During consultations with clients, we often ask what they dislike about their current bathroom. Amongst answers about it lacking storage or having no bath the almost universal answer we hear is ‘it’s too small.’ Typically, the cost to benefit ratio of increasing the physical space in a bathroom is not on the right side of a client’s budget. So how can we make the room feel bigger, without moving walls?
COLOUR & LIGHT
What we mean is; sometimes using lighter tiles throughout can have the opposite effect and enclose the room further. Its also a commonly known optical illusion that the further something is away, the darker it must appear. So, by including a contrasting wall and/or floor we can trick our eyes into thinking the room is larger than it is. Counterintuitively, darker walls can make for larger rooms.
KEEPING EYE LEVEL CLEAR
Another important factor to consider is your eye-line. To use a hyperbolic example, our Laufen Pro S Slim basin housing (illustrated in the CAD images above) is 500mm deep. At standard basin height that is more than acceptable, however if we put it at eye-level it would make the room feel much more cramped. So, other than installing basin units at the correct height, how can we keep our eye-line free of objects?
A common way – if you are installing a shower enclosure, is to opt for a frameless or semi-frameless version. This keeps the amount of chrome to a minimum and allows more unobstructed views of walls.
Another valuable method is to avoid wall cupboards – despite their shallow depth they too can visibly reduce the depth of the room. Making it feel more oppressive. If you do require wall storage, a good solution is to use the Sensio Eclipse recessed cabinet – this offers all the storage capability of a standard mirrored cabinet, but recesses fully into the wall.
Finally, use mirrors to your advantage. There is a reason that many hotel bathrooms employ the use of a large mirror above the sink. It provides both an amazing feature and creates the illusion of space – especially when seen out of the periphery of your vision.
Finally, tile size is a great way to visually increase the size of a room. We are tempted to think that larger tiles will make a room feel smaller or will overpower a small room. This – to an extent – is false. The benefit to larger tiles is that there are less joints or breaks. This making the room appear larger. Smaller busier tiles (think Metro/Subway tiles) will provide the opposite effect. The object is to have as few grout lines as possible, and any that we do see should be narrow (achieved by using a rectified tile) and should match the colour of the tile as closely as possible).