Creating the Illusion of Space

Dear Expert: We have a small bathroom and no space to expand without taking away a bedroom. Do you have any suggestions on how we could make the room at least feel bigger?

A: There are a number of strategies you can employ to help your space feel bigger. Start by simplifying the space and eliminating busy and confining patterns. Look to divide the space using color and line in both paint and tile work. We often will cut a series of niches into the perimeter walls which both directs the eye and picks up some physical space. Pedestal sinks are popular because they let the eye travel below them, but you sacrifice storage. Consider a custom vanity that has tall legs so you can see under it. (Oh, and don’t install oversized mirrors!)

—Michael Anschel, Principal
Otogawa-Anschel Design-Build