5 ways to make a small bathroom feel bigger

Do you have a small bathroom that you wish was a little roomier? Is it impossible to physically change the structure of your bathroom? If you feel like your bathroom is too small and claustrophobic, yet you cannot easily make structural renovations, you can easily create some extra space just by getting creative with the interior design.

A small bathroom is not the end of the world, and you do not necessarily need to renovate the blueprint to make it more comfortable. All you need to do is make a couple tweaks to your existing accessories. Here are a couple small bathroom design ideas, which can save you a lot of time and money down the road.

Big Mirrors

It goes without saying that you need a mirror in your bathroom, but have you considered getting the largest possible mirror that could fit on the wall?

Mirrors act a lot like windows, spreading light all throughout the room. So, the larger the mirror, the more light gets reflected. A large mirror creates the illusion that the bathroom is big.

If you have a small mirror that hangs over the sink, consider swapping it out for a single mirror large enough to cover the entire wall. It will also brighten up the bathroom considerably.

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Large Floor Tiles

If you have small floor tiles, they should probably go. Not only are they more difficult to clean, but they catch the eye and divide the room up into tiny pieces. Small floor tiles create the illusion that the bathroom is actually much smaller than it truly is.

The easy solution? Use large floor tiles, and they should be plain in color. Fewer lines on the floor contribute to a less cluttered look. The space will immediately open up, and the floor will be much easier to keep clean. A clean bathroom always looks brighter and larger than a dirty one.

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Clear Glass Shower Doors

If you do not have clear glass shower doors, chances are, whatever you do have is creating an “extra wall.” Having an “extra wall” makes your bathroom look much smaller than it actually is.

If you can get a clear glass shower door, you will remove the wall effect that occurs with a curtain and textured glass. The light will be reflected throughout the room, and the space will literally open up.

Clear glass shower doors are also much easier to clean, and are splash proof. If possible, you should choose a frameless clear glass shower door, as having no frame will omit all visual barriers.

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Floating Shelves

All bathrooms need storage space, but the way you design it can make or break the visual effect of the bathroom.

Rather than have a clunky cabinet, see if you can install open shelves that are closer to the ceiling. The shelves will be up and out of the way, and the walls will look further back than they actually are. This makes the room apear bigger, even with the same amount of storage space.

If you have some room between two studs, you can also install open shelves to create a recessed shelving unit.

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Tiles up to the ceiling

The more divisions you have throughout the bathroom, the smaller the bathroom will feel. That is why it is important to install stylish tile all the way up to the ceiling on your walls. You should take out any trim that is between the wall and the ceiling. Even though trim might be cheaper, it will make the walls appear shorter and the space much smaller.

Even if you do not have a high ceiling, having one material from floor to ceiling will make the room appear taller than it actually is. The space will dramatically open up.

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Conclusion

As you can see, all is not lost if you feel like you have a small bathroom. All you need to do is make some little changes to the existing space. The most important thing is to focus on bringing in more light, which you can do by removing any “walls,” and adding large mirrors.

There are plenty of more small bathroom tips for making your bathroom look even larger, but hopefully this is enough to get you started. The next step is to start making some changes, and watch your bathroom grow!

6 Popular Kitchen Flooring Options

When it comes to the style and comfort of your kitchen, the kitchen floor is just as important as the cabinets, appliances, and countertops. Kitchen floors come in a variety of different materials and styles, each with their own unique characteristics. Price, durability, appearance, and maintenance are just some of the many traits that vary from floor to floor. 

Here are some of the most popular kitchen flooring styles on the market: 

Hardwood

Hardwood floors are a true kitchen classic. They’re also incredibly long lasting (with the right maintenance!), so if you want to replace your kitchen floors just once in your lifetime and never have to worry about it again, hardwood is your best friend.

The most common type of wood floor is oak, but hardwood floors also come in ash, maple, walnut, and hickory. Whichever type of wood you choose, you can look forward to a floor that matches every style of kitchen, from traditional to contemporary, and rustic to Craftsman style.

Keep in mind that wood floors are one of the most high-maintenance kitchen floor options on this list. They’ll need to be sanded and stained every 5-10 years to keep them looking their best. Plus, they can be damaged by water and heat, which means they’re not always the best option for a utilitarian room like the kitchen.

Tile

All you have to do is think back to the black-and-white checkerboard floors of the 1950’s to know that tile has been a popular flooring option for decades. Tough, easy to clean, and available in many different colors and patterns, it’s easy to see why tile is one of the most popular kitchen floor options. 

Despite its greatness, there are a few downsides to tile. Tile flooring can be uncomfortable to stand on for prolonged periods of time, and if you frequently cook meals at home, that can be a big problem. Tiles are also incredibly tough to remove, so if you like to update your floors every couple of years, you may want to opt for something easier to swap.

