Help for small bathrooms
Lighting, paint, storage and fixtures help expand your space
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.