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5 Tips to make a Tiny Bathroom Look Bigger
When looking closely at the matter of bathroom design, you can see that most people would typically choose a larger one. Why? Because generally speaking, people associate spaciousness with comfort and any feeling of being cramped - understandably - as no one wants a sense of claustrophobia anywhere in their house. But let’s say that you have a small bathroom and you can’t literally get an extension. What do you do? Here are some tips.
1. Different usage of colour on walls to lighten the room
According to the principles of how human beings perceive size visually, light colours in a room naturally make us feel it is larger, while darker ones make it appear smaller. You don’t need to go over the top with this; nor do you need to use only the colour white, for example. Any light colour will suffice, especially lighter shades of pink, blue, grey or sand (as in light yellow). This will have the effect of making your small bathroom look substantially bigger, and applies regardless of whether you are using wallpaper, tiles or paint.
2. Lighter colours when it comes to curtains/hangings
As with the principle described above, the importance of light and dark in relation to how each can make a room appear more spacious or more claustrophobic is often underrated. This applies not just to the wall but also the actual bathtub. In a small bathroom, the last thing you want is to use dark hued colours for any hangings or curtains.
3. Replacing large fixtures with smaller equivalents
Because most of the space in an bathroom, typically, is taken up by the three most important objects present: the loo, sink and bathtub, this means that making sure none of these are too big is a good way to increase space. Look carefully at how much room is being used by the above three items. If you can clearly see that they could be replaced with more streamlined equivalents that are just as functional but even somewhat smaller, then consider this; it might seem complicated, but if it makes a huge difference to how comfortable and pleasant your bathroom is to use, then why not make the effort?
4. Reducing clutter in the room
Look carefully at how your bathroom is organised. If there are a lot of things that have been either left or arranged in a messy fashion, then this will contribute to any sense of the room being smaller than it actually is.
Examples: Don’t use standing toilet paper holders. Have your holder set in the bathroom wall instead; this will make a big difference to space. Make sure your trashcan is fairly small. Don’t put too many of your personal care products on the sink. Etc. Just examine how you have set up your bathroom and see how you can reduce the amount of space used unnecessarily.
5. Maintaining a clean mirror
When we look in a mirror, we see ourselves, but we also see light. It reflects off of everything. Thus, it naturally follows that if your bathroom mirror is unclean, the light doesn’t reflect as powerfully. Maintain your mirror’s cleanliness and you’ll see all the difference. Take photographs of your bathroom before and after you’ve cleaned the mirror during the day and observe how much better the surfaces look - and how the space appears greater - after you’ve wiped down the mirror.
Just be aware that you always have the freedom to improve your bathroom’s space - even when you can’t literally have an extension. From reducing the number of items present to using smaller objects and other little changes, there is more potential for positive change than you might have realised.