How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Posted by Sarah Kielbasiewicz 5th Jul 2018

We all wish we could have our dream bathroom. The luxurious free standing bath. That glorious walk in shower. A double basin so we no longer have to argue with our partner about who brushes their teeth first! But there’s something important that all of these wonderful things need: space. And the sad thing is, most of us just don’t have it. The average UK bathroom only measures 6ft x 8ft; not much bigger than a king-sized mattress! As much as we would love to fill our bathrooms with everything our heart desires, most of us just don’t have the room. If you have one of those amazing, spacious bathrooms; congratulations, you’re one of the lucky ones. But sadly, the rest of us mere mortals simply have to cope with our humble, box-like bathrooms and squeeze in whatever luxuries we can.

You may not have the physical space to fit in that freestanding bath you want, but there are some design tricks to make your small bathroom look a little bit more spacious. So, without further ado, here are our top tips for making a small bathroom look bigger.

All White

I know going for an all-white bathroom is probably the ‘boring’ option, but there’s no denying that it’s the best colour for making your bathroom look more spacious than it actually is. Creating the illusion of space is mostly about adding light to the room, and going for an all-white colour scheme is one of the best ways to do just that. Be they painted or tiled, white walls are the simplest way to make a room look bigger than it is. And don’t be fooled; white doesn’t have to mean boring. Play around with different textures and patterns, add metallic or wooden accessories; the world is your oyster! If you’re stuck for ideas, check out our Pinterest board dedicated to white bathroom design ideas!

Wall Hung

Necessary bathroom fixtures, like basins, can take up a fair amount of floor space and make the room look smaller. A wall hung basin is a great option for combating this issue; it creates the illusion of space and gives the room a chic, modern look. It’s a win-win!

Basin units are notorious for taking up floor space in bathrooms. While they’re incredibly useful for storage, they can also be bulky and take up a lot of precious room, so they’re not always the best option for small bathrooms. Wall hung basin units give you the best of both worlds; they have a minimalist look that is less bulky than floor standing basin units, and also give you useful storage space.

Back to Wall Toilets

In my experience, the best thing that you can do to make a small bathroom look bigger is to keep things hidden and tucked away. Large fixtures tend to make small rooms look, and feel, even smaller. The sleeker, the better. Back to wall toilets are a great option as they create a minimalist look, and hide away that bulky cistern that can make your bathroom look smaller.

Large Tiles or Wall Panels

Tiles can be a tricky old thing to get right in small bathrooms. Smaller tiles can actually draw attention to the small size of your bathroom. Our advice? Go for larger tiles to create a more spacious look. Bonus: larger tiles mean fewer grout lines to keep clean. Result!

Alternatively, you could ditch the grout altogether and opt for wall panels. They’re perfect for making your walls look bigger, and have the added bonus of requiring virtually no maintenance.

Large Mirror

Adding in large, bulky items probably seems counter-productive, but hear me out! Covering your wall with a large mirror won’t just look good and make a visual statement; the rest of the room will reflect in the mirror and create the illusion of a huge room. Top tip: if you can, place the mirror so it reflects a window to add extra brightness to the room.

Ditch the Bath

This one might be slightly controversial, but one way to add extra space in your bathroom is to remove the thing in it that’s currently taking up the most space: the bath. I know this isn’t for everyone (myself included. You want to take my bath away, you’ll have to take me with it!), but for those of us who aren’t too fussed and only ever seem to use the shower anyway, replacing the bath with a spacious shower is a great way to utilise a smaller space.   

There’s plenty of different shower enclosures that would work in smaller bathrooms. Quadrant enclosures tend to be a good, space-saving option, but it all depends on the layout of your bathroom. One thing I would absolutely suggest: go for a shower enclosure with extra tall shower doors. The extra height will create the appearance of more space.

Opt for a Shower Bath

If you’re just not willing to give up your bubble baths, but don’t have the space for a separate bath and shower, the best compromise is to opt for a shower bath.

To make sure the room doesn’t look too closed in, forget the shower curtain and opt for a glass shower screen instead.

So, there we have it. That was our top tips for making your small bathroom look bigger. Would you try any of these design tips?