Clever ways to make your small bathroom bigger

Having an ensuite with a freestanding tub in the middle of the room complete with a walk-in shower would be a luxury for many of us. However, if like me you have a small bathroom – you’ll soon see that it doesn’t have to look cluttered or cramped when you incorporate a few clever tricks. So, whatever its dimensions, here’s how you can make the most out of your space.

It’s all about proportion
Ok, I know I’m guilty of getting carried away with choosing my favourite basin or tub before even taking the time to find out whether they actually fit into my space. So, before you get buying, look at what will and will not realistically fit in your space. There’s no point getting a freestanding double-ended bath if there’s not going to be any space for anything else. Likewise, that beautiful walk-in shower won’t feel so luxurious if the rest of your room is cramped. This leads me on nicely to point number two…

Take your storage all the way up to the ceiling to get maximum use of the space. ORTHEX SmartStore Compact White storage, from Homebase.

What’s it for?
Are you a shower or bath person? Really think about if you need both, or if actually you can do without one or the other. As a result, you could actually get that gorgeous copper tub you’ve always dreamed of by ditching the shower altogether.
Freestanding bath

Even if the space is small, you can create a focal point with a freestanding bath. Baby Tyne Copper Nickel bath, £5545, Drummonds.

Fitted furniture
From sleek and streamlined designs to wall-hung solutions, there are plenty of options to free up your bathroom of clutter – therefore making it appear bigger. You may also want to consider recessed mirror cabinets and niches for shelves. Why not take your cupboards right up to the ceiling, utilising all available space.

Look at your layout and see what, and where, you can fit everything in. Set of three watercolour still life art prints by Abstract House.

Glass shower screens
It’s simple, a floor-to-ceiling glass screen sections off the shower without interrupting sight lines or the light in the space – this works for both walk-in showers and shower-tub combinations.

A glass shower screen helps create the illusion of space. AW21 Boho Bathroom collection by Dunelm.

Tiles can even help
You can use reflective mirror tiles to boost the sense of space. By allowing natural light to bounce around the room, this will trick the eye into thinking it’s bigger. Another tip would be to use large-format tiles. Choosing tiles with fewer grout lines is a great option for expanding the size of your bathroom – plus there’s far less cleaning involved!
Large-format tiles

Create the illusion of more space with large-format tiles. Black marble, £22.99 per sq m, Mandarin Stone.

Don’t go too wild on decorations
A lot of us like little knick-knacks in the bathroom, right? However, in a compact space, it’s always better to take a step back and follow the famous ‘less is more’ motto. Add too many decorations and you risk the room feeling cluttered, which will make it feel smaller. Instead of having lots of things – why not include just one statement piece for maximum impact?

Small doesn’t mean boring. Davey Lighting well glass wall Light, £365, Original BTC.

Limit your use of patterns and textures
We always say to be bold, but that doesn’t mean taking it too far. While it might be tempting to add all the textures and pair two different types of tiles, or even choose patterned wallpaper and tiles. Take a step back and really look at it. Going too far can overwhelm the space. That’s not to say you can’t go for anything but muted colours – you simply have to be smart about it. Equally, don’t mix too many materials – stick to two, maybe three depending on the size of your space, and you’re already good to go.

Right, all this writing about bathrooms has inspired me to have a pamper sesh…

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Post updated on: 20/08/2020

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