Design Tips for Smaller Bathrooms

From a design perspective, small bathrooms are tricky. You don’t have much space to work with, so it is imperative that you make the right design choices. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make a smaller bathroom appear much larger, as if by magic – and you don’t need to spend a fortune in the process.

Wall Hung Fixtures and Fittings

The more floor space you have, the more spacious the room will feel. Traditional bathroom fittings sit on the floor, but by opting for wall hung fixtures, you will create a sense of space. Wall hung sinks and toilets are fitted to walls instead of the floor. They look super stylish and are perfect if you want a modern look for your compact bathroom.

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Designer Radiators

Designer radiators from Warm Rooms are a great space saver. A designer ladder radiator doubles as a heated towel rail, so you install underfloor heating and still enjoy nice warm towels in the morning. Ladder radiators also take up less room than traditional radiators.

Vanity Units

Vanity units are a popular choice with homeowners. There are plenty of budget vanity units available online, which give you a ceramic sink and under sink storage, all in one handy unit. They are easy to install, so more than suitable for a DIY enthusiast, and can be combined with toilet units and extra storage to create a ‘fitted’ look.

Wet Room

Wet rooms are the ultimate space saver for a small bathroom. Instead of fitting a shower cubicle or small bath, you turn your entire bathroom into a walk-in shower. Wet rooms are becoming increasingly popular with homeowners, particularly in en-suite bathrooms, but what you need to factor in is the extra cost of waterproofing the bathroom. If there are any leaks post installation, you can look forward to an expensive repair job.


In-Built Storage

Cluttered bathrooms look small, but when space is in short supply, it is hard to keep the bathroom tidy. One way to fix this is to build functional and attractive storage units. Construct a fitted cupboard or shelving unit so you have storage for towels, cleaning products and toiletries. This will keep the floor clear and ensure your bathroom looks streamlined and modern.

Light and Bright

White bathroom suites are very much in vogue right now. Most homeowners don’t want coloured suites any more, and for good reason. White makes a room feel light, bright and modern, so if your bathroom is tiny, stick to white or light colours when choosing your tiles. If you feel the need to add some colour, buy some brightly coloured towels and accessories.

Mirror, Mirror

Use mirrors to reflect light and create the illusion of extra space. A large mirror fitted behind a sink will look great and make your bathroom feel more spacious.

If your bathroom is small and compact, keep it as simple as possible. Look for smaller fixtures and fittings that take up less space and avoid using dark colours on the walls or floor.

Images from: A Modern & Cozy Apartment by Régis Dho and Hello Scandinavia by Kaschuk Kostyantyn

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