How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger

Bathroom Decorating Tips

Just because you’re renting an apartment doesn’t mean you can’t spruce up your bathroom or find ways to make a small apartment bathroom look bigger. Turn your bathroom into a space you look forward to entering in the morning or relaxing in after a long day at work. Try a few of our easy apartment bathroom decor ideas:

Add some plants

This is really a no-brainer. Plants add easy and instant color and texture to your bathroom, and often the room’s more humid conditions will be perfect for more tropical varieties like orchids, begonias or snake plants.

Spruce up with color

Paint is another relatively easy way to change the look of your bathroom. Check with your landlord first to make sure it’s okay to paint the walls. But if it is, invest in a gallon of a color that inspires. If you’re trying to make a small bathroom look bigger, then select lighter colors. Also, be sure to use a satin finish paint, as it’s easier to clean marks off walls in heavy-use rooms like bathrooms and kitchens.

Put some flooring on the wall

Yes, literally. But again, check with the landlord first!  An easy way to turn your apartment bathroom into a show stopper is with an accent wall covered in peel-and-stick floor tile. Or just paint one wall a different yet complementary shade than the rest for a pop of interesting color.

Change up the floor

So your landlord likely isn’t going to want you laying new tile (and you don’t want to invest that kind of money in an apartment bathroom anyway). But you can totally transform your bathroom floor with a water-resistant vinyl floor cloth you can cut to fit the space. Or just add some rugs in interesting accent colors.

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Add mirrors

Of course, you need one over the vanity. But if you have a small apartment bathroom that you want to make look larger, mirrors are an excellent way to do it because they reflect light and add depth to a room. Hang a full-length one on a wall or door for both practical and aesthetic purposes, or cluster a series of smaller mirrors on a wall as a decorative accent.

Switch the hardware

For often as little as $1.00 a piece, you can buy interesting drawer pulls and cabinet handles for swapping out ones that look tired and drab. (Keep the ones you replace, however, in case you want to take the new hardware to your next set of digs in the future!)

Add a sink skirt

Don’t like that wall-mounted sink with all the plumbing showing underneath? An easy decorative fix is a colorful sink skirt. It might give you some extra hidden storage, too.

Add some fun art and accessories

Quickly and inexpensively add color and drama to your apartment bathroom with a fun shower curtain that matches your personal style or add some themed wall art. You can even use your own photography. Plenty of vendors now offer inexpensive photo wall tiles that allow you to use shots from that trip to Peru or that stroll through Venice as budget-friendly wall art.

All it takes to turn that apartment bathroom from dull and dreary to bright and spacious (at least in feel!) is a little creativity and a few ounces of elbow grease!