Big Tips For Small Bathrooms*

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*This is a collaborative post*

Do you feel a bit like a sardine in a tin whenever you are in your bathroom? Even if it is a very small space, there’s no reason why you should ever feel cooped in. If it’s a bit claustrophobic right now, it could be because there are some problems with your interior design. Simply changing up the decor could really change things and make your small bathroom feel a lot roomier.

Ready to expand your bathroom without any building work? Read on for some amazing ideas!

Get Clear Shower Doors

It’s a good idea to replace any shower curtains with some glass panels. If your shower is currently boxed in with glass walls, it’s important that these are clear instead of clouded glass. That’s because clear glass won’t obscure the view through it. When you walk into the bathroom, you will be able to clearly see through the shower cubicle or panels, which can help to open up the whole bathroom. Once you remove any opaque shower curtains or clouded glass, you will see just how great clear glass is at creating the illusion of space.

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Hide Storage Where You Can

When you move into a house or a flat that has a very small bathroom, you might be quite dismayed at the lack of storage space it presents you with. Thankfully, though, there are plenty of ways you can get around this. One great tip is to try and hide storage wherever you can. You will find that you have various options for bathroom vanities that provide plenty of drawers and cupboards underneath their mirror and dressing table top. It’s also possible to find bathtubs that can be fitted into your bathroom to provide you with some closet space underneath them. There are also some sink units that will come with storage space underneath them as well.

Install A Corner Sink

Sinks can often take up a lot of excess space in a bathroom as they end up sticking out into the room. There’s one easy way around this, though. You just need to install a corner sink. This way, it won’t get in the way when you are trying to make your way through the bathroom. If possible, you should always try and place the sink opposite the toilet rather than opposite the shower. That’s because the shower door can sometimes end up opening onto the toilet, which can make it difficult to get in and out of the shower.

Add Lighting Sconces

Instead of installing just one light fixture in the centre of the ceiling, you should place a number of sconces around the edges of the ceiling. Make sure that they point upwards so that the light shines up onto the ceiling. This can help create the illusion of height, to make it seem like the ceiling is much higher than what it really is. This will help to open up the overall room. If your bathroom is fairly narrow, you should place the sconces down just one side of the ceiling, as this can help to open up the room further and create an illusion of more width.

Use Towel Hooks

If you’re thinking of installing some towel rails onto the walls, or looking to buy a stand alone rail, it’s a good idea to rethink this decision. You will find that these can take up too much space in your bathroom. Even the ones that are installed onto walls as these will stick out and restrict the path that people can take in your bathroom. You will find that you can save a lot of space if you use towel hooks instead. Even better, place these hooks on the back of the bathroom door rather than on the wall.

Go For Big Tiles

When you come to decorating your small bathroom, you will probably want to use tiles for all or part of the decor. When you are shopping for tiles to use, you’ll see that they come in all shapes and sizes. Generally speaking, larger tiles look better in small spaces. That’s because there will be fewer lines of grouting. The more lines of grouting there are, the smaller the room will feel as the walls will look very busy.

Don’t Use Too Many Colours

You will also find that using too many colours in the interior design can be quite overwhelming in small spaces. They will make the walls feel much closer together, and it can be very overwhelming to say the least! Ideally, you shouldn’t use more than two colours in your bathroom’s design. It’s also better if they are lighter colours, as that can give the room a really open and airy feel to it.

Don’t Go For Fancy Fixtures And Fittings

When you are buying fixtures and fittings, such as mirrors, vanity features, and other decorative parts, make sure that you don’t go for anything too fancy. Fancy features usually have very intricate details and ornate features on them. Sure, these features may look great, but they can look a bit too busy in your small bathroom. Ideally, go for plain fixtures and fittings that won’t add too much to the overall style.

Add A Larger Mirror

Do you have space to replace your current mirror for a much larger one? If so, then you should definitely do it. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, it’s a lot more practical, as two people will be able to use the mirror at once. And that will save you and your partner a lot of time in the morning. Not only that, though, but a big mirror can really open up the bathroom and create a fantastic illusion of space. Why not try this as soon as you get the chance to buy a new mirror - you’ll be amazed at the results!

As you can see, you don’t have to suffer with a small bathroom in your home. There are lots of things you can do to improve it!

*Contributed by Sam Jones

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