How To Make A Small Bathroom Feel Huge

Make the most of your bathrooms space

Average floor space for a UK bathroom is less than 3sqm. That means that Britons are squeezing into tiny bathrooms all over the country. At KNB, we know that not everyone can afford to smash down a wall to make some space. So, we’re here to share a few tips on how to make the most of a small space and, most importantly, make a bathroom feel bigger.

Go big on mirrors

Nothing makes a bathroom feel grander than a mirror that reaches to the ceiling. Trimmed out in wood or tile, a tall, expansive mirror with lighting installed on top of it, or hanging in front of it, will double the light’s impact and make the space grow.

a small bathroom that looks bigTake it to the wall

Fixing your toilet, sink and shower flush to the walls gives a bathroom a sleek, modernist look. It also gives you that little bit of extra floor space.

Use clear glass in the shower

Textured glass can make a space feel like it has an extra wall. You may be able to get light in and have some privacy, but it will be a visual barrier within the room.

Keep everything the same tone / colour as much as you can.

For example: Don’t have dark walls and light tile (or vice versa), because this will divide up the space visually, and make it feel smaller.

However, if you do want some contrast, limit it to something that is more of an object in the space, like a low cabinet or a light fixture. Then that object will stand out as a feature, while everything else will recede and blend together as a backdrop.

Get lots of natural light

Whether you use a window, or some kind of skylight, it’s important to take advantage of natural light. Natural light gives a feeling of space and freshness to any bathroom.

Use open shelves

Open shelves give a bathroom a sense of freedom and lightness. The absence of cupboards and larger storage pieces allows you to make the most of the space you have.


Paint the ceiling the colour of the walls

…Especially if your ceiling is angled or has some oddly shaped low areas.

Painting everything a unifying colour will make those unusual shapes disappear, and the space will visually expand. It cuts down on the number of transitions and planes intersecting, therefore creating a cleaner, more expansive upper space in the room. Sometimes, we’ll go one shade lighter on a flat ceiling, because ceilings always read a bit darker than the walls anyway. This will give the same effect.

Use big tiles

Some think that using small tiles will make a small bathroom look bigger. But in reality, the opposite is true. Having a lot of space between the lines of grouting suggests a wealth of negative space, making a room seem larger.