Design Solutions | Storage!

Depending on your home, bathroom storage may be minimal.  This might be ok in a powder bath or guest bath, if you have a master bath to make up for it.  But if you only have a couple small bathrooms in your home because you live in a NYC apartment or a loft somewhere...or your home just isn't that big...then you're dying for more storage, I'm sure!  We admit, storage can be tricky.  It is very dependent on how you use the space so your involvement in the type of storage that you have is key--it really needs to be customized for you!  Today we're going to show you a few ideas that you can modify to fit your exact needs or just run with and maximize your storage space!

If your sort of stuck with the existing drawer space that is currently in your bathroom, evaluate how it's being used.  Drawer dividers can really boost the quality of your storage because they compartmentalize everything.  Stuffing things in drawers keeps the counter space clean, but it doesn't always utilize the drawer space well.  So take a look at what kinds of things you store in your drawers, how they could be grouped, and then find the right drawer organizer to make it work!

We don't love medicine cabinets but we know that sometimes they're just necessary.  These wall spaces can easily become a catch-all for the bathroom. Even though they're not that deep and aren't always that tall, you can still modify your usage a little to make them work harder.  First of all, add smaller containers that can sit on the shelves.  This is kind of like the baskets-on-closet-shelves look--- it's cleaner and easier to access everything, plus you use the space towards the back of the shelf because you can get to things easier.  Also, don't forget to utilize the back wall of the medicine cabinet.  This part is usually metal so you can add magnetic hooks or suction cup storage bins that will also increase how much you can keep in one place!

Put all of the wall space to good use!  Hooks and racks instantly add helpful storage to a bathroom whether it's because you can hang up more towels or hang up your hair tools.  Little hooks and racks can come in useful for so many different things--you wouldn't realize it until you had a bunch, though!

Hooks and racks don't always have to be visible either!  Under cabinet storage can use some building up as well and hooks & racks can come in handy!  We love these little pull out drawers that can be attached after-the-face to cabinets.  Put an additional shelf over it and you've double that storage!

If you have the wall space for another piece of furniture, don't be afraid to bring it in.  Even if it doesn't match exactly, it can still flow with the space and add an incredible amount of storage!  Finding that perfectly sized piece isn't always easy, so keep a lookout when you're browsing your local HomeGoods...or even thrift stores and garage sales...you never know what you'll stumble upon!

Finally, for a little extra love for your house guests, these tired baskets make create storage and display pieces in small bathrooms!  Set it on the countertop or, if you have a tall one, let it stand on the floor.  That way, your guests have all the essentials even if they forgot to bring them themselves!


How To: Make a Window-less Bathroom Feel Bigger

Everybody in Florida knows the drill when there's a hurricane threat--hide in the bathroom since it's usually one of the only rooms without windows.  For some reason, even though bathrooms and kitchens sell homes, bathrooms get the last of the "window real estate".  Unfortunately for a room that's used so frequently, this can decrease the functionality of a bathroom.  However!  That's not where the story ends.  The good news is, we've got some tips and tricks for you to use to make your window-less bathroom feel larger even if it's not very big at all!

Consider your finishes!  The more reflective elements in a window-less bathroom, the larger the opportunity for light to show and open-up the space.  For this reason, it's important to consider the finishes you use in a small bathroom.  Even though many people are drawn the oil-rubbed bronze, it may be better to go with a polished chrome or brushed nickel for a lighter airy-er feel. Glass and lucite work well for this also!  And don't just consider your fixtures--think of accessories as well!


Get creative with lighting!  Since you don't have very much natural light (if any!) coming into to this poor bathroom, find a way to add layers of other lighting even if they are artificial. You may have a pendant light or some other sort of overhead lighting in addition to sconces that frame the mirror.  I also like having a small lamp in a bathroom that can be used as a night light or a softer light kept on in the evening.  When hanging your lighting, consider where the mirror is in relationship to it.  If it can be in a path to reflect any of the artificial light that will also contribute to making the room feel larger!

Don't be scared of white!  While glass and silver reflect light and adding light is good, the wall color also makes a huge impact!  White is reflective, so if you paint your bathroom walls white, you'll have added one more reflective property to your bathroom!  White accessories a great in any bathroom too, though.  White towels, rugs, shower curtains, toothbrush holders--go with it! You're just opening up your space a little more with each white object you use in the place of something darker or colorful.

 

Consider your furniture.  While a lot of people like dark wood and a big solid sink base, something a  little more open-feeling is your best bet in a dark bathroom.  You want a space like this to feel light and airy but a heavy piece of furniture will detract from that!  Consider a pedestal sink or a vanity with legs instead of storage.  You'll be surprised at the difference it makes!


Bathroom can be very difficult to work with even though they're so incredibly necessary!  We hope this post has help you, if you have a window-less bathroom, consider new ways to make it feel larger!