3 tips to make a small bathroom look bigger

There are a lot of things you can change when it comes to your house; from the colour of your walls, to the furniture on the floor and all-important luxuries stocked inside every cupboard. One thing very few of us have the luxury of changing, however, is the space inside.

While reconfiguring rooms or adding an extension can make things bigger, it’s a costly exercise that very few of us can afford meaning we’re often stuck with sinks and showers that don’t meet our needs (or our cosmetic buying habits). Stuck with a less-than-satisfactory washroom? Here are a few of our top tips for making a bathroom look bigger, without the need for an army of builders…

Keep everything the same colour/tone

Keep bathroom the same colour

Painting your bathroom in light shades can help make it look larger.

Too much variation in colour can chop up space, making it look smaller and more compact. Keeping everything the same tone in a bathroom can help avoid this, particularly if you opt for light hues. If your tiles are currently a cream or beige colour, simply painting the room a similar shade can help create a more airy space without the need for any extensive redecorating or costs.

An obvious (but none-the-less annoying) tip is also to keep your shining white bathroom crisp and clear by cleaning it regularly. Sometimes investing in some good cleaning products and tools can be the best thing for reclaiming space…especially if you’re less DIY than DI-Don’t. One of our favourite hacks is spraying straight vinegar directly onto areas of grout. Simply leave the wonder-liquid to work its magic for 15 minutes and scrub off with an old toothbrush…voilà. A super shiny surface without fuss, expense or bother.

Use clear glass in the shower

A simple tip, but a highly effective one. Using glass in place of a shower curtain or non-transparent protector creates a more subtle divide in the room, meaning there’s no space swallowed up and no visually-obstructive divides. Glass is also a lot easier to keep safe from everyday dirt and grime, with an easy-wipe surface and less risk of stains.

If you don’t like the idea of a completely see-through shower, opting for frosted or patterned glass can create the same effect with slightly more privacy. It’s all about allowing as much light around the room as possible without any hard obstructions. The only thing we would suggest is regularly cleaning any glass to prevent hard-water stains scratching or damaging the surface permanently.


Our final piece of advice (perhaps unsurprisingly) is using mirrors to enhance your space. While some might say we’re a little bit biased, mirrors are usually the number one tip from experts across the board due to the illusion of space they create. If you haven’t got a large amount of wall-surface to play with, opting for a cabinet with an inbuilt mirror can help provide storage whilst distracting from the room’s shortage of space.

Mirror reflecting flight for space

Hanging your mirror where it can reflect natural light helps open up a room.

A top tip would be to think about what your mirror will be reflecting; ensure it captures windows and light rather than dark areas of the room or the dirty linen basket, for example. Likewise, using mirrors that have lights around or in them can help brighten up gloomy areas – it’s all about finding the perfect combination for you!

For inspiration as to how you can transform your home, why not follow us on Pinterest, Facebook or Twitter where we regularly post our dream rooms? Make sure you share your own boards and accounts with us – we love seeing beautiful bathrooms, bedrooms and homes.

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Jamie Bell is the managing director of Illuminated Mirrors. You can find Jamie on Google+; he also occasionally updates the Illuminated Mirrors Facebook page.

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