5 of the Best Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Feel Huge (Hint: Use Light Colors)

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So, you've found the perfect apartment or house that ticks just about every box on your list—there's only one little problem: the bathroom is a little smaller than you'd like it to be. Most homes (whether they be a house or an apartment) have a least one bathroom that's seriously lacking in square footage, but that's no reason to discount a space. There are actually quite a few ways to make any tiny bathroom feel like the master suite. All it takes is a few carefully placed decorations, the right type of storage, and a bit of optimism to make it happen.

In order to glean some of the best small bathroom ideas from a pro, we tapped interiors expert Baylee Floyd. While she has many ideas for making a small space feel bigger, there's also one major decorating mistake that she wants you to avoid. "A common mistake I see a lot of people make when decorating a small bathroom is thinking that just because they have a small space, they can't have storage," she explains.

Meet the Expert

Baylee Floyd is the founder of Baylee Deyon Design, an interior design firm based in Palm Beach, Florida. She's also been named one of Decorist's elite designers.

According to her, a small bathroom doesn't mean you should opt for a pedestal sink instead of something with drawers and hidden storage. Ready for more tips and tricks that will make your small bathroom seem much bigger? Keep reading for some of Floyd's best small bathroom ideas and tips.

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Use Light, Bright, Neutral Paint Colors

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When it comes to painting a small bathroom, Floyd recommends sticking to light and bright neutral shades. "I find that there is often not much natural light, or may not be a window at all, in a tight bathroom space, so I like to stick with whites and neutral grays to make the space feel as bright and airy as possible," the designer explains.

However, she's also not opposed to using wallpaper in a small bathroom. "I find that wallpaper is a great solution to updating small space bathrooms in rentals because it really gives the whole space a facelift while being removable and affordable," she adds.

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Decorate With Plants

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"Plants are a must in the bathroom," Floyd says. "There is just something about that small touch of greenery that really brings the space together and invites you in," she adds. Whether you have room for a potted tree to sit by the tub or if you only have space for a hanging plant that floats in the corner, the fresh (or faux) botanicals will bring a lot to even the tiniest of bathrooms. "It also adds a very calming and serene feel for a spa-like bathroom vibe," the designer points out.

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Utilize Mirrors

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Along with plants and neutral paints, the right mirrors can do wonders in making a small bathroom feel massive. "Not only do they reflect more light around the space, but they also make it feel bigger overall," Floyd explains. If you have the wall space to add in more mirrors or even replace outdated ones with fresher options, it will open up a cramped bathroom with just the illusion that there's more space.

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Opt for a Floating Vanity

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According to Floyd, the right medicine cabinet can be "a life-saver." The trick is finding one that doesn't feel dated. Floyd suggests seeking out a piece that you'd never guess what a medicine cabinet, thanks to its contemporary design.

You can also opt for a floating vanity to place beneath a modern mirror that doubles as extra storage space. "You wouldn't believe what a difference it makes not having legs on your vanities or a built-in cabinet-type vanity," Floyd notes. "When you get the vanity off the floor, you will be so surprised with how much bigger it will make the space feel."

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Don't Skimp on Drawers

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As Floyd mentioned earlier, many people think they have to install a pedestal sink in a small bathroom, sacrificing the precious storage space with drawers. However, this couldn't be farther from the truth, according to the designer. "With a small bathroom space, you want to maximize your storage options," she suggests. Even if it's just a simple 18-inch vanity with a few drawers built-in, it will make all the difference.

Another key space saver? Floating shelves above the toilet. "Most toilets are beside the shower or the tub in small bathrooms, so I love to put floating shelves above with rolled-up towels for linen storage and easy access from the shower," she continues.

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