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When you have a small bathroom, it can be a challenge to create a highly functional space that also looks great. But, with a few clever design tricks, you can make your bathroom look and feel more spacious, transforming it into the beautiful, practical and relaxing space you’ve always wanted.


Pick a Light Colour Theme

The colour you choose for the bathroom walls, floor and ceiling can have a very drastic effect on how big it appears. Dark and heavy colours can make rooms (whatever type they may be) look packed and congested. On the other hand, light and breezy colours like white, peach and grey can have the exact opposite effect. Normally, going for a wholly white theme can be a good idea for bathrooms because the fixtures and appliances used there are usually available in the same colour. This can help you avoid colour-clashing problems later on.


Let The Light In

Small bathrooms can often appear dark. Natural light makes the room look brighter and opens up the space so it appears larger. If you only have a small window, install a skylight or solar tunnel to bring more natural light into the room. A translucent window shade will also help more light to come in while still protecting your privacy.


Recessed Lighting

Protruding bulbs and tube lights can make your bathroom look a little stuffed and cramped. Recessed lights, on the other hand, can blend in with the ceiling and give the place a nice and minimalistic look. Unlike other types of light sources (like tubes or bulbs), recessed lights have a much softer and calming glow, which can help make your time spent inside the bathroom comfortable and relaxing. Plus, since these lights take up little space, you can install a whole bunch of them in your bathroom without crowding the ceiling space.


Go BIG With Your Mirror

Big mirrors can also widen the look of your bathroom and make it look spacious.

Essentially, since larger mirrors will be able to give you a larger reflection of the whole area, you will be able to get rid of the tight and crowded perception that you would usually get in a small bathroom.

Ideally, your mirror should reflect a light source, such as a window or open door.


Opt For Sleek Fittings 

The choice and placement of your fixtures and fitting in your bathroom can also affect how small your bathroom would look. If you have a small bathroom, installing large taps, sinks and other fixtures will make it look overcrowded and cramped. Choose modern, sleek fittings that work with the size of your bathroom to keep everything in proportion.


Recess Your Shelves

Building shelving into the walls is practical as well as aesthetically pleasing. It frees up space in your bathroom as nothing is protruding from the walls. It also keeps the lines unbroken, making the room look even larger.



Choosing lighter colours for your bathroom tiles, such as white, cream or even a light grey, will help make your small bathroom look that much bigger, thanks to the tiles reflecting more light than darker coloured tiles would. Our final tip in making your small bathroom look bigger is to lay your tiles in a diagonal pattern. Diagonal patterns trick our minds into thinking that a space is bigger than it really is. We don’t see the normal squared tiles when laid this way, so our eyes are instead drawn to the diagonal points while our brain has a lot more trouble figuring out how many tiles are actually there. Another way to make small bathrooms look bigger is to use rectangular tiles, like a size 30×60 cm. If you lay rectangle tiles horizontally or on their side going up the wall or along the floor, this will give the illusion that the walls are wider than they actually are. If you lay the same tile vertically, you will make the room look taller or the room longer if used on the floor.

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