5 ways to make a small bathroom feel bigger

Do you have a small bathroom that you wish was a little roomier? Is it impossible to physically change the structure of your bathroom? If you feel like your bathroom is too small and claustrophobic, yet you cannot easily make structural renovations, you can easily create some extra space just by getting creative with the interior design.

A small bathroom is not the end of the world, and you do not necessarily need to renovate the blueprint to make it more comfortable. All you need to do is make a couple tweaks to your existing accessories. Here are a couple small bathroom design ideas, which can save you a lot of time and money down the road.

Big Mirrors

It goes without saying that you need a mirror in your bathroom, but have you considered getting the largest possible mirror that could fit on the wall?

Mirrors act a lot like windows, spreading light all throughout the room. So, the larger the mirror, the more light gets reflected. A large mirror creates the illusion that the bathroom is big.

If you have a small mirror that hangs over the sink, consider swapping it out for a single mirror large enough to cover the entire wall. It will also brighten up the bathroom considerably.

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Large Floor Tiles

If you have small floor tiles, they should probably go. Not only are they more difficult to clean, but they catch the eye and divide the room up into tiny pieces. Small floor tiles create the illusion that the bathroom is actually much smaller than it truly is.

The easy solution? Use large floor tiles, and they should be plain in color. Fewer lines on the floor contribute to a less cluttered look. The space will immediately open up, and the floor will be much easier to keep clean. A clean bathroom always looks brighter and larger than a dirty one.

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Clear Glass Shower Doors

If you do not have clear glass shower doors, chances are, whatever you do have is creating an “extra wall.” Having an “extra wall” makes your bathroom look much smaller than it actually is.

If you can get a clear glass shower door, you will remove the wall effect that occurs with a curtain and textured glass. The light will be reflected throughout the room, and the space will literally open up.

Clear glass shower doors are also much easier to clean, and are splash proof. If possible, you should choose a frameless clear glass shower door, as having no frame will omit all visual barriers.

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Floating Shelves

All bathrooms need storage space, but the way you design it can make or break the visual effect of the bathroom.

Rather than have a clunky cabinet, see if you can install open shelves that are closer to the ceiling. The shelves will be up and out of the way, and the walls will look further back than they actually are. This makes the room apear bigger, even with the same amount of storage space.

If you have some room between two studs, you can also install open shelves to create a recessed shelving unit.

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Tiles up to the ceiling

The more divisions you have throughout the bathroom, the smaller the bathroom will feel. That is why it is important to install stylish tile all the way up to the ceiling on your walls. You should take out any trim that is between the wall and the ceiling. Even though trim might be cheaper, it will make the walls appear shorter and the space much smaller.

Even if you do not have a high ceiling, having one material from floor to ceiling will make the room appear taller than it actually is. The space will dramatically open up.

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As you can see, all is not lost if you feel like you have a small bathroom. All you need to do is make some little changes to the existing space. The most important thing is to focus on bringing in more light, which you can do by removing any “walls,” and adding large mirrors.

There are plenty of more small bathroom tips for making your bathroom look even larger, but hopefully this is enough to get you started. The next step is to start making some changes, and watch your bathroom grow!

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