The bathroom is many people’s comfort zones—hence, it is called comfort rooms. Many prefer this part of the home to be as spacious as possible, but, the reality is, most often than not, this room compensates to the lack thereof. You don’t really need to knock down some walls to expand the room. As they say, it’s all in mind. Many interior decorators say that with the right patterns, colors and lighting, you can make a space 10x bigger than its original floor space.
Here are some tips for your mind to think your bathroom is bigger than what it really is:
Paint it with a cool shade.
The color white reflects light, be it natural light from the sun or supplied by lighting fixtures. In turn, light makes any room feel and look bigger.
If you want to trick your mind into thinking that your bathroom is actually bigger, install white tiles, paint your walls and your ceilings white. If white is not your thing, you can choose any color to paint your bathroom. But, keep in mind that the lighter it is, the better it would be for the illusion of a much spacious room. Try to keep the decor in one shade as well. According to experts, painting everything with a unifying color 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,” they advise.
Keep in mind, though, that even monochromatic dark shades will make your bathroom look smaller, so going as light as possible is the best way to go.
Have more windows
Since light is one of the secret ingredients in tricking the mind that a space is bigger than what it really is, it is important that you incorporate it in your bathroom. Natural light—or the sun’s precious rays are always the best option. Windows would be an excellent addition in making your bathroom look bigger. But, of course, you should also consider about the privacy in this room. Feel secured and covered by installing frosted windows, or using sheer curtains rather than dark, opaque shades.
Mirrors do magic in opening up the space by reflecting the light on the surfaces in your bathroom. It is worth noting that mirrors are only as good as what they reflect. Imagine a tiny mirror above the sink, compared to a full-length mirror against the wall; which do you think should make the space seem bigger?
Of course, the latter will do because it tricks the mind that the space is doubled. It will reflect lots of light and will add depth to a narrow bathroom.
Opt for open shelving
Nobody would want a spacious bathroom with little or no storage. While the majority will think of drawers and cabinets when they talk about bathroom storage, did you know that bulky furniture makes the room look smaller than what it really is?
What you can do is opt for open shelves. These will allow the eye to travel from wall to wall, making the room look larger than it actually is. You can also be more creative and carve the walls some shelves. Shelving into the walls is one way of using the space more efficiently and creatively.
At the same time, this trick will also force you to be more selective with what you keep in the bathroom, which makes the space tidier, removing clutter which further smalls the room down.
Go for glass doors
Clear glass, like open shelves, allows the eye to travel the full length of a room. A more open space imitates a bigger one too. Dark curtains and glass may feel like an extra wall and divide the room, defeating the purpose of the open space.
Installing clear glass showers and using clear shower curtains will not block the eye’s view and trick the mind into thinking the bathroom is bigger than what it really is in real life.
Whatever you decide to do, the most important part of this project is entrusting your bathroom to the experts. Make sure that the bathroom contractor you choose is reliable, knowledgeable and reputable as well. Take time in deciding which trick you want to do with your bathroom, and take your time in selecting the best bathroom contractors to do it for you.