5 Ways to make your bathroom look bigger

March 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Any leading bathroom retailer will feature a wide range of luxurious fittings, but how can you make the same effect at home – while keeping costs to a minimum? Modernize, revitalize and enlarge your bathroom by implementing the following tips:

Implement pale colours – Firstly, of fundamental importance, is to ensure the colour of the wall is pale. Try magnolia, warm pastel yellow or spring green on the walls, as these colours will give the illusion of a larger area. Use brighter colours for additional decorative features, such as towels.

Don’t forget the flooring, as a pale colour on the floor will be receptive to creating a more spacious appearance. If replacing the floor is not a viable option, add a rug or large mat to the bathroom. Done correctly, this could be just as effective, with the bonus of being cost effective and quicker!

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Use larger tiles – A series of small tiles can create a ‘claustrophobic’ appearance, while having large tiles can make the room look more spacious. Keep the styling pale, and consider breaking up the pattern using lively borders; the use of similar coloured grout will ensure a truly professional finish.

Add extra lighting – In place of a singular light fitting, recessed or ceiling lighting can be installed. The benefit of this is that it allows for multiple sources of brightness, and for a warm ambiance to be created in awkward areas of the room. To induce a better lighting, skylights or solartubes could also be fitted. Even though the installation costs may be high, the energy savings may prove beneficial in the long run.

It is also worth maximising the area of the room by removing obstructions – consider, for example, having a clear shower door instead of frosted glass.
Add mirrors – Strategically placed mirrors will reflect all the light in the room, and make the area seem more spacious. For rooms without windows, a full length mirror hung on the back of the door many be an option. Also consider a series of smaller mirrors in place of one large mirror, as in smaller rooms they may be more suited to creating an allusion of space.

Remove clutter – Keep only essential items in the room – even the smallest accessory can break up the defining lines of the room and make it seem smaller. Remove additional cupboards, shelving units, or other ornament which can otherwise look out of place. Instead consider implementing a neat shelving unit under the basin to store additional items.

Add features to the walls instead – if artistically minded, attempt this yourself by adding decorative murals onto the largest clear wall. Otherwise, put up a scenic painting or hang a series of small pictures onto the wall, and place them in frames that represent windows. Bear in mind that any art piece showing an outdoor landscape will help broaden the atmosphere of the room.

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