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How To Tile A Small Bathroom To Make It Look Bigger

Homeowners who think they are the only ones with small bathrooms should not covet thy neighbour. Why? It’s because the average floor space in the UK is less than 3 square metres. So, figuring out how to make a small bathroom look bigger is an incredibly common process.

Thankfully, a dash of creativity and a sprinkle of knowledge should help you transform the room that’s been frustrating since you moved in. Here are our top tips to keep in mind.

The Tiling Myths

Whether it’s our Dreire Carbone ceramic tiles or Trazos Graphite Matt Glazed porcelain tiles, there’s a wide range of products on our shelves. Understanding which products to choose from is the key to decorating a tiny bathroom, and we recommend starting with large, plain tiles. The reason is that the small and patterned ones are easy to spot due to the various grouting lines. Larger tiles, such as our 8.5mm thick Oran Grey Rectified, have fewer lines and appear cleaner.

It’s also a wise idea not to use tiles with patterns on the walls. Again, the style is busy and makes the room look smaller because it comes across as cluttered and messy. Hexa Soul Matt porcelain tiles are made for bathrooms with less space due to their white colour and glazed, matte surface.

Do large or small tiles make a bathroom look bigger? It’s the latter.

Colour Scheme

Another common question is: “What colour makes a small bathroom look bigger?” As a rule, clean, simple paint jobs are the most effective as they are minimal. Going too bold adds to the perception of clutter, and that makes you feel as if you’re surrounded. Therefore, we advise opting for neutral hues.

White is useful, so much so that white on white is a standard scheme in many small bathrooms, so our Hexa Soul tiles will fit in seamlessly. However, if you aren’t a fan, there is always eggshell, cream, or grey. For those of you who want something with more personality, you should try light blue or pastel yellow. Both are light without being dull.

Practicality

Don’t forget about the substance as well as the style. Although large, plain tiles are great flooring and wall options, you also need to maintain them and ensure they don’t absorb water. So, Trazos Graphite Matt Glazed tiles shouldn’t be omitted because of their colour. Aside from being big and sleek at the same time, they use hardwearing porcelain. This means Trazos Graphite is a practical yet stylish choice for anyone pondering, ‘what is the best type of flooring for a small bathroom?’

Are There Any Other Hacks?

Yes. While tiles can make a massive difference, they are best used in conjunction with other tricks and tips. You’ll find a selection of the most useful ones below. Combine them with tiles for an unbeatable effect.

Fixtures And Fittings

Certain fixtures are essential, but you don’t have to stick to the same style. For example, hanging fittings from a tiled wall is an excellent choice as it increases the floor space. Also, you can use them to cover bulky features, like a cistern, and optimise hard-to-reach space that often goes unused.

Hanging the door so that it opens outwards will also help to make the room seem less cramped.

Multi-use Storage

Again, you need storage solutions to remove clutter and make space appear less untidy. The problem is when you fit cabinets that take up room without adding anything extra. A vanity mirror, however, is a different animal as it offers storage for cosmetics without being too bulky. Try a floating one for the ultimate look.

They also enhance the appearance of a bathroom when you attach a mirror. Mirrors make small rooms look more prominent, but more on that later.

Lighting

Lighting is a fantastic tool for properties with small bathrooms as it’s a substitute for lack of natural light. Dark spaces appear dingy and cold, which isn’t the style you need to exploit. The key is to ensure that rays of light come from different directions so that they cover the majority of the room. To do this, you can install light fittings in the roof and add extra bulbs, or you can opt for supplementary fixtures.

A sconce is effective, as is a cabinet mirror with a built-in light.

Focal Mirror

A focal point takes up too much space, so you won’t want to add one if you can find another option. But, what a mirror that acts as a focal point? The method works because glass reflects light around the room and negates the shadowing effect. Usually, it makes spaces feel bright and open, too. With a big mirror, you can visually double the size of the area without any hassle.

Another great hack is to double down by including shiny surfaces where possible. A shower panel instead of a curtain is a simple yet easily accessible choice.

Realism

All of the above might sound as if they will fit perfectly into your bathroom. Even if they do, would they be useful? The question is an essential one to answer because you can save the most space by removing unnecessary features, thus enhancing the appearance of your bathroom. Take a vanity cabinet, for instance. There’s no need to install a medium-sized one if you don’t have many toiletries to store. Leaving negative space won’t make it appear as packed.

Less is often more for homeowners with bathrooms that are on the small side.

Long Lines

There is always a part of any bathroom that’s longer and wider than the others. When you find it, make sure you draw attention to it by creating long lines. You should do this to emphasise the widest area. You can do this with anything long, such as tiles or a shelf.

Alternatively, you can try working against the length of the room if it’s already very long. This will push it wider and emphasise the effect even more.

Summary

Regarding tiles, you need large, plain options that are light or neutral in colour. Combine them with mirrors, intense lighting and multi-functional cabinets to enhance your bathroom even further.