From Small Powder Room to Luxurious Master Bath: Design Tips for Every Bathroom in Your Home

Depending on when your home was built, if you’ve remodeled, or the layout of your house, bathroom sizes can vary wildly. But whether you’re looking to maximize space, create openness, or capture the feeling of a luxurious spa, these expert design tips  make your bathroom beautiful and functional, whatever its size.

3/4 Bathroom

Generally a 3/4 bath is used by house guests or your kids. But because of its size, fitting storage (and style) with the essentials means creative use of space is a must. Here are a few tips to make your small bathroom appear bigger and function more efficiently.

    • Think vertical. Add shelving or a cabinet over the toilet or install open, built-in shelves that look like they are part of the wall.
    • Skip the large vanity and try a space-saving pedestal or floating sink. Even though this will eliminate some storage, it frees up floor space and helps the room feel more open.
    • Tap in to the power of a mirror. If your bathroom layout allows, place a large mirror above the sink.
    • Trade in your shower curtain for a clear glass door. Curtains and frosted glass add an extra “wall” making the room appear smaller.
    • Color matters. Go with a white-on-white or tone-on-tone palette of light shades such as soft gray, pale blue, or beige. And don’t forget the floors! To open the room, match your tile to the walls and ceiling.


Since galley bathrooms are long and narrow, they often take on a confined, hallway feel. These tips will help you visually open your space.

    • Take into account many of the tips for small bathrooms, such as utilizing the vertical space, a clear shower door, and light wall colors.
    • Choose a side. Place all fixtures against one wall to create space both visually and physically.
    • Utilize the storage of a long vanity that spans nearly one side of the room and tuck the toilet between the end and the back wall or bathtub.
    • The bigger the mirror the better. Place a large mirror or oversized medicine cabinets the length of an entire wall or vanity.
    • Visually add width to the room by using long, narrow, oversized tiles set in a staggered pattern that run opposite the direction of the walls.

    Design Tips for Smaller Bathrooms | Factor Design Build Blog | Denver CO

    Full Bath

    A full bath is the most popular bathroom design because it allows enough room for all the things you want and need, while also giving you the chance to add style and extra upgrades.

      • Take into consideration who will use this second bathroom. Your Kids? Overnight guests? Friends? By determining who, and how many, will be using this bathroom at the same time, you can better plan. For example, adding a double sink or large cabinets.
      • Since you don’t need to create illusion of more space, replace that giant wall mirror for two recessed medicine cabinets or uniquely shaped choices.
      • Trade your plain, functional vanity for a fun, furniture-style piece.
      • Consider including some personal touches like art, plants, decorative jars, and candles.
      • Add more character by choosing interesting wall colors, tile choices, and light fixtures.
      • Get organized! Use extra space for laundry control with a large, stylish basket or hamper.


    Master Bathroom

    The most wonderful thing about designing a master bath is you can truly make a secluded, peaceful, in-home retreat — while still accommodating two people.

      • To create the master bath of your dreams, take your lifestyle and taste into consideration. Do you love little indulgences like relaxing in a hot bath? Or if a top-of-the-line shower head more your style?
      • Whether you’re drawn to a warm, relaxing ambience, or a bright and airy atmosphere, pick your color scheme based on how you prefer to unwind.
      • For even more relaxation, consider adding a tub-side fireplace or a small sitting area with a comfy chair for lounging.
      • Focus on the details: add plants, wood accents, soft curtains, adjustable lighting, and even heated floors or towel warmer for a more spa-like environment.
      • Be unique with your storage by choosing antique furniture like a repurposed bookcase or dresser.

      Master Bathroom Design Ideas | Factor Design Build | Denver CO

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      Looking for even more ideas? Consult with the experienced in-house team of professional interior designers at Factor Design Build to help make your bathroom dreams a reality.


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