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5 tips to make your bathroom seem larger

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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At home, few of us have all the square footage we need or want. A bigger living room, a large terrace, an eat-in kitchen, a bedroom with a dressing room, or a bathroom with a jacuzzi are at the top of our wish lists. But there is one room in which we would all like to have more space: who doesn't feel that their bathroom lacks a couple of square metres? We are not necessarily demanding a limitless expanse, just room for a simple shower and a normal sink. Yes, bathrooms are always the most effected when it comes to space. Maybe because our stays in them are short or because we prefer to win space elsewhere, so if there is a small space in the house is always the bathroom. However, despite their size, which is often tiny, we can say for sure that bathrooms are some of the most important places in the home, in actual fact, they are essential. The toilet, sink and shower are the essentials and then, depending on size, perhaps a bath or bidet. 

It is for this reason, that designing a bathroom is a matter only suitable for people with great wit, imagination and spatial ability. And the more you love Tetris, the better! Now, we want to give you five tips that may not win real space, but will help create the feel of it.

Practical furniture

Many times we turn to showers to save space in the bathroom or, rather, make up for lack of it. However, the design of this bathroom manages to preserve the tub in a minuscule space along with the towel bar, roll holder, mirror and window curtain. This very small area had to be able to accommodate all of these pieces, placed in the most intelligent and logical way possible, and, if possible, create a sense of spaciousness, or at least lose the feeling of being overwhelmed. For these reasons, the bath, in a smaller scale to which we are accustomed, is embedded in the corner next to the window. For the sink, a smaller basin was also selected and placed on a wooden counter top with storage underneath: two in one. The walls are painted white, a colour that creates a feeling of spaciousness and, when combined with the wood, gives that warm and cosy feel.

A shower enclosed in glass

As mentioned in the previous photo, one of the tricks to save space in the bathroom is to replace the tub with a shower. We know that some feel an unconditional love for the bath and, in this case, you will have to ask yourself, do I prefer having space or being able to take bath in a more crowded bathroom? Only you can know the answer, but if you decide to go for the shower, we will tell you: there are newer showers that are much more practical than the older ones, that are easy to clean and that allow us to save water and gain space. Also, if you choose a transparent glass partition as a separation, you not only gain metres but also added a greater visual range.  

(If you have not yet decided between a bathtub or shower, this article can help.)


This trick, widely used in architecture and interior design, makes our spaces look much bigger. How? With the optical effect produced by a large mirror. The reflection of the space itself confuses the human eye about the physical limits of the place. This is a perfect solution for a narrow design like the space in the image. Also, what kind of bathroom doesn't have a mirror? None! If we add white walls and strategic lighting, this is an effect worthy of a good magician!


For small spaces, lighting is crucial. And if you have no natural light, as in most bathrooms, lighting becomes more important and more difficult. We know that the imagination can create different feelings and moods from its environment: yellow light will create a warm and welcoming space, however, whether the light is high or low can have a dramatic effect. If we play with the colour, type and placement, we can make our bathroom look bigger. In this case, the home owner has combined different focal points. From the ceiling, two spotlights illuminate the room. The sink, however, is enhanced with white and indirect lighting, which visually expands the space. 

Take a look at these bathroom lighting options. 

Horizontal vs. vertical

Do you ever think about why horizontal stripes broaden and vertical stripes give height? The explanation is simple: if the stripes are vertical, they draw the eye away from horizontal lines (which create an optical illusion of width and shortness) and increase the presence of vertical stimuli, giving us a greater sense of height. The explanation is same for the other direction. This effect is not only proven in fashion, but also in design and architecture, where strong horizontal elements serve to lengthen spaces, as in the image shown here. If we want to create the feeling of length, a wall treatment like this is a perfect solution. And, if we want to gain height, vertical stripes will make our space seem taller. 

Do you have any other tips for small bathrooms? Share them with us in the comments.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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