While bathrooms in new home construction has doubled over the years older homes still have small bathrooms. If you have an older home but don’t have the time, money or motivation to remodel your bathroom there are things you can do to make it appear larger. These great ideas from KOHLER can help you make the most of your small bathroom.

Keep it cornered

Small bathrooms need to make use of all available space, so install shelving or build your storage units into the corner. Corners provide extra inches, and allow you to create unique design solutions.

Downsize your toilet

Consider replacing your old toilet with a compact elongated model. It’s the same size as a round-front toilet but provides the comfort of an elongated seat. Plus, newer toilets use less water, making them friendlier to the environment.

Stick with solid colors

In a small bathroom, busy patterns can overpower and appear to shrink the space. Light, natural tones lend an open, spacious feel. If you want to get creative, play with textures rather than patterns. Keep prints light and to a minimum. If you really yearn to go bold, the powder room is a better choice for showing off your style.

Maximize your bath

Consider installing a bathtub that’s designed to make the most of small spaces. TheExpanse® bath has a uniquely curved basin, while its standard size makes it perfect for easy updating and renovation. There’s even a coordinating curved shower rodavailable in three styles.

Choose a smaller faucet

Change your sink faucet to a space-saving, single-hole model.

Streamline the shower

Choose a sliding shower door or shower screen. Sliding doors don’t require space for door clearance, and the clear glass acts like a window, creating the perception of even more space.

Downsize the vanity

Save real and perceived space by installing a smaller vanitya pedestal sink or a wall-mounted sink. Even if they’re not particularly small, console tables help expand the perception of space thanks to their slender legs. If you choose to forego a vanity, you’ll want to add shelving to make up for lost storage.

Take the tub down a notch

Consider replacing your old tub with a lower-walled model to help open up sightlines and make the bathroom look more expansive. Try a 5-foot tub with a flat bottom. They’re perfect for showering, but still deep enough for a pleasant bath.

Adjust your view

Consider hanging your cabinet at a more comfortable height (around 34 or 36 inches) to avoid unnecessary bending. If possible, use niche shelving and a mirrored medicine cabinet to remove bulky furniture.

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