5 ways to make your bathroom feel bigger

Whether your bathroom is small and cramped, or it just feels like it, there are ways that you can make it feel larger. Here are five tips to get you started.

Walls and floors – keep them soft and lightChugiak Bathroom remodel

The color of its walls and flooring can have a big impact on how you perceive your bathroom. Colors will not only affect the ‘mood’ that your bathroom conveys, but they will also affect how you see your bathroom size-wise. Ditch the contrasting colors and crazy wallpaper and replace them with a simple, light-colored theme and a soft wall pattern, if any. If your bathroom is too ‘busy’ or has starkly contrasting colors, this tends to make it look smaller.

Bring in the lights

Lighting isn’t just good for the eyes; illumination can also help to make your bathroom seem larger than it really is. If you can, incorporate natural lighting, such as a skylight or through large windows. If those options are not available to you because of budget, space, or privacy reasons, adding more light to your bathroom, specifically in low-light areas, can help open things up, especially when used with lighter colors in your bathroom.

Use mirrors to your advantage

The mirror in Snow White has magic, now let your mirrors work theirs. A larger mirror can really brighten up the space.  If possible, place a mirror opposite an outside window, or place mirrors opposite each other to improve your bathroom’s perceptual space. If you’re an abstract thinker type with a knack for the scientific side of life, you can even use your mirrors creatively to bounce light off from each other to further brighten the space.

Replace your low-setting, wide cabinets with tall, skinny cabinets

Just like vertical lines on your clothing will make you look taller and slimmer, opting for tall, skinny cabinets vs. clunky, wide-based cabinets will give your bathroom the perception of being taller than it really is.

Remove the knick-knacks and doodads

While decorating your bathroom to make it feel more ‘homey’ may appeal to you, too many decorations, ornaments, floor mats, wall-hung candles, and pictures will actually clutter your room, making it feel more restricted. Allow people to see the room by removing some of the knick-knacks.

Regardless of budget, these small and simple remodeling project ideas can make a big impact on how your space is viewed. Use these tips to help stage your house when selling too.