Design Tips to Make a Small Bathroom Better

By Maria Rogerson

September 9, 2022Home & Decor

It seems like everyone wants to have a bigger bathroom in their home. However, it’s usually impossible to get one without making drastic changes. The good news is that, even if it’s extremely small, your home’s bathroom doesn’t need to look cluttered.

With a few strategic alterations, you can make an illusion of a larger space, all without demolishing a single wall. If you’re asking yourself “How do I make my bathroom appear bigger and better?”, keep reading and discover six simple answers!

Consider a Compact Vanity Cabinet

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Vanities make beautiful and practical statement pieces in many bathrooms, yet they also take up a lot of space, which is a problem in small spaces. If you want to maximise the use of your space, but at the same time you want to retain the aesthetic of a classic vanity cabinet, the stylish and compact Aulic vanities are the ideal choice for you. These modern vanities are durable, practical, and minimalist. They offer you just enough space to store your towels, toiletries, cleaning products, and other items, without overwhelming your space.

Aulic is an Australian brand that provides stylish, practical, and durable vanities. A contemporary Aulic vanity comes in a high-quality and technologically advanced design that’s suitable for the Australian lifestyle. For almost a decade, these products are crafted with comfort, convenience, sturdiness, and style in mind. This is why many Australian households favour this option when remodelling their homes.

Hang a Large Mirror

Mirrors add the appearance of extra bathroom space while also reflecting more light. As this room usually already has a mirror, consider getting one that’s a bigger size. To open up a small bathroom, use a large mirror along with as much artificial and natural lighting as you can. This creates an illusion that works both during the day and at night.

Place a large mirror right across your window where it will reflect the maximum amount of light. At night, the mirror will reflect artificial light from within the room. If you want to optimise the space, add a large one over the Aulic vanities to also boost the function of the area.

Installing a mirror is a fun DIY project that you can even do on your own. A cordless drill, drill bits, and a few screws are all that you need to install a super-sized mirror inside your bathroom. Alternatively, choose two mirrors where the walls meet. This L-shaped arrangement creates the illusion of extra space by reflecting even more light into the area.

Include a Clear Glass Shower Enclosure

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The shower or bathtub/shower combo is the biggest fixture in a complete bathroom. The enclosure of a shower can create the illusion of a bigger bathroom space if you choose the right material. Making the enclosure transparent is the best course of action when removing it completely isn’t an option.

Compared to a framed shower enclosure, a transparent one seems and feels less substantial. The corners of frameless shower and tub enclosures hold strong tempered glass together. The enclosure is as undetectable as it will ever be because there are no frames on the glass.

Let Light In

Adding more natural light to a room is crucial for maximising the space. Sources of natural light in a bathroom are the windows and skylights. Make sure to clean them regularly, remove any paint in case they’re painted over, and remove any curtains. This is an easy way to increase the amount of natural light this room gets.

Use a scrub brush, warm water, and mild detergent to clean skylights covered with moss or dirt from the roof side. If you have to use blinds or curtains, make sure that they’re functioning properly, so you can open and close them as you need.

Remove Unnecessary Décor

A small bathroom feels cosy and inviting when you add decorative items like artwork and tiny rugs. But if they aren’t strategically placed, they can also contribute to clutter. If you’re a collector, you might want to remove unnecessary objects from the room.

Clutter removal is an impactful way to improve the look of your bathroom without spending a fortune. Also, keep in mind that this isn’t a permanent situation. You can archive any precious décor items and use them again in the future. Here are a few more bits of advice on decluttering your bathroom:

  • Consider using indoor plants as decorations. You can place them on a shell or have them hang from the ceiling. They will improve your indoor air quality, boost your mood, and help you save on space for décor;
  • Instead of purchasing many decorations, only purchase one of each;
  • Consider if the object has any practical value. If not, does it make you happy? If neither works, throw it away or place it somewhere else in the house.

Avoid Sharp Contrasts

Sharp colour contrasts and dividing lines only give the impression that the bathroom is smaller. Wherever you can, remove or muddle the boundaries between things of a different colour. Choose lighter colours for your bathroom rather than dark ones. Adding a soothing bathroom wallpaper will easily create an illusion of a wider space while keeping the colours uniform.

An even larger sense of openness will result if you remove the crown mouldings. These look much better in rooms with more square footage, such as living rooms, dining rooms, and corridors.