Tips for Making the Most out of a Tiny Bathroom

Not all of us have the luxury of space in our bathroom. What a lot of us do have is are drawers brimming with razors, deodorants, toothpaste, makeup, extra toilet roll and toothpaste, even those sample size amenities we get from hotels, thinking that we can use them for the gym or our next holiday (and yet we forget to pack them).

You can hide your bits and pieces with clever storage, but it would also be helpful to create an illusion of extras space, particularly if you have a partner or family who you have to share sink space with.

So, make your bathroom appear a little roomier with these simple tips:

Give the impression of height
Vertical lines can create the illusion of height in a room by luring the eye upwards. Do these:

  • Extend the tiles to the ceilings
  • Paint a vertical stripe on the wall
  • Use (the right) wallpaper with a striped pattern

You can also line the boundaries, or “crown” of the ceiling with a border, maybe a patterned tile or cornice around the top of the walls.

Lights and mirrors
Create depth, width and length to a tiny room with the use of mirrors. They help distribute the light across a room, resulting in heightened brightness.


  • Use clear shower screens, instead of opaque ones, to create more space and light in a room.
  • A small bathroom can appear bigger with a fully frameless shower screen as it does not create any visual barriers.
  • Use natural light by not blocking windows with thick blinds.
  • Think about building a skylight. It is a great solution to a room that is not facing the sun.

Light the edge of a room to give the illusion of space, as well as eliminate dark nooks and crannies.

You can put shelves on the walls close to the ceiling and place lights beneath them. With mirrors, don’t overdo it. A single mirror is usually adequate.

Keep colours simple in a tiny room. Avoid busy patterns and be cautious with bold colours. A busy wallpaper pattern will make the room appear tinier and more cluttered. Instead, use light colours on walls, floors and décor, such as pastel tones, neutrals and whites.

If you want a pop of colour in your room, you can use a bright bath mat and some towels, or place a few plants and accessories like a toothbrush holder.

There a sense of space created with the use of larger tiles. You also just need a smaller amount of tiles to cover the room. This translates to less grouting and lines breaking things up visually.

Show off as much of the floor as possible to make the room larger. You can maximise the floor that is visible in your bathroom by avoiding big floor covering vanities and other extras. A pedestal sink and mounting storage on the walls are also worth considering. It is best to avoid a vanity unit that it can occupy a lot of space.

Storage, sinks and baths
A great way to add space is using pedestal basins, because they do not sit on top of a large structure. But remember to consider your storage requirements when picking a pedestal basin. If you own a lot of small items you may have to opt for one with a shelf.

Don’t forget adequate storage as clutter only makes the problems of a tiny bathroom worse. Some good options to consider are exposed shelving, recessed cabinets and floating cabinets, the latter of which leaves more floor space visible.

Install the toilet in an alcove to make efficient use of a tiny bathroom and use the space above the toilet to fit a shelf.

If you like to have a relaxing bath, consider buying a small but deep model.

Sliding doors create an extra bit of space, as they can be concealed in wall cavities, or installed outside of the bathroom, if needed, bringing a clean appearance to the bathroom.

If you have installed a hinged door, don’t litter the walls with towel racks. Use the back of the door to hang your towels.

For more great ideas and solutions for your bathroom check out our Pinterest Page and let me know if there are any other styling tips you would like to know more about.