5 Design Solution to help make a tiny bathroom look larger
9 February, 2022 | Mikala Chapman
Even though the bathroom is often the smallest room in the house, it’s one of the most important. Let’s face it: small bathrooms are not sexy. They’re cramped, dark, and can be downright claustrophobic if you have a tiny one. The good news? Even tiny bathrooms don’t have to feel small, and they can still have personality. With a few design tricks, you can make a tiny bathroom look bigger than it is.
Small Bathrooms Have Charm Too
Could small sometimes be better? Small bathrooms can feel more intimate, especially when they have a window or overlook a pretty garden, but they must have the right features to ensure functionality. When people don’t consider all the necessary design elements for a small bathroom, the result is a room that is too cramped — and sometimes even unusable. Let’s look at some ways to get the most out of a small bathroom.
Take Advantage of Wall Space
One problem with a small bathroom is the lack of storage space. You can solve this problem by installing shelves or cupboards on the walls to create more storage space without taking up floor space.
If your bathroom is puny in size, take advantage of every inch of space, including the walls. Wall shelves work well for storing things like towels and toiletries because they don’t take up floor space. They also create the illusion of more space in a small room – particularly if you paint them the same color as the wall.
A mounted shelf will give you plenty of space to store items, from shampoo and conditioner to grooming tools and even books. A mounted shelf is also a great option for people with limited mobility because it allows easier access to all parts of the shelf when necessary.
Use Mirrors to Create the Illusion of Space
Mirrors visually expand the size of a room, including a bathroom. If you have a small bathroom with one small mirror, try putting up two mirrors in different places around the room. Mirrors reflect light and can help your bathroom feel brighter because they bounce natural light around the room. Mirrors make a small space seem larger by reflecting the walls, furniture, and other objects in the room itself.
Another trick for making small spaces appear larger is to use full-length mirrors instead of the smaller one’s people use on a vanity or medicine cabinet. A full-length mirror creates an optical illusion by making a room look wider than its actual dimensions. Be sure to hang mirrors at eye level, so they do not distract from the other items. Placing them too high or too low can cause them to compete with or clash with other elements in the bathroom or home, which can detract from their effect.
Choose Light Colors for a Small Bathroom
To make a small space look bigger and more open, use light-colored walls or ceilings. Dark colors add depth and crowd a room, while light colors create the illusion of more space. A room with light-colored walls will make your bathroom feel larger by giving the impression of more distance between objects in the room. Dark colors have the opposite effect and make a room look smaller by absorbing light instead of reflecting it.
Once you’ve selected the right color for your bathroom, paint, or tile surfaces in only that color. For example, if you tile the walls in white, use white or a light colour on all your other bathroom surfaces such as vanities, cabinets, and accessories. That way there won’t be any contrast with different colored walls and your small bathroom will look bigger.
Add More Light
Lighting is a design element that adds the illusion of space. Natural light, if you can swing it, is best because it’s free and doesn’t need to be turned on and off. A skylight is a fantastic option to fill a bathroom with natural light, and where possible a large window. If you’re stuck with artificial light, use bulbs that mimic daylight as much as possible. Prevent glare by using matte finishes. The most popular finish for cabinets is matte, which prevents glare and makes them appear wider than shiny ones.
Matte finishes are also great for tile countertops and walls because they prevent reflection and make the area feel bigger. Lights that come with motion sensors or timers can turn lights off when no one is in the room, saving electricity and making your bathroom look brighter and bigger at the same time.
Clutter can be visual noise that makes the room appear smaller than it is. Clear out unnecessary items from your bathroom to give yourself more floor space to work with. If you have too many brand products or accessories around your sink area, consider using decorative containers to house them instead of leaving them out where they take up extra counter space.
The first thing to do is take inventory of what’s already in your bathroom. If you have items you no longer use, get rid of them. If items can be kept elsewhere just as conveniently, move them.