How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

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Most homes, town homes and apartments have at least one small bathroom.In many homes it quickly becomes a pain to the homeowner. Plus, those found in the hall frequently do not have windows and this just adds to the feeling of smallness and claustrophobia. Even if a small bathroom does have windows, even a few decorating mistakes can make it feel cramped. Using the right selection of colors and other decorating tips can make your small bathroom feel bigger in no time.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Compact fluorescent bulbs
  • Pedestal sink
  • Light-colored tile
  • Area rug
  • Glass shelving
  • Mirrors

Color

  • Choose a light color for the walls. A modest pattern can even make the room look bigger than solid, painted walls. You can achieve this by using a patterned wallpaper or a faux finish. The background should be very light and the pattern only slightly darker.

  • Give the ceiling a fresh coat of white paint. Doing so will add an airy feel, especially if the ceiling was previously a color.

  • Paint all trim white. Adding a white crown molding can add height to the room and make your small bathroom look bigger.

Lighting

Flooring

  • Use light-colored flooring. If you have a dark floor and can't afford to replace it, use one area rug that fills most of the space that is a light color.

  • Choose a medium-size tile square (if you'll add tile) at 6 inches or 8 inches. A tiny tile will actually make the room look smaller. A straight, simple tile pattern is ideal.

Fixtures and Cabinets

  • Use a pedestal sink, if possible, as eliminating the cabinet will make your bathroom look bigger. If you cannot afford to change your current cabinets, paint dark cabinets white.

  • Recess any wall cabinets or eliminate them.

  • Use glass--as shelving and for your shower door. Or use a clear shower curtain.

  • Add mirrors. They reflect light and make a room appear larger.

Tips & Warnings

  • Minimize wall decorations. Use one or two medium-size items. Avoid grouped pictures.
  • If you want to use window treatments, use a simple window valence that does not cover the window.

References

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