Create the illusion of a big bathroom with these smart space saving ideas

wall mounted bathroom furniture with under lighting in marble effect bathroom

Image: Utopia Bathrooms

If your bathroom is particularly small, it can feel more claustrophobic and drab than cosy and relaxing. The trick to overcoming this issue is not to rush into planning a bathroom renovation or extension project without considering more practical options to save space and unnecessary costs.

We reveal our top five tips to making your bathroom seem bigger with a few tricks of the eye, no building required.  

Invest in wall-mounted furnishings

blue scheme bathroom with mustard wall mounted basin

Image: Alternative Bathrooms

Wall-mounted furniture and sanitaryware create an increased sense of space, as more floor area is visible. Experts at the also recommend opting for wall-hung toilets as they're 'great for streamlining bathrooms, concealing the cisern and making the space instantly appear far less cluttered', as well as increasing floor space. 

Choose your basin unit wisely

white bathroom sink basin bathroom with green tiles

Image: Vado

Consider using a wider but shallower-depth basin unit. There will still be plenty of basin area, but the projection into the room will be reduced. 

Basins that can sit on top of a bathroom cabinet allow for extra storage, allowing you to tuck away accessories and free up even more space. 

Create the illusion of a bigger bathroom with mirrors

rustic botanical themed bathroom with large circular mirror above basin

Image: CP Hart

Mirrors accentuate the illusion of greater space, while a simple palette of materials and colours will create a sleeker, pared-back scheme. 

It may be the oldest trick in an interior designers' book, but placing mirrors near windows or above glass cabinets to reflect natural and artificial light into the room will create a more open feel.

Fool the eye with savvy storage solutions

deep blueu scheme bathroom with wall mounted basin and gold accents

Image: Roper Rhodes

Use any available room in stud walls or bulkheads to create recessed shelving or cupboard space for extra storage, as well as a good place for adding feature lighting.

Specialists in designing and manufacturing bathroom equipment, Soakology, suggest utlising the area below a sink as it 'provides a generous, and often overlooked, space. An extra shelf or two to bottom left and right of your sink could be useful to store [toiletries]. When choosing your shelving, if your bathroom looks particularly busy, opt for clear glass shelves to make the room appear more open.'

Consider under-lighting on wall-mounted furniture

wall mounted bathroom furniture with under lighting in marble effect bathroom

Image: Utopia Bathrooms

Under-lighting, wall-mounted furniture will wash the floor with indirect light, further enhancing this effect and making the furniture appear to float. Pale or glossy furniture reflects more light, too.


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