Is your small bathroom not sparking joy?

No one likes the feeling of being cramped or cluttered, especially in a room that you are required to use multiple times per day. 

Because we don’t yet have a way of Marie Kondo’ing an entire room that doesn’t spark joy (yet!), you’re going to have to get creative when it comes to how to make a small bathroom look bigger. 

The good news is that we’ve compiled some of the best small bathroom design tips in our blog to help you create the illusion of space. Keep reading to find out how to reignite that spark and be proud of your bathroom.

How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger 101

Since you can’t make your bathroom larger (unless you have the physical space to do so), you’re going to have to tap into some design secrets for creating the illusion of extra space. 

1. Stick to One Color Shade

Try to choose wall colors and tiling that are in the same color shade. Having dark walls and light tiles will chop up your space and make it appear smaller. Blending the wall and tile colors will help to make your area feel amplified. 

White is a fantastic color choice for bathrooms. It has the ability to naturally recede, making your space seem much larger than it is. Since most bathrooms already have a fair share of white fixtures (toilet, sink, bathtub), using it on the floors and tile can add an expansive quality.

2. Think Big (Mirrors)

A common trick for making small rooms look larger is to utilize mirrors. So, naturally, this is one of our favorite small bathroom tips. Installing a mirror that reaches the roof or runs wall-to-wall is recommended. A more practical option is to place an oversized full-length mirror. If possible, use a light source atop the mirror to help double the impact of the light. 

3. Utilize Bright or Natural Light

Great lighting is key to making any room seem bright and welcoming. Not to mention, you need quality lighting in your bathroom for applying make-up or shaving, too.

A windowless bathroom is unwelcoming, dark, and even dingy feeling. If you can help it, try to utilize all the natural light you can. This will not only light up your bathroom, but it will help you feel more rested when you go to sleep at night, too. 

4. Consider a Floating Vanity

Designing a small bathroom can be tricky. You don’t want the space to seem cluttered. One way to take away a bit of that chaotic feeling is to invest in a floating vanity. These will still provide you with ample storage space for your bathroom essentials, but the few inches of space at the bottom that provides a peek of the floor underneath the vanity can do wonders in opening up your room.

5. Consider Custom Cabinetry

Space is sacred in a small bathroom. A standing linen cabinet can take up precious space in your already small room. A great way to combat this is by having custom cabinetry installed in your walls. There is a ton of wasted space lying behind the confines of your walls.

Just as a classic medicine cabinet is recessed into the wall of the bathroom, your linen closet could be as well. Of course, this cost to update the bathroom might be a little steep, but the investment may be worth it for people who are bothered by the lack of space in their room. 

If you’re less of a whiz with a wrench than you’d like to be, you could always consider hiring a bathroom remodeling contractor to help you. 

Spark That Joy!

You don’t need to resign yourself to a life of sparkless, cluttered bathrooms if you use the tips we’ve supplied above. Tap into your inner Marie Kondo and use our design tips on how to make a small bathroom look bigger to maximize your space and breathe a breath of fresh air into your home. 

If you’re itching for more home design tips, be sure to check out our Home & Family section. 

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