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How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

The bathroom is usually one of the smallest rooms in a property, but it is also one of the most used. This is especially true in family homes where there are several people having morning showers, evening baths, and every other visit in between. In most cases, it is not easy to knock down walls to make a bathroom bigger, so you have to make the most of what you have. To make the most of a small bathroom space, there small but effective changes you can make to its design. If you are trying to make a small bathroom appear and feel more spacious, here are some ideas to consider. 

Keep wall colors clean, light, and simple

Decorating every wall in a small room can be overwhelming, especially if you choose dark colors and/or busy patterns. To make the bathroom feel and look more spacious, opt for a light, pastel shade, or something neutral. You can then put photos, posters, or other accessories on the wall or on a shelf to give the room a personal touch. If you are fond of a bold color or more interesting designs, choose one wall and make it a feature wall with stencils or wallpaper. 

Be clever when tiling floors and walls

To make the floor look larger, it is best to keep floor tiling as simple as possible with larger tiles but fewer of them. The more tiles you include, the more lines of grouting there will be, which creates a more crowded effect. The same principle is true when you are tiling walls. It is best to stick with one color of tile for most of the space, but you could include some patterned or mirrored tiles at regular intervals to add another dimension. 

Choose slimline, wall-hung fixtures

Many people assume that a toilet is a toilet, but there are a lot more styles and designs than you might realize. The best toilets for small bathrooms are those which are installed back to the wall and are hung on the wall. Generally, any fixtures or sanitary ware that sticks out will reduce usable space and make the room appear more crowded. A professional bathroom remodeling contractor will be able to guide you through a wide range of options to ensure you get the best style for your project. 

Combine your bath and shower

A big issue in small bathrooms is that people usually need to choose between having a shower or a bath, as there is no room for both. If you are someone who likes to have showers and baths, you have a growing family, or you would like the option of both, a shower-bath is the ideal solution. Essentially, you have a bath with a shower over the top, surrounded by either a partial shower enclosure or a shower curtain. If you have a shower and want to maximize the space in the room, a quadrant shower enclosure or an enclosure with sliding doors will help. 

Embrace creative storage solutions

Clutter will make an already small bathroom feel even smaller, so storage is an absolute must. Hooks and rails on the back of the door, along the wall, or a heated towel rail will help to keep towels tidy and enable them to dry quickly after use. Shelves, storage units, baskets, and cabinets will keep your products organized and out of sight until they are needed. Visit realhomes.com for bathroom storage ideas. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Bio: Alec Neufeld’s extensive background in the construction trade fuels his passion for alternative energy and green building methods. A retired builder, he now enjoys a freelance writing career, alongside helping people as a general contractor.

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