Making a Small Bath Feel Spacious

Making a Small Bath Feel Spacious

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We’ve all been there, whether it involved a rent check or a mortgage – the dreaded tiny bathroom. I found myself in this exact situation after purchasing my current home this past summer. My main bath features a beautifully tiled full-size walk-in shower, a toilet, a small vanity… and no room for anything else. So I set off to research just what design elements might make it feel like a larger and lighter space.

Making a Small Bath Feel Spacious

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1. Let the light in. If you have a window consider using privacy film instead of blinds or other window dressings. The treatment is an easy DIY similar to contact paper that can be done in about an hour. It makes a huge difference by diffusing any sunlight headed your way instead of obscuring it, making your space feel bigger and brighter.

2. Clean it out. A small bathroom most likely means not a lot of storage, which means de-cluttering is a must. Things like extra towels, cleaning supplies, and nail polish can all be relegated to a hall closet or hidden away in bins that can be tucked under your bed. Less is more when it comes to not feel claustrophobic first thing each morning.

Making a Small Bath Feel Spacious

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3. More glass. If you have the ability to swap out your shower curtain for a glass door, do it. A curtain obscures part of the room, being able to see all four walls at once opens things right up. Make that vanity mirror bigger while you’re at it, the illusion it creates will make a huge difference. Other clear elements like shelves and vanity accessories help, too!

4. Use one color. It might sound boring, but using one color for both walls and floor create a continuous palette for the eye. The less differentiation between hues, the more space feels usable.

Making a Small Bath Feel Spacious

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5. Smaller elements. If you can replace that massive cabinet or the too big sink, make it happen. More space to move around in is priceless, and while this is not the cheapest way to open up your bath it will give the biggest impact.

What’s your best trick for getting all you can out of your bathroom space?

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