If you’re thinking about remodeling your small bathroom, you may know that studies show updating a bathroom of any size can increase the value of a home. However, there’s a statistic from a Houzz survey you might not know: seventy-five percent of people who renovate a master bathroom don’t make it bigger.

The truth is, you don’t need to move walls or spend like a home improvement show host in order to create big luxury in a small master bathroom.

Here are five ways to make a small bathroom space feel lavish and spa-like:

Rethink the shower stall-versus-tub debate


Many large luxury bathrooms have a separate shower and soaking tub. In a small bathroom, which may be used by multiple members and generations of a household, creating an upscale feeling by separating the tub from the shower might not be a realistic option. Instead, look for ways to boost the appeal of your tub/shower space, perhaps by choosing a visually appealing, white model for an updated, yet classic style.

Up your shower game

The shower isn’t just where you get clean; it’s also a morning wake-up tool or end-of-day relaxation treatment. Deluxe showers often feature multiple jets, rainfall showerheads and hand showers. Replacing an ordinary showerhead with a shower system is a cost-effective and easy way to add luxury to the shower.

Options like the Grohe Retro-Fit Shower System offer a drenching rain showerhead, along with an integrated hand shower. Even better, the system works with existing plumbing, eliminating any need to open the wall to change piping.

Splurge on luxury materials

Materials like travertine tile or granite countertops can be costly, but when you’re renovating a small bathroom, you need less of those materials.


Adding marble tile above a small tub/shower area will cost far less than outfitting a large walk-in shower. Replacing a modestly sized vanity with a new cabinet and granite countertop won’t be nearly as expensive as redoing a large, double-sink vanity. When you have less real estate to refurbish, high-end materials can be a cost-effective choice. Use quality materials to boost the upscale feeling of your small bathroom.

Add pizzazz to functional elements

You can increase a small bathroom’s feeling of extravagance by adding some flare to functional items like faucets and cabinet hardware. For a modest investment, you can turn everyday elements into items that underscore the overall beauty of the room. Replacing a typical bathroom medicine cabinet or mirror with a luxury model is another way to elevate a small bathroom to premium status.

Lighten up the space

Adding natural light into a small master bathroom can make the space seem larger and more appealing. If your bathroom already has a window, forgo blinds or shades in favor of easy-to-apply privacy film. Readily available in a breadth of simple or fancy patterns, this opaque film allows light to enter the room while providing the necessary privacy. If your budget allows, consider adding a skylight for natural lighting and passive ventilation.

This article is courtesy of Brandpoint.