We ask so much of them that it is only right that we give small bathrooms the attention they deserve in the design phase.
The hardest working room in the home is challenging enough to design regardless of its size. However, when the dimensions are small, the project becomes even more challenging as you have to pack maximum functionality in a limited space. Because space is tight, every element in the bathroom must reflect style and serve a specific purpose. How do you do that when designing a small bathroom? Here are some useful tips:
Hard-working, high-quality lights
When designing a small bathroom, it’s even more important to choose hardware and fixtures that take function, style, and budget into account. If you can press them in, keep in mind that side-by-side sinks make the bathroom work much more efficiently. For a touch of added elegance, consider a bowl-shaped sink that sits on the countertop in a modern twist on the old-world basin. Easy-to-clean, high-gloss fittings and frames made of chrome or metal look stylish and will last for many years. By using a clear glass shower door, natural light can flood the entire room without affecting the view of design elements.
Style with tiles
With Tile you can create any look imaginable. For a high impact, you have metal backsplash options that bathe the small space in inviting shine and shine. “The backsplash is a perfect place to incorporate metal into the design, as it is easy to clean and has fewer scratches than a worktop,” says interior designer Terrell Goeke.
Mosaic patterns look stunning on a shower screen or over a tub. Or you can use contrasting colors to create an eye-catching checkerboard pattern behind the bathtub or shower. Tawny colored slate tiles give the bathroom a warm, earthy hue. The subtle color variations add interest and depth. If bold hues aren’t your thing, a raised tile backsplash adds texture and contrast without introducing too many colors.
Flooring for function
Floor tiles are the most sensible and durable option for a bathroom. A tiled floor is easy to clean and available in different colors. It keeps the room light and airy. Travertine floors are the toughest and safest for bathrooms because their textured surfaces make them slip-resistant and prevent falls. If you prefer natural décor elements, there are wood-inspired options in the market that can mimic the look of the material you love without making maintenance a constant concern.
Fun with color
Here you can let your imagination and creativity run free when designing a small bathroom. The color is incorporated into tiles, wall colors, shelves and accessories of your choice. Bold color choices are on the table among tiny bathroom ideas as they can add a lot of drama to a small space. Powder rooms painted in dark colors or covered with patterned wallpaper look very dramatic.
Unless you have an over the top color, add a bold color to a shower or bathtub trim and leave the palette silent in the rest of the room. Yellow seems too light a color, but many seem to love the sunny and cheerful feel of a small bathroom. Blue and green, red and brown, oranges and browns – any shade can be used for work in a bathroom.
However, if you prefer a calmer, more cohesive, and spa-like feel, you can go for a calm, neutral palette. A completely white bathroom always looks fresh, clean and attractive. White and gray is a classic combination that never seems to go out of style. For a more masculine and modern feel, try mixing warm and cool shades of gray.
Choose Smart Storage to break through clutter
Your choices in this category can make or break a small bathroom in terms of function, so care should be taken with your choice of storage. Your goal should be to have everything you need within easy reach, but without creating visual clutter, as this can make the bathroom appear smaller than it is. Pull back the contents of the bathroom to the bare minimum and keep things simple.
Place the shelves over a tub to store extra towels for house guests and display your favorite decorative items. Put a shelf over a toilet to store your favorite soaps and lotions. Integrate shelves and drawers into the vanity or install a medicine cabinet for flat, concealed storage. Use baskets to store on shelves. That way everything is organized and tidy.
Present architectural elements
If you want to design a more dramatic and unique small bathroom, consider adding architectural interest if space allows. You could perhaps design an arched entrance to the shower or a step up to the tub to define the space.
Let it glow in good lighting
This is another key element in designing small bathrooms. Well-planned lighting makes the difference when it comes to function and feeling. Optimize the natural light with windows and mirrors. Stratified lights on the ceiling and walls. The goal is to make the bathroom bright and invigorating to start the day, subdued and calming to end it.
Equip with flair
When everything else is in place, the accessory is the finishing touch that increases the style factor in a bathroom. Customize your mirrors for a more formal, accomplished look. Choose towels of different shades to complement or contrast the color scheme of the bathroom. Custom towels are an inexpensive way to add style and personalize a bathroom. Use pretty apothecary jars to store Q-tips and cotton balls. Add a vase of flowers or greens to bring a soothing natural element to the room.
Packing a small bathroom with the same level of function and style is very possible. Use these tips to create a space that will dutifully serve its purpose while looking at its best for many years to come. Smart choices around color, storage, and accessories will keep your small bathroom looking fresh and inviting for a long time.