33 Small Bathroom Ideas to Make Your Bathroom Feel Bigger

33 Small Bathroom Ideas to Make Your Bathroom Feel Bigger

Install a Larger Mirror

Mirrors not only add the illusion of more space in the bathroom, but they also reflect more light back in the room. Since your bathroom already has a mirror, consider dialing up the size. Super-sized mirrors up to 5 feet long and 3 feet high can easily be installed with just a cordless drill, drill bits, and a few screws. Do-it-yourself costs for this type of mirror are well below $100.

Tips

  • Frameless mirrors add a feeling of more space.
  • Screw into studs in order to support heavier mirrors.
  • Look for a tarnish-resistant coating to protect against high-moisture conditions.

2. Be selective with your material choices

(Image credit: Drummonds / Alison Henry Design Studio)

The materials you choose for your scheme are essential to how light or dark the bathroom will feel.

This stunning bathroom designed by Alison Henry Design Studio does have the added bonus of a huge skylight, but that aside, any light bathroom tile ideas will instantly brighten up a space as James Lentaigne, Creative Director at Drummonds explains:

‘Glamorous and reflective materials such as marble, glass, mirror and metallic finishes instantly scream luxury and create a wow factor in the bathroom. They also have the added advantage of brightening the space by bouncing light around the room.’

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2. Lighten up your grout color

(Image credit: Fired Earth)

Wall-hung units are a key design trick to utilize to make your small bathroom feel bigger. Being able to see your flooring creates the illusion of space so if you can choose a basin that’s narrow and you can use the wall tiles to create the shelf then you’re on to an interior design winner. The result will be a seamless feel that looks fabulous, like this dreamy blush pink bathroom by Fired Earth. And don’t forget to use wall-mounted fixtures and fittings – make a feature of them by choosing a bright brass – a great look that also creates a warming glow. 

Skip visual distractions 

Another trick is to avoid visual distractions, like knobs or prominent handles. Consider choosing sleek pieces with integrated hand pulls.

Design to create space

When it comes to small spaces, optical illusions are your friend!

They can help draw the eye to different areas that make a small bathroom feel much larger.

Using a small bathmat and hooks for towels rather than towel bars will help make the room look as large as possible.

Adding hooks for robes and towels to the back of the bathroom door is another great space saving trick.

These popular adhesive hooks are my go to brand.

I also always use a few on the back of closet and bathroom doors throughout our home.

In addition, using larger floor tiles helps to make the space feel more open.

Finally, a large mirror will always give the illusion of more space.

In fact, you don’t need to limit yourself to just one mirror.

If there’s enough wall space, try to optimize any natural light sources with mirrors.

Not only do they bounce the light around the room, but mirrors add the illusion of more space.

This is another great tip for any room in your house, mirrors always add the illusion of depth and space.

Our beach house bathroom, from my post on how to p
Our beach house bathroom, from my post on how to paint over cultured marble.

11. A trio of tiles

(Image credit: Bert & May)

Nodding to a little maximalism and all the tile trends will make a small bathroom feel so much grander in design. For balance, choose one tile color and swap in different designs or choose one design and go for a trio of colors. They make for a more inviting space, drawing attention to the shower, brass fixtures and elegant design of the shower rail to create the illusion of more space.

12. Try a Large-Scale Wall Covering

The powder room of a house in Monte Carlo features Dornbracht fittings and Phillip Jeffries wallpaper. Photo: Simon Watson

You might think you need to go for a petite motif, but it’s actually better to go big. “Medium- and large-scale wallpapers and tile patterns can actually make a space feel larger,” James explains. Whether you choose big tiles or an even bigger pattern is up to you; she says they’ll both “give an illusionary scale in tight quarters.”

8. Use large plain-coloured floor tiles

It’s a common mistake to use smaller floor tiles in a small bathroom. This actually makes the room look smaller as it creates more dividing lines between the tiles.

Choosing a large, plain-coloured tile will give the impression of more floor space and a cleaner, less cluttered look.

Use stripes to your advantage

You know how you avoid wearing horizontal stripes on days you’re feeling bloated? Well, the ability stripes have to enlarge an area can actually work to your advantage in a small bathroom. “Horizontal stripes with the same distance between each stripe widen short walls,” says Alon. This can be a great tool if you want to wallpaper an area that looks extra narrow. However, Alon wants to remind you that if you do want stripes, stick to horizontal patterns, because “vertical stripes with the same distance between each stripe create a shorter, smaller room height.”

