Small Bathroom, Big Update: A Remodel Guide
Small bathrooms may be low on size, but they offer wonderful opportunities to go big on creativity and style. Don’t shy away from patterns, saturated dark colors, and dramatic hard finishes. This is the room where you can allow your maximalism to run wild.
Bathroom renovations are typically one of the best returns on investment you can make in terms of home remodeling. Updating the countertops can add so much value to your home, while taking no time at all to complete.
Small Bathroom Remodel Ideas
You can play around your powder room with fun colors, bold finishing, alluring wall-coverings, and dramatic fixtures. This compact space can be as dramatic or as simple as you’d want it to be. All of us have different tastes, and we believe the powder bath is a wonderful space to let your imagination do the talking.
There is a misconception that small spaces need only be minimal and bright. This is not true! In fact, a small powder bath, without a window, benefits from darker colors and vibrant wallcoverings. Natural light is reflected by light shades, but in the absence of light, moodier, more dramatic selections make a bigger visual impact.
You will notice in the baths below that contrast is an overarching theme. We like to pair contrasting hues as it adds a much-needed tension to a space. When the eye is challenged, it finds ways to make sense of what it sees: that means absorption of the design selections in a fresh, intuitive way. Not only do we love a good black and white, we love the look of brass against white, gray against cream, and blue with a pop of yellow florals.
Minimal Look, High-End Finishes
If you want to maintain a clean-lined, minimal look, we recommend selecting a place to splurge. High-end marble countertops, with a dynamic marbling, speak for themselves, and speak loudly with minimal accessories and decor. Take for example these powder baths with striking countertops and vanities. This marble basin below continues upward, providing subtle contrast with the brass fixtures in this small bathroom.
This powder bath shows our love for round mirrors. They can quickly transform any small bathroom. They work with other bathroom decor to create an even bolder look. We framed the mirror in a brass rectangle to connect to the stunning wall sconce. The result is minimal, elegant, and like a piece of art.
If you want to make a statement, but aren’t of the wallcovering persuasion, you simply cannot go wrong with tile. One way to add dimension to an interior is to create patterns. Tile does this effortlessly. Whether you want to create patterns of color or tonal shapes, tile lets you do this in three dimensions. One of our favorite sources for tile in Houston is Ann Sacks. Our Green Tree project features Ann Sacks tile from the kitchen to the bathrooms, all in stunning ways.
Bring on the Drama
The powder bath is small, frequently used, and one of the spots in your home guests are sure to notice. Surrender yourself to finding your personality in the most dramatic finishes possible, and impress everyone with your stylish selections. While a larger room would become overwhelmed with this scale of maximalism, the powder bath provides a perfect showcase.
How to Approach a Small Bath Remodel
Selection of counter tops, faucets, cabinets, cabinet pulls, and wall paper can seem like a lot – and that’s because it is! We’re often asked how we make the right decisions when there is so much to choose from. We specialize in the entire home, transforming each room from top-to-bottom, and don’t take on one-room projects. But there are a few recommendations we like to make if you’re facing a bathroom remodel:
Select high-quality fixtures
Kohler is one of our go-to brands for fixtures. They offer innovative, high-quality, and classic looks for bathrooms and kitchens. Laura’s home on North Boulevard features Kohler throughout. Because bathrooms are high-traffic areas, investing in quality ensures you will have beautiful fixtures for years to come.
Marble is always a stunning choice, but if you don’t clean it properly, marble stains easily. And sadly, once that stain is there, it is nearly impossible to remove! We have used large porcelain tiles in bathrooms, and in large entertainment areas, to make cleaning a breeze. Considering how often the powder bath is used, durability should be a top priority.
Sconces add a beautiful touch
Layering lighting is so important. In a bathroom, an overhead or recessed light is a necessity, but adding a fixture more at eye level adds warmth. We recommend Hudson Valley Lighting, which carries four different brands to cater to taste and price point.
You can take inspiration for your next powder bath remodel with these small bathroom remodel ideas. Trust us, they work like magic when you are ready to go all bold and dramatic with this little space. Follow along on Instagram for more small bathroom remodel inspiration!