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Top 5 Designer Tricks to Creatively Expand Your Bathroom Space

Today, bathrooms have become so much more than just a functional room in your home. Bathrooms are special personal spaces, and we love to decorate them. Whether creating a look of lavish luxury, ultra modern simplicity, a romantic sensual haven, or a relaxing spa, physical space is often an issue. Many of us do not have huge bathroom spaces that we see in designer idea books, so the first step to achieving your own dream bathroom look, is to give your space the visual illusion of expansion. Once your bathroom feels larger, you will be amazed at how many more decorating options you will have to play with.


Here are 5 secret designer tricks to visually expanding your bathroom’s space. Be sure to consult with your designer or contractor to make sure that these tips will work in your particular space:

1. Take your shower tiles to the ceiling.

shower tiles

Regardless of how small your shower space is, laying the shower tile to the ceiling will create an illusion of more space. When the tile goes all the way up, it does not create a forced break at the wall that the eye tends to notice and concentrate on. Also, consider laying tiles vertically rather than horizontally, as this will also help draw the eye up to the ceiling. With this trick, you can even use dark tiles if you would like, without worrying that they will make the area look crammed and small.

2. Go for the extremes in tile size: Large or Mosaic


For a larger-than-life feel in your bathroom, use large tiles. They will help visually expand the space, where as small or even medium size tiles will break it up too much, making it look much smaller. This is especially true for the floor. While you may think that putting small floor tiles on a floor makes sense in a tiny bathroom, the opposite is actually true. IF your floor can support big tiles, go for them. Big tiles will also mean less busy-looking grout lines. If you decide to go for large floor tiles, do not use ceramic ones, as they will be more likely to crack. Instead, use marble or another polished stone. For this look to work, be sure that tiles do not have any patterns on them, as this will kill the bold expansive look you are trying to achieve. Lastly, you should use the same color grout as the color of tiles, using contrasting colors will also ruin the visual effect of a bigger space.

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