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The Secret to Doubling the Size of a Small Bathroom

The Secret to Doubling the Size of a Small Bathroom

And five other design tips you might have missed this month!

Written by –
Jess Ng
on August 31st 2018
Born and raised in the UK, Jess is NONAGON’s resident historian turned marketer turned writer, drawn to Hong Kong by the lure of dim sum breakfasts and bustling city life. A foodie who loves to cook, food occupies 70% of her brain 90% of the time. When not eating, Jess can typically be found buried in a book or obsessing over making NONAGON’s Instagram #feedgoals.

While bathrooms are typically the smallest rooms of any home, there’s no reason for them to feel like it. We’re firmly of the opinion that bathrooms should be a spa-like hideaway, with all the functionality that practicality demands of course, yet beautiful enough to transport you to a world of relaxation after a long day at work. And that just ain’t going to happen in a poky claustrophobic space. Luckily for you, we’re about to reveal the secret to doubling the size of a small bathroom. Keep reading to discover how to make a small bathroom look bigger, and five other design tips you might have missed this month.

Design Tip #1

Use mirrored design accents to make a small bathroom look bigger

How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger: Bright luxury bathroom with mirrored bathtub and shiny chrome hardware |
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How to make a small bathroom look bigger? Well, simply put, it all comes down to clever design. We all know that adding a mirror instantly brightens a space, making it feel infinitely larger. Why not then go one step further with mirrored design accents? That’s what the design team behind the bathroom at Magnolia House did, complete with mirrored bathtub and shiny chrome hardware. When paired with the neutral white and greige color scheme, the space feels twice the size!


See more of Magnolia House HERE.

Design Tip #2

Treat lighting as more than just a practical necessity

How to Make a Small Bathroom Look Bigger: Warm cozy sauna bathroom with wood accents and spa vibes |
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Yes, lighting is a necessity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use it as a design feature too. And I’m not simply talking about having a beautiful sculptural light piece on display. Think about lighting in terms of the mood you want to create in a space. Take this sauna-inspired bathroom for instance, which uses recessed lighting, candles and spotlights to create a cozy glow reminiscent of a relaxing spa. In the age of technology, smart lighting can also be used to create everything from a fun party environment to an intimate home theater.


Head HERE for other ways to make your bathroom feel like a luxury spa.

Design Tip #3

No garden? No problem, head to the rooftop instead

Urban rooftop garden in the heart of Hong Kong |
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Given our affinity for all things green, our least favorite part of apartment living has to be that lack of outdoor space. Specifically, the lack of space for a herb and vegetable garden. But that’s all about to change thanks to some creative ‘blue-sky’ thinking. Rooftop gardens might not be new, but they are novel, which is why we enlisted the team over at Rooftop Republic to share their tips and tricks for creating one of our very own. Note to self: sunlight is key!


Discover how to create your own rooftop garden HERE.

Design Tip #4

Wood panels are not just for walls and floors

Modern contemporary kitchen with wood beam ceiling and stone counter |
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If you’re a long time reader of, you’ll know that we’re partial to a wood panel here and there. Whether in the form of wood panel walls, or sleek wood flooring, we just can’t get enough. We did think that we had all the wood panel bases covered, until we came across wood panel ceilings in the Benguela Cove home tour. A modern take on rustic country beams, the design detail is subtle yet effective, drawing the eye and elongating the rafters. It’s safe to say, we’re in love.


Check out more of the Benguela Cove home tour HERE.

Design Tip #5

Steel frame windows are the ultimate dividing hero for studio apartments

Modern monochrome kitchen with industrial steel framed windows and decorative floor tiles |
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Open plan studio apartments are all well and good in theory, but practically speaking, they’re perhaps less functional than one might think – especially when it houses more than one tenant. Luckily for us, Egue Y Seta revealed how to get all the benefits of open plan living (i.e. generous light and that sense of spaciousness), without actually having an open plan layout. For this, it turns out our old friends, steel framed windows, are the hero of the hour. Working as partitions, they do a good job in demarcating private spaces without compromising on the light and ventilation front. In our book, that makes them the perfect room divider.


Peek into Egue Y Seta’s design in full HERE.

Design Tip #6

Don’t be afraid to decorate with black

Black walled den with dark tiled fireplace and wood floors |
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If white is the golden child of interior hues, black is undoubtedly the bad egg – the black sheep of the wall color family if you will. But if Sarah Ward has anything to do with it, that won’t be the case for much longer. In a tour of the interior designer’s Calgary home, we were struck by the dark-walled den which Sarah claims to be her favorite room of the house. And it’s not hard to see why. The black walls create a cozy intimate feel, while simultaneously highlighting the bold vibrancy of her modern abstract artwork. Consider us official converts!


See more of Sarah Ward’s home HERE.

For more design tips you’re going to want to head on over to our ‘Tips & Guides’ page. Here you’ll discover everything from how to create a functional mudroom to how to bring mindfulness into your home, and much more!


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