How to make a small bathroom feel bigger

Picture this: You’ve just bought your dream home. Everything is perfect but after a few weeks of living there, you notice the bathroom feels a little smaller than you remember. While some might be fortunate enough to have the budget to renovate or extend the bathroom, not everyone will. So how can you make your small bathroom feel more spacious without breaking the bank?

In this guide, we’re providing you with all the tips and tricks you need to make your bathroom feel bigger.

Opt for pale colours

As with any room, pale colours often open up the space and give the illusion of more room. Although stark white might feel a little clinical, there are still plenty of ways to create a beautiful bathroom with neutral shades like off-white, cream, pastels or light greys. These shades are also ideal for creating a calming atmosphere for you to enjoy a long soak after a hard day.

If your flooring is quite dark, and you can’t afford to replace it, use plain, neutral rugs to balance it out.

Declutter the space

Cosmetics, toiletries and cleaning products can also clog up the surfaces in a small bathroom. But this only adds to making the room feel even smaller. To maintain a light and airy feel, you should declutter the space and remove any products you don’t need. Those that are needed in the room can be stored away in mirrored cabinets or placed neatly in the corner. Decluttering doesn’t just include products either. Ornaments, towels and rugs can add to the claustrophobic feeling. Try to keep the bathroom as minimalist as possible.

Light it up

Lighting can completely change the look and feel of a room. This is particularly the case in bathrooms, which often don’t have a lot of natural light. Switching up your bathroom lighting to incorporate multiple spotlights can help keep the room bright without encroaching on the space.

Mirror tricks

Mirrors are incredibly effective for reflecting light around the room and creating a feeling of more space. Using full length mirrors, or mirrors on both sides of the bathroom can help give the appearance of a larger room.

Remove the bulk

Light and mirror tricks can only go so far. If you’re using a dark shower curtain, or have a frosted glass shower door, you can easily remove these to display the full size of the room. Clear glass shower panels provide just as much protection from splash back but don’t break up the space or make it feel small.

If you have several cabinets in the room, for example under or above the sink, consider replacing these with a slimline shelf. This will open up the room and create less obstruction for light to carry around the space.

Ditch the bath

We left this option to last. Those that can survive without a bath could remove it entirely. Walk-in showers or wet rooms provide a luxurious and modern feel without taking up as much room. Removing the bath could completely transform the space, and you may find you fall in love with your home all over again.

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