Ways to Make Your Bathroom Look Bigger Through Cabinets and Storage

The bathroom is many people’s comfort zones. Evidently, it will not be called comfort rooms if it is not. Many prefer this part of the home to be as spacious as possible, but, the reality is, most often than not, this room compensates to the lack thereof.

Fret not! You don’t really need to knock down some walls to expand the room. One of the most common techniques—and the most functional one too: proper cabinet and storage placement.

Here are some tips for your mind to think your bathroom is bigger than what it really is:

Choose/Paint the cabinet doors monochromatic with the lightest shade possible.

Following the theme of your bathroom, choose cabinets that goes and blends in mono-chromatically. If it’s possible, go with the lightest shade possible. The color white (or light colors) reflects light, be it natural light from the sun or supplied by lighting fixtures. If the light touch cabinet surfaces, it will bounce back, making the room seem brighter, hence bigger and more spacious. If you want to trick your mind into thinking that your bathroom is actually bigger, install white tiles, paint your walls and your ceilings white.

If you have wooden cabinetry, opt for using lighter woods as opposed to dark colored woods.  A light colored wood will allow for more light to reflect off of surfaces and will not make the room look more cramped than it already is.

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Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2014 Southern Living Idea House

Stay with the same tone and color.

If white is not your thing, you can choose any color to paint your bathroom. But, keep in mind that the lighter it is the better it would be for the illusion of a much spacious room. Try to keep the decor in one shade. According to experts, painting everything with a unifying color will make those unusual shapes disappear, and the space will visually expand. “It cuts down on the number of transitions and planes intersecting, therefore creating a cleaner, more expansive upper space in the room,” they advise.

Keep in mind, though, that even monochromatic dark shades will make your bathroom look smaller, so going as light as possible is the best way to go.

Place cabinets strategically.

Think of the spaces in your bathroom that you don’t usually go to—say for example, above the doorway. Typically, the space above a doorway is vacant.  Especially, if you have higher ceilings than the minimum clearance you can install decorative storage shelves to house bath tub salts, scrubs etc. You can also use the shelf for storing extra toilet paper and cleaners to free up valuable storage area below the sink

Maximize vertical space.

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Consider having cabinetry built to extend up to the ceiling. Adding color at a vertical height will cause the eye to go up and therefore enlarge the bathroom space and feel. It is also a wise use of the space above head, which will not make you feel cramped inside the bathroom.

Consider open storage cabinets.

Open storage shelves trick the mind that it is not occupying as much space as possible, because the eyes see what’s beneath it. At the same time, it allows owners to use it as a display rack, as well as to keep the necessities in a decorative manner. But, keep in mind that if you decide on open storage for your bathroom, you should be mindful of clutter and adding too many items on the shelves.

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2016 Southern Living Idea House
Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. featured in the 2016 Southern Living Idea House

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About the Author:

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James Coleman – Senior Director of Relations and Business Development of Luxury Commercial Bath

James Coleman is the Senior Director of Relations and Business Development of Luxury Commercial Bath, and the President of DIRECT Show Flooring. Luxury Commercial Bath has been proven a leader in the Hospitality Bathroom Remodeling Industry and aims to provide the best services for bathroom remodeling in the hospitality industry (director which involves hotels, restaurants, bars, etc.).

A Family Commitment That Spans Across Generations Celebrating 55 Years

Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. is celebrating 55 years since Paul Wellborn first opened the doors to Wellborn Cabinet Shop in Ashland, AL in 1961.  The company started in a 3,200 square foot building that Paul and his wife, Betty, eventually expanded into a 1.8 million square foot vertically integrated manufacturing plant.  The Wellborn family expanded right along with the business with 5 children who now all hold various management positions within the company.  The oldest, Tammy, is manager over the Credit Department, next in line is Angela who is Director of Marketing & Advertising, then John who is the Customer Relations Manager, followed by Stephen who is the Director of Product & Research Development, ending with the youngest, Jason, who is the Display Manager.  Now, Mr. Paul has another generation of the Wellborn family beginning their professional career with 3 of his 15 grandchildren working full time in various positions at the Ashland plant.

