us a call or send us an email to setup your first conversation with the Bathroom Remodelers of Winnipeg!
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