how to make the most
out of a small bathroom
If you are planning the design of a small bathroom, you may be wondering how to make the most of the limited space. With a strategic and carefully planned design, it is possible to achieve a space that is both efficient and stylish in even the smallest bathrooms.
As the saying goes, the best things often come in small packages, and even the smallest of bathrooms offer a variety of design options.
A bathroom is one of the most important rooms in every home, and with a few careful design considerations, it will be possible to create a space that feels brighter and more spacious, and is a joy to spend time in.
Creating A Stylish Space Within A Small Bathroom
Prioritising your wish list helps you to achieve a space that you’ll love, and will highlight any areas where you may need to compromise to fit in everything that’s needed. Check the measurements of the room against the items that you’d like to include to make sure you can accommodate everything, and if not start scaling back or removing those that are least important to you where possible.
Once you have the ideal layout planned, it is time to think about the suite itself and the various fixtures and fittings, which will all help to enhance the illusion of space.
When it comes to designing a small bathroom, it is important to plan a layout that offers a careful balance of both functionality and comfort.
Begin by thinking about what the most important features are for you personally. For example, are you looking to relax and unwind with a full-size bath, or will a stand-alone shower be more suitable? Or perhaps, if space allows, you are dreaming of a large double sink vanity unit, which could mean compromising on the size of your shower or bath.
Next, decide where these items should be positioned within the room. In general, aligning everything along a single wall will create an illusion of space, rather than making the room feel too cluttered. It is also recommended to place the largest items furthest from the door, so think about positioning your bath or shower against the far wall if it is possible to do so.
Consider Functionality & Bathroom Storage
A small bathroom will feel even smaller if it is cluttered, so consider the functionality of the room and ensure there is adequate storage. A great option is a compact vanity unit, which can be paired with a stylish basin and taps. A mirrored cabinet is also a great addition for smaller bathrooms. It will provide valuable storage space whilst also reflecting light around the room, and the visual effect of the mirror will help to make the room feel larger than it is.
Choose A Wall-Hung Sink And Basin
If there is space, a wall-hung vanity with space below is a great choice, while a pedestal free sink will also create an illusion of space. In addition, a slim wall-hung toilet will add to this feel and it will be much easier to keep clean.
Compare Bath Sizes
If you have your heart set on incorporating a bath into a small bathroom, there are plenty of space-saving options available. The cleverly designed l-shaped baths which offer a generous space for a showerhead are often a popular choice, and mean you can get both a bath and a larger shower space in one.
Consider A Wet Room
If space in the room is particularly tight, or if you are not a fan of baths, then opting for a wet room is a great way to maximise the use of space. Ensuring the whole room is fully waterproof, you can remove the traditional shower enclosure to create more floor space. This will help to open up the room so that it feels larger, or create space for additional storage that may be required.
Pick Your Bathroom Colour Scheme
Once the bathroom layout and suite are designed, you can begin to bring your vision to life with a carefully planned colour scheme. The best way to create a feeling of space within a room is to create a light and bright finish, so you may decide to incorporate pale colours within painted areas and any accessories. Although, if you are a fan of bold and dark colours, these can work well within a small bathroom if they are incorporated into a room with plenty of light.
Finish The Room With Beautiful Bathroom Tiles
The tiles will be the finishing touch your bathroom needs, and this is your chance to add your unique style to the space. Despite the space being small, do not be afraid to be creative with your bathroom tiles.
By following just a few simple tips you will be able to create a beautiful small bathroom:
Use Bathroom Tiles With A Gloss Finish
When searching for the perfect bathroom wall tiles, a gloss finish will always look beautiful within a small space and help to reflect light around the room. Alternatively, if you are looking for a more unique feel, search for tiles with a metallic or pearlescent finish, as these will add to the light and give a grander feel to the proportions of the room.
Large Format Tiles Will Reduce Grout Lines
Large format tiles are very popular at the moment, especially when it comes to tiling the bathroom floor, but they are equally as effective used on walls as well. Opting for large format bathroom tiles is a great choice within smaller bathrooms, as the larger tiles will mean fewer grout lines dividing the surface, so the room will have a more seamless and spacious feel.
Use Small Tiles As A Feature
Smaller tiles such as mosaics can sometimes add too much detail to small bathrooms, resulting in a cluttered and enclosed feel. However, small bathroom tiles are available in a range of beautiful patterns and colours, making them great for a small focal area within the room. A shower, alcove or splashback with small tiles can look beautiful when paired with larger bathroom floor tiles and wall tiles, and help to add a luxurious touch to the design.
Choose Light Tile Colours
Although bright and bold colours can work well as a small feature area within your bathroom, when planning the bathroom tiles for your larger wall and floor spaces try to stick to light colours for the rest of the space. There’s a reason why white bathroom tiles are so popular; they help to make the room feel larger, as well as offering a clean and fresh look that works with any style.
If white isn’t your thing, cream bathroom tiles, and other options such as light greys, beiges and pastels also have a similar effect. If you have your heart set on a darker colour, try to use gloss or glass tiles, and incorporate large mirrors to reflect as much light around the room as possible.
Lay Bathroom Floor Tiles Diagonally
This may not appeal to everyone but laying bathroom floor tiles in a diagonal pattern will draw your eyes to the edges of the room and make it seem bigger. This also works well with popular herringbone style patterns, which can be laid with rectangular tiles on the floor or even with metro tiles when planning your bathroom wall tiles.
Plan Your Dream Bathroom With Tile Experience
Here at Tile Experience, we are passionate about design and our entire range of bathroom tiles are carefully hand-picked to help give your bathroom a luxurious feel.
If you would like to find out more about making the most out of your small bathroom, contact our team today and we will be happy to offer our advice to help make it the bathroom of your dreams.