If you have a small bathroom, it’s a design challenge to create a functional sanctuary that is beautiful while offering enough storage space for your daily use.
Every element to have a purpose, and put together they are supposed to make the space feel bigger.
Take a look at our tips to make the most of your small bathroom.
Smart bathroom layout
If you renovate your bathroom from scratch, carefully consider the layout. If space is scarce, ensure that you will be able to manoeuvre around easily, make the best use of natural light and avoid unusable niches. For more tips on how to successfully design your bathroom, download a free copy of our bathroom design guidelines.
Small tiles for small bathrooms
A large sized wall tile might overpower your bathroom. You don’t need to go to a penny size tile instead, but opt for a smaller size such as a classic subway format. On trend are also herringbone or hexagon tiles that add beautiful patterns to your bathroom. To assist you with your tiles and layouts, have a look on our tips on different tile layouts.
Neutral colours for small spaces
Neutral colours make a room look bigger. But to avoid the space looking bland, add personality with your appliances and tapware. What do you think about matte black tapware or, for an industrial style, a gunmetal look? If you wish to learn more about a colours, have a look at our blog choosing the right wall colour for your room.
Sliding door space saver
When entering the bathroom, are you worried that the door swing hits the person standing at the wash basin? Then a sliding door might be right for you that takes minimal space sliding into a wall cavity.
Wall hung vanity in small space
A vanity provides much needed storage space, but it might look bulky in a small bathroom. Consider a vanity with less depth and a semi-recessed wash basin when the space is narrow. When you are uncertain about what the standard dimensions are, check out our table of Australian kitchen and bathroom measurements. But whatever vanity to choose, opt for a wall hung solution as it gives the illusion of more floor space. With LED light strips installed underneath, the vanity seems to be floating transforming your bathroom into a calming sanctuary. If you’re not sure about choosing the right basin for your bathroom then click here.
Mirrors in bathroom
Mirrors are your best friends because the light bounces off making the room to appear bigger. Besides the mirror above your basin where you apply your make-up, consider installing a second mirror above the bathtub. Even better if this reflects the bathroom window bringing in even more natural light than before. Also do not go past the shaving cabinet if storage is at a premium, recessed into the wall cavity they are an excellent form of storage as they are only one item deep and everything can be accessed easily.
Seamlessly integrated shower
Don’t block the shower from sight, but integrate it seamlessly. Meaning, opt for a walk-in shower where the floor tile continues in the shower. A clear glass panel fixed to the wall is preventing the floor from being soaked while you have a shower. No need to have an enclosed cubicle where a door swing takes up precious space.
Nifty storage with bathroom niches
No matter how large or small your space is, a recessed wall niche gives your shampoos and body washes a great home. It’s not only a good solution for the shower but also for being integrated above your bathtub.
Short bathtubs for small space
If you don’t want to live without a tub, there are small sizes of around 1.2 metres in length available. This might allow you to include this precious piece into your sanctuary. Don’t feel embarrassed but try sitting the tub in the store to ensure the short length works for you.
Open shelving opens up a room
The worst thing you could do in a small bathroom is having lots of closed cabinetry as this might make you feel locked in. Chose open shelving instead where you show case your fresh towels or hamper baskets that contain all your knickknacks.
For inspirations on your new bathroom design, have a look at our bathroom design ideas.