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4 ways to make a bathroom look bigger

Bathrooms are often a focus for updating and personalising when moving into a new home, or indeed improving a little when preparing a property for sale.

We all spend a lot of time in our bathrooms so we should add some comfort and luxury if possible. Sexy baths, cool vanity units and modern toilet designs are now available in all sorts of styles, to suit spaces and budgets both large and small.

In period properties converting a bedroom is not uncommon, and we often see homes from the 1930s & 50s combine the WCs and bathroom to create room for that boutique, hotel-style space. And sometimes modern home's bathrooms need a little more personality. But, if knocking down walls or changing the layout of your home isn’t an option, there are other ways you can make your bathroom feel bigger whilst adding a touch of luxury.

Wall mounting

Fitting a wall-mounted vanity unit and washbasin will suddenly show the floor space and will make any room feel larger. It's really transformative! And the same is true if you can go for a freestanding bath on legs, rather than the fully panelled type. 

Tiles

Using the same tiles on all of the walls will give a seamless effect that really does help any bathroom look larger, with the right tiles you can go one step further and do the floors too. Another tile trick is to use a 'shower former' or wetroom tray for your shower and cover it in the same tiles as the walls. This will not only help create that luxurious boutique look and feel but will also trick the eye into seeing a bigger area.

Mirrors and reflective surfaces

Clever use of mirrors can make a big difference in a smaller space. Why limit yourself to having just a small one above the basin? – think big! You could fill the wall behind the sink or bath, which will certainly open up the room and create a dramatic focal point. Mirrored shelves are perfect for displaying pretty products and accessories, but they will also bounce light around adding to the feeling of space.

Lighting

Lighting can have a massive impact and should be planned early to ensure all key fittings are illuminated properly. Aim for sufficient task lighting in the shower and vanity areas, plus ambient lighting around the bath and in alcoves and niches.

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