7 top tips on how to make your small bathroom look and feel larger
A small bathroom space can seem like a curse, but don’t despair! There are small modifications you can make to any space to make it appear larger without raising a sledgehammer to the walls. In fact, fully renovating your bathroom should be a last option; there are plenty of DIY tricks and tips that can get you the same desired results in a jiffy. We’ve outlined some of the best and quickest below:
- Look to the sky
Look to the sky for storage, that is. Most people tend to choose bulky furniture that takes up a lot of floor space when trying to figure out bathroom storage. By installing open shelves high up, you can avoid cluttering and crowding the space that falls at eye-level and below. This increases perception that the room is bigger than it actually is. Even cubby shelves can be fairly easily installed and remain out of (eye-level) sight, widening the room.
- Choose a colorful accent piece
Decorating your bathroom in nude or neutral colors or white and having one colorful accent piece actually creates the illusion of space. This can easily fit into a beach motif, where the walls, tiles and towels are sand/nude colored. A complementary accent piece could be an ocean-blue tray of candles or picture on the wall. This added focal point tricks a person’s depth perception, making the room appear larger than it is.
- Be a minimalist
While opting for one colored focal piece in the bathroom can make it appear larger, opting for too many accent pieces or fixtures can actually crowd the room out and shrink the space. Toiletries should be tucked away into well-organized nooks and overdoing art or other wall fixtures should be avoided. Keep it simple and classy and stick with one or two pieces that act to enlarge the space rather than clutter it.
- Bold is overrated
When it comes to decorating, many people embrace their personal styles and aren’t afraid to go bold. This can be a mistake when working with a small bathroom space. While you may be very attached to your zebra-print bath mat, ditch it. The simpler you go with design, the more spacious the bathroom will appear. This goes for tiling as well; small, tedious tiles that span the range of the rainbow may seem like a good idea, but the clash of colors and styles will disrupt the continuity of the room – and your guests’ eyes – and cause the space to feel small.
- Cool off
If you choose to paint the bathroom, cool colors are great space expanders. Choose a light blue, sea green or even lilac or light purple to make it seem as though the walls are receding. There is a reason for this; these colors prompt people to think of water or the sky, both spacious elements of the earth. Plus, they usually go great with most bathroom themes!
- Don’t forget the ceiling!
Of all the elements of a room, we can all agree that the ceiling gets the least amount of attention. This shouldn’t be the case, especially when it comes to making a small bathroom look bigger. If you have colored walls, paint the ceiling to match them. Pro tip: choosing a shade or two lighter for the ceiling is best as peoples’ eyes actually perceive it to be a darker shade than it actually is. By unifying the colors of your bathroom, you are eliminating distractions and promoting the visual flow of the room, which expands the space.
- Blend, blend, blend
Just like the colors of the walls, you should aim to blend the elements of your small bathroom as much as possible to make it appear bigger. If you have tile in your shower, make sure it runs from floor to ceiling. Cut down on unnecessary fixtures that disrupt eye movement from floor to ceiling. While you may opt for open shelving on one wall as a storage option, try to keep the other available walls as clean and simple – and unified – as possible. The more the room all blends together, the bigger it will seem.
You don’t need a complete overhaul to your bathroom to make it work for you and appear bigger than it actually is. With the right colors, accents, storage options and creative eye, you can makeover your small bathroom space in hours or days. It doesn’t take much to enhance the space you have to work with and expand the walls – even if just through illusion!
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