The problem with smaller bathrooms is they feel cramped. They not only are small, they feel small.
However, there are things you can do to make your small bathroom feel larger. It could be considered that they work under the principal of “optical illusions”, but they work.
Natural light always help a space feel smaller. A skylight may not be feasible, but having a window somewhere that lets in natural light helps.
Stripes make surfaces look and feel longer. If you wish your bathroom to feel wider, do some from of a strip pattern across the back wall and on the floor. The stripes can be implemented in almost any material (ceramic tiles – wall and floor, vinyl flooring, natural stone). Please don’t take the word “stripe” too literally. Rectangular floor tiles become “stripes” when all the long lengths run the same way.
When you want the room to feel taller, create stripes that go up and down the walls. When you want the room to feel longer, you run stripes (walls and floors) down from front to back. When you want the room to feel wider, you run strips from side to side.
A wall to wall mirror provides the illusion of space because mirrors just do that. Putting mirrors opposite each other really creates this illusion.
Clear the floor
You can achieve this is a few different ways; 1) Install fixtures that do not touch the floor. There are wall mount countertops, sinks, and even toilets. 2) Install a vanity that has legs. That touches the floor in only 4 spots. Ensure this vanity has space under it. If there is a shelf 2 inches above the floor, you’ll lose this effect. 3) Put storage up high, using shelves or wall mount cabinets. 4) Install a pedestal sink.
These tips make a big difference. When you combine a few the effect can be quite impressive.
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