How To Renovate Your Small Bathroom To Make It Feel Larger

As we’re daydreaming about freestanding bathtubs and penthouse bathrooms, many of us are only working with a five-by-eight foot space for our relaxing oasis. Because of recent trends broadcasted across Pinterest boards and Instagram feeds, more and more people are now looking for tips on how to renovate a small bathroom to make it feel larger.

And this isn’t just because of our fantasizing. New bathrooms have nearly doubled in size over the past 30 years – older bathrooms are only 50 square feet or smaller.

A recent study by Houzz revealed the top trigger for a bathroom renovation is that 48% of homeowners are exasperated their dated, aging bathrooms. Meanwhile, nearly a third are dealing with a bathroom that is worn and falling apart.

And isn’t it time that we pay more attention to the bathroom? More than half of homeowners spend 30-60 minutes a day in their bathrooms, even using mobile devices in their bathrooms at least once a week checking email, texting, social media, listening to music and even reading.

This time to relax and unwind has resulted in bathroom home renovations focusing on increasing the shower size, plumbing fixtures, and wall finishes.

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Whether you are embarking on a complete bathroom overhaul or hoping to do a bit of a touch-up, here are some of our top tips for transforming a small bathroom to give you more open space:

PEDESTAL SINKS

A pedestal sink is a strategic way to save both floor and counter space. The compact nature of these sinks offers an open, airy look compared to 30 inch bathroom vanities. The pedestal sink also allows your floor to be a central feature because of its delicate styling that doesn’t dominate the room.

A nice bonus about pedestal sinks is they are durable and easy to clean due to vitreous china; this is an enamel coating applied to ceramics, particularly porcelain, after they’ve been fired to make it tougher, denser, and shinier.

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American Standard Tropic Petite Pedestal Sink

WALL HUNG TOILET

One of the best space-saving secrets is the wall hung toilet. A largely European trend, the wall hung toilet is starting to take off in both Canada and the United States.

These feature tanks that sit within a carrier support system inside the wall cavity. The bowl is fastened to the carrier system through the wall using bolts. This concealment makes wall hung toilets the easiest to clean since you can effortlessly reach the bathroom floor.

According to Reeves Journal, wall hung toilet units can save up to nine inches of space compared to more traditional floor models, while also allowing more height options.

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Toto’s Aquia® Wall-Hung Dual-Flush Toilet

DECORATIVE MIRROR

Small rooms can feel confining and uncomfortable. While pedestal sinks and wall hung toilets are practical uses of space, a mirror adds a decorative touch that gives the illusion of a larger room.

If you are working with a small bathroom space, opt for a decorative, illuminating mirror. The benefit is it can reflect both natural and artificial light to make a room brighter during the day and night. A backlit or illuminated mirror bounces light into the centre of the room, while the mirror adds depth.

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Paris Mirror’s Lighted Harmony Mirror 40 X 24 Inches

If you prefer more traditional medicine cabinets, a recessed unit ensures you maximize storage space without any bulk.

Illuminated cabinets pair visual effects and practical storage solutions, acting as a building block for your bathroom.

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Robern AiO Cabinet

FRAMELESS GLASS SHOWER DOORS

When you are working with a small, confined shower space, it’s a good idea to use frameless glass sliding shower doors. Although this will save a bit of space, the main advantage is the stylish visual aesthetic. These doors create a more open, airy feeling giving the illusion of a more spacious bathroom since the shower is not impeding into the room.

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Shower Ideas to Create a High-Tech, Home Spa Experience

While the bathroom trends that have taken centre stage in 2017 include chic marble countertops, freestanding bathtubs, and statement accessories, the overarching movement has been the home spa.

For many people, the bathroom is their personal, spa-like sanctuary where they go to escape from the chaos of the day through a soothing shower or even a hot bath. Now we’re seeing this with advanced technology.

Maybe it’s our need to Instagram everything, but it seems like everyone wants to get that five-star spa feel in their bathroom.

Over the last few years, technology has become a pivotal part of bathroom design. This high-tech revolution has been boasted by increasing millennials homebuyers and a greater demand for connectivity. 

The emphasis is now on personalization.

If you are looking for shower ideas to transform your bathroom, one brilliant product that fuses advanced technology with a serene, home spa experience is the ThermaSol Steamshower. 

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Three Innovative Features of the ThermaSol Steamshower:

Chromatherapy

You’ve heard of aromatherapy. But this is an amazing therapeutic treatment you’ll want to try. 

Chromatherapy is colour therapy – 18 ultra-high-intensity LEDs in your shower cycle showcase  beautiful shades of tranquil or invigorating colour to balance energy levels. 

This alternative healing method adheres to the underlying principle that certain colours can affect your body and mood. This stimulates relaxation by soothing the energy levels in the body to calm, help heal and decrease anxiety.

For example, the colour yellow assists the metabolism and strengthens the nervous system and blue promotes tranquility while also relieving headaches, stomach pains and muscle cramps.

Don’t forget that ThermaSol also combines aromatherapy. You can add essential oils to the steam head to further enhance the therapeutic and luxurious shower experience. 

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Steam

One of the central elements to a serene home spa is steam. And no, not a steam room but the integration of steam with your standard shower enclosure. An in-home steam is the ultimate luxury, with pore-opening heat that relaxes both the muscles and the mind.

This is a rising trend with new shower models on the market because it fuses functionality with transcendency. It’s a simple way to convert existing home shower spaces – even small and limited bathrooms can leverage this steam technology.

Steam showers create a relaxing atmosphere of moist heat that promotes health and wellness. They have been shown to reduce stress, benefit sleep patterns, and even promote a positive influence on mood. But it’s more than that – steam has therapeutic benefits for the muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems.

One of the most widely regarded benefits is improved muscle relaxation since the steam helps widen blood vessels to release tension and allow more oxygen to flow through the muscle tissue. Steam showers also open pores so skin can excrete toxins and dirt, increase blood circulation, and clear sinuses and nasal passages. 

Digital Shower Controls

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Innovation in recent shower technology provides a truly customizable, personalized experience – all at the touch of a button. 

ThermaSol uses a touchscreen control panel called ThermaTouch to program all your preferred steam shower settings such as temperature, colour lights, and music. You can even connect to the Bluetooth setting to play your favourite music from your phone, or integrate with MP3, CD & DVD players, and satellite radio.

But then there’s the tranquility scenes. Yes, an in-shower screen to help you relax one step further for the ultimate home spa experience. Tranquility creates a totally immersive steam shower experience with 9 pre-programmed natural sounds, lighting and visualization scenes ranging from a bubbling, mountain stream to a gentle, crackling fireplace.

ThermaTouch manages your steam shower preferences and temperature settings to give you the most personalized experience, every time.

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Indulge in luxury and ambiance with the ultimate in home spa shower technology.

Make an appointment to see it in person at our showrooms in Victoria, Vancouver, Courtenay, Duncan, Penticton, Richmond and Port Coquitlam.

Or find out more information on how to renovate your bathroom for the perfect home spa experience with help from our team of experts.