Your Small Shower Will Feel So Much Bigger With This Clever Design Trick

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If you have a small bathroom space, there are a lot of ways to make the most out of it, including choosing the right flooring and using the empty space around the toilet properly. If you are hoping to make your bathroom feel bigger, keeping things light, installing a small vanity, and putting in a medicine cabinet work very well, too. White shower tiles are always a great option for a small shower — choosing lighter, cleaner designs can go a long way in a small space.

But if you are hoping to make a big impact without a full renovation, you may want to look at the design of your shower tiles. If your shower space is already white or bright, adding dark grout lines to enhance the pattern of your tile can create an instantly bigger look and feel. For example, rectangular-shaped tiles arranged in a brick pattern can create the illusion that an area is wider. It's a design trick that can make a big impact.

How to add grout lines to your tile

Adding grout may look simple, but if you are doing it yourself, you will want to learn how to do it properly. You will likely want to choose a cement-based grout as it is the easiest to use and usually the less expensive option. You can find ready-to-use pre-mixed grout at Home Depot for about $15 a can. Other than the grout itself, you'll need several materials, including a margin trowel, found on Amazon for $8; a gum rubber float, also found on Amazon for $14; a grout sponge; clean cloths; painter's tape; a pair of rubber gloves; towels; and buckets for mixing.

Once your materials are acquired, you can get to work. Mix your grout first if you didn't buy the pre-mixed option, using a very small amount of water, then apply in sections at a 45-degree angle using your gum rubber float. Let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it clean with a grout sponge. Use the grout sponge to even out the grout lines and wipe away any uneven lines you may see. You will also want to use a towel to wipe away excess as well.

Other design tricks that make your bathroom feel bigger

Grout can go a long way in changing the feel of your bathroom space. But if you want to keep the reno going, there are a ton of things you can do to the design for that bigger, more spacious feel. If you want to add a bit of depth, consider using a patterned floor and carry it throughout the entire bathroom, including the shower space. Blending the floor with the shower creates a trick to the eye that will instantly make your shower feel larger than it is.

If you want to enhance your small shower, always consider color. We have been taught to keep things white for so long, but adding color and design, specifically with your shower tiles, can really create a grandiose space without the actual square footage. Opt for a graphic design in the shower or choose bright tiles in a green or blue. Texture is also a fun way to add dimension if color isn't your thing. Regardless of your style, your bathroom, no matter how small, is a great place to have a bit of fun with design.