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Big Upgrades for Your Small Bathroom


You’re ready to upgrade your small bathroom and make it more functional and feel bigger but aren’t sure where to begin? According to Nicole Warren, bath specialist at Maze Lumber in Peru, Illinois, you just need to break it down with these easy steps. To start, ask yourself this simple question: What is the function and style you’re looking to accomplish? If you need some inspiration, take a look online at Houzz and Pinterest. Finally, think about these four things.

Storage Space
Is bathroom storage important to you? Warren tells clients to bring her a floor plan and she will help you find opportunities for storage. Can you add storage under the sink? Or what about a wall cabinet or recessed vanity? A toilet topper or linen cabinet may also be an option.

Shower Stall vs. Bathtub
If your bathroom currently has a bathtub, consider replacing it with a shower. “The space you can save is valuable. It can be used for a linen cabinet, additional counter space, or help open up the room,” says Warren. Ultimately your decision is based on how you want to use the space.

Color and Style
Color can help make the space feel more open or bigger. Warren tells her clients to look at lighter colors, clean lines, or small dark accents to make the space feel more open.

Focal Point in Room

To create a focal point, Warren suggests adding custom tile to your shower/bath or an accent wall behind your vanity. A cool, modern look is to add a shiplap wall. These interlocking wood panels can add style to your bathroom without taking up space. Flooring is another area to make a bold statement. Whichever you choose, Warren says coordinate the rest of the room around that focal point and let it sing.

There’s a lot to consider when remodeling a bathroom, but Warren and the rest of the team at Maze Lumber are here to help, from early design stages through the finished remodel.

Have fun and happy remodeling!

Maze Lumber

Serving the Illinois Valley since 1848

1100 Water St., Peru, IL 61354