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Making The Most of a Small Bathroom

prolog January 21, 2014

Bathroom often tend to be the smallest rooms in the house, but strangely enough, they are one of the only rooms in the house which is used by everyone on a daily basis, often multiple times. With so many tasks confined to the bathroom, and such little space in which to work with, it is important to make the most of a small bathroom and maximise the space that you have. Here, examines how this can be accomplished with a few design tricks and a little know-how.

Choosing smaller fixtures can help to keep the room in proportion and stop one feature from taking over the room. Delicate, small taps and faucets can combine with little lampshades, a smaller medicine cabinet and a shower enclosure which does not dominate the space. Replace a vanity sink with a pedestal sink, and consider trading in your huge, space-dominating radiator for a chic heated towel rail instead.

Lighting can have a huge effect on any room, making it feel instantly bigger or smaller in the flick of a switch. When a bathroom only has one lighting solution, it can often feel cramped and small, whereas recessed spotlights, wall lights flanking the bathroom mirror combined with the traditional overhead light can allow you to change it up and make the room feel bigger. Only illuminate the area you are using, and marvel at the difference it makes to your perception of the room’s size.

Colour schemes can help to create an impression of a bigger room. Monochrome themes are a great way to ensure that there is nothing too loud or overt, and keeps everything neutral without compromising on style in any way. Soft neutral tones such as beige and brown can also achieve this look, and if you are feeling daring, go for white-on-white for a room that will feel positively palatial. Keeping the same colour helps to make the room feel larger and more spacious, and using accent tones give an extra element of interest that draw the eye.

Converting a bathroom into a wet room is a great way to remove barriers and make the whole room feel larger. If the budgets will stretch to it, install a wet room with a sunken bath and place the shower in a corner; with the whole room tiled in a similar fashion, it will instantly look larger, and the fact that there aren’t clunky bath tubs and large shower enclosures ruining the line of sight will also give the appearance of space.

Of course, making the most of a small bathroom does not necessarily mean simply removing things from the bathroom until it is at its bare minimum of furnishings. Small bathrooms need storage spaces too, but it often requires a little more creativity to find them, the smaller the room is. Choose spacious cupboards that blend in with the décor, make sure to invest in cupboard dividers and hangers within to avoid cluttering up surfaces with flannels and bottles, and keep shower caddies organised and minimalist to keep the theme of space consistent.

Ella Mason, an experienced freelance writer, wrote this article. Ella specialises in providing useful and engaging advice to small businesses. Follow her on Twitter @ellatmason

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