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4 Ways To Make A Small Bathroom Bigger

September 14th, 2023 | Bathrooms | Precision Innovations Corp

Renovating a bathroom can be as simple as an aesthetic facelift or as involved as a full gut and remodel. Truth is, there is almost no limit to what can be done with a bathroom renovation.

Oftentimes our clients are under the assumption that small bathrooms are a different case. Sadly, some of them have been informed that without enlarging the square footage of the bathroom, you can do anything about increasing size. Our expert team of designers and installers beg to differ.

How To Make A Small Bathroom Bigger

Avoiding a full gut and remodel, there are 4 important updates that can be made to make your small bathroom bigger.

  1. Shower Enclosure

  2. Floor Tile

  3. Paint Color

  4. Lighting

How to Make a Small Bathroom Bigger by Updating the Shower Enclosure

Most often the element of the bathroom taking up the most space is the bathtub/shower. Due to the plumbing involved, relocating the bathtub/shower 9/10 times turns into a full renovation project; an effective way to increase the size of the bathroom is with a glass shower enclosure.

With a clear glass shower enclosure, you're now able to see the depth of the bathtub/shower that was previously blocked by the shower curtain. This helps visually for the entire aesthetic of the bathroom, as you're now able to see the tile shower surround, and something like a back-wall shower niche works in your favor not only for function but also for an eye-catcher to compliment the design of the bathroom.

How to Make a Small Bathroom Bigger by Updating the Floor Tile

When you walk into a small bathroom, most often the element to first catch your eye is the floor. Naturally, not only the size of the flooring, but also the orientation to the layout of the bathroom are able to work effectively to make your small bathroom bigger.

We recommend avoiding small tile on the floor. The smaller the tile, the more grout lines, and the more grout lines, the busier the floor looks. Our expert designers and installers agree that the busier the floor looks, the more cramped the space feels.

What we mean by "the orientation to the layout of the bathroom" is a very simple idea. Most often, small bathrooms are 5'x7', sometimes as small as 4'x7' or even 4'x6'. We recommend using a large format tile, and installing it so the long side of the tile is in the same direction as the long side of the bathroom. What this does to increase the size of any small bathroom is draw the attention of your eyes to the length of the bathroom as opposed to either a busy floor or a tile that accentuates the smaller width/length of the bathroom.

How to Make a Small Bathroom Bigger by Updating the Paint

Updating the color of paint in your bathroom is another effective way to make your small bathroom bigger without going through a full renovation. The good news is, you're not limited to any specific color or tone to accomplish this.

In the picture at the top of the page, our experts utilized a dark gray paint to help make this small 5'x7' bathroom look much bigger. The idea is to use the paint color to contrast against other elements of the bathroom. Basically, if you want a light colored vanity use a dark paint, and if you want a dark vanity use a light-colored paint.

By introducing contrasting colors into your bathroom design, our experts will be able to increase the space you perceive visually while also making the overall aesthetic of your bathroom much more appealing.

How to Use Lighting to Make a Small Bathroom Bigger

We've saved the most straight forward method to increasing the size of your small bathroom for last.

Updating your lighting works wonders for making your small bathroom bigger. And its a very basic idea. Use LEDs, and go bright. Nowadays, most LED light fixtures have settings for brightness. Now we're not recommending you turn your bathroom into a tanning booth, but no more of that old style yellow incandescent lighting. With some added brightness, we're able to pull more attention to the other elements we've already updated to fully increase the size of your small bathroom.

Make Your Small Bathroom Bigger with the Help of Local Experts

If you have a vision — great! If your vision is still a work in progress, lean on a team of design experts to help you finalize your vision and make it a reality. The team at Precision Innovations Corp employs a specific design and installation process. It's a team effort, and we're here to help.

Guiding our customers through the bathroom remodeling process with ease has always been our top priority. At Precision Innovations Corp, we’ll work with you every step of the way, providing expertise and answering questions.

Submit a request for a free in-home consultation today!

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