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Tips to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

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Tips to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger
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Found the home of your dreams, but there’s just one problem? A small bathroom can be hard to work with, and it may seem as if you’ll never have enough space. However, don’t despair, there are many tips you can use to make a small bathroom appear bigger than it actually is. 

In doing so, you’d be surprised at how easy it is to transform a small and cramped space, into the breezy, cozy bathroom that you love! You may need to compromise on some points and make sure you avoid some design mistakes, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make space work for you. Take a look at our top tricks and tips below.

Declutter & Store Smart

Nothing makes a room feel smaller than it needs to be than clutter. An abundance of toiletries, towels and other knick-knacks scattered about the bathroom will soon have you feeling like the walls are closing in on you. So, tidy up and get rid of anything that you don’t use anymore, and those things that aren’t frequently used can go into storage.

The only things on display should be those that you use on a daily basis, such as toiletries and towels. Now, get smart with your storage. Remove shelves and cabinets that stick out into the room, as these can swallow the precious space you have. Instead, install storage units above the door, and hangers on the back of the door to maximize your space. If possible, fit recessed cabinets and shelves as well. In the shower, fix handy organizers that keep all your toiletries in one place.

Use Light Base Colours Throughout

You may need to redecorate your small bathroom if you want it to grow. When you do, avoid dark, or bold colours, and instead opt for pale, pastel shades throughout. A lighter palette opens up the space you have, and by using the same shade on the floor, walls, and ceiling, your bathroom can appear to double in size. Add splashes of colour and contrast in features, such as towels, light shades, toilet seat or even artwork.

Keep the Glass Clear

Frosted glass on a shower door will block the true size of your bathroom, making it look far smaller than it actually is. Replace this with clear glass instead, allowing the eye to see through to the end of your bathroom. Better yet, replace glass doors with a sophisticated shower curtain, that can be drawn back to reveal the full extent of your bathroom.

A handy trick with shower curtains, is to hang them high, almost at ceiling level. This draws the eye up, making your bathroom appear bigger.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall

Mirrors are great for reflecting light and opening up any space, and this works especially well in a small bathroom. You can make a feature out of a large mirror, which can make the room seem twice as big. If you don’t like the idea of one big mirror, think about fitting several smaller ones, or adding a full-length mirror onto the back of the door.

Remove the Bulky Vanity

Do you really need all that storage space under the sink? A vanity cabinet can take up a lot of space, but if you remove it, and replace it with a more delicate, stylish pedestal sink, your room will suddenly open up. Place everything you had in there in alternative storage solutions, such as high shelving or a hanging vanity.

Lighten Up

Light makes any room seem bigger, and this is especially true in the bathroom. If your bathroom windows are frosted, consider replacing with clear glass, and using a blind instead. Otherwise, add wall sconces or spot lighting to spread the light and open up your bathroom.

Super Tiles

Tiles can go a long way to making your bathroom seem bigger if fitted with a little care and attention. Opt for single-pattern, light coloured tiles, that are quite large, as opposed to smaller ones. Then, cover as large a space as possible, going all the way up to the shower, then right up to the ceiling. You can use stencils to add features to certain tiles, or simply leave them as they are. A subtle blend of similar shades can also work really well.

With a little thought, even the smallest bathroom can appear to double in size, and can fast become one of your favourite rooms in the home. Sometimes, less really is more, and you’d be surprised at how much space is wasted in a larger bathroom!

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