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The Wellborn Family 

Behind the Wellborn Family, are dedicated employees who work diligently to build quality cabinetry that is designed for a lifetime of gracious living. “Heirloom Quality” is not just an expression used at Wellborn Cabinet, we consider it a way of life. The amount of time the Wellborn team takes to ensure each product is tested to adhere to our quality standards is second to none. The check points are not completed by just one person; we have over 100 employees on our Quality Team that thoroughly check each cabinet. Our certified inspectors oversee 30 quality checkpoints throughout the facility. The time-tested craftsmanship has been passed down for generations to Wellborn employee. Each cabinet is Crafted By People Who Care.

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Doors, drawer fronts, and face frames are individually inspected for a smooth flawless surface that is properly prepared for The WellGuard Finishing System.

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Our Thermofoil doors are ¾” thick. A five-piece raised panel appearance is created by intricately routing the door details from a single solid piece of medium density fiberboard.

Our passion for success not only streams through our product, but we also ensure our facility follows the Environmental Stewardship Certification Program (ESP) regulations. Wellborn Cabinet, Inc.’s goal is to incorporate leading environmental practices, policies, and standards throughout our facility. Our responsibility to the environment has extended to include selecting, educating, and embracing suppliers based on their commitment to similar environmental practices, including sustainable or recycled raw materials, as well as low emission products where applicable. Our commitment to each customer is ensuring them that the cabinets they buy from Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. are the GreenChoice now and for future generations.

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Wellborn’s Estate Collection was chosen to participate in the Greenhaven Home in Atlanta because of its commitment to the environment. Greenhaven is a model for green building and sustainable design.

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For years our company has remained true to our commitments to quality, environmental stewardship, and devotion to our customers. With expansion in the works and applications welcomed, our company has decided to add a new edition to our Ashland location, coming in 2017, in the form of our new frameless line, Aspire Cabinetry. We will have an entire new line of paints, stains and door styles to choose from. Without all of the care and love from our employees, we would not have been able to get where we are today, and the Wellborn Family is so thankful.

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On-Trend Transformations

 

Although they’re often the smallest rooms in the house, they’re also among the most essential and most commonly remodeled spaces. When you approach design with both function and style in mind, you can elevate your bathroom to be much more than an afterthought.

While the bathroom is a space where function matters greatly, that’s no reason to skip adding personal touches to the space. From fixtures and decor that reflect your personality to accessories and features that fit your lifestyle, you can incorporate details that make your bathroom as much about you as the rest of your home.

The focal point of many bathrooms is the cabinetry, and the array of products available today make it possible to create nearly any look you can imagine. With an option such as Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s Elegant Bath Collection, the possibilities are endless. The extensive collection of designer vanity suites, basic vanities and accessories fits a broad range of design aesthetics with an array of popular door styles and finishes.

If a remodel is in your plans, consider these in-the-now design trends to help create a bathroom retreat that blends your individual style with everyday luxury.

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Contemporary style

Whether it’s a desire to capture the classic Zen spa style at home or simply a growing penchant for modern interiors, the bathroom is no exception for those who gravitate toward contemporary design. Cabinetry featuring clean styles, sleek hardware and full overlay doors lend well to a contemporary look. Add complementary lighting and fixtures, and keep accessories and decor simple and clutter-free to round out the look.

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Painted cabinetry

Many a bathroom has fallen victim to monochromatic monotony. Fortunately, these days more bathrooms are getting a fresh look filled with colorful expression. If you’ve considered the cabinetry off-limits before, now is the time to brighten up your bathroom and make a statement with boldly hued woodwork. For a more subtle look, glazed richly toned stains may be the answer. Take another step toward this color-friendly style with neutral painted finishes and paints with glazes. Or go all-in with fully custom painted cabinetry, with Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s ColorInspire program, that draws from the broad selection of shades from the extensive paint programs of well-known brands such as Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and Valspar.

 

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Floating vanities

In keeping with the trend toward modern motifs, floating vanities provide a clean, minimalistic appearance in a contemporary design. Particularly in a smaller room, this open, airy look is a stylish alternative to the pedestal sink as it lends an illusion of space while bringing expanded flooring into view. Paired with the proper cabinetry and color scheme, the floating vanity can work equally well in a transitional design.

