How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

The bathroom is an important part of the home and, as anyone who grew up with a large family can attest, a bigger room is a major convenience. While you may not be able to change the physical size of your bathroom, there are a number of ways to make a smaller space seem bigger.

Use Colors and Patterns to Your Advantage

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Between tiles, shower curtains, bath mats and other pieces, the average bathroom is a busy mess of clashing patterns and colors. Working to bring harmony between these disparate elements can make a room feel more spacious. Be judicious in your use of contrast — light walls against dark tile can feel fragmented and claustrophobic. Instead, choose bright, light colors and use small accent pieces, such as light fixtures or hand towels, to create contrast. You can also paint your ceiling the same color as your walls, which will draw the eye upwards.

Choose Furniture Wisely

The right choice of furniture can make it easier to move through a small bathroom and create an illusion of space. Choosing a floating vanity or cabinet, or one with tall legs, exposes more of your floor, which can make a room look bigger. You can also consider replacing conventional furniture with a nonstandard sized or custom-made piece that fits better in the room. For example, swapping out a large vanity for a pedestal sink frees up a good deal of space.

Mirrors and Natural Light

Every bathroom needs a mirror — and when it comes to maximizing space in a small room, bigger is definitely better. A full-length mirror that stretches to the ceiling is a great addition to any bathroom. Placing separate mirrors across from or adjacent to one another is a common trick, one that has the effect of changing a room’s proportions.

Natural light is an important ally in the quest to make a small room look bigger. Privacy is of course a concern, but if a skylight or larger windows can be added without sacrificing it, you’ll find your bathroom feels much more spacious. Translucent or stained glass windows offer an excellent compromise.

Be Smart About Storage

Minimizing clutter not only makes a bathroom feel bigger, it can also have a calming effect — perfect when relaxing in the tub. Keep your bathroom organized and ensure adequate storage space is available for all the toiletries and other items you use regularly. Look for creative alternatives to large cabinets, such as recessed shelving, wall mounted towel racks and other fixtures that free up floor and wall space. If you still need to use a cabinet, a tall piece with open shelving is a better choice for a small room — place it strategically in an out-of-the-way corner where it won’t impede traffic.

Aim for Clarity

Frosted glass shower doors make a small bathroom feel closed off and compartmentalized. Switching them out for clear glass opens up a room and adds a nice modern touch. If you don’t have glass doors, even something as simple as replacing your solid shower curtain with a clear one can make a big impact on your perception of space.

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