Work in a few extra mirrors

“Use as many mirrors as possible,” instructs Shadek. “Have you ever been in a bar or restaurant with tons of mirrors, and thought the space was twice as big as it actually was? You can use the same technique fun houses use—called the infinity mirror technique—to create the illusion of a larger bathroom. Large mirrors help, as do mirrors on multiple walls. I personally have a mirrored, sink vanity in my own bathroom to achieve this effect.”

13. Reflect a nice view

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

However, if this isn’t possible, don’t reflect something mundane like the toilet.

Make the mirror a design feature by reflecting a vase of fresh flowers or a beautiful ornament.

23. Use Closed Storage to Stay Organized

Bottles and tubes scattered on the countertops are guaranteed to distract from even the most gorgeous bath. Samuel suggests closed storage, such as a linen closet or vanity with drawers and doors, to keep things tucked away. “Display only your favorite and most frequently used, well-designed products.”

Bathroom-Shower combo

Nothing would feel better than to have a separate shower and a bathtub, but having both installed in a small space is an absolute sin. You would need to compromise with a bathroom shower combo, and many models would look as good as having a separate tub and shower.

Photo, Filmreal Studio.

Photo, Filmreal Studio.

Go Easy on the Decorations

Decorative accessories like artwork and small rugs are fun to add and make a small bathroom feel warm and inviting. But they can also lead to serious clutter if left untamed. If you are collector, consider thinning out extraneous items from the bathroom. Removing clutter is completely free and its effect will be felt immediately.

Tips

  • Instead of multiple items, limit yourself to one of each.
  • Ask yourself if the item has any functional value.
  • If you cannot bear to part with an item, move it to another room.

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Install a Table-Mounted Vessel Sink and Wall Mounted Faucet

Make your small bathroom feel bigger by installing a table-mounted vessel sink and wall mounted faucet.

Here’s everything you need to know to DIY this handsome project.

9. Hide storage behind mirrors

(Image credit: Kitesgrove)

Wall cabinets are often necessary when it comes to bathroom storage ideas, but to keep the space feeling streamlined, why not double up with a mirrored wall cabinet?

These can sometimes be recessed into the wall so that you get the depth of storage, but visually the mirror doesn’t intrude into the room, as in this space by Kitesgrove.

This streamlined scheme shows how the mirror can echo the rest of the space, too. The vertical brass trim of the basin unit matches that of the mirror. These small yet very effective details are what pushes a scheme into a designer realm. The brass is then carried through into the door pulls and faucets. 

Louise Bradley expands on using mirrors to make a small bathroom look bigger and mentions the importance of incorporating them into your powder room ideas, too. 

‘Mirrors are essential within a bathroom. These should be both well-lit and well positioned to ensure they can be used effortlessly. Not only are they functional but a mirrored wall can also make a smaller bathroom feel much larger and more spacious. 

‘Making the most of natural light when positioning a mirror is a clever way to enhance the space. We often incorporate a bespoke pivot mirror within the vanity, whether it be in a guest powder room or master bathroom, being able to move the mirror means it can be used throughout the day for your beauty routine.’

7. Be bold with color

(Image credit: Crown)

White tends to be the main go-to color for the bathroom, but there are so many fantastic small bathroom color ideas out there to choose from.

‘Often the smallest room in the home, the bathroom has for too long become the victim of the ‘all white makes it look bigger’ design philosophy. Thankfully upcoming trends embrace a more creative and bold approach to what can be the most exciting spaces in the home,’ says Justyna Korczynska, Color Consultant at Crown.

‘Color drenching, especially when using darker brave colors, works best in small spaces like a hallway, a corridor, or small bathroom. By enveloping a small space in a color, the focus shifts from noticing the size of that space to just appreciation of the shades that surround us,’ she says.

‘If white bathroom ideas seem too sterile for your taste, greys are extremely versatile and will work perfectly in your bathroom. Crown’s Soft Steel is a light grey hue and will give the room more texture than a white,’ says Justyna. ‘Crown offers a wide range of white and grey shades in their bathroom range, as well as bolder and brighter colors if you are feeling brave. Each paint is specially formulated with built-in anti-mold technology to keep bathroom walls looking fresh and cleaner for longer.’

Bright Lighting

If you leave your bathroom to natural lighting, your bathroom would only look bigger than it is during the day and go back to its small, crampy space when the sun goes down. The simple fix is to have bright light fixtures installed. Then, when the sun goes down, you can flick the switch and have the lights stepping in for nature till the sun comes up the next day.

Photo, Sanibell BV.

Photo, Sanibell BV.

