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Tips to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

  • Katherine Barnett
  • 26 October 2015

Do you have a small bathroom? Here are some tips to make your small bathroom look bigger. Most of these ideas are easy on the budget and a quick and easy way to expand the appearance of your bathroom as well as a few renovation ideas to make more room.


If you want to make a small bathroom look bigger get a large mirror. The more wall area you can cover with a mirror, the more space this room will appear to have. Mirrors are necessities in bathrooms so you’ve got to have one, but they also reflect light and open up spaces so use them to your advantage in small rooms. If you have room for one that’s full-length go for it, and over the vanity consider taking it all the way up to the ceiling.

Lighter Wall Colors

Light colored walls will make a room feel brighter and more roomie. White is more effective in expanding the visual space in a room and also reflects the light better which also helps to make a small bathroom look bigger. If you really feel the need for a color that makes a statement, try adding it as an accent color rather than using it as the main color.


While necessary, a typical door actually takes up quite a bit of space. Try a sliding, pocket door. When you don’t need privacy, simply slide it into the wall where it won’t take up space. If you can’t remodel to that extent, try a bi-fold door which will also take up less space than a regular door.

Frameless Glass Shower Doors

Frameless glass shower doors are superior to shower curtains for a few reasons. They make bathrooms look much bigger than they really are. They remove the visual obstruction of the curtain and make the room feel open and airy. 

Recessed Shelving

One of the keys to maximizing space and making rooms feel bigger is to use hidden storage. In a bathroom making use of the space between the studs to create a recessed shelving unit. It’s relatively easily to install and will eliminate the need for free-standing storage units.

Proper Lighting

Poor lighting will make a small bathroom feel even more cramped than it already is. Make sure you have adequate general and task lighting and eliminate shadows as much as possible. If you can install sconces on either side of the vanity mirror, and if that’s not possible install a light over the mirror – but make sure the light is cast at wide enough an angle so that it does not cast shadows on the face.

By using some of these tips to make small bathrooms look bigger, you can improve the overall feeling of your bathroom and make it look and feel more inviting.