Many of our clients come to us looking for ways to maximize the space they have in different areas of their homes. From closets to pantries and bathrooms, we’ve seen and done it all. We also know that one of the biggest challenges many people face space-wise has to do with their bathrooms. But we’re here to help! Today we’re going to share some of our favorite small bathroom ideas to make your space look larger and function better than ever.

Small Bathroom Ideas That Will Make Your Space Look Larger Than You Think

Read through this list of small bathroom ideas to get inspiration for your next home improvement project. You’ll notice some of the items require very minimal effort and money, while others might call for minimal alterations or remodelling. But one thing is for sure, no matter what you do to make your small bathroom look and function like a much bigger bathroom, you’ll be so glad you did! 

Start with a Big Mirror

This is a simple small bathroom idea that can be done for under $100: replace your current bathroom mirror with a bigger one!

This trick actually works in just about any room in your home that you want to make look bigger. Adding a mirror to a space helps reflect light and creates the illusion of a larger area. To further maximize this effect, consider opting for a frameless mirror. That way, you can fit even more mirror into a small space without a bulky frame taking up any room. 

Maximize Natural Light

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The effect natural lighting has on any space can be incredible. When it comes to making a small bathroom look bigger, it’s especially powerful! 

There are a few different small bathroom ideas that involve natural light. For starters, you could upgrade your windows (make them bigger) or even add a skylight to the ceiling of your bathroom. As these options do require more of an investment and more effort, we know they aren’t for everyone!

For less invasive options, start with a deep window clean—both sides. It’s pretty amazing the effect window cleaning can have on brightening up a space. Not only does it improve the lighting in your home, but it also makes your home look better from the outside. Win-win!

Rethink Your Shower Doors

It’s no surprise we’re big believers in choosing custom shower doors for your space. Right now, you may have a basic shower curtain or a bulky shower door in your bathroom. When space is limited, choosing the best shower doors for your bathroom can make or break the entire effect of the room. If you have a bulky door or a heavy curtain, a frameless or semi-frameless door can really open up the space. With fewer visual obstructions, the room automatically looks bigger!

In smaller bathrooms, you might not have quite as many options available to you for custom shower doors. But that’s why working with shower door experts is a good idea! The team at Coastal Closets & Showers will explore all of the options available to you and find a custom shower door that looks great in your space, no matter the size. 

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Give this post a look next for helpful tips about selecting the best shower doors for your space. 

Consider Your Cabinets

It’s tempting to go with the biggest possible bathroom cabinets to maximize your storage space. But at the same time, this also takes up more room in the bathroom! Unfortunately, bulky cabinets end up making your space look even smaller. When it comes to small bathroom ideas, we recommend looking into creative storage ideas that don’t involve going for the biggest bathroom cabinets you can find.

For example, maximize your under-the-counter space instead of the space around the mirrors. Additionally, use smart storage solutions, including clear labeled containers, to store your items. When space is tight, this makes it easier to see what you’re looking for. It also keeps things organized, which is especially important in small spaces. 

For more small space storage solutions, take a look at this post next. It includes ideas for small spare bedrooms, garage storage, and much more. 

Opt for a Minimalist Design

Have you been filling your small bathroom with decor in hopes it would distract from the tight quarters? We see where you’re coming from, but unfortunately this has the opposite effect than you intend! Rather than opting for heavy and busy decorations in your bathroom, stick to a more minimalist design. This helps the space flow and also makes the room look bigger. 

“Visual noise” is a real thing, and it can make an already small space look even smaller. In addition to toning down the decor, it’s also time to rethink those intense color contrasts in the space. So, yes, that means a bold feature wall isn’t the best idea for a small bathroom. If ever you’re faced with choosing between light or dark wall colors in a small space, the light colors will always help create the look and feel of a much bigger space!

Thinner Baseboards

Another way to limit contrasting and distracting colors is choosing thinner baseboards. If you have thick baseboards in your bathroom, this creates the look of an even smaller space. If you’re doing an entire bathroom remodel, choose thinner baseboards for the final design. If you’re not doing an entire remodel, this could still be one renovation project to consider. 

If your baseboards are painted a dark color, consider painting them a lighter color. Here’s a helpful how-to article

More Small Bathroom Ideas from Coastal Closets & Showers

The right custom glass shower doors can transform your bathroom, whether you have more space than you know what to do with or the quarters are tight. 

Coastal Closets & Showers create classic enclosures that use innovative engineering to create sophisticated sliding shower doors that complement bath decors—no matter the size of the space! Be it for some inspirational small bathroom ideas or for a free quote our expert team is always ready to help you. We are just a phone call away. Get in touch today.


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