9. Pick a clear screen and continuous floor

(Image credit: Decus Interiors)

A compact space doesn’t have to look cluttered or cramped if a few clever design tricks are employed. ‘A low-level shower tray is just one example of the type of product that enhances a smaller bathroom, especially when combined with a frameless glass screen to create a walk-in, wet room style shower area,’ says Ben Bryden, Sales and Marketing Director at RAK Ceramics UK

‘Large format tiles that minimize grout lines and make small spaces appear bigger than they are, sanitaryware with curves and, of course, furniture with plenty of storage space, are all solutions that will create a sleek, sophisticated look that actually makes the bathroom look and feel bigger than it really is.’

7. Accents and Design Touches Matter

Mirrors are a friend to small bathrooms because they serve both functional and design-related purposes. We look in them to check our bodies, and they add light to a room when they reflect more of that beautiful, clean paint job and accents around the bathroom.

On one hand, it is natural to think “small bathroom, small mirrors,” but a large mirror with a plain frame or portion of wall done in mirror can make the room look much bigger than it is. The mirror adds the optical illusion that there is double the space and even though our rational minds know it is not twice as big, we still like the effect and perceive the room as more spacious than it actually is. If you have the luxury of a window in the bathroom and can place a mirror across from it, which magnifies the feeling of space. If the mirror is in a place where it reflects the expanse of an adjoining room, this effect extends to the window or hallway.

The transition of areas or materials in a small ba

The transition of areas or materials in a small bathroom should be as seamless and continuous as possible, to keep the eye moving so the brain perceives “expanse.” Some people bleed one area or material into another or use wall and floor colors so closely matched that they flow well into each other.

It will literally brighten up the small-bathroom space to have a skylight or window in it, and the better a lighting in a space, the bigger it will feel. Some people will cover or black out the window if there is one, but light lends the small bathroom a bigger look. It can be a challenge to achieve privacy, practicality and good design, but for examples, stained glass, glass block or a translucent shade could be ways to let the light in and maintain privacy. And if you happen to go with a stained-glass option, you can create an even-bigger illusion and a nice focal point with a glass that matches the wall and floor color and continues the good visual flow.

5. Strategize the Shower

In a three-quarter bath with shower only, you can look into many enclosure options that will alleviate some of the cramped conditions, literally and visually. Some quadrant shower enclosures feature doors that swing inward and form fit to the interior. Others slide back and forth, which creates more space because it eliminates the need for a door to swing outward. The shower enclosures also come with many sleek options.

Some people want or need both a tub and a shower, so combine the two and add some kind of feature to the shower wall, perhaps a dazzling color on one or two walls and a clear-glass enclosure or shower curtain. There are different-sized bathtubs designed with the small-bathroom user in mind and for the purpose of saving space.

A small vanity can make a big impact

“My most recommended WETSTYLE piece for a small bathroom is the M Metro series wall-mount vanities. These cabinets give the user a great amount of storage, top notch quality, and space saving design.  The bathroom will feel larger without losing precious hidden space.  The beautiful wood veneers help to give a natural warmth to the space without feeling like a heavy piece of furniture,” adds Michael Hodge.

Choose space-saving designs

There are certain parts of your bathroom design that will definitely need to be there for the sake of utility.

However, you don’t need to sacrifice as much space as you might think to make sure the room serves it’s purpose.

If you’re looking for space-saving options, medicine cabinets, sliding doors, and wall-hung toilets all give you a little bit more space to play with.

You can also use cute boxes or floating shelves to store what you need but keep it tucked out of sight when you aren’t using it.

Open shelving is a great way to save space and add a bit of style.

These adhesive shelves are an easy and affordable way to add some sleek storage to any small space.

In addition, I also love this live edge bath caddy for creating an extra surface in the bathroom.

Perfect for a candle or small plant, this handy caddy leaves extra room on the counter, where you really need it.

Also, when looking to save space in a small bathroom area, a convenient shower caddy is a must.

Stash away all those unsightly bottles of shampoo and conditioner as well as soap and razors.

Finally, if you have under the sink storage,I love this handy little product.

These under the counter shelves are a quick and inexpensive way to extend your storage space two fold.

bathroom vanity image via Megan Rae Interiorsbathroom vanity image via Megan Rae Interiors

Install a Wall-Hung Toilet

If your bathroom is truly tiny, installing a wall-hung toilet is a great option to create more space. Simply giving the eye more floor space creates the illusion that the bathroom is bigger. Check out these expert tips for buying a toilet, if you need some advice!

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