Linoleum

Linoleum is a practical choice for kitchen floors. Durable and antibacterial, it’s a great flooring option for kitchens where food-borne bacteria is always a risk. Plus, some varieties of linoleum include a bit of cushioning to make standing in front of the stove a bit more comfortable. Environmentally-conscious homeowners will be pleased to hear that linoleum is made using natural materials, unlike their close relative, vinyl. 

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Laminate

Like linoleum, laminate kitchen flooring is practical and budget-friendly. Best of all, it’s stain-resistant, so dropping a pot full of pasta sauce or a glass of red wine is no longer the traumatic event it used to be. The achilles heel of laminate flooring is water, since water will cause the planks to swell and distort. Unfortunately, there’s no way to repair a water damaged laminate floor. Replacement time it is! 

Vinyl

Vinyl might just be the king (or queen!) of modern kitchen flooring. It’s easy to take care of, straightforward to install, and available in a wide range of price points. Basic vinyl flooring is one of the most affordable kitchen flooring options, but you can splurge for high-end “luxury” vinyl if it suits your tastes. Vinyl is also incredibly versatile in terms of appearance. It comes in a variety of colors and styles, and can even mimic other high-end flooring materials like hardwood and ceramic tile. 

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Bamboo 

Bamboo kitchen flooring is a popular alternative to hardwood flooring since it shares the same durability and price tag. Unlike hardwood, bamboo has a lighter, sleeker look that makes it perfect for contemporary kitchens. Keep in mind that bamboo is “thirsty,” which means it will eagerly suck up any water or moisture that makes its way onto your kitchen floor.

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Favorite Kitchen Flooring Trends

Whether you’re planning to remodel your kitchen or simply perusing possibilities for your future dream kitchen, there are many excellent options to choose from. From practical to high-end, high-maintenance to nearly maintenance free, there’s a kitchen flooring option for every style, budget, and lifestyle. 

What’s your favorite option for kitchen flooring? Let us know in the comments! 

Classic home styles: All about craftsman style houses

Once upon a time during the Industrial Revolution, machines began replacing skilled artisans with quicker and cheaper materials for building houses. While some of these advances were really neat (just check out the elaborate woodwork on Victorian painted ladies), not everyone liked the fact that factories were dominating the construction world. Hence, the craftsman movement was born! 

Craftsman style homes showcase the best of artisan handiwork. That’s why some of their most-loved features are their exposed wooden beams, stone fireplaces, and beautiful multi-paned windows.

What do craftsman homes look like?

Covered porch with wide beams and multi-panel glass door

Craftsman architecture has a very distinct look. Clean horizontal lines, low-sloping roofs, and wide porches are just a few key features of craftsman home design.

Here are some clues that you’re standing in front of a craftsman home:

  • Roofs that are low-pitched or completely flat
  • Covered porches with wide pillars that taper at the top
  • Roof eaves that jut out way beyond the walls of the house
  • Exposed rafter tails along the roof eaves
  • Earth-tone colors like green, brown, and blue
  • Wide trim around windows and doors
  • Multi-pane windows and partially paned doors

Sadly, many older craftsman homes have been renovated and may have lost of some of the features on the list. However, if you look close enough, you should still be able to make out some hints of its original style!

Classic craftsman door by Pella

Styles of craftsman house

Not all craftsman homes look exactly alike. There are four distinct styles: 

  • Bungalow: This is the “classic” style of craftsman home. The majority of craftsman style houses are built in the bungalow style. 
  • Prairie style: Popularized by legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the prairie style craftsman homes feature strong horizontal rooflines that run parallel to the ground. 
  • Mission revival: Imagine a prairie style craftsman covered in stucco! 
  • Four square: The stripped-down, no-frills version of the bungalow craftsman. Fun fact: they all have the same internal floor plan! 

Below is a classic prairie style home designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. You can still see some of the core craftsman design features, like the covered porch, pillars, and low-slope roof, but Wright also put his own twist on the design!

Prairie style house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

What’s a craftsman house like on the inside?

The distinct style of craftsman homes isn’t just skin-deep. The interior of craftsman homes also feature the same level of care and artisanship. 

Craftsman interiors typically have:

  • Built-in shelves, cabinets, and window seats
  • Large, stonework fireplaces
  • Simple, practical floor plans 
  • Natural materials like wood, brick, and stone
  • Exposed wooden beams on the ceiling
  • Mission-style light fixtures

Here are some pictures showcasing the beautiful handiwork you can find inside traditional craftsman style homes.

Craftsman style sitting room with grand fireplace and exposed wooden beams
Craftsman style dining area with exposed wooden pillars and built-in bench seating
Craftsman style bathroom
Craftsman style entryway

The classic simplicity and warmth of the craftsman style home has made it one of the most enduring home styles over the last century. From the mission revival style of the West Coast to the Midwest’s prairie style, you can find craftsman homes across the country. Wherever you go, the perfect craftsman style home is waiting for you!