Simple Ways to Make Your Bathroom Feel and Look Bigger

by Cheryl Dunn

If you're living in an apartment or even a terrace or townhouse, having a tiny bathroom can be challenging at the best of times! These simple upgrades can make your bathroom feel much more spacious.

1. Upgrade to a Larger Mirror

Mirrors can create the impression that you're in a larger space and they can also improve light and brightness in the room. If your mirror is only small, try replacing it with a bigger one—such as a full-length mirror or a large one that sits above the vanity.

2. Get Rid Of Your Shower Curtain

Shower curtains and shower doors can make your bathroom space feel divided and therefore smaller. Shower screens, like those at Westate Showerscreens & Robes, or panels made of glass, or even sliding glass doors, can be excellent solutions here. These are inexpensive to buy and install, and can make your bathroom feel much more open and spacious.  

3. Declutter Wherever Possible

Clutter takes up space and it can make an already cramped bathroom all the more frustrating. One great way to declutter is to install a vanity or a wall/corner cupboard that can hold all of your bathroom items. Floating your vanity so you can store a box or basket underneath (e.g. for towels) is also a good idea.  

4. Utilise Wall Space

What's the best solution when your floor space is limited? Use the walls! Elements like towel racks, shelves, hooks, toothbrush holders and even lights can be installed on walls, so utilise vertical space as much as possible. Don't forget to make use of the space behind the door, too!

5. Alter the Colour

If you have the means, repainting your bathroom or upgrading the tiles can also be a great way of making the bathroom feel bigger. Stick to white or lighter colours that reflect light and create the illusion of space. If you want to use colour, use a monochromatic colour scheme (single colour, with different shades).

6. Maximise Light

Find ways to maximise light in your bathroom as much as possible. If you have a window, try removing curtains or blinds altogether or (if you are worried about privacy) replacing curtains/blinds with mesh that lets light flow through.

You can also replace/install lights to increase the amount of light in your bathroom. Placing lights like sconces or vertical lights beside the mirror, at eye level, is a great way to maximise light, as well as reduce shadows. Also try to layer your lighting using multiple lights, rather than a single light.

7. Move or Change the Sink

If you're really strapped for space and have enough cash for a minor renovation, installing a smaller sink can free up lots of space in the bathroom. Depending on your bathroom's layout, you could opt for a narrower or slim line basin that takes up less space or consider whether a corner sink would suffice. Decreasing the size of your fixtures can help, too.