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How to Make Your Small Bathroom Appear Larger

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How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Everyone dreams of a grand bathroom. There’s something relaxing and inviting about a space that feels like a getaway. But even if your perfect home has a small bathroom, this doesn’t mean that you’re stuck with it. You can do many things to paint the illusion that your bathroom is larger than it seems. 

So, if you’re planning a bathroom renovation, you’re in luck: we’ll tackle some of the ways you can make your tiny space feel spacious.

Making Your Small Bathroom Feel Larger

As experienced tile and wood flooring installers, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing the look of wonder on homeowners’ faces when you transform their small bathroom without removing a wall. 

Here are some of the top ways you can remodel your small bathroom so it looks bigger than it actually is.

Floor to Ceiling Wall Tiles

Stretch your small space by tiling the walls from floor to ceiling. The absence of dividing lines will keep the eye going up until it reaches the ceiling — elongating your bathroom and making it feel larger.

Use Colour

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The best defence against a small space is to make your wall colour either exceptionally light to make the room airy or dramatic, dark hues. Use pops of colour in your accessories for brightness or bring live plants like succulents into the room to add character.

Large Format Wall Tiles

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Akin to tiling the walls from the bottom up, you want to select large format wall tiles as there will be fewer grout and dividing lines, which further lengthens your bathroom.

Lose The Tub, Add A Shower

For small bathrooms that require a shower, a tub should be the first thing to go since shower stalls save on space. In addition, a practical way to create intrigue is to tile the shower stall and box it in with glass. As experienced tile flooring contractors, we’ve laid our fair share of  ceramic, stone and porcelain in showers; it’s an effective and practical way of updating your bathroom. 

Add Mirrors

If your bathroom is pocket-sized, a great way to make it feel bigger is to install a large mirror or mirror wall. It’ll act as a window, reflecting any light in the space and making your bathroom feel much larger.

Play with Natural Light

If you can add a window or skylight to enhance your bathroom, you’ll lighten up your small space significantly. If not, make sure the room is warmly lit, so it feels more spacious.

Keep Tiling Simple

With larger washrooms, you have the luxury of experimenting with tile. You can add colour to the shower or the counter backsplash but keep the flooring muted. As flooring contractors, we recommend that you resist this temptation in small bathrooms. For smaller spaces, you want to stick with one tile design, so if you’re installing large format white tiles, keep that as the only material for the room as it will prevent your room from feeling cramped or, worse, too busy.

Try a Pedestal Sink or Floating Vanity

Just like the tub, anything oversized needs to go. This includes a sink with a lot of clunky, under-the-counter storage. If you want to make your bathroom feel larger, opt for space-saving sinks like a pedestal sink. You can retain some storage by adding a niche in your shower wall or hidden shelves behind a mirror. Alternatively, a floating vanity will allow you to see more floor space, giving the illusion of extra square footage.

Making Your Small Bathroom Appear Larger

If you’re thinking about how to best renovate your small bathroom, these tips on how to open up the room so it doesn’t feel cramped are your best bet. The key to a small bathroom is to brighten up the space, ditch the horizontal lines (like in small tiles) and reflect as much of the light in there as possible, so it paints the illusion of a more spacious bathroom. 

If you’re having trouble figuring out how to make your bathroom feel larger then don’t hesitate to give us a call for a risk-free consultation! We’re always happy to answer any questions you may have or help you finetune the vision you have for your space. 

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