How to make a small bathroom look bigger

by | Sep 27, 2021 | Bathroom decor ideas | 0 comments


Everyone wants a nice bathroom because everyone wants a nice house. The first thing you need to do if you want a nicer bathroom is to make your bathroom look bigger, especially if it is a small bathroom.

Small bathroom looks bigger

There are plenty of ways to make a small bathroom look bigger and we are here to outline the best ways to do it. Some of these are super quick and easy, while others are not DIY friendly. So find out what works for you.

Basics of making a small bathroom look bigger

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There are no set rules for making a small bathroom look bigger, but there are many tips that designers can share with you to achieve your goal. The exact bathroom you have means something and needs to be considered.

But in general, you can follow our tips and strategies to start making your little bathroom look bigger. Chances are you will immediately notice a difference and people will wonder when you had time to remodel.

Transparency is the key

As in, transparent shower walls. Everything you can do transparently makes your room look bigger again, but the bathroom is the only place to start the shower. Then replace your shower with one that has transparent walls.

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This can easily be done by a plumber if you get to buy the shower. Showers like these are easy to get to and quite affordable too. They usually have two walls that are transparent and two that are against the bathroom wall.

Add a floor drain

If you really want to open the shower, consider completely doing away with the shower walls and adding a drain to your bathroom floor. This is not an easy task, but if you have the money, it can be done.

You need to make sure it is done correctly so hire a professional. When you are done, you can almost turn your bathroom into a shower where you can shower anywhere without worrying about getting the floor wet.

Light up with colors

Or at least brighten up the colors you use in your bathroom. That does not mean you have to use vibrant colors, but rather lighter colors. Dark colors almost always make a place look smaller than it would with lighter colors.

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There is nothing wrong with darker colors if that is what you prefer, but choose lighter colors for the best possible bathroom. This means whites, creams, shades of gray, beige and pastels. All lighter shades.

Light up with lighting

This is probably the easiest and most important thing you can do. Natural lighting is best, but it is not necessary. If you have a window, do not use dark, thick curtains, but clear or light ones that are semi-transparent.

If you do not have windows, use plenty of lighting that uses the correct type of bulbs with natural light. Lighting will always make a room look bigger, so be sure to use this.

Find your metal finish

Find the metal finish you like and stick to it. Because blending and matching metals only work well in large spaces. In smaller bathrooms, it is better to stick to a certain finish to ensure that everything is cohesive.

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You can certainly experiment with two or more finishes, but for best results, try to keep things in a metal finish unless you feel like you know what you’re doing. Otherwise, it may make the room look smaller.

A large mirror

Having a mirror is important for any bathroom, but it is also important to pick and choose the mirror. If you choose a mirror with broken parts or one with multiple frames, you may be making the wrong choice.

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Instead, choose a single large mirror and place it over the sink. This will really open up the space because each mirror lets you see the entire bathroom at once instead of breaking it up into pieces.

Living plants

Get yourself some live plants to really get the most out of your bathroom space. If you need help choosing bathroom plants, it’s a strange shopping experience, we have a guide right for you that can help you.

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Consider using hanging plants instead of standing plants if you want to make sure you have enough space. This can make your bathroom feel better, smell better, look better and even make breathing easier.

Clean floors

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Not just swept and mopped floors, but rather floors that are not covered with carpets or anything to break them up. While you might want to add a simple bath mat in front of your shower, too much carpet and you can make the room look smaller.

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So try to minimize the use of rugs in your bathroom, and if you can manage without using any rugs, then do so. Just be careful if you have floors that easily become slippery or you may have a slip hazard on your hands.

Consider a 3/4 bath

If you feel that your bathroom is too small, then you might want to consider getting a 3/4 bathroom instead. A 3/4 bathroom is a bathroom with three appliances instead of the standard four of most bathrooms.

You will still need a sink and a toilet, but leave the shower or bathtub out. This frees up so much space. If you already have a bathroom like this, then you have just learned that you have a 3/4 bath!

Do not get busy

Keep patterns to a minimum if you want your space to look bigger. Instead of using bright or busy patterns for your shower curtains and towels, use solid colors instead, use patterns only if they are wide patterns.

This also applies to tiles. Instead of using busy tiles, use larger tiles without patterns. Or at least without busy patterns. This can really make a huge difference as the floor is a big part of your bathroom and what the focus is.

Declutter the Room

This is the easiest thing you can do and it can make one of the biggest differences. Declutter your bathroom by removing everything you do not use in it and storing everything you use somewhere unseen.

It’s okay if you put some things back, but it’s a good start to start over and get rid of everything you do not use. This means displays, wall art and anything else that is not practical. It is okay that bathrooms are primarily practical.

Focus point

If you want to check how big your bathroom looks, check where the eye lands. Find something that should be the focal point that you really, really like. For example, a piece of wall art or a unique device.

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Instead of touching your bathroom with all sorts of things, use one thing that becomes the only focal point. Then declutter as mentioned above and add your favorite stuff again or spice up one of the remaining things.

Liquid everything

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Floating shelves, sinks and toilets are usually a good start. If you do not want to make remodels, stick to the shelves. But if you want major changes, turn off your sink and toilet for liquid items.

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Once you have assembled the entire set, you will be amazed at how much space you have. Repeat the floors if you need to and everything looks so clean because of all the extra floor space you have made.

Use the corner

That corner space should not be wasted. Instead of putting everything against the center of the walls, try putting sinks, vanities, shelves and showers in the corner, provided they are fitted to the corner.

A shower is the most basic thing to put in a corner because it is generally already made to lay it. To save even more space, get a standing shower that has a curved front. Don’t worry, it’s not “cutting corners.”

Clawfoot bathtub

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Clawfoot tubs are a wonderful way to open up a space. Because the rule that Lifting the furniture from the ground always works, even in the bathroom. So if you float sink and toilet, add a tub with claw.

Just be careful with this combo box because liquid appliances look modern, but claw-foot vessels generally look a bit dated in a good way. Clawfoot bathtubs give a Victorian vibe, so use them wisely with your setup.

Hidden storage

Hidden storage is not just a fun way to get creative, but it can save so much space. Use every nook and cranny that you need to hide storage. Few drawers that slide into the wall or inside the shower hooks.

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There are many ways to get creative with your storage, but the important part is to do it for a practical reason. So get started on finding the things to store outside of the site and find a place for them first.

Hiring a professional

You can hire a design professional any day of the week. Availability depends on where you live and what time of year it is. For example, the beginning of the year is generally difficult because designers are very busy.

Especially those who specialize in opening small spaces and organizing. Because when the new year turns, people decide to have their lives together. And what better places to start than at home?

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