Glass Completely Full: How Using Glass Can Make Your Bathroom And Shower Appear Larger

Posted on: 19 May 2015


Sometimes your budget can leave you with a bathroom/shower that's smaller than you had hoped for. Sometimes it's a matter of practicality. However, when it comes to small bathrooms and showers, there's a lot you can do to make it appear larger, and it starts with glass.

Why Glass?

Glass is relatively cheap to manufacture and produce now. It's also a well-rounded material. This allows for a wide ranging array of colors, designs, and sizes that you can use in tiling and designing your bathroom without gashing a hole in your bank account and watching the money drip out.

It's also a durable material that's easy to clean and maintain with basic house cleaning care, so you don't have to worry about spending a large chunk of time (or cash) in maintaining it either.

Using Glass Tile For Your Shower

One of the more common tiles used in bathrooms is ceramic. It's cheap, light, durable, and often a beautiful addition to decor. However, glass tile in a shower can increase the appearance of the size of your shower by reflecting light. The brain associates extra light with being outside in wide open spaces. Fortunately, this same affect can be carried inside as well.

While you're at it, try using glass tile that comes in lighter colors and uses a monochromatic scheme. Lighter hues are great at making rooms appear larger because its visual elements recede. Additionally, monochromatic room designs, which are designs that use all the shades and tints of a single color, increase the perceived size of a space.

According to Rosemary Sadez Friedmann, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, the "Consistency of color reduces the eye's ability to perceive spatial dimensions, resulting in the appearance of spaciousness."

Using Glass For Lighting

If your bathroom has a window, swapping it out for a modern, more updated version may also help increase the perceived size of your bathroom or shower. Older styles that include marbled and privacy glass can block out a lot of the natural light, or change the color of it because of purposeful imperfections or shading. Additionally, the type of lighting you have inside your bathroom can change its appearance, too.

The closer a light source is to natural lighting, whether natural or artificial, the more open the room will appear. By switching to modern translucent glass, you can increase the amount of natural light hitting your bathroom (and glass tiles) and increase the appearance of the space.