Decorating tricks to make a small bathroom look bigger

Decorating tricks to make a small bathroom look bigger

Even if your bathroom is small, it does not have to appear that way. Without moving a single wall, you can create the illusion of a larger bathroom with a few changes or remodels. When you have a small bathroom, it can be a challenge to create a highly functional space that also looks great. However, with a few creative design methods, you can make your bathroom appear and feel larger, changing it into the lovely, functional, and relaxing area you’ve always desired. Here are some decorating tricks to make a small bathroom look bigger.

Clever decorating tips to make a small bathroom look bigger

Optimise storage

Optimising your storage space is crucial in a small bathroom. Start by investing in products that improve organisation, decrease clutter, and create open space. Also think about adding shelving units, expanding under sink organisers, and compacting linen closets. Medicine cabinets are also a great addition as they add storage and an extra mirror, which both help small bathrooms look larger.


Plain-coloured floor tiles are perfect for creating the illusion of a larger floor space. Small tiles in a small bathroom are usually assumed to make the area appear larger, but the numerous grouting lines might make the space feel smaller. In a small room, busy, patterned tiles can have a similar impact, so larger, plain tiles with few grouting lines may be a preferable alternative. Similarly, if you’re tiling the walls of your bathroom, plain colours are more effective, since busy patterns will make the room feel smaller.

Increase natural light

Small bathrooms can appear dark and gloomy. Natural light makes the room look brighter and opens up the space so it appears larger. If you only have a small window, install a skylight or solar tunnel to bring more natural light into the room. A translucent window curtain will also allow more light in while maintaining your privacy. Replace those yellow bulbs with bright LED lights, and consider adding more light fixtures to boost lighting while also drawing the eyes upward.

Repaint and redefine

Consider painting the walls of your bathroom if you want to brighten it up. If you are renting, you need first seek permission from your landlord. Once you’ve received approval, paint your walls and ceiling the same colour to give the impression of a larger space. The idea is to apply the soft, light colour palette throughout the space, so choose a hue that complements your floors.

Use mirrors

The bathroom mirror has a significant impact on the overall depth and the feel of your room. If you have ample wall space, use mirrors to maximize any natural light. Mirrors stretch space by reproducing it. Mirroring the long wall of a small bathroom, for example, can change the room’s proportions and make it seem larger. Be sure to place mirrors so they reflect the bath’s assets – whether that’s a wall hanging, a panoramic view, or the widest room angle. Two mirrors positioned opposite each other create the illusion of a never-ending room.

Sanitary ware placement

You can create space in a small bathroom with some clever sanitary ware. Back to wall and wall-hung toilets are great for streamlining bathrooms, concealing the cistern and making the room instantly appear far less cluttered. In addition, wall-hung toilets are especially compact by design and can go a long way to increasing the floor space in the room.

Pocket doors

Doors that open up into small bathrooms can take up a lot of valuable space. If your home allows for it consider a pocket door that slides right into the wall rather than taking up floor space. If this isn’t possible consider a sliding door as an alternative.

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