Ways to Transform Your Small Bathroom Into One That Feels Far Bigger
For most people, their bathroom is as big as it is because it’s not always possible to extend it and add any extra floor space. If that’s the situation you’re in too, it’s a good idea to take some steps to transform it and open up the space a little. It’s more than possible to make your bathroom look and feel much bigger than it really is in reality.
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, so it makes sense to want to improve it in any way you can. No matter what your style preferences are, there are plenty of steps you can take that’ll make your bathroom feel more expansive and better suited to the needs of your family.
To make this happen, you simply need to know the tricks and that’s what we’re going to discuss right now. The right visual tricks will grow your bathroom more than you could have ever imagined. Read on to find out how.
Install New Lights to Make the Room Feel More Open
The lighter your space is, the more open it will feel, and that’s why one of your first steps is to add some light. The last thing you want for your bathroom is for it to feel dark and univinting. That will simply make the room feel more closed and constrained, which is the opposite effect to what you’re looking to achieve.
When you install these new lights, you should think carefully about the ones you choose and where you choose to place them within the room. This will make a difference when it comes to the kind of impact they have. Each room is different so make sure your new lighting works for yours.
Match Up the Various Elements
When you have various different elements in your bathroom and various materials, you should try to match them up in one way or another. You could match the colours or another aspect of the designs. By doing this, you’ll make the room feel more consistent and less like each element is fighting against the others, leading it to feel bigger too.
Inconsistency simply leads to confusion, which in turn leads to a messy and small-seeming room. The worst thing you can do when designing and decorating your bathroom is to simply throw together a range of different elements and expect them to work. That’s unlikely to be the case and it’ll come across all wrong in the end.
Use a White on White Approach to Create an Airy Feel
When choosing colours for a bathroom that you want to make feel bigger, you should always opt for lighter colours. And the lightest colour of them all is the best one to go for. White creates a sense of openness because it’s not at all oppressive-feeling. You could go for a white on white approach in which you keep this colour consistent across all the elements of the room’s design.
White on white might seem boring, but that’s not necessarily the case. If you’re creative with it, you can make the white on white style unique. Use textures and different fittings and fixtures to add variety to your style without using different colours. It certainly can be done and the results can be stunning.
Prioritise Storage in Order to Avoid Clutter
Storage is going to be really important when organising your bathroom and making it feel bigger. It’s impossible to make any room feel bigger when it’s overflowing with clutter. It simply makes the space feel too small and like it can’t contain all of the things within it. Having storage that prevents overflowing clutter is vital.
You should also try to clear out as much of that clutter and unwanted stuff as you can. When the space is too cluttered, it won’t create the effect you’re looking for. And you’ll probably find that a lot of that stuff that’s taking up space in your home doesn’t really need to be there in the first place.
When Choosing a Vanity, Consider a Floating Option
Vanities often act as focal points in bathrooms, but you need to make sure that you choose one that’s not going to take up too much of your space. One great way to do this is to choose a floating vanity. By not having it take up physical floor space, it immediately feels more modest and as if more space is left over in the room.
There are all kinds of styles of vanities out there for you to consider, but none of them can offer the same benefits in terms of maximising floor space as a floating vanity can. So if this is your main priority, you should definitely choose this type over the alternatives.
Seek Out a Large Mirror to Add Depth and Reflect Light
The mirror will be one of the most important aspects of your bathroom going forward. If you want it to feel bigger and deeper, a mirror will make that happen. First of all, it reflects more light around the room and we’ve already talked about just how important light is when making the room feel bigger and more open.
There are all kinds of big mirrors and the style you choose doesn’t matter too much, as long as it’s in keeping with the style of the rest of the room. What really matters is the size. Don’t be afraid to take up a large portion of the wall with your mirror because it will add the depth and perceived size you’re looking for.
Install a Shower with Entirely Glass Panels
When installing a shower in your bathroom, don’t make it a big cubicle that seems out of place and not in keeping with the room. If you want to keep it minimal and retain the impression of more space in the room, you should choose a shower with glass panels all the way around that you can see straight through. It makes a real difference.
When you can see right the way through the shower, it makes the room as a whole seem bigger. And it means that you don’t have a significant part of the room taken up by a visually overbearing shower cubicle. It’s a change that will no doubt make a big difference in your bathroom.
