Bathrooms should be a sanctuary, but when you’re struggling with limited space, this can be hard to achieve.
Interiors Addict founder Jen Bishop shares her tips on how to get the most out of a small bathroom space with some clever design tips and tricks.
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Go shower-only if you can
When it comes to designing a small bathroom, especially if you’re renovating, you’d be forgiven for wanting to take the bath out of the equation.
I’m a big believer in bathing so this doesn’t sit well with me, but I know I’m probably in the minority.
Creating a shower-only bathroom, or indeed a wet room, can give you more space and a less squashed look.
Just bear in mind that families like baths so if the home is likely to be sold to a family buyer later, a lack of bath could put them off.
No fuss & clean lines
Keeping clean lines is great way to create the illusion of space in a smaller bathroom. Say no to anything fussy. And maximising natural light will always help.
While you don’t have to stick to white, lighter colours will definitely work better. Take advantage of the many smaller and narrower vanities, sinks and toilets on the market which are designed with small spaces in mind.
‘Keeping clean lines is great way to create the illusion of space’
I love this award-winning bathroom by Darren Genner of Minosa Design, which showcases efficient storage, clean lines and lots of white:
Clean lines create the illusion of space. Picture: Mimosa Design
Be creative with storage
Something you mustn’t forget, even in the smallest of bathrooms (in fact, even more so in the smallest of bathrooms) is storage.
Try and incorporate a vanity with built-in storage at the very least.
Other storage tricks for small bathrooms are to include some kind of recessed storage by the bath or in the shower for soap and essentials.
‘Some things need hiding away but others can look nice in open storage’
Open shelving doesn’t take up much space and can allow you to put bales of towels up high.
A heated towel rail provides not only heating but somewhere to hang, and dry, your soggy towels and keep them off the floor.
If you don’t have built-in storage, consider a large basket or metal bucket to store rolled up dry towels. This can look really nice.
There are some things which need hiding away (cleaning materials) but others which can look nice in open storage (clean towels, fancy toiletries).
Reflect & light to create space
It’s no secret that mirrors reflect light and make spaces look bigger and you certainly need them in bathrooms.
Why not consider an entire mirror wall?
Some other tricks are to use horizontal tiles, which can give the illusion of wider walls, and to keep everything in a very similar palette so as not to ‘chop up’ the space with contrasting colours.