The bathroom is often the smallest room in the home but also one of the most used. Although most of us aren’t blessed with large bathrooms there’s normally enough room to fit the essentials and more, but what do you do if the bathroom you have is tiny? We take a look at how to make a small bathroom look incredible…
What Should I do With a Small Bathroom?
When decorating a small bathroom the best place to start is working out your budget. Want to keep it affordable? There’s lots of small changes we listed below that can help you make the most of the space. Prepared to splurge? Then you can get stuck into making your small bathroom work for you and your family with a complete redesign. We’ve come up with a selection of small and bigger changes to transform tiny bathrooms.
How do you Redesign a Small Bathroom?
Storage, Storage, Storage
One of the key areas to focus on when updating small bathrooms is storage. By maximizing storage under sinks, behind mirrors or by adding wall mounted cupboards, you can keep clutter to a minimum giving the illusion of more space. If you’re completely redecorating, you could also look into adding a niche or alcove into the wall of the shower to store your everyday washing essentials without taking up precious shower space.
Make the Most of Mirrors
Mirrors can do wonders for opening up a room. They will give the illusion of depth plus bounce light around the space which is a must for small bathrooms. Opt for a large over sink mirror or you could even go all out with a mirrored wall to really make your tiny bathroom shine.
Chose a Compact Bathroom Suite
If you’re completely redesigning your bathroom you have the luxury of choosing the perfect bathroom suite for the space. So think compact. Corner sinks are space saving whilst still a similar size to standard sinks, leaving more room for baths, showers and toilets. If you can live without baths, you can forgo one and just have a shower which can greatly save on space. If not look for ‘P’ shaped baths which are a good size at the shower end and more compact at the other, so you can still lounge in them but they won’t take up as much space.
Go for Glass Shower Doors or Remove Them
If you’ve got a shower over the bath, it’s time to remove that shower curtain and swap it for glass. Glass will make the room look larger whilst an opaque curtain will block it off. If you just have a shower chances are you already have glass doors, however you could give the feel of even more space but going for a walk-in shower design with a small wall partition.
Tile the Whole Room
If you’re going all out whilst renovating your small bathroom, consider tiling the whole room. Tiny bathrooms can be harder to keep dry because of every wall’s close proximity to the shower, so avoid mould or mildew developing by tiling them all. Not only will this protect your bathroom from damp more, it will also streamline the space.
What is the Best Colour for a Small Bathroom?
Light and bright will keep a small bathroom feeling airy, so whites and soft shades will go a long way in making your bathroom appear bigger. However small rooms are also an excuse to experiment with brighter colours and patterns if you want to be more daring but are afraid to take the leap in a bigger room. If you want to be more daring, small rooms are fantastic for experimenting with bold colours or patterned tiles, so why not give it a go?
How Can I Make my Small Bathroom Look Luxurious?
Statement lighting adds drama to any room and will go a long way to making your home feel more luxurious. The same can be said for bathroom lighting. From luxury wall lights framing the mirror, to spotlights in the shower or to highlight niches and alcoves, there’s lots of bathroom appropriate lighting choices. Just make sure they’re bathroom friendly.
Swap Out Chrome Fixtures
Whilst chrome fixtures and fittings are timeless, other metallic can give that luxurious edge. The top choice of the moment is brass and you’ll find countless options for taps, flushes and towel rails for an instant dash of decadence.
Add Some Design Flair
Don’t forget the finishing touches for your new bathroom. Like any room, the bathroom no matter how small can always do with some chic styling once the big redesign is out of the way. If you have any bare walls (away from the shower) make sure to add some art and another bathroom essential (or home essential in general) is plants. A fabulous way to add a fresh feel to a small space.
Mix complementing tiles
A great way to add instant luxury appeal to bathrooms is by blending different tile designs. From carrying floor tiles partly up the wall then switching to a smaller design halfway up, to mixing different shapes in the same colour, it’s time to get more creative with your tiling.
Coordinate Your Accessories
For an instant luxury feel invest in matching bathroom accessories. Soap dispensers are not only great for helping to do your bit to save the planet by buying soap refills instead, you also don’t have to have the unsightly plastic bottles on show either and these can be matched with toothbrush holders, storage pots and more.