How do I make my tiny bathroom look bigger?


I have been sitting with an unfinished bathroom for over two years. We peeled all the wallpaper off, did a little spackling, and primed the walls, and it’s been that way ever since! It needs new everything except the shower! Help, please!

q how do i make my tiny bathroom look bigger
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  • Pat hayes Pat hayes on Sep 20, 2018

    paint everything, cabinets and all in a soft white or light gray....get rid of that backwoods outhouse toilet seat and the vanity top,if budget allows.....the key is to keep everything soft and one color or variants of whatever color you choose...good luck!

  • Lindsay Aratari Lindsay Aratari on Sep 20, 2018

    You could paint it a light bright white or light gray to help lighten it up! You could use white towels or a light colored painting/artwork. Lighter colored anything will help to brighten the bathroom without having to replace a lot of fixtures :)

  • Selena75 Selena75 on Sep 21, 2018

    Looks like mine before we “remodeled”. Like others I recommend light and neutral paint. An inexpensive pedi stool sink or wall hanging sink, and change toilet seat to white (or at least not wood/dark color). I did a corner shelf on the wall to make up for space we gave up on the vanity. Also if you can do something other than the gold around the shower would be amazed how small things change the whole room!!! Don’t forget vertical space for storage. In small spaces take advantage of every inch you can get!

  • Roland Ronish Roland Ronish on Sep 21, 2018

    LED lights, light color walls and a mirrored shower door will add an illusion of a larger room.

  • Maureen Barringer Maureen Barringer on Sep 21, 2018

    painting is nice but !!!!! a lot of cleaning -get a white toilet seat & put a colorful shower curtain over the glass shower doors & get new light bulbs -( day time -light bulbs )under towel bar put a small shelf & add some greenleafs & a cute something on the shelf. across the toilet put up you towel bar -with a roll towel bar to hold 3 to four towels in colors

    go to pier one to find towel bar on wall good luck

  • P P on Sep 21, 2018

    One idea I saw months ago on Hometalk might also help: swap the door for bifold doors - or even pocket door or exterior hung barn style doors - even putting a floor length mirror on the inside and the outside of current door might help - it takes away the hulking presence sensation of "THE DOOR"

  • Kim Shiff Kim Shiff on Sep 21, 2018

    That looks like the exact same size as my bathroom that I just “updated”. I took the shower doors off - which immediately made it feel bigger and more open. I was trying to neutralize the bone/almond tile and fixtures, so I painted the walls and vanity in a deep gray. I used porch and floor paint to paint the hideous linoleum floor. I added other little touches like a stainless look and glass tile border along the existing tile, added some mirrors that I spray painted with some geometrics, and replaced the old bulky medicine cabinet/vanity mirror with a large mirror from lowes and added the frame.

    Just some food for thought 😉

  • Sto9987562 Sto9987562 on Sep 21, 2018

    I was going to add and I see as did another post, surprising how taking off clear shower doors makes a difference! I took mine down and was stunned as to how it felt larger!

    Plus I don’t have to clean them and the track! 🎉

  • A A on Sep 23, 2018

    We have the exact same set up so I feel your pain. I got rid of the over the toilet vanity. I know it adds storage but I was amazed at the immediate sense of openness it gave. I moved my towel racks to the back of the door. If you have hollow core doors, stain or paint a strip of wood to match your door and attach it to the door from side to side then attach the towel bars. Embed your medicine cabinet in the wall instead of having it on the wall. Cut a hole in the dry wall the size of the back of your medicine cabinet put two pieces of wood in between the studs to anchor the cabinet to and use screws at top and bottom to secure it. Also contain any clutter with small baskets or pretty containers. A new vanity top if you can afford one. It also looks like you need more light. We used an outdoor fixture so look all over your local fix it store for the right thing. Good luck!

  • Deb K Deb K on Sep 23, 2018

    Hi, I would paint a nice slate grey, put on white toilet seat, paint the cabinet above the toilet white and the mirror frame white. If you like shower doors, replace the ones you have with some that have mirrors, if you go with a shower curtain, make it a patterned or picture one and a curved rod for a roomier shower. You could even add a mirror to the inside of the door

  • Twyla J Boyer Twyla J Boyer on Sep 25, 2018

    As others have said, remove the shower doors. The framing on them makes the whole room appear smaller because it visually cuts up the space. Get rid of the rug in front of the toilet for the same reason - it visually cuts up the floor, making it look smaller.

