Small bath­room ren­o­va­tion ideas

Whitsunday Times - - REAL ESTATE -

BATH­ROOMS should be a sanc­tu­ary, but when you’re strug­gling with lim­ited space, this can be hard to achieve.

In­te­ri­ors Addict founder Jen Bishop shares her tips on how to get the most out of a small bath­room space with some clever de­sign tips and tricks.

Go shower-only if you can

When it comes to de­sign­ing a small bath­room, es­pe­cially if you’re ren­o­vat­ing, you’d be for­given for want­ing to take the bath out of the equa­tion. I’m a big be­liever in bathing so this doesn’t sit well with me, but I know I’m prob­a­bly in the mi­nor­ity.

Cre­at­ing a shower-only bath­room, or in­deed a wet room, can give you more space and a less squashed look.

Just bear in mind that fam­i­lies like baths so if the home is likely to be sold to a fam­ily buyer later, a lack of bath could put them off.

No fuss & clean lines

Keep­ing clean lines is great way to cre­ate the il­lu­sion of space in a smaller bath­room. Say no to any­thing fussy. And max­imis­ing nat­u­ral light will al­ways help.

While you don’t have to stick to white, lighter colours will def­i­nitely work bet­ter. Take ad- van­tage of the many smaller and nar­rower van­i­ties, sinks and toi­lets on the mar­ket which are de­signed with small spa­ces in mind.

Be cre­ative with stor­age

Some­thing you mustn’t for­get, even in the small­est of bath­rooms (in fact, even more so in the small­est of bath­rooms) is stor­age.

Try and in­cor­po­rate a van­ity with built-in stor­age at the very least.

Other stor­age tricks for small bath­rooms are to in­clude some kind of re­cessed stor­age by the bath or in the shower for soap and es­sen­tials.

Open shelv­ing doesn’t take up much space and can al­low you to put bales of tow­els up high. A heated towel rail pro­vides not only heat­ing but some­where to hang, and dry, your soggy tow­els and keep them off the floor.

Re­flect & light to cre­ate space

It’s no se­cret that mir­rors re­flect light and make spa­ces look big­ger and you cer­tainly need them in bath­rooms. Why not con­sider an en­tire mir­ror wall? Some other tricks are to use hor­i­zon­tal tiles, which can give the il­lu­sion of wider walls, and to keep ev­ery­thing in a very sim­i­lar pal­ette so as not to ‘chop up’ the space with con­trast­ing colours.

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