If you’re living in an old house, the chances are you have a very small bathroom. While modern houses come with plenty of sizeable en-suites, our ancestors seemed less keen to make the bathroom anywhere you’d want to spend much time in. (It may have had something to do with the lack of central heating too.)
So if you’re stuck with a small bathroom – and extending it isn’t possible – what are your options? Let’s take a look at some space-saving ideas.
1. Rip out any cupboards you don’t need, particularly if you have plenty of closet space in the rest of the house for towels and sheets
2. If you have a pedestal sink, you can put up some small open shelves on either side of the pedestal for a few inches of storage
3. In terms of tiling, use long horizontal lines to help to create the illusion of a larger space
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4. If you have a separate shower cubicle and bath, consider shower baths instead which combine both into one space – freeing up valuable room
5. A frameless mirror, combined with ambient lighting can also help to make even the smallest bathroom look bigger
6. Choose as large a mirror as possible
7. Keep clutter to a minimum – littered countertops will just make the room looks smaller
8. Install a vertical towel rail which is flush against the wall, rather than a separate floor-standing rail
9. Is there any possibility of digging into the walls to create recessed cupboard space or shelving areas?
10. In terms of decoration, use patterns sparingly so that they don’t overwhelm a small space – and choose light, cool colours to increase the feel of airiness
11. Keep all colours and tones as similar as possible, as mixing up dark and light palettes will chop up the space visually
12. Swap out an old-fashioned rectangular medicine cabinet for a corner style one to free up valuable inches
13. Could the sink be moved to a corner too?
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14. Get rid of curtains or blinds and apply a frosting effect to your window, so that you can retain your privacy while making the most of natural light
15. Install hooks on the back of the bathroom door for additional hanging space
16. Choose light-coloured flooring – or if you can’t change the colour, buy a large rug
17. Consider installing a sliding door, instead of a door that opens inwardly
18. Use a frameless glass shower door instead of a shower curtain
19. Rip out any vanity units if possible – even if it’s the only bathroom in the house, vanity can be attended to elsewhere!
20. Make sure the tiling in your shower goes right up to ceiling – again avoiding a broken line of vision
21. Get rid of lots of small, fussy decorations and pictures and replace them with one or two interesting objects
22. Paint the ceiling the same colour as the walls to avoid intersecting planes
23. Go for as much natural light as possible – if the bathroom is upstairs, have you considered a skylight?
24. Place a mirror opposite a window, it will reflect the view and make it look like you have two windows
25. Add extra lighting to brighten up the room
So, to recap. Just because you’re stuck with a small bathroom – and even if there’s no way to extend it either side – there are plenty of tricks you can use to make it look a little bigger. All it takes is a bit of imagination and some little adjustments here and there.
Espana Gomez is an author of this blog. Recently she works as an interior design assistant in her town. She loves daydreaming about beautiful homes and interior decor.