    A shower curtain can become a focal point that distracts from the size of the bath, so using one that has a large scale or even an outdoor looking scene can make the bathroom feel bigger. I have a bathroom about the same size as yours (but not laid out as well) and have a bold space themed shower curtain (a large scale print on fabric of a photo from the Hubbel telescope, I believe). It replaced a white with black tree printed one I had previously and though it is much darker and bolder, the room feels bigger.

    Since they appear to be the only storage in the room, I completely disagree with those recommending removing the wall cabinet above the toilet and replacing the sink with a pedestal. Instead, painting the walls and cabinets the same pale color of your choice will help them visually recede. If you can choose a color that is close to one of the colors in your vanity top, that will make it sort of disappear, too, increasing the open feel of the bathroom. I would also remove the towel bar above the toilet and add an open shelf with baskets to corral stuff that would otherwise end up on the top of the toilet or on the countertop. If you can recess the medicine cabinet, that would improve the look, but if it is as wide as it seems, you would have to cut through a stud or two, which is generally a vary bad idea unless you really know what you are doing (studs hold up your walls, ceiling, and roof as well as any second floor stuff like attics - you have to do some reinforcements like they do when adding windows and doors if you want to cut through them). If you can't recess it, paint it to match the other cabinets and walls as above.

    For towels, a board with attractive hooks mounted on the wall opposite the toilet will give you better drying space and will be more pleasant to deal with than reaching across the toilet to grab your towel. For towel storage, you can get a wall mounted hotel-style towel holder and put it high enough above the hooks that you aren't interfering with the hooks themselves. Hang a towel ring or two on the wall to the right of the sink (the one with the door) to help keep the counter clutter-free. You can also put a small shelf on that wall for attractively stored items you need frequently so they aren't on the counter.

    Paint the inside of the door the same color as the walls so it sort of disappears when closed. Paint the ceiling bright white to reflect light. Your lighting doesn't show, so hard to know if it's appropriate and attractive or not.

    The simpler the decor and fewer colors in the room, the bigger it will feel. Color should come from smaller accents like attractive storage baskets or jars.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 15, 2018

    The door opening into the bathroom takes up a lot of floor space, and probably hits anything you try to hang on the left hand wall. My suggestion is to first replace it with a semi opaque glass bathroom door. These doors really do supply more than adequate privacy for bathroom use. They allow wonderful light to enter the space creating an airier feel, and the design instantly modernizes the room.

    By mounting the door so that it opens outward, instead of the present inward, you will then gain the use of the entire left hand wall space, and additional elbow and foot space.

    What is on the other side of the left hand wall, or on the other side of the wall above the toilet? If you feel you can spare some of these spaces, then I would suggest to make use of the space between the 2X4's and create some recessed cubby storage shelves. Here are some examples.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Oct 15, 2018

    I agree with everyone who has said do away with any brown in the room, and also get rid of the double track doors. Besides being a nightmare to clean and hitting your head on the top rail, they are heavy looking, dated, and chop up the space.

    My suggestion here is to replace them completely with a single fixed glass panel. As long as the base of your shower is sloped correctly, (and unless you have  an elephant playing in the shower) one panel will be sufficient to protect the floor when the shower is on. Having a fixed panel will eliminate purchasing a moving door, mounting and maintaining it so it functions properly, and cleaning it.

    This set up will allow light to enter the shower stall, make it easier to access, and instantly modernize the bathroom.

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 15, 2018

    The easiest way to make your bathroom look larger would be to make it as monochromatic as possible. An unbroken line of color enlarges...many different ones breaks up the space. I would use the peach/wood color throughout to visually lengthen and widen the look of this bathroom.

  • Linda Linda on Oct 15, 2018

    I have a post of a bathroom in a Ritz Carlton that is full of smart ideas. I think you will find some helpful tips on creating a good design for your bathroom.

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