This week I’m sharing how to make a room look bigger! I have been working on our guest bathroom design for the ORC and one of my main goals was to make the room look and feel bigger than it is. By using paint and updating the tile floor we were able to accomplish that!
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I’m excited to join up as a guest participant in this Spring’s One Room Challenge (ORC) and transform our guest bathroom. This challenge is hosted by Linda at Calling it Home and I participated a couple years ago to transform my daughter’s room. There are over 200 other guest participants this Spring along with 20 featured designers!
How To Make A Room Look Bigger
Last week I showed you a before photo of our guest bathroom, before we started any work on it. Right before we moved into our fixer upper we painted the walls in Silver Drop by Behr – my new favorite white/light grey color! We also had our vanity painted white along with our master bathroom vanity and some other built-ins in our home.
Brighten The Walls And Cabinets With Paint
By painting the walls in a light grey color, along with changing the vanity from black to a bright white we were able to dramatically change the look and feel of the room! It went from a dark bathroom that felt a little claustrophobic to being a bright bathroom that felt so much bigger than before! This is one of the easiest ways to make a room look bigger.
Painting your walls and vanity is such a budget friendly way to transform your bathroom. For just the cost of paint and a few painting supplies you can create a totally different look and feel to your bathroom. By using lighter colors you can easily make the room look bigger on a small budget.
Change The Flooring
The existing tile floor wasn’t too dark, but it was a dingy beige color with dark grout. It had seen better days, there were many loose tiles, and the style just wasn’t up my alley. My husband was able to easily remove the old tile that was covering almost the entire house except for 2 rooms. There was even that same tile in 3 out of the 4 bedrooms!
Right after we moved in we had some tile installed in all 3 of our bathrooms and laundry room. I picked out this honeycomb white tile from Lowe’s for our bathrooms and choose a grey grout to contrast against the white tile. I’m so happy with how it turned out! The light tile floor now brings even more brightness to the room to make it look bigger. Here is a before and after shot of our progress so far:
The white walls, white vanity, and white floor makes the room feel so much bigger than before! The wall color Silver Drop is perfect because it looks white, but has just a hint of grey. It contrasts well against the bright white baseboards and vanity. We also used this color in almost every other room in our home and I’m so glad that we did – I’m pretty obsessed with the color!
Create Extra Space On The Walls
The old mirrors were pretty big for the space and took up most of the wall. They had thick frames and just had a very heavy look to them. By replacing them with smaller mirrors with thin frames it makes the wall appear bigger by creating extra space. It is like giving the wall some breathing room! I’m pretty claustrophobic, so I’ve gotta have my breathing room for sure!
These new pharmacy mirrors are one of my favorite finds lately! They are from Target and are the perfect way to bring in some character to the bathroom. I’ve been admiring this type of mirror for quite some time, but never found an affordable option until recently. Target for the win! I love bringing in some black in a way that is both modern and classic.
I picked up this “Wash Your Hands” metal sign at Target as well, and it is from the Hearth and Hand line by Chip and Joanna Gaines. As soon as I spotted it at Target months ago I knew it needed to go in our girl’s bathroom. I purchased it and had been saving it for our new home. Now that it’s up I’m so so happy with how it fits in with the new mirrors!
Here’s a look at the rest of the projects that I plan on finishing in the next few weeks:
- Hanging up DIY shelving above the toilet
- Adding new drawer pulls to the vanity
- Adding a new light above the vanity
- Using this marble paint kit to transform the formica counter top
- Adding a window shade
Be sure to come back next week to check on my progress! I’m so excited to keep working on this modern farmhouse bathroom makeover and totally transform the room! Blessings – Leslea