11 simple ways to make a small bathroom look bigger

Let's just say a small bathroom isn't something you would include in your house’s tear sheet when it comes time to sell.

But there’s hope! There are ways to deal with this. Your small bathroom can be designed to look and function just as well as the rest of your great house.

You just need to know a few tricks - a few little pointers that can help a tight, tiny space GROW, visually.

These tricks I'm about to show you can be applied to any type of room.

However, in a bathroom, they are particularly important.

Every bathroom has to satisfy certain needs and, therefore, must include the basics: the sink and faucet, shower or bathing area, and the toilet. No matter how small the space, these things have to be shoved in there.

(Oh, and, of course, a big bath tub, some linen storage, an extra sink for the Mr., some great lighting and mirrors, and maybe a seated vanity . . . Well, all those would be nice in a beautiful bathroom, too ;-)

If this was a living room, you could just remove some chairs. Or a sofa. Or the coffee table.

But a bathroom without a toilet? No.

TIP #1 | Keep everything the same tone / color / value as much as you can.

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.

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DESIGNER: Anile Prakash

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. In this case: recession = expansion (of space).

TIP #2 | 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. It cuts down on the number of transitions and planes intersecting, therefore creating a cleaner, more expansive upper space in the room. Sometimes, I'll go one shade lighter on a flat ceiling, because ceilings always read a bit darker than the walls anyway. This will give the same effect.

TIP #3 - Blend the tile color and wall color.

Blending the tile to the wall doubles your space in a small bathroom.

Imagine tile with contrasting color in this shower pictured to the left. Visually, it would cut the size of the bathroom in half, making the shower appear to be a separate space. By blending the color / value of the tile with the wall, it will all read as one larger room.

TIP #4 | Take the tile in the shower up to the ceiling.

Easy peasy!

TIP #5 - Watch your transitions.

The more you can bleed a material from one area to the next without stopping and starting it, the cleaner and less busy the space will appear.

The tile pictured below runs all the way around the bathroom. Even the same flooring runs into the shower.

TIP #6 | Use clear glass in your shower.

Textured glass can make a space feel like it has an extra wall. You may be able to get light in and have some privacy, but it will be a visual barrier within the room.

TIP #7 | Go BIG on the mirrors.

Nothing makes a bathroom feel grander than a mirror that reaches to the ceiling. Trimmed out in wood or tile, a tall, expansive mirror with lighting installed on top of it, or hanging in front of it, will double the light's impact and make the space grow.

Don’t use double mirrors over side by side sinks either. Again, it will chop up the space.

TIP #8 | Go for plenty of natural light.

Natural light in a master bathroom is always desirable. After all, nothing beats the feeling of walking into a bathroom in the morning and glorious sunshine being there to welcome you! (It helps with your make-up too.) I’ve seen many bathrooms with windows that have been covered with shutters, or some sort of blacked-out window covering, to create privacy, and either approach is just like walling up a window! Instead, cover a window with a translucent window shade, or a tone-on-tone stained glass window -that way you can have natural light and privacy! If you don’t have a window, consider a solatube, or some kind of skylight to bring some natural light into the space. To the right, you will see how beautiful Hunter Douglas translucent shades were used to provide privacy and let in the light.

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