Create Long Lines with Shelves and Surfaces
Long lines are really helpful at making a room feel more extended and open. These can be created in a variety of ways, such as with shelves and surfaces. A long shelf that runs along a wall can make the entire wall feel longer. That’s the effect you’re looking to create with this trick.
There are many ways to do this so don’t be afraid to experiment a little and try out different things. You might find a new way of adding long lines that manages to achieve the visual impact that works for your space and makes it seem bigger. There’s no limit to how you might approach this.
Paint the Ceiling Too
You might not have thought about the ceiling very much, but if you want to make the room feel taller with higher ceilings than it really has, one good way of doing this is by painting the ceiling the same colour as the walls. When you use white, this is particularly effective and makes the room feel much taller than it actually is.
It builds on the consistency of your bathroom’s design. If you feel like your bathroom is currently a little cramped and isn’t really offering the height you’d like it to, this is definitely something that’s worth trying out. It’s not going to make your room any taller but it might create a visual illusion that does something close to that at least.
Make the Most of Natural Light
Light is great and we’ve already discussed how good it is at making the room feel bigger, but one thing that’s always better than electric lights is natural light. Always make the most of the natural light you have at your disposal in your bathroom and never let it go to waste because it can be such a huge asset.
If you have anything blocking your windows or stopping natural light from properly filling the space, this is something you should look to work on. You want the natural light to flood the space as much as it possibly can. You might even want to rearrange the bathroom to better make use of the natural light but that’s for you to decide.
Remove Things That Stick Out Like a Sore Thumb
If there’s anything that sticks out and makes your bathroom look a little strange or not quite right, you should simply go ahead and remove it. If it sticks out for the wrong reasons, it’s going to draw the attention and immediately make the space feel smaller than it is and certainly not any bigger.
It makes sense to take more of a minimalist approach to the design of your bathroom. If something doesn’t need to be there and isn’t really adding anything, you should get rid of it and keep things as minimal as possible. Bathrooms often work best when they’re not over-designed or filled with too many things so keep that in mind.
Keep the Floor Tiles Simple
Next, you should give some thought to the floor and how it might be used to make the space feel bigger. There’s nothing complicated that needs to be done here; it’s simply a case of keeping the style simple and choosing floor tiles that don’t complicate things unnecessarily.
Using white floor tiles that are quite large is one simple solution that works well in just about any bathroom. If you have a black and white theme colour scheme, you could go with black tiles. They work just as well and they can be used to contrast with the white aspects of the room.
Go for Style and Sophistication
If you want to distract from the limited space on offer in your bathroom, one thing you can do is make it more stylish and a little more sophisticated. This is a good way to make the space feel normal even if the size is below average. Go for high-quality faucets and fittings that look like they belong in a high-end establishment.
There are lots of ways to make your bathroom feel a little more stylish and sophisticated. It’s something that also comes down to personal taste and preference, so find the way of making your bathroom feel sophisticated that works for you and for your space.
Create Wall Depth with Some Artistic Flair
Wall depth can be really important as well. If you want to create more of this, you could try adding some art to your walls. Rather than hanging art, it’s better to have art painted directly onto the walls. If you’re feely arty, you could even go ahead and do this yourself. That artistic flair could make a huge difference.
It doesn’t have to be a particularly dramatic design for the wall. It can be something quite subtle and understated if that’s what you’re aiming for. If you want to spend big on this, you might want to commission someone to come up with a unique design for you.
Don’t Go Over the Top with Bathroom Accessories
Bathrooms are very easy to accessorise and it’s very easy to go overboard when you’re doing this. But it is possible to take things a little too far and to do too much with your accessories. Instead of letting that happen, you should try to keep things minimal. This comes back to the idea of clutter. You never want your bathroom to feel too crowded.
A few things might work well but don’t feel a need to fill every area of blank space. Some people feel like they have to fill in space when it’s there but that’s not the case. Empty space can work just as well as a design element as an accessory or something like that.
Now that you know exactly what to do in order to make your bathroom feel far bigger and more expensive than it ever has done before, all you need to do is implement these changes as soon as you possibly can. You’ll be amazed at how much of a difference they can make to your space.