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Glass – clear or reflective – is one of the most effective tools for creating a sense of space.

A small bathroom does not have to be messy, cluttered, or unappealing. With savvy décor choices, even a tiny room can feel tidy, roomy, and inviting. Glass – clear or reflective – is one of the most effective tools for creating a sense of space.

1. Upgrade the vanity mirror.

Most likely, your bathroom has a mirror over the sink that is already adding a certain sense of depth to the room. By upgrading this functional wall hanging, you can increase this effect. Possibilities include:

  • Order a custom over-sized vanity mirror that will reflect an outdoor view.
  • Have the vanity mirror extend from counter to ceiling to make the walls seem taller.
  • Install a cluster of mirrors on the wall above the sink to form a gallery and distract from the room’s compact dimensions.

Upgrade your bathroom vanity mirror.

2. Decorate with well-placed mirrors.

Decorate with well-placed mirrors.

Mirror placement is another key facet of making a little bathroom seem larger. As mentioned, one option is to hang a mirror opposite a window. However, if you prefer to maximize the impact of natural lighting, you’ll want the mirror to be on the wall perpendicular to the window. Another trick is to use more than one mirror in the room. For example, hanging reflective glass opposite the vanity mirror will create the optical illusion of endless space.

3. Replace a shower curtain or patterned glass door with a clear glass enclosure.

Mirrors make a room seem bigger, but switching to a transparent barrier between the shower and the rest of the room is not an optical illusion. Rather, it simply means that the eye takes in the room’s entire square footage including the shower area. ABC Glass & Mirror, for example, offers many shower enclosure options including:

  • Shower screens
  • Swinging shower doors
  • Rolling shower doors
  • Bypass shower doors
  • Custom shower enclosures

Replace a shower curtain or patterned glass door with a clear glass enclosure.

4. Have glass shelves installed for storage and décor.

Have glass shelves installed for storage and décor.

Clutter is always just around the corner for a small bathroom, but adding storage cabinets takes up even more space. Clear glass wall shelves are a much better option, leaving floor space open and not visually filling the room. 

  • Glass shelves allow you to free up the vanity counter by giving you somewhere else to stash toothbrushes and the like.
  • On the other hand, glass shelves are also the answer if your small bathroom offers you no place for decorative accent items. Arrange these on your wall shelves to add charm without clutter.
  • Finally, you can combine both of the above objectives. For instance, hand towels can be rolled and stacked attractively on a bathroom shelf.

5. Choose bathroom colors wisely.

When painting the walls or purchasing floor and window treatments for a small bathroom, a tried and true approach is to pick light colors. You are certainly free to try an edgier look like drenching the tiny bathroom in a jewel tone, but if a sense of space is what you’re going for, pale neutrals and other calming shades are very effective.

When painting the walls or purchasing floor and window treatments for a small bathroom, a tried and true approach is to pick light colors.


ABC has your glass and mirror!

If custom glass and mirror can help YOU maximize the available space in a small bathroom, we invite you to contact ABC Glass & Mirror at (703)257-7150. Our experienced team can help you design custom mirrors, glass shelves, and even a shower enclosure. Then we’ll wrap up the project by delivering and installing this glass and mirror for you to enjoy for years to come.

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