Help for small bath­rooms

Light­ing, paint, stor­age and fix­tures help ex­pand your space

NOW Magazine - Toronto Living - - Front Page - by Steven Cooper Pub­lished with per­mis­sion from www.valu­able­con­tent.com.

In bath­room terms, big­ger doesn’t have to be bet­ter – it’s just a case of mak­ing the most of the mod­est pro­por­tions you’re pre­sented with! And what’s more, designing a bath­room that’s small on space but big on style and func­tion­al­ity should be a lot of fun. The Click Bath­rooms guide to max­i­miz­ing a mod­est bath­room fol­lows three sim­ple prin­ci­ples:

1 MAKE IT SEEM BIG­GER

A great way to tackle a bath­room with limited di­men­sions is by cre­at­ing the illusion of space. First and fore­most, paint your walls in lighter shades like whites, creams and pas­tels, avoid­ing the darker colours that dramatically re­duce the sense of space in a small room. Good light­ing is an­other vi­tal tool in ex­pand­ing the look of your bath­room. By il­lu­mi­nat­ing ar­eas that are prone to shad­ows with strong di­rec­tional lights, you’ll find that the room opens up even fur­ther. Fi­nally, try to gen­er­ate a feel­ing of space through the clever use of mir­rors. When po­si­tioned cor­rectly, they can lit­er­ally make a room ap­pear twice as big. For max­i­mum ef­fect, adorn the back wall of the room with one or more large mir­rors or a num­ber of smaller mir­rored tiles.

2 UTI­LIZE HID­DEN OR DIF­FI­CULT SPA­CES

Time to get cre­ative and think out­side the box. Can you uti­lize space that isn’t im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble? Start at the bot­tom by iden­ti­fy­ing any avail­able low-level spa­ces – un­der-bath stor­age is a great way to keep tow­els and toi­letries out of sight, for a start. If you’re strug­gling to free up low-level space, wall-hang­ing the sink can pro­vide vi­tal ex­tra ground room. Then it’s time to tar­get the high­level spa­ces. Stylish hooks and hang­ers can ef­fec­tively re­place bulky clos­ets, while a large lad­der-style heated towel rail can hap­pily ac­com­mo­date all nec­es­sary tow­els and dress­ing gowns. Don’t just give up on the dif­fi­cult or un­usual spa­ces your bath­room may present to you. Cor­ner-fit­ting WCs and basins can squeeze into the tight­est of spots, while short-pro­jec­tion bath­room fur­ni­ture and ce­ramic ware op­tions can also econ­o­mize on space.

3 GET MUL­TI­FUNC­TIONAL

If space is re­ally at a pre­mium, try se­lect­ing bath­room fit­tings and fix­tures that serve more than one pur­pose. A com­bined shower-bath will al­low you the op­tion of re­laxed bathing or rapid and re­fresh­ing show­er­ing with­out tak­ing up the space needed for sep­a­rate fix­tures. Then there’s the dual func­tion­al­ity of the heated towel rail, which works as both a ra­di­a­tor and a stor­age fea­ture. Bath­room cab­i­nets can pro­vide shelf space, light­ing and mir­rors. Fi­nally, look to com­bine in­di­vid­ual bath­room items to cre­ate har­mo­nious mul­ti­func­tional bath­room fea­tures. An inset ce­ramic basin can be housed on top of a short-pro­jec­tion van­ity unit to cre­ate a stylish wash­stand with am­ple stor­age un­der­neath.

DON’T GIVE UP ON DIF­FI­CULT OR UN­USUAL SPA­CES.

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