5 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

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Whether your bathroom is small and cramped, or it just feels like it, there are ways that you can increase its size, at least perceptually. Here are five tips to steer you in the right direction.

Walls and flooring – keep them soft and light

The color of its walls and flooring can have a big impact on how you perceive your bathroom. Colors will not only affect the ‘mood’ that your bathroom conveys, but they will also affect how you see your bathroom size-wise. Lose the contrasting colors and crazy wallpaper and replace them with a simple, light-colored theme and a soft wall pattern, if any. If your bathroom is too ‘busy’ or has starkly contrasting colors, this tends to make it look smaller.

Bring in the lights

Lighting isn’t just good for the eyes; illumination can also help to make your bathroom seem larger than it really is. If you can, incorporate natural lighting, such as through a skylight or through generous use of windows. If those options are not available to you because of budget, space, or privacy reasons, adding more light to your bathroom, specifically in low-light areas, can really open things up, especially when used with lighter colors in your bathroom.

Use mirrors to your advantage

Just like the mirror in Snow White had magical properties, mirrors can work their ‘magic’ to make your bathroom seem more expansive. If possible, place a mirror opposite an outside window, or place mirrors opposite each other to improve your bathroom’s perceptual space. If you’re an abstract thinker type with a penchant for the scientific side of life, you can even use your mirrors creatively to bounce light off from each other to further brighten the space.

Replace your low-setting, wide cabinets with tall, skinny cabinets

Just like vertical lines on your clothing will make you look taller and slimmer, opting for tall, skinny cabinets vs. clunky, wide-based cabinets will give your bathroom the perception of being taller than it really is.

Remove the knick-knacks and doodads

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While decorating your bathroom to make it feel more ‘homey’ may appeal to you, too many decorations, ornaments, floor mats, wall-hung candles, and pictures will actually clutter your room, making it feel more restricted. Allow the room to “breathe” by removing some of the bric-a-brac.

Regardless of budget, these small and simple remodeling project ideas can make a big impact on how you—and your guests—perceive your bathroom’s available space.

Common Painting Mistakes To Avoid

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Avoid some of the most common painting mistakes! Here’s what you will need to know…

Too Much Tape

While painters tape can be a huge help in keeping the paint inside the lines, when used in excess, it can also have the opposite effect.  Lining every edge of the wall can cause paint to seep under the tape, leading to erratic smudges when it’s peeled off.  Avoid this by taping only what’s necessary and using an angled brush for the rest.

Outlets

We’ve all been in the home where the outlets look fused into the walls.  This is the result of not properly prepping for paint.  Before you begin, it’s important to remove all covers and tape the remaining outlet to keep paint from staining it.

Holes

Don’t paint over problems.  Before painting, you want to make sure you fill in any dents or holes in the wall.  Caulk the edge of the wall where it meets molding, spackle smaller holes, and repair larger holes.  After everything is dry, sand off the excess filler, and then with a damp cloth or sponge, wipe off the dust.

Sand & Primer

Get the most vibrant color possible! Both sanding and priming your wall will prepare it to take in more color.  Sanding helps open the pores of the wall so the paint is absorbed as much as possible.  This will especially help improve the pigment of the color you chose and potentially limit the number of coats you will need to apply.

Similar to sanding, primer makes it so you get the most out of your chosen wall color.  These steps are especially essential if you plan on going from a light color to a dark color or vice versa.

Painting large areas or textured walls can be a large undertaking.  Don’t get overwhelmed.  Handyman Matters is here to assist in the process of any home improvement or repair project.  Give us a call 866-FIX-MY-HOME or check out our half-day room upgrade package.