By Janet Myers | October 16, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Spacious

When remodeling a bathroom, many homeowners see it as the perfect time to add more square footage, finally getting the bigger space they’ve always wanted. But knocking down walls that could be integral to the home’s structural function just to create a larger room can often be more of a headache and a bigger expense than anticipated. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make your small bathroom feel bigger. Here are some of our favorites.

Select a Serene Palette

serene colors

Photo by: Neptune

A pale, soft color scheme gives the illusion of more space and a clean, fresh feeling, too. Don’t feel restricted to white or traditional pastels, though. The trick is to avoid dark or bold colors, which can instead be used for accessories and towels. Try cooler colors like blues, greens, grays, and even purples to give the room a peaceful ambience.

Embrace Negativity

negative space

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As in negative space. That means cutting back on anything that sticks out or is taking up valuable floor or wall space. Remove unnecessary wall shelves, hanging racks, or other accessories that make a room look and feel smaller. Keep cabinets to a bare minimum. Get creative about finding another place such as a nearby hall closet to store extra towels and supplies. Recessed shelving between the studs can be a good compromise.

Mirror, Mirror


Photo by: Casey’s

Mirrors help a room look larger by reflecting the space around them. They can even be positioned to reflect the outdoors in. If you’re not a fan of one large mirror over the vanity, there are other options. For example, three long rectangular mirrors evenly spaced add an elegant touch while reflecting natural and artificial light throughout the room.

Lights, Lights, Lights!


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Lots of natural light is ideal so try to avoid shutters, blackout shades, or other window coverings. For those times you need privacy, a translucent window shade can do the trick. Some homeowners choose a custom designed tone-on-tone stained glass window. There should also be adequate general and task lighting that eliminates shadows while making personal grooming tasks frustration-free.

Flooring That Goes Against the Grain


Photo by: Mary Barber Fray interior design

Flooring that runs in the opposite direction of the bathroom gives the illusion of more space. Another great visual trick is to continue the floor tiles into the shower. Sectioning off the space with different tones, materials, and patterns often makes a small bathroom feel even more crowded.

Other great suggestions include using clear glass for the shower to avoid having the room feel like it has another wall, ditching the bathtub altogether, and installing a pocket door to save valuable square footage.

By following some or all of these simple tips, you can transform your small bathroom into a practical and functional space that your family will enjoy for years to come. Want to hear more great ideas for making a small room appear larger? The designers at David Gray Design Studio in Jacksonville, FL can help you choose the options that give your new bathroom the spacious feel you’re longing for.

Schedule an appointment with us today by contacting us online or calling at (904) 724-7211.

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