DESIGN TIPS: Small Bathrooms

In small bathrooms, trying to make everything fit in the available space is like doing a giant crossword puzzle. But despite the challenges, these tips will help you in managing space in your small bathroom.


1. Add Storage
Instead of stuffing your towels in large cabinets, you should showcase them in open shelving. This will add warmth and playful colours to your space and eliminate unwanted large furniture pieces. You can also stack floating shelves to add storage in a fashionable way. Colourful storage ladders showcase personality and are a great place to store containers. Wooden crates can be stacked, drilled into the wall or placed on the ground for accessible storage.

2. Be Functional
Functionality is key for a small bathroom. Small rooms can easily lead to unwanted clutter, so make sure you are adding only design elements that are functional. Do not add objects that don’t serve a purpose. You should minimize counter space by storing, rather than displaying, personal products.

3. Plan Your Palette
When it is time to paint, make sure you have planned your colour palette. Keep in mind that painting an accent colour on a wall takes time. Make sure to use neutral colours to make your bathroom feel calm and aesthetically pleasing. You should also utilize textures and patterns in neutral tones to add creativity and depth to your bathroom.

4. Add Pops of Colour
An alternative to painting is to add pops of colour by showcasing colourful handtowels, bathroom tile, rugs or even robes to create your own ambience and flair. You can hang bold, vibrant towels or robes to add colour and personality and paint your mirror frame with an accent colour.

5. Use a shower curtain.
A shower curtain that moves back and forth saves space over a glass door that moves in and out. Shower-tub combos actually can fit into small spaces, with some tubs coming in at 60 inches in length.

6. Use a large-scale pattern.
A large-scale pattern, like a wide stripe, can trick the eye into seeing expanded space. The square footage might stay the same, but the bathroom will feel bigger.

7. Mount the towel bar on a door.
When space is at a minimum, mounting a towel bar on the shower door keeps towels handy. You might need to store the bulk of your towels in a nearby linen closet, but having that one towel close by to dry off with is essential.

8. Use a wall-mounted faucet.
Mounting a faucet on the wall allows for a narrower sink or vanity, which in turn frees up square footage in the total bathroom. Don’t be afraid to try a wall-mounted faucet in traditional design.

9. Skip the shower door.
If your bathroom is about 5 feet wide, that’s just enough space to squeeze in a toilet and a 30-by 60-inch tub. With tight conditions such as these, consider a glass panel instead of a glass shower door. It will keep most of the water in the shower and will free up needed elbow room.

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