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7 smart ways to make a small bathroom look bigger

Planning an overhaul of a compact bathroom? Make your space feel larger with these tricks!
   Katie Byrne  |  written on: 03-07-2018 18:00pm

Whether it's a daintily proportioned ensuite, a guest bathroom in need of some TLC or your primary soak space, small bathrooms can be a little tricky to get right.

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However, there are a few hacks and tricks that will help any bathroom feel larger, regardless of shape, size or layout.

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Key to working with a smaller bathroom? A sense of realism: after all, whilst that impressive walk-in shower would look glorious, it might not be the most practical option for a cosy space that's best described as 'inspired by the interior design choices of Bilbo Baggins'.

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With that in mind, read on to find out how you can make the most of your smaller bathroom, whether you're planning a subtle freshen-up or a total style overhaul...

1. Work out what your space actually needs.

When you've got less space to work with, it's important to work out what your lifestyle actually requires from the bathroom in question. For example: do you need a shower and a bath, or could you make do with a two-in-one?

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Or, if it's a downstairs loo that doubles as a utility space, could you perhaps swap that large porcelain sink for a smaller, more streamlined design?


Base these decisions on how you use your bathroom: if it's a sanctuary for relaxation, stripping it of its chill-factor isn't the solution. Equally, if it's a busy, highly-functional space that's regularly fought over by you and various family members, you'll want it to lean towards practical rather than luxurious.

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2. Incorporate the window into your design.
It makes sense to design a smaller bathroom around the features that can't really be changed - and the window(s) is one such detail. 


If your space boasts a window - whether large or small, statement or standard - make it a focal point of your bathroom redesign. Depending on the layout of your room, you might want to position your bath tub under it, or your sink alongside it... Get creative!

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3. Use mirror(s) to create optical illusions.
Mirrors can really add the impression of extra space in your bathroom, with reflective surfaces serving to make your room look instantly bigger.

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One clever way to do it? Turn the upper half of a whole wall into a mirror zone, creating the appearance of double the space.

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No detail is overlooked, with accessible storage provided within three cubbyholes over the bath and concealed storage in a bespoke cupboard above the WC

4. Be selective with your storage.
One thing a smaller bathroom doesn't need? Clutter. Make sure you keep the bare essentials in your space, and decide on the most space-efficient way to hold it all. 

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For example, consider if you could incorporate a built-in shelf into your shower area, or whether you could install suspended cabinets or shelves to free up the flooring.


5. Incorporate clever lighting into your design.
Add a warming glow to your bathroom by installing the perfect lighting. In a smaller bathroom, steer clear of fittings that are too large: they can overwhelm daintier spaces, as well as dominate a layout.

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If logistics allow, position your lighting in a zone where they can illuminate the room without cramping the style of your space.

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6. Use floating fittings to max your floor space.
Off-the-floor fittings will add the illusion of more space. That aside, they also look great; sleek, modern and oh-so cool, they're a stylish option as well as a space-conscious one, too.

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7. Consider your colour scheme.
Lighter, brighter shades lend themselves perfectly to creating an airy feel in a smaller bathroom. Carefully chosen darker colours can work on the walls but will need to be matched with clean white woodwork to avoid stunning the space.

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NEXT! Want more ideas for your compact bathroom? Browse our moodboard below for our favourite ideas and a serious style fix...

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   Katie Byrne
Katie Byrne is a writer, editor and filter fan (coffee, not Instagram), and lives in a Georgian-built flat that features various statement cobwebs.

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