We all have that one bathroom in our home that feels like the inside of a sardine can when you walk in. It’s hard to believe that any bathroom could ever be that small, but alas, so many homes have this problem. It’s very hard to see how any change you make in such a small room will improve it and make it seem larger. However, here really are so many ways you can trick the eye into thinking your tiny bathroom is larger than it really is. We have gathered 8 of the best ways to make your tiny bathroom look bigger, all of which won’t completely break the bank. If you do any, or all of these, pretty soon you’ll enjoy spending time in your small bathroom.

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1. Install A Pedestal Sink

One of the largest pieces of “furniture” in a bathroom is the vanity where the sink is usually installed. To save square footage in your small bathroom, completely remove the whole vanity and install a pedestal sink. These types of sinks take up very little room and will drastically increase the square footage in your bathroom and will make your room look much larger.


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2. Make Your Shower See-Through

Anything that will break up the eye as you look around your bathroom like a shower curtain or heavy shower door will make the room look much smaller. In order to avoid this, try installing a completely smooth glass shower door so it looks almost as if there’s nothing even there. If doing so is not in your budget, try putting up a clear shower curtain where people’s eyes will still be able to look through it as if it’s not even there. If you really don’t want to have a clear shower curtain, choose a very light color and leave it as open as possible so it looks like it’s not even there.

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3. Hang Shower Curtains As High As Possible

A wonderful way to trick the eye into thinking your small bathroom is much bigger than it really is is to hang your shower curtain as high as possible. Many people have learned this valuable lesson in their home when it comes to curtains in other rooms. The higher they are hung, the taller and larger the room looks. The same will go for your shower curtain. If you hang it almost as high as the ceiling it will make a large impact and make the room look so much bigger. You may have to buy an extra long shower liner and shower curtain, but I assure you that the impact will be worth the extra money you have to spend.

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4. Use The Door For Storage

If you have very little wall space in your bathroom or very little storage, put some storage on the back of the bathroom door. You can install very small shelving where you can store toilet paper, hair accessories and products, cleaning products and more. You can also install some towel racks on the back of the door to hang extra towels from. This will free up the amount of things you need to store in cabinets and shelving on the walls.

(Head over to Jenna Burger Design for lots of decorating tips and tricks, DIY projects, design inspiration, and more).

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5. Light It Up

Try to keep your bathroom as light as possible. If you have windows, don’t put any kind of window treatment on them if you don’t absolutely have to. If you must, use something that is sheer where it will keep your bathroom private, but still allow light to come it. If you don’t have the luxury of having any windows in your bathroom, keep as much light as possible in it. You can install extra vanity lighting as well as lighting in the ceiling. Try to get light bulbs that are very bright that will really light the room up and keep it light and airy.

(For endless amounts of interior design ideas for your home, head over to Home Bunch).

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6. Keep Everything White

When it comes to large furniture pieces or large decorative pieces in your bathroom, try to keep them white. The toilet, sink, shower curtain (unless clear), towels, shower tiles, paint, etc., should all be white. If they are all the same color it will trick the eye into thinking the room is one seamless large room and it won’t be broken up by large pieces in different colors. Also, the lighter colors in the bathroom, the better. Lighter colors will do two things: one, they will reflect more light, which will make the room seem larger, and two, they will visually look smaller when lighter in color. A darker color will look more bulky and large and appear as if it’s visualy taking up more space.

(For endless amounts of interior design ideas for your home, head over to Home Bunch).

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7. The More Mirrors, The Better

Most bathrooms have at least one mirror, but if your small bathroom does not have one, install one now! Mirrors are pivotal in making any room appear larger. They will reflect more light which will make the room seem brighter, and thus larger. They also trick the eye into thinking that there is more space beyond the mirror. It almost makes the eye think there there is a window there. If you can hang more than one mirror, then by all means hang more! You can also use mirrored decorative pieces like vases and trays to reflect more light. Like I said, the more mirrors, the better.

(Head over to Better Homes And Gardens for other great home decor and renovation ideas as well as gardening inspiration).

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8. Less Is More With Decorations

When it comes to decorating your small bathroom, less is certainly more. You don’t want to clutter the space with lots of decorations. The more clutter there is, the more the room will feel like it is closing in on itself. Keep decorations at a minimum. You can actually decorate with functional items such as putting cotton swabs and cotton balls in pretty jars and vases or putting hand soap in beautiful containers.

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Mary Mulroney

Mary Mulroney

Hi there! I'm a beach lover, thrift store addict, crafting and DIY obsessed, mama of one son, and soon to be one daughter. My husband and I have been married for 5 and a half years and honestly couldn't be happier. We love our little life together as a family and spend every minute that we can together.
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