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Storage solutions

From pull-outs, tilt-ups and roll-outs to hidden outlets, simplified storage is in big demand, according to the National Kitchen & Bath Association’s 2016 Design Trends Report. Keeping clutter off the counter is easier than ever with clever storage solutions such as Wellborn Cabinet Inc.’s accessory base pullouts or toe kick drawers that create an extra place to stow your bath essentials in the space below the cabinet. Another solution to a common problem, the U-shaped sliding shelf wraps around the sink plumbing to hold towels, soaps and hair accessories, providing easy access to stored items while maximizing storage space inside your vanity.

Choose Your Door Design

The type of door overlay you choose for your bathroom cabinetry can make a big difference in the overall look of the room. Determine which door style fits best with your design:

Full overlay doors span over the frame and have a concealed hinge for a clean look.

Traditional overlay doors reveal some of the frame for a classic design.

Inset doors are placed inside the cabinet frame. Some brands, such as Wellborn Cabinet, Inc., offer options like beaded or non-beaded face frames.

 

Find more inspiration and planning tools to create your ideal bathroom retreat at www.wellborn.com

 

Make Room for More Media

Media Centers and Gathering Spaces are evolving with Technology – no longer do you have to gather around the television in a central location to watch your favorite show……you can access television shows, movies, videos, etc. anywhere in your home depending upon what you have equipped your home with from cable, satellite and wireless internet…… While these advancements are pretty phenomenal this is changing how we interact with our family and even socialize with guests.

When designing these spaces it’s important to take into consideration the old and new for a collective balance of technology for all to enjoy.

A central located television is still a wonderful way to enjoy your favorite shows or movies together on the weekend when you finally have time to sit down and take a break.

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Provide adequate seating for the media center but also provide seating & surfaces for other tasks on laptops, tablets, etc. So all can still be in a central location and you are able to still be close to each other.

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When Space is precious and every inch counts design spaces that can serve several functions for all in your home.

Entertaining, Working and Storage have all been covered with ease in this space.

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Embrace technology and the convenience that it can bring but remember what is truly important and that’s time with family and friends!

Antigua Baking Center: a must have for 2014

Every attendee that came into our booth at KBIS went straight for the big, bright doors on our baking set – it’s like our designer Karen Salyer could read minds at this years KBIS show. People wanted to see something different but they also wanted something that felt authentic, nostalgic…….  a relatable design….. or maybe they just wanted to feel excitement about something they already loved… baking…..

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I personally love good design and with good design in a kitchen  – a cook can do wonders – your steps become almost that of a perfectly choreographed dance and you are the star  – with your extras (interior accessories planned perfectly) stealing the spotlight only for a few seconds here or there…. but in the Wellborn booth this year  – Antigua was the star.

An eye-catching exterior that beckons you to the beach or our booth  – the Antigua door style is a lovely faux louver style door but with Antigua there’s no faux style – it’s all real!

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Organization cuts down on Frustration: A well planned space is a joy to prep, cook, eat and clean in.
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The Little Drawer That Could: A single drawer can do multiple tasks – from storage to prep work (cutting board) you don’t skimp on ingredients so don’t skimp on your space.

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Your Kitchen is Waiting – What is Your Style?

What is your style?

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transitional – classic styling
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or natural modern………whatever your style we have you covered.

Remember to enter in our Dream Kitchen Makeover Contest for your chance to win up to $12,000.00 toward your Dream Kitchen!!!DreamKitchenMakeoverBanner120x120

What's Your Secret to Culinary Success?

Everyone has that one or two tricks that they swear by with certain dishes – tricks that make your recipes the best!

The one secret I believe in is Organization. It’s key to any of your culinary adventures.

Having every tool you need in reach when you need it.

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Adequate Storage Space for current and future cooking needs or trends.

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With the correct planning even multi-user kitchens can be organized to fit the needs of every cook that uses the space.

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Do you know where the baking center is located in the cabinetry below?

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Great design works for you when you need it and looks fabulous when you don’t.

Stop by our booth at #KBIS2014 Booth number 1963 to learn more.

2013 Design Contest Winner – Bathroom – Honorable Mention

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Crystal Kennedy

Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

Milwaukie, Oregon

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2013 Design Contest Winner – Bathroom – 1st Place

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Beth Atherholt

Fiderio & Sons, Meriden, Connecticut

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2013 Design Contest Winner – Small Kitchen – 3rd Place

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Katrina Hosea

Bee Tree Homes, Jacksonville, Fl

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