February 19, 2012

5 Design Solutions for a Small Bath Remodel...

Many of my customers come to my showroom struggling with what to do with a smaller than normal bathroom. They live in very old homes where the bathroom was an afterthought, so they are faced with how to update and modernize the space, while still keeping it respectful to the age of the house.

Here are my top five (5) design solutions that I have found not only work to make the space look and feel larger, but, also to update it with a fresh, modern aesthetic:

1. Make use of the natural light with a window - if there isn't one, can you add a window? If not, mirrors, mirrors, mirrors! Use them to reflect as much light as possible from the windows and apply lots of white paint adding chrome or brushed nickel accessories. Add bold color with towels, accent paint and accessories -

2.  If you don't need storage in a vanity, then a pedestal sink is a must-have OR even a petite wall-hung sink that will not take up much room and will make the space LOOK larger:

Wall hung sink: note the bold orange wall color...

3.  Using glass for a shower surround instead of a curtain or sliding doors on a tub unit will also give the illusion of a larger space:

Wall hung with mirrors:

4.  Making storage go 'up' the wall and ideally, if you have no room, consider floating wood or glass shelves to keep soaps, towels and essentials displayed within easy reach (but NOT over the toilet):

5. I always advise clients to consider using a single hole faucet for a granite vanity top OR on a pedestal. It makes cleaning easy and gives you a lot more counter space!

Kohler's Forte Single Control Lavatory faucet is just one of the many popular choices for a bathroom sink. Depending on your style, chrome or brushed nickel will always look stylish. (Image)

If you are considering a bath remodel, I hope these solutions have answered some of your questions.  Enjoy the rest of the weekend! I will be back tomorrow - 

For information, queries and pricing for my decorating services, please email me at monacointeriors76@yahoo.com.


  1. Some great tips Sarah. I'm lucky to have a large bathroom space, just not the money to remodel it yet! Ah well, it will come with time :)

  2. love these images and ideas, Sarah! I pinned a couple of them. Thanks for the inspiration - you're the best! Have a great week. xo

  3. Thanks Anne! I so appreciate your comment and your support!! ;-))

  4. Gorgeous examples of small bathrooms! Love the mirror in the first pic! Hope you are having a great week. Tracey xx

  5. i love pedestal sinks... although not very practical for those of us who need store things, they are ver reminsicent of the 1920's which i lovE!

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