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How to make a small bathroom look bigger

Space is the ultimate luxury, but most of us never quite seem to have enough – especially where bathrooms are concerned. While we can’t wave a magic wand and instantly triple the size of your bathroom, there are plenty of ways in which to maximise the space you do have available. Read on to discover our expert tips and tricks on how to make a small bathroom look bigger.

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Keep your colour scheme clean

‘What colours make a bathroom look bigger?’ is one of the most common questions asked – with good reason. A detailed décor can easily overwhelm a small space, so ditch the pretty patterns, and think plain and pared back instead.

In terms of shade selection, light and bright is the best way forward: white or subtle pastels always work well, as do neutral tones of cream and beige. Where colour is concerned, less really does give the impression of more, so do bear this in mind when choosing fabrics for blinds or curtains too. It’s also worth remembering that larger, plain tiles, with fewer grouting lines, tend to work better than small tiles, particularly for floor areas.

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How to design a small bathroom

If you’re starting from scratch, take some time to select the best furniture, sanitaryware and tiles for the space available. Bijou bathroom layouts can be challenging, which is why we offer a range of small baths, which are perfect for compact spaces, with no compromise on style. BC Designs Dinkee 1500mm Acrylic Freestanding Bath is a fabulous solution for a small, contemporary bathroom.

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If you’re really struggling for space, a freestanding shower bath is a practical two-in-one option. Fans of classic/retro styling should check out the Burlington Hampton 1500mm Freestanding Bath, with matching Burlington Bath Screen to complete the look.

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Declutter and detox

A bathroom that’s brimming over with towels and toiletries is never going to look streamlined and spacious. Savvy storage is the best way to detox and declutter your space. Units with plenty of concealed storage are a great option. We especially like Roper Rhodes Diverge Gloss Light Grey 600mm Freestanding Vanity Unit & Basin. Not only does it allow you to hide away al your lotions and potions, but the on-trend light-reflecting finish helps to open up the space available.

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Wall hung vanity units are useful if you prefer to free up your floor space. Cloakroom ranges – ideal for smaller bathrooms or en-suites – are always worth a browse. The clean, compact lines of Vitra Designer’s T4 Cloakroom Vanity Unit & Basin, with matching toilet choices, is an excellent option.

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The Bauhaus Allure 700mm LED Illuminated Mirrored Cabinet takes multi-tasking to another level. Sleek and stylish, this heated mirror has an anti-mist door to prevent condensation build-up. It incorporates ambient LED lighting operated by a no touch PIR on/off sensor, and an internal UK shaver/charging socket. The double door cabinet offers ample storage. And it even comes with a five-year guarantee!

If your vibe is more traditional than hi tech, Old London’s Pistachio 600mm Mirror is a popular classic choice. It’s wall mounted, with a wood finish, in a versatile neutral shade.

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