Having an extravagant and expansive bathroom is the source of envy for us all. Throw in a jacuzzi tub, a double-sink vanity and the green-eyed monster really comes out. Unfortunately, these spacious sanctuaries are unattainable for many homeowners. However, there are ways to expand your space without adding any more square footage. No need for jealousy; your small space can look and feel double its size with some tips and tricks. Here’s a hint: design is everything.

Without moving any walls, here are 7 ways to make your bathroom look and feel bigger through deliberate design.


1. Floor-to-ceiling wallpaper

Extending wallpaper from the floor to the ceiling can help emphasize the room’s height, rather than its width. This will draw eyes upward rather than side-to-side and make the room feel airy and open.


2. Floating fixtures

Wall-mounted toilets and vanities work brilliantly in bathrooms tight on space. Not only do they free up floor space, but they also hide the cisterns in the wall and make your space easier to clean.


3. Go white on white

One of the best (and easiest!) ways to enlarge your space is to use white on white—white tile, white paint, white fixtures, etc. It’s not a myth; white and other bright hues enhance the sense of space by reflecting light and opening up the room.



4. Reflect the space with mirrors

Mirrors are magic in that they visually extend a space just by reflecting. The bigger the mirror, the better. Be cautious though, as poorly placed mirrors may have the opposite effect and create a reflection-within-a-reflection.


5. Use storage strategically

Smart storage is crucial in a small space. Be sure to keep the counters as clear as possible, as clutter can make an already small room appear even smaller. Store as much of your tools and toiletries as possible, and remember, less is more!


6. Get rid of visual obstructions

Visual obstructions, like closed off cabinets and showers can cut off space and make a space feel small and confined. Try switching to open shelving so that the eye may travel from wall to wall and make the room appear larger. Trade your shower curtain for a clear alternative, like glass, to allow the eye to travel the full length of the room.



7. Bright lighting

Bright natural lighting can also work wonders for enhancing bathroom space. Keep windows uncovered and try adding a skylight as a visually appealing addition to your room to bring in some much-needed sunlight.

You don’t necessarily need more square footage to expand your bathroom space. With the right design and decor, you can make your claustrophobic bathroom look and feel bright and airy without moving any walls. It’s all about illusion!