Nineteen Tips To Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger Without Breaking The Bank!

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A well planned bathroom considers and incorporates the needs of the end users. Have you ever been in a crammed bathroom? How comforting does it feel? Bathrooms no matter how small should never feel confining.


So how can you make a small bathroom look beautiful and bigger without breaking the bank? Here are 19 tips to help you. Please note you don’t have to do them all, just select the ones that would apply to your needs and of course budget...  


TIP #1 - Keep everything the same color and tone.

This is one scenario where contrast is discouraged. Contrasts could create invisible lines that break up the space making it feel portioned and crammed. See picture below of a small bathroom using same color and tone to create the illusion of a big and beautiful bathroom. 


Tip # 2 - Use soft neutral colors.

Softer neutral colors could make a bathroom feel open and bright. Try colors such as beige, gray, white, yellow or blue. Don’t be afraid to mix and match paint colors. Not all whites, blues or yellows are solid colors. Have you seen Benjamin Moore’s Linen white paint? It has a yellow and beige undertone, and yes they classify it as white.


TIP #3 - Paint the ceiling a lighter shade or the same color as the walls.

Ceilings normally look darker than walls, even when painted with the same exact paint. To overcome this challenge, go with a shade a bit lighter. Darker colors make a ceiling appear smaller and a lighter color creates the illusion of taller ceilings.


TIP #4 - Tile the shower all the way up to the ceiling.

This is an insider home designer tip used by experts to elongate a small bathroom. Be sure to match the wall, floor tiles and grout. All the small details matters especially in small bathrooms. Something as small as the wrong grout color could make the difference between a clean and tidy bathroom or a messy space. IMG_9888

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TIP #5 - Blend the tile and wall color. 

Avoid using different colors and patterns, as this would make the shower appear to be a separate area in the bathroom.

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TIP #6 - Use clear not textured glass in your shower.  

This is a common mistake made by homeowners mostly for privacy reasons. Clear glass lets in and reflects light. Textured glass on the other hand could provide the illusion of a wall; we’ll include pictures below for illustration.

marble. clean. glass.:  Frosted and Textured Glass Options for Shower Doors:

                Clear Shower Glass                              Textured Shower Glass

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Tip # 7 - Use a clear shower curtain, avoid dark bright colors.

If you’re on a budget, use a clear shower curtain to breathe light and airiness in your bathroom. Checkout picture below….


Tip # 8 - Raise the shower curtain bar.

This is an insider home design expert tip that doesn’t cost anything. Hang your shower curtain bar as high as possible; this will create the illusion of volume.

Cottage Full Bathroom with Dupont Corian Designer White, Inset cabinets, Raised panel, Floating shelves, Bead board:  

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TIP #9 – Use a big mirror.

If you’re seeking to make your small bathroom look large and sophisticated, use a large mirror that stretches to the ceiling. Ever wonder why dressing rooms have large mirrors? You’ve got it, a mirror showcasing a full length dress looks better than a mirror showcasing only half of a dress.  Insider home designer trick, two separate mirrors for a his and her vanity doesn’t give the same sophisticated look as one large mirror. So yes, go for that big mirror that you see and love!

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TIP #10 – Use natural light.

Natural light could make a bathroom feel like a tranquil peaceful oasis. Some benefits of natural lights includes: spirit lifting, easy to apply your makeup and electricity saving. If your room has a generous amount of natural light, during the daytime you may not need to turning on the lights.


 Tip # 11 – Use layered lighting.

Layered lighting would include an overhead light in addition to wall scones to the side of the mirror.

Gray bathroom - The Lily Pad Cottage via Centsational Girl

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TIP #12 – Replace linen closet door with a full door.

Most linen closet doors are flimsy and at times short. Using a full door could make your closet look neater and larger.


Tip # 13 – Don’t use a double vanity or sink.

A double vanity or sink will make a small bathroom appear smaller. Try using a pedestal sink or floating vanity, these are elegant options for small bathrooms.


Tip # 14 – Use a floating vanity.

A floating vanity creates the illusion of extra space below the vanity. Just by using this tip could make an otherwise crammed bathroom appear larger.

traditional powder room with floating vanity Small Baths with Big Impact:

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Tip # 15 – Use a sliding pocket door instead of a standard door.

This is a unique idea that is gaining popularity especially in small compact bathrooms.


Tip # 16 – Select one main focal point for your bathroom.

Select on main focal point for your bathroom. A few popular options are:  floor tile, wall tile patter, shampoo niche, mirror, lighting or sliding pocket door.

 Fantastic builder basic master vanity makeover with diamond backsplash tile:

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Tip # 17 – Bathroom fixtures.

Carefully consider your bathroom design before selecting the color, shape and material your fixtures. Bathroom fixtures colors ranges from gold, silver, chrome, bronze etc. Shape varies from: square, round.


TIP #18 – Create shampoo niche into the bathroom wall. 

This tip is better illustrated with a picture, enjoy!

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Tip # 19 – Unique bathroom accessories.

This tip is one of our favorites. Unique accessory bathroom pieces can give your bathroom that humph. We love beautiful storage containers, artwork, plants, towels, soaps and antique storage in bathrooms.

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Store Soap, Qtips etc in a jar ~ This is how I have always stored my hand Soaps and Q-tips ~ Love:

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Comments (9)

Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the excellent tips, Milan.

May 04, 2016 09:24 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Milan. While I agree with and like your tips it appears that all of the bathrooms you featured were of a good size.

May 04, 2016 09:45 PM
Erica Love
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek - Colorado Springs, CO

Some great advice! I like the idea of layering the lighting.

May 04, 2016 10:41 PM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Gabe Sanders 

Thanks for visiting our blog and commenting.

We appreciate you visiting our blog often.



May 06, 2016 06:40 AM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Sheila Anderson : Thanks for reading our blog and commenting. Your comment just proved that the tips work! :)

Some of the bathrooms are really tiny, the tips along with professional photos goes a long way.

Tip # 1 - bathroom is really small, that photo is the entire bathroom minus the toilet, which is hidden behind the door. Space so small that's the best handle to get a photo.

Tip # 2 - that's the complete bathroom. You have to squeeze yourself to the right to close the door:)

For the rest, envision the bathrooms painted in darker colors, double size vanity and minus the tips that were provide, that should help visualizing the small spaces.




May 06, 2016 06:52 AM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Erica Love:

Yes layered lighting is also one of our favorite techniques.



May 06, 2016 06:53 AM
Digital Digital
Alachua, FL
full service

Gabe Sanders : Thanks for re-blogging this article, it's greatly appreciated.



May 15, 2016 04:55 AM
Gabe Sanders

You're welcome Milan.  It goes live this evening.

May 15, 2016 05:22 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Milan -- I came here via the re-blog by Gabe Sanders -- these are excellent tips.  Bookmarked too.   

May 15, 2016 11:32 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening What Not To Renovate - Milan B. ,

Love this glad to see Joyce Marsh, Florida Real Estate reblog it as I missed it. Excellent advice!

Jan 09, 2018 03:33 PM