Tips to make a small bathroom look BIGGER when renovating
Updated: May 19
Small bathrooms aren’t the easiest spaces to work with. They’re usually cramped and crowded, with limited natural light and awkward layouts. Whether it’s your powder room, your apartment bathroom or your master bathroom that’s cramping your style, here are a few tips for making any small bathroom seem bigger — no wall demolition required.
| More mirror, less vanity
Design elements play a huge role in creating a larger feeling in a bathroom. For instance, a large mirror brings a greater feeling of depth, and a floating vanity adds floorspace underneath, both of which create a roomier feel. When you combine these two bathroom elements there’s more functional space to validate your good looks.
| Slide instead of swing
Swinging doors can take up almost half the room, depending on how small the space is. Instead, use a door that slides open. And since more light will be attracted to the room from a sliding glass door, the brightness will expand the feel of the room, making it seem larger than it is.
| Blend the tile and wall color.
Blending the tile to the wall doubles your space in a small bathroom. For example: Don’t have dark walls and light tile (or vice versa), because this will chop up the space, visually, and make it seem smaller. However, if you do want some contrast, limit it to something that is more of an object in the space, like a low cabinet or a light fixture. Then that object will stand out as a feature, while everything else will recede and blend together as a backdrop.
| Tile to ceiling
Take the tile all the way to the ceiling to emphasize the verticality of the room. Given that you have limited horizontal leeway, choosing to accentuate vertically will help emphasize another dimension of your bathroom.
| Brighten the room
Bring in as much light as possible. Light, bright rooms always feel more spacious than dark and drab ones. If you have a window, use sheer window coverings to maximize the natural light. If you don’t have a window install additional flush-mount wall or ceiling light fixtures to increase the light in the room.
| Paint the ceiling the color of the walls
Especially if your ceiling is angled or has some oddly shaped low areas.
Painting everything a unifying color will make those unusual shapes disappear, and the space will visually expand. Go one shade lighter on a flat ceiling, because ceilings always read a bit darker than the walls.
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