Here are very practical small bathroom ideas you can implement to make your small bathroom look bigger.
We know you’ve been meaning for ages to upgrade your small bathroom to make it look bigger and brighter, since you’ve been spending more time at home due to the pandemic.
Getting your home renovation project right will genuinely enhance your home living experience, particularly during these at-home spa days you will be enjoying, relaxing in the comfort of your new bijou bathroom.
Here are 7 small bathroom ideas to stir up your creativity and to get you started.
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Go for muted colours that work well together
Firstly, create a Pinterest board of small bathrooms with muted colours to get a clear vision of the theme that appeals to your home aesthetic and your personal style. Off-white to light cream, soft beige, white and grey marble, sand-inspired, stone to light grey colours paired with warm wood or other earthy colours are quite trendy now.
The objective is to find a way to visualise what your small bathroom could look like and the design possibilities that are available to you within the constraints of your space.
When selecting your small bathroom muted colour palette, make sure that the floor and wall tiles, the paint colours, your vanity units, and all metal and decor accessories complement each other to help you achieve the design style you are going for.
Get a frameless shower door or enclosure
A frameless glass shower door or enclosure is a growing trend in bathroom design due to its aesthetic superiority compared to any other shower frames.
There is no need for thick metal framing around the shower door edges. And frameless shower doors have a more resistant glass and are much easier to clean, thus retaining their ‘new’ look for a longer period of time.
Depending on your small bathroom size, choose a frameless shower door with optional side panels, such as frameless hinged shower doors and frameless sliding shower doors. Drench and Better Bathrooms have very interesting options for you to check out.
Build in clever storage space
Good storage built-ins in a small bathroom are important to keep the clutter away, leaving space for daily bathroom essentials and the right decorative items to be put on display.
Consequently, choose vanity units with ample yet compact storage cabinets to store all your non-essential bathroom accessories.
Additional storage space in a small bathroom could be created through built-in shelving units and/or built-in cupboards around the toilet area, depending on the positioning of bathroom amenities. For example in a compact shower room where a linear arrangement of the toilet and the basin can be achieved, plumbing could be hidden around those areas and a small cabinet could be created under the basin.
Play with lighting
Having a good lighting system is particularly important for windowless small bathrooms to compensate for the lack of natural light. Layer the lighting with overhead and horizontal light sources to create a natural light effect in the small bathroom. The lighting you select is a question of personal taste.
Should you opt for a brightly lit small bathroom, this can be achieved by installing strong white light to blaze up light sources to your windowless bathroom. Not only the room will appear bigger and brighter, but also white light has the closest to natural light effect.
If you prefer a relaxing spa-like atmosphere for your small bathroom, a few small in-built ceiling fixtures will be enough to provide soft light and will make the ceiling remind you of your last fabulous spa session at Marrakech’s luxury Royal Mansour hotel.
Consider adding a few Tom Dixon or NEOM Organics London luxury candles in your small bathroom to enhance the wellness & spa effect.
Introducing bathroom accessories with in-built lighting is another way to bring much needed light into a small bathroom, which will ultimately make the room much bigger than it actually is. Lights incorporated in and around the bathtub, the vanity units or in the shower not only add light, but also ensure its even and soft distribution.
Install a skylight or a big wall window
The natural light effect from a skylight or a big wall window will make any small bathroom appear much bigger and brighter if the position of your room allows for it.
In such a case, consider installing the skylight or the big wall window as close as possible to the shower room and/or the bathtub which are the two places where you tend to spend the longest time. This means that you will be able to enjoy some fresh air and good energy from nature during the day as you keep using your small bathroom.
Ensure good mirror placement
One of the best solutions to make a small bathroom look big is by introducing multiple mirrors. The best thing about mirrors is their ability to reflect light and mimic the feel of a window, which is particularly important for windowless bathrooms.
Mirrors placed in various and sometimes unexpected places expand and brighten the space and add layers of depth to your small bathroom. An entire mirror wall, large shapes of mirror elements, mirror glass doors of the shower/bathtub area are options for you to explore to maximise light and make your small bathroom sparkle and look much bigger.
Upgrade your finishing touches and bathroom accessories
Whether you are into brass, silver, copper or black metal finishes, upgrading your finishing touches will add an extra layer of elegance to your small bathroom and it will make it look much bigger.
Additionally, a plant, wall art prints, or hand woven storage baskets are simple small bathroom ideas that can make your tiny bathroom look a little bigger and more cheerful. They add both depth and just the right pop of colour to your space. Small storage baskets in natural colours are particularly useful if you have installed shelving units in your small bathroom to maximise space.
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