If your bathroom is smaller than you might like it to be, it can be easy to get carried away dreaming about the gigantic, luxurious spaces we often see on Pinterest boards. What you might not have considered is that you don’t really need your bathroom to be that big. After all, there’s usually only one person in there at a time. So instead of focusing on the space that you don’t have, try instead to look at how you can create a cosy, welcoming bathroom that is just the right size for you to enjoy.
Of course, there are ways that you can use the space you have efficiently, to create smart solutions when it comes to storage and making sure that the room is compact but not cramped. By considering the tips below, you can be sure that your bathroom will feel fresh and inviting, no matter how small it might be.
One of the simplest ways to make a bathroom feel more spacious is to maximise natural light. By making sure that nothing is obstructing your windows and preventing light from coming all the way into the room, you can make the room seem brighter and airier. If you don’t have a window in your bathroom, you can achieve this effect using well-placed lamps, especially daylight lamps. Try experimenting with different places to put your light sources, and see which is the most effective at creating a natural, bright feel.
You can also maximise the effects of natural light in your bathroom by using lighter tones on the walls, floor and furnishings. Opting for classic white can really make your bathroom feel brighter and bigger, and pale colours can also work well if white isn’t your thing. Avoid using any dark colours in a smaller bathroom, including in decorations or accents, as these will draw your attention and make the room seem darker and smaller.
One way to make the most of space in a smaller bathroom is to embrace smaller scale furnishings, including small baths, sinks, cabinets and light fittings. This illusionary approach will trick the eye into thinking that there’s more space than there actually is. Of course, there’s only so far you can go with this, and it depends on how tall you might be, but installing slightly smaller fittings can go a long way towards making your bathroom feel bigger.
If you don’t have the budget for new bathroom fittings, you can create a similar feel by changing up how you decorate your bathroom. Using smaller items, or simply fewer items, to decorate your bathroom will free up space and make it feel less cramped. Getting rid of any clutter you might have can also help to maximise this effect, and it can make the room a lot easier to tidy.
The growing popularity of multi-functional furniture has led many people to embrace this trend as a way to maximise space in small rooms. Using this creative solution in your bathroom is the ideal way to combine functionality with style and avoid the cramped effect that too much furniture can cause. Smart storage can be put to great use in bathrooms, allowing you to hide all of your bathroom essentials away and give the impression of a clear, spacious room.
You can also put creative solutions into practice when it comes to tiling your bathroom. Using light coloured marble tiles on both the wall above your bath and on the bath itself can trick the eye and make the room seem more spacious. Tiling only halfway up the wall can also help to make the walls appear taller than they are. It’s important to use tiles that are all a similar colour in smaller bathrooms, as too much contrast or dark colours can break the space up and actually make it appear smaller.
Play with Levels
Your room might be small when it comes to floor space, but you still have plenty to work with when it comes to height. Try installing shelves or using tall storage units to minimise the amount of floor space they use up. You can also opt for floating cabinets, which take up no floor space at all and work as something of an optical illusion. If you have the option to install a sunken bath, these can be a real game-changer as they actually create space instead of taking it up.
However, you choose to make the most of your small bathroom, be sure to get creative and use these tips to completely reimagine your space.
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