5 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Larger


A tiny bathroom is on many people’s list of complaints about their homes. In the UK in particular, bathrooms tend to be on the small side, especially in new build homes.

So, if your bathroom is on the small side, this article will provide some helpful tips and tricks to maximise space. There are even some clever tricks to make your bathroom seem larger than it really is.

In most cases, problems can start when you try and fit too much into a small bathroom. If you're short on space, bulky sanitaryware probably isn't a good idea, but wall-hung vanity units, basins, and short projection toilets are all excellent ways of maximising visible space in a small bathroom.

Keep reading to find out more.

Colour counts


When choosing the colour theme for a small bathroom you might be surprised to know you don't have to completely avoid dark colours, but keeping them to a minimum will definitely help.

Light-coloured tiles mixed with bright-coloured towels, accessories, and bath mats can be the perfect match, especially if you want to add a bit of personality to the space.

However, if you have a particularly small bathroom and aren't too bothered about your colour choice, then, shades of white, cream, light blue and even light greys like dove grey are ideal for keeping the room feeling as light and spacious as possible.

Keeping clutter down

Now at some point in our lives we've all been guilty of creating a mess or putting off clearing a pile of clutter, but in a small bathroom clutter can have a really negative impact. The more you have lying around on countertops and windowsills the smaller your bathroom is likely to feel.

Investing in clever storage solutions such as wall-hung vanity units and storage cabinets can make a huge difference. Keeping your make-up and toiletries hidden away in a cupboard will make your bathroom not only look tidier but by freeing up space, you'll make the bathroom lighter and more spacious too.

If you're struggling to fit all your cosmetics and toiletries out of sight then now might be the time to consider a clear-out. We've all got that shampoo bottle that just sits on the side for months and never gets used.

Mirror image


Mirrors can be perfect additions to any bathroom but can be especially useful in small bathrooms. Yes, mirrors are ideal for applying makeup or shaving but they're also amazing at bouncing light around a room, helping to create a lighter and brighter more spacious feeling room.

Now we're guessing if you're reading this that you've got a small bathroom, but worry not, even a small mirror can make a huge difference. Even a small freestanding mirror on a windowsill can improve the lighting in the room.



In a small bathroom, you should be extra careful with the types of storage you use. Small mirror cabinets, wall-hung vanity units, and wall-hung cabinets are your best choices, as these all allow for visible floor space, helping to give your bathroom a more spacious feeling.

Mirror cabinets are particularly clever as they not only provide ample space for all your cosmetics and toiletries but the mirror, as mentioned above will help to bounce light around the room.

It's also a good idea to avoid storing dirty laundry in a small bathroom, as a laundry hamper can take up valuable floor space and can even become messy. We're all guilty of letting our laundry baskets overflow once in a while.

Finishing touches

Any finishing touches such as wall art, artificial flowers, and vases should be carefully considered. They can in larger bathrooms add a homely touch but in smaller bathrooms can add to clutter.

Lighting should also be considered, especially in small bathrooms without a window. The type of lighting you chose and where it's positioned can make a huge impact. Perhaps, consider an LED bathroom mirror, as this can give direct light without causing annoying shadows. When the main light is needed LED spotlights are a good choice as these can provide lighting close to natural daylight.

For more information on small bathrooms, take a look at the following posts - Complete Guide to Making the Most of a Small Bathroom - Make the Most of Your Small Bathroom - Small Toilet Ideas.

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