10 Ways To Make Small Bathrooms Look Bigger

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​A small bathroom may have less square feet than a larger one, however what it does lack in size, it can make up for in appearance.  Whether, it is a small bathroom, half bath or powder room, with some imagination, care and attention, it can be the best looking room in the house.  Have a look at some of our decorating tips and ideas to make your small bathroom look and feel bigger.

10 Ways to Make Small Bathrooms Look Bigger

Brighten It Up:

By adding some more lights to your bathroom you will brighten the area up and create the illusion of extra space.  A brighter room looks lighter and more spacious, where as a darker room (although more cozy) has a more claustrophobic feel.  Which leads us onto the next tip.

Soft Colors:

Just as more light will add the illusion of extra space to a small room, lighter shades of color will also make a room feel larger.  Darker colors make a room feel warm and comfortable, however they also make it appear smaller.  A lighter shade may not feel as warm, however it does make the room look more open and airy.

Add Some Mirrors:

small bathroom with mirror​Large mirrors in a small room may seem counter intuitive, however sometimes bigger is better. Mirrors add the illusion of depth to a room and make a small bathroom appear larger than it actually is.  A mirror will also reflect the light around the small bathroom, giving an even brighter feeling.  Natural light is always better, therefore if you have a window in your bathroom, make use of the natural light reflection by positioning the mirror near the window.

Make Use Of Valuable Corner Space:

When it comes to making the most of small spaces, corners are often forgotten about.  There are several pieces of bathroom furniture of different sizes that can snugly fit in a vacant corner.  A mirrored bathroom cabinet, specially designed for corner spaces, is a perfect example of a dual-purpose piece of furniture ideal for corners.  Or how about a corner shaped bathroom sink that can be perched on a pedestal or even wall hung in a corner.  If you have enough space, a corner bathtub would be a luxury item in a small bathroom and wouldn’t take up that much extra space compared to a regular shaped bathtub.


Tiles can really make a difference to the look and style of a small bathroom.  Of course, it is a personal choice on which style of tiles would look the best in your bathroom, however once again, bright colored tiles can make your small bathroom appear larger than it actually is.  Bright colored tiles can be fitted to the walls and the floor, making both the walls and floor appear bigger.  Also, the direction the tiles are shaped can make the room appear wider.  For example if your bathroom is narrow, then tiles that are facing left to right, will make the room look less narrow.


minimalist style small bathroom​Small rooms can easily become cluttered, especially when ground space is filled up with several pieces of furniture.  This issue can be solved by adding a minimalist appearance to your small bathroom.  Mounted wall hung toilets and sinks can free up valuable ground space and give your small bathroom a more open and spacious feel.

Alcove storage: 

Adding to the minimalist feel, having alcove storage cabinets can make a small bathroom feel larger by taking up less space.  The cabinet is inside the wall, therefore when the door is closed, all that is seen is the door of the cabinet.  Multi-purpose alcove cabinets usually have a mirror on the door, therefore you get the benefits of a mirror and cabinet without taking up any extra space.


Mounted shelves on upper areas of the walls are not only great as a storage solution but also make use of the valuable upper area of a small room.  A shelf that is higher up the wall, frees up space lower on the ground, making the room feel less cramped.

Multi-Purpose Furniture:

Multi-purpose furniture is king when it comes to small spaces.  In a bathroom, mirrored cabinets are perfect for getting the benefits of a cabinet and a mirror, without having the footprint of both.  Another useful piece of furniture is a bathroom vanity, which is a cabinet and sink, all in one.  An over the toilet cabinet is another great way of getting some extra storage space above the toilet, a place that is rarely used.

Rustic style:

rustic wood small bathroom​Adding wood to your small bathroom may not make it feel bigger, however it can give it an earthy, rustic feel.  Wooden shelves, wooden cabinets, wooden frames on mirrors, a wood shower mat and even a wood shower chair can all give a rustic feel.  Also, adding some brown paint or brown tiles can really make a bathroom feel rustic.

Designer piece:

Maybe one piece of furniture can make a difference in your bathroom.  A modern designer bathroom sink can be a real game changer in a plain looking bathroom, or it can be the cherry on top of a great looking one.

These are just a few ideas to spruce up a small bathroom and also make it appear larger.  Just trying out one or two of these tips can make a real difference.  If you have a few of your own decorating ideas that made your small bathroom feel bigger, please share in the comment box below.