How Can You Make a Small Bathroom Feel Larger?

Posted by Sam Sundeleaf on Thursday, May 26, 2016

bathroom painting tips and ideas

Do you have a bathroom that you wish was just a little bigger? It feels a little dark and cramped, but maybe due to budget or space constraints there is no easy way to expand it.

What if we told you that strategic interior paint and design can add square feet?

Well, not actual square feet, but perceived square feet. And, in many cases, they’re almost as good as the real thing.

Small Changes that Make a Bathroom Feel Bigger


Here are a few simple tips to keep in mind:

  • Stick with White - As we’ve discussed before, white is one of the year’s most popular interior paints. We can all celebrate how well it gets along with other colors and its timeless, clean style, but in this case we also can love the feeling of space it offers. To add a little visual variety without leaving the white paint family, try layering different shades of white through your choice in wall color, tile, fixtures, decorations, and towels.
  • Let There Be Light! - If you can’t add or expand a window, make sure that the overhead lighting is powerful enough to eliminate any space-eating shadows.
  • Avoid Large Vanities - If you can sacrifice the storage, invest in a pedestal sink rather than a larger vanity. This more slender alternative will open an amazing amount of space around the floor of your bathroom.
  • Floating Shelves and Furniture - In short, anything that touches the floor claims space. Floating, open shelving will keep your bathroom feeling uncluttered and less closed in.
  • Add Stripes - Thick, horizontal stripes will visually push your walls apart, just like vertical stripes make a ceiling feel taller. Why not make this optical illusion work to your advantage?
Dynamic Stripe

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