How can you design a small downstairs bathroom to make it look bigger?

Your guest bathroom may not be the star of your home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dress it up to take on a strong supporting role. Home remodeling experts from around the globe weighed in on how to transform your small and cramped space to feel larger, lighter, and, dare we say, more memorable.

Stacy Lewis

Stacy Lewis

Stacy Lewis, Interior Designer at EternityModern.

Use Prints and Patterns, Natural Light, and Replace Vanity Cabinets

● Use Prints and Patterns
If you want to make your small downstairs bathroom look bigger, consider decorating it with printed wallpaper instead of solid color paint. Patterned wallpapers blur out the edges of a room and will make a small space look bigger. A patterned floor also creates an illusion of a larger room.

● Make Use of Natural Light
Windows and skylights provide great lighting and make a small bathroom look bigger.

● Replace Vanity Cabinets
Vanity cabinets take up a lot of space. If you have limited space for a bathroom, instead of installing vanity cabinets, opt for cantilevered countertops or pedestal sinks. For storage, you can install a medicine cabinet instead.

● Transparent and Frameless Shower Enclosure
The shower is the most important part of a bathroom. If you have a small space, opt for frameless and transparent enclosures to create an illusion of a larger bathroom.

Use Light Colors and Modular Furniture

A small downstairs bathroom can be a challenge to design as it is often overlooked and not given the attention it deserves. There are many ways to make a small downstairs bathroom look bigger than it is.

One of the easiest ways is to paint the walls with light colors, as they reflect more light and make the space feel bigger. You should also avoid using dark colors, as they absorb more light and make the area feel smaller.

You could also paint the floor in an accent color, which will give your eyes something to focus on and distract you from how small this space actually is. You can play with the colors, and use light colors to make the space seem larger and brighter.

Use mirrors in the room to make it feel more spacious. You can add mirrors on the walls and ceiling to create an illusion of more space.

Modular furniture creates an illusion of space. You should also try to keep furniture items out of sight so that it doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom.

Kamil Kowalski

Kamil Kowalski

Kamil Kowalski, President of LimakWay Remodeling.

Laurice Constantine

Laurice Constantine

Laurice Constantine, Founder at Casadar.

Use Prints and Patterns, Natural Light, and Replace Vanity Cabinets

    ● Use Prints and Patterns
    If you want to make your small downstairs bathroom look bigger, consider decorating it with printed wallpaper instead of solid color paint. Patterned wallpapers blur out the edges of a room and will make a small space look bigger. A patterned floor also creates an illusion of a larger room.

    ● Make Use of Natural Light
    Windows and skylights provide great lighting and make a small bathroom look bigger.

    ● Replace Vanity Cabinets
    Vanity cabinets take up a lot of space. If you have limited space for a bathroom, instead of installing vanity cabinets, opt for cantilevered countertops or pedestal sinks. For storage, you can install a medicine cabinet instead.

    ● Transparent and Frameless Shower Enclosure
    The shower is the most important part of a bathroom. If you have a small space, opt for frameless and transparent enclosures to create an illusion of a larger bathroom.

Use Wall-Hung Furniture, a Light Reflected Mirror, and Avoid Clutter

Designing a small downstairs toilet to look bigger can be tricky, but here are our top tips:

    ● Color. Whether going for light and bright or luxuriously dark and moody, try to keep a running theme throughout your bathroom (even running up to the ceiling). This can make even the smallest of bathrooms look grander.

    ● Wall Hung Furniture. This one is a must! Wall-hung bathroom furniture such as a wall-hung toilet, a wall-hung cloakroom basin, wall-hung lights, and small wall-mounted towel rails. These leave more floor space and can make your bathroom not only feel more extensive but a lot easier to clean with free floor space to mop.

    ● Toilets. As we recommended before, wall-hung toilets are a great choice. What you may not know is that high-level toilets are a great way to feel like you have more space. They sit closer to the wall than other toilets and draw your eyes up, which visually expands smaller bathrooms.

    ● Mirrors. Mirrors are pretty standard in bathrooms. But one way to make a small bathroom appear bigger is by using a mirror to reflect a light source such as a wall light. The more light reflected, the greater your bathroom will feel, even if your bathroom does not have a natural light source like windows.

    ● Clutter. Even simple lifestyle choices such as storage units are a great way to eliminate some of the chaos and create a stronger feeling of space in your bathroom.

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards

Paul Edwards is the manager of Old Fashioned Bathrooms.

Omer Reiner

Omer Reiner

Omer Reiner, Licensed Realtor, and President of FL Cash Home Buyers, LLC.

Good Lighting and a Curved Mirror

I recommend setting up good lighting to make a bathroom look bigger. This includes having good light fixtures and light bulbs. People should also set up a mirror to help spread that light. I know many people who use a curved mirror to increase the lighting. In addition, painting the walls with a neutral yet light color and having suitable tiles will help make the space feel bigger.

Five Tips to Make Your Small Bathroom Look Bigger

It’s a room that comes in handy when having visitors when they need to be excused to use the restroom and/or wash their hands. They can also feel more at ease in your home knowing they won’t need to find their way around or feel like an intruder.

Here are a few ideas to make your downstairs bathroom feel comfier and more spacious:

    1. A simple trick for creating the illusion of space in a downstairs bathroom is to simply place a large mirror in the room. The mirror will make the room appear larger, especially if you’ve gone with a striking color scheme.

    2. Since many downstairs bathrooms have little to no natural light and some don’t even have windows, adding adequate lighting is essential and makes the bathroom appear larger.

    3. Have the door open outwards, slide, or fold to minimize obstruction inside the room and to maximize your space. If at all possible, choose a corner toilet that is triangular in shape or that is wall-hung, and if it is practical, box the cistern.

    4. Paint the walls of your bathroom a dark color, like black. It adds depth and gives the appearance of a larger area.

    5. Tiles can be used from floor to ceiling. We prefer to specify tiny ceramic tiles for bathroom walls that aren’t as large. This will make it appear bigger.

Ben Gold

Ben Gold, Founder of Recommended Home Buyers.

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