Simple Tips to Help Make Your Small Bathroom Look Larger

The average Brit spends about a year and a half of their life in the bathroom. It’s one of the places you’ll be in the most in your life, but the bathroom also tends to be one of the smallest rooms in the house. How can you maximise your bathroom’s space to make it look bigger and more importantly make it a more comfortable room to be in? It’s easier than it seems, and if you follow some of these tips, your bathroom will be looking more spacious in no time!


A light colour is the best choice for a small room. Most people know that painting your walls white will bring in more light and make the room appear more spacious, but did you know that keeping all of your bathroom furniture the same colour helps too? Keeping the walls, cabinets, sinks, and shower all the same hue really helps to make a space appear bigger, because the big pieces of furniture that tend to take up a lot of space seem minimized against the walls.

Another trick is to use a darker colour only on the longer wall in the room. For example, if your entire bathroom is very narrow and long, paint the short walls a white and the long walls in a muted, light colour like grey or purple. This makes the longer wall appear to recess more, making your room look a bit wider than before.


There’s nothing better for a small room than letting in lots of light! It is a really great way to brighten up a space and visually extend the room’s space toward the outdoors. Having a bright window in the room also has the added bonus of keeping you awake and energised in the morning with natural light, and helping you relax in the moonlight if you’re taking a soak in the tub. It’s difficult to keep bathrooms bright while still retaining privacy, but rather than getting light-blocking curtains or completely covering a window, buy some lace or sheer curtains and/or frost the window to block the view from outside while still letting in the sunshine!


A lot of bathrooms these days come with big, blocky one piece showers and sink/cabinet combinations. One of the best ways to give the illusion of more space in the room is to actually make more! Use smaller cabinetry with open shelves rather than doors, or floating sinks so that you can see the walls on every side of the room, and have a better idea of the size of the room.

Choose furniture that’s thin and tall, like pedestal sinks or tall radiators in order to make the room appear visually wider. And replace your massive bath/shower combo with a freestanding or claw foot bathtub and a shower head instead.

Having a home with a small bathroom can be a difficult thing to remedy, and it does take time to open up such a small space, but with a lot of work and these tips your bathroom will look bigger and more relaxing in no time!