Small Bathroom Design Tips to Maximise Space

Maximise Space In Your Small Bathroom

Bathrooms are often one of the smallest rooms in the house, yet ironically they are also one of the most frequently used. If you have a small bathroom, the good news is there are plenty of ways to make it look bigger, whilst making the most of the space available.

Read on to find out more about space enhancing features, fixtures, storage tips and colour choices to maximise space in your bathroom.

Pale Shades

Pale shades for small bathroomsUsing white or light coloured tiles and fixtures is a great way to make your bathroom look bigger. Gleaming white surfaces and sparse white walls will reflect light around the room, whilst the clean, fresh look will add an element of simplicity and refinement. Both are key for making the most of a small space.

Simple Décor

Simple decor in a small bathroomGoing for a streamlined look in your bathroom will create the illusion of an open space, so aim to coordinate your walls with your tiles by using a similar colour of paint. Using contrasting colours, such as monochromatic dark shades in a small bathroom will break up the space and make it look cramped. If you have dark tiles already installed, choose a paler shade for the walls to add as much brightness as possible to the room.


Small bathroom with mirrors As aforementioned, reflective surfaces are beneficial for opening up a small space, so consider using multiple mirrors in your bathroom to add depth. If you can, go big on the mirrors so they stretch along the wall and to the ceiling to double the light’s impact.

Large Format Tiles

Small bathroom with large format tilesUsing large format tiles for your bathroom walls and flooring will help to increase the feel of continuity, whilst the clean lines and structured shapes are a stylish feature that can enhance the look of any bathroom. Tiles with a glossy finish are particularly handy as they will help to reflect more light around the room.

Recessed Shelving

Small bathroom with recessed shelvingOpen shelving recessed into the wall will put unused space in your bathroom to good use, whilst eliminating the need for floor storage which can make a small bathroom look cluttered. Shelving will also force you to be more selective about what you store in your bathroom, which is a bonus when it comes to maximising space.

Appropriate Furniture & Fixtures

If you have a small bathroom it’s no use installing a massive bath tub or chunky cabinets if you want to make it look and feel bigger. Opting for simple vanity units, recessed shelving, a pedestal sink, and a walk in shower are just some of the things you can have installed in your small bathroom to use up the space wisely.

Other small bathroom design tips include:

  • Mount towel racks on the back of the bathroom door.
  • Install a corner sink.
  • Choose bold lighting to accentuate certain areas of your bathroom.

Here at KNB we’re specialists in fitting bespoke bathrooms to suit the needs and lifestyle requirements of our clients. If you are looking to re-design your small bathroom to maximise space, take a look at our Fitted Bathrooms page to find out how we can help.