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How to Make the Most Out of a Small Bathroom?

by Jonny S | 21/06/2022

If your bathroom is small, it doesn’t mean it has to feel that way. If you’re smart enough with the design and fixtures, you can fit a lot in there and make it look roomy at the same time.

In this post, we are going to be looking at some ways and methods in which you can get the most out of small and limited bathroom space.

1. Pick a Light Colour Theme

The colour you choose for the bathroom walls, floor and ceiling can have a very drastic effect on how big it appears.

Imagine painting a small bathroom with some dark and murky brown colour. Ugh. Hideous.

And not just hideous. Dark and heavy colours can make rooms (whatever type they may be) look packed and congested. This can be even more pronounced if the room in question happens to be a small bathroom

On the other hand, light and breezy colours like white, peach and grey can have the exact opposite effect. They can make the place look bigger and far roomier than it actually is.

As for the exact shade that you should pick, you need to check and see the other colours used around your house. I mean, you can’t really paint your bathroom a nice and light peachy pink whereas your whole house has white walls and ceilings…

Normally, going for a wholly white theme can be a good idea for bathrooms because the fixtures and appliances used there are usually available in the same colour. This can help you avoid colour-clashing problems later on.

2. Install Recessed Lights

Protruding bulbs and tube lights can make your bathroom look a little stuffed and cramped. Recessed lights, on the other hand, can blend in with the ceiling and give the place a nice and minimalistic look.

Unlike other types of light sources (like tubes or bulbs), recessed lights have a much softer and calming glow, which can help make your time spent inside the bathroom comfortable and relaxing.

Plus, since these lights take up little space, you can install a whole bunch of them in your bathroom without crowding the ceiling space. You could, for example, install a whole set of 6 or 8 units altogether. With that much light, your bathroom will look much bigger, and you will also be able to get your work done without squinting a lot.

3. Recessed Storage Spaces

When you are working with a small bathroom, you don’t want to install protruding cabinets and shelves. These types of fixtures can make your already limited space look even more crowded, and they can leave you with less room to move around the bathroom.

What you can do instead is add recessed shelves and ledges to the bathroom walls. This can help you save space and lighten up the crowded look of your bathroom.

And apart from the convenience and efficiency that you can enjoy with these types of recessed storage spaces, they can also make your bathroom look very stylish and minimalistic.

Of course, this sort of remodelling/renovation will need a significant investment since the recesses will have to be created in the wall voids.

4. Install Round and Curved Fixtures

Blocky and square-shaped fixtures can take up a lot of bathroom space, and they can look obtrusive as well. By opting for curved and rounded fixtures, you can fit them easily in the corners of the bathroom and make the centre nice and spacious.

This applies to things like the sink and the cabinets etc. You can fit these items and objects flush against the corners to make the most out of your limited bathroom space.

The same goes for any sort of rack or shelf that you want to install in your bathroom.

5. Be Smart with the Flooring

When it comes to making the most out of a small bathroom, a lot of things that you have to do mostly pertain to making it look bigger. You may have noticed that in our list of to-dos, we mentioned quite a few things that you can do to avoid making the bathroom look crowded and stuffy.

Basically, when your bathroom looks and feels spacious, you can spend your time comfortably there. Otherwise, you can start getting claustrophobic after a while…

So, just as you can use recessed lights and light paint colours to make your bathroom look bigger, you can do the same thing by choosing the right type of flooring.

For example, if you were to buy some dark-coloured, heavily patterned tiles for your bathroom, it would start looking full and crowded. On the other hand, if you were to stick to using some minimalistic white ones instead, you would get the opposite effect.

6. Install Big Mirrors

Big mirrors can also widen the look of your bathroom and make it look spacious.

Essentially, since larger mirrors will be able to give you a larger reflection of the whole area, you will be able to get rid of the tight and crowded perception that you would usually get in a small bathroom.

You don’t have to make a lot of effort for this step. You can just install one big mirror on top of the sink or vanity, and that’s pretty much it. You don’t actually have to go around the bathroom hanging mirrors here and there.


Having a small bathroom isn’t a big problem – if you know how to set it up properly.

There are a lot of different things – some of which we discussed above – that can help you make your limited space look wide and spacious. For example, you can use light and breezy colours for your bathroom’s paint, fixtures and flooring.

Similarly, you can opt for recessed lights (also known as downlights) as an alternative to normal bulbs and tubes in order to make your bathroom ceiling look neat and baring.

The fixtures that you use in your bathroom can also play a major role in how big (or otherwise) it appears. You should try and keep the setup as minimalistic as possible.

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