Renovating a small bathroom can certainly prove challenging. A full bathroom requires a bath, shower and sink to be completely functional, yet space is not readily available to provide for these details. Here are some basic design and floor planning strategies you can use to get the most out of your small bathroom.
Bath vs Shower
If you do not need a bathtub, you can opt to install a spacious shower stall instead. The benefits of a shower are that you can use the space more wisely, add some luxurious spray options and choose a stunning design. Glass panels and shower doors keep the space airy. The down side is that if it is your only bathroom you may eventually miss having the option of a good soak, or worse, when you sell, buyers may be disappointed the bathroom is sans tub.
Glass and Mirrors
Much like smoke and mirrors help create illusions, glass and mirrors can work wonders in a small bathroom. Opt for airy vanity choices with top mounted sinks of clear glass, glass walls in shower and baths and plenty of mirrors to reflect space and light back into the room.
Storage and Vanities
Although you may think a pedestal sink brings airiness to a small space, they don’t have any storage, a must have for small bathrooms. Vanities with plenty of storage will keep things well hidden, as clutter is the number one enemy of a small space. Look for above toilet storage options as well to display towels and store items like cotton balls and pretty soaps. Wall-mounted toilets also may have enough space below to place a basket for toilet paper or cleaning supplies.
Unity and Harmony
Choosing like colours, woods and tiles will create a sense of unity; relaxing the eye and making the smaller space feel more open. Although choosing a darker wood or backsplash in the sink area, combined with light walls will also open the space up, you should keep the colours in the same tone to allow for openness but avoid clashing.