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How To Make a Small Bathroom Feel Bigger

How To Make a Small Bathroom Feel Bigger

Whether you are a homeowner trying to sell your home or a real estate professional trying to help sell a property, small bathrooms are a common problem.

The average size of a U.S. bathroom has increased over the last few decades, driven by buyer demand. Where in the past, many homeowners were content to have a small, functional bathroom, modern owners want spaces that feel open and relaxing.

Chances are; it is simply unfeasible to invest in making a bathroom physically larger, especially in this real estate market. Serious home remodeling is expensive and may not lead to a return on investment. However, there are a few simple tricks that can help a small bathroom appear larger.

Add horizontal lines
Everyone knows that vertical lines in a sweater are slimming and that horizontal lines are to be avoided at all costs. This is because horizontal lines draw the eye laterally, making us focus on the width of an object or space.

For this very reason, adding horizontal lines to a bathroom can make the space feel larger. If you have painted walls, adding a few lines might be extremely cost effective. Replacing tile can be costly, but may still be within the range at which you might see a return on your investment.

Stick to a simple palette
Using a lot of bright, different colors is one of the easiest ways to make a room feel cluttered. Instead, stick to a simple palette in your small bathroom to make the room feel larger and more relaxing.

Many homeowners are reluctant to give up colors, but choosing to use only multiple shades of the same color can be especially effective.

Let in the light
Few things can make a room look larger than an increase in natural light. While you're probably not going to invest in a new picture window - especially for a bathroom - you may want to consider investing in shades and curtains that let in more light. If you are keeping shades closed all of the time in order to preserve privacy, consider frosting the glass and letting the light stream in.

If you are feeling a little more adventurous, you may be able to install a tubular skylight all by yourself. These tubes pump light down from the roof using a series of mirrors in order to add free, natural light to a room in need.

Mirrors on the wall
One or two well-placed mirrors can go a long way toward making a cramped space feel more open. For just this reason, a large number of elevators incorporate mirrors and reflective surfaces into their design to keep people from feeling claustrophobic between floors.

Your bathroom probably already has a mirror, but consider investing in a larger mirror or shining metal surfaces to increase the feeling of deeper space.

Design elements won't work miracles, but they may help to move a potential buyer from a "no" to a "maybe," or even a "maybe" to a "yes."

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