Small bathrooms can appear cramped, there’s no denying that. However, with the proper design and layout, your smaller bathroom can become the optical illusion of a larger, must more open space. It comes down to having the right lighting, the right colors, the right accessories, focal point, and more. In fact, when done correctly, your bathroom can look DOUBLE the size, without ever changing the square footage. Here’s how to make any small bathroom seem larger than it really is.

Simple Designs: The busier your bathroom appears, the smaller it will feel. You need to use a simpler design, sticking to lighter main colors, and avoiding patterns. This includes walls, countertops, tiles, and more. Some patterns are great to work with, but it shouldn’t be the center of attention.

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Don’t Rely On Mirrors: There’s a misconception that mirrors can help expand a room. The truth is that because they replicate what’s directly in front of them, they tend to create a buddy pattern. While mirrors in the bathroom are a must for almost every design, don’t rely on it for expanding your room.

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Darker Cabinets: While you want the main color to be light to open the room up, the cabinets can be a darker color such a dark gray or a lush brown. This color scheme contrasts one another, adding depth to the room. It also forces the eyes to look down creating the illusion that the room is taller than it is.

Don’t Clutter The Space: Avoid having too many cabinets all over the room, especially if they have to hang on the walls. Cabinets over the toilet, tall linen cabinets, and even thick medicine cabinets can take up a lot of space in the room. Keep it simple, and don’t feel like you have to “fill” the space with more!