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How to make a small bathroom look bigger

Solutions and ideas for a tiny bathroom

Wednesday 31st March 2021

The bathroom is usually the smallest room in the home, but limited space shouldn’t restrict you from having a bathroom you feel truly proud of. Being clever with your layout, colour scheme, fittings and storage can create the illusion of space and make your small bathroom look and feel infinitely bigger.

In this guide we’ve compiled a range of ideas – a combination of quick wins and longer-term fixes – to help you make your small bathroom appear more spacious.

Choose neutral paint colours

Bold patterns and colours can make a small bathroom feel overly crowded, so choose a more muted colour scheme instead. A light and neutral palette will open up the space and create a blank canvas for simple accessories and furniture. You could choose an off-white, beige or pale grey, or even a soft pastel blue or yellow. Consider extending the same neutral colour on to the floor for a sense of continuity that will make the room appear bigger still.

Create illusions with tiling

It’s a commonly held belief that small tiles are the best choice for a small space, however the busy grouting lines can in fact have the inverse effect and make your bathroom feel smaller. The same can be said for patterned tiles. Using big tiles in a small bathroom, however, will make the space feel calmer, cleaner and therefore more spacious. When it comes to the best tile colour for a small bathroom, opt for tiles that match the neutral paint colour you’ve chosen for your walls, or stick to crisp and clean white.

Read our step-by-step guide on how to tile your bathroom.

Swap your shower curtain for a glass screen

An instant way to make your small bathroom feel bigger is to replace your shower curtain with a glass shower screen. The transparency of the glass can help to open up extra space in your bathroom and create the illusion of lightness and brightness, especially when kept clean and sparkling.

Brighten it up

If you’re lucky enough to get a lot of natural light in your bathroom, then make the most of this by keeping windowsills clutter-free so that as much light as possible can stream in. Notice where in your bathroom gets the most natural light and consider hanging a mirror on that wall to help bounce light around the space and into the darker corners of the room. Overhead lighting is a must for brightening up the entire room at darker times of the day or year, and you could also incorporate soft, ambient lighting around your mirror or under your sink.

Think about fittings

If your current bathroom fittings, like your toilet and sink, are quite bulky, they could be taking up more than their fair share of space in your bathroom. Many modern bathroom fittings are designed with space saving in mind, such as low-height toilets, compact shower enclosures and wall-hung toilets and sinks. Hanging fittings from the wall increases the floor space in the room, which helps to make the bathroom look bigger. Pair space-saving fittings with slimline fixtures for a sleek and minimalist aesthetic.

Choose a frameless shower unit

Take minimalism to the next level with a frameless shower unit like the Mira Ascend. The absence of a frame creates the illusion of additional space, with the extra benefit of adding a touch of class and a contemporary finish to your room.

Replace your bath with a shower

For many, a bath is an absolute must, but if you’re prepared to sacrifice your bath for a shower, the extra space will instantly make your bathroom seem bigger. Opt for a shower enclosure that fits neatly into the corner of your bathroom to make the most of the space, choosing a size that works for you, and choose a streamlined shower like the Mira Minimal to further save on space. If you currently have a separate bath and shower enclosure taking up space in a small bathroom, condense them into one with a shower bath.


Be clever with storage

Clutter can quickly overwhelm your small bathroom, so prioritise storage solutions  to help you keep mess to a minimum. Reduce clutter on countertops and windowsills with the help of space-saving vanity units, which provide plenty of storage for towels, soaps and cosmetics. Shelves mounted above the door, out of sight, are a good idea, too.

By following these tips, you’ll soon transform your small bathroom into a spacious sanctuary. Browse our full range of shower enclosures to find the perfect fit for your small bathroom renovation.