How to make a small bathroom look bigger

white vanity cabinet in a small bathroom

The average bathroom is usually the smallest room in the home with little scope for any serious remodeling. However, there are still some tricks you can use to give the illusion of space. Here, we look at some of the most successful ways you can make your small bathroom look larger.

Space Saver

One of the most common reasons why a bathroom looks small is clutter. When you have items taking up every surface, this can make it feel like the room is closing in on you. Bathrooms are one of those home features that never seem to have enough storage space. Between your morning makeup routine and nightly shower, your bathroom serves many functions in a limited space.

When it comes to storage space in a bathroom, the crowd is divided into two. One half says storage is very important and another half says that there is no need to overcrowd the space. If you can declutter then do so, but if this isn’t feasible because you need everything that is in your bathroom, you can, instead, reconfigure your storage solutions. A built-in vanity unit, fitted against a wall, makes for very clean lines. Wall-mounted vanity units or cupboards look sleek when they are the same neutral colour as the walls.

As a matter of fact, mirror cabinets are a practical and versatile storage solution for your bathroom. In addition, mirrors can be used effectively to bounce light around the room and create the illusion of space.

Neutral Colours

This is one of the most well-known tips - light colours automatically make a room appear larger than it is, which is exactly what a small bathroom wants.

Picking the right colour scheme for your bathroom renovation is very important, as it takes up a large percentage of the “wow” factor of the overall finished product. One particular trick that can do just that is a warm two-tone scheme. Using a neutral, warm colour can provide heaps of benefits, such as an enlarging of space and creating a positive atmosphere.

Wall Hung Vanity

A wall hung vanity, which is sometimes known as a floating vanity, allows for storage whilst still having some flooring making an appearance. A floating vanity offers the illusion of more space, making the smaller bathroom feel bigger. They open up the room and free up the floor underneath the cabinet.

Square Set Ceiling

When it comes to ceilings, if you want to achieve the appearance of a larger bathroom use a square set cornice instead of a decorative cornice.

Light up the room

When there’s just one solitary light bulb hanging from the centre of the ceiling, this can create a dark, dingy feel. Natural light is best, so if your windowsill is cluttered move everything to let light in.

You can also incorporate soft LED lighting effects, by placing lights over a sink or under a bath panel, for instance, or using ceiling downlights to create a high-tech light and airy feel.

Ditch the curtain

Nothing divides a bathroom more than an opaque shower curtain. Install a clear shower divide and a frameless shower unit instead to maximise the feeling of light and space.

Use Similar Materials Throughout the Bathroom

Having a wide variety of dissimilar materials in the bathroom can be chaotic, leading to the feeling that the bathroom is cramped and busy. Consider toning down the visual noise by switching out some of the materials for similar materials.

Three extra tips:

  • If a tile cannot be removed, consider painting over the tile.
  • If replacing floor tile, use a larger format tile.
  • When looking at colours, choose lighter colours for a more airy feeling.
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