Keep­ing it clean

Small bath­rooms go big, writes

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Not ev­ery­one has the lux­ury of space for a mas­ter en­suite with match­ing hisand-hers van­i­ties. Most apart­ments, or even semi-de­tached homes for that mat­ter, don’t have a huge amount of space, so bath­rooms tend to be de­signed for func­tion­al­ity over style.

While there’s no need to skimp on style, there are some rules you should fol­low to max­imise what­ever space you have.

When de­sign­ing for a small space, less is def­i­nitely more.

Wes­ley Sin­clair from High­grove Bath­rooms says the big­gest mis­take peo­ple make is try­ing to in­clude too many de­sign ideas. This ends up clut­ter­ing a space in­stead of mak­ing it feel big­ger.

“Keep­ing things neu­tral and sim­ple is the way to go in a small bath­room,” Wes­ley says.

He says while bold colours are best avoided in small bath­rooms, you don’t have to com­pletely dull it down ei­ther.

“Bold colours tend to be on the darker spec­trum, cre­at­ing the il­lu­sion of a smaller space,” says Wes­ley. “Whites and neu­tral­coloured tiles are a bet­ter choice.

“If you’re look­ing to in­cor­po­rate some colour, soft pas­tels are your best bet.”

He says that there is no such thing as a too small bath­room, and given the right de­sign, any bath­room can be made to feel lux­u­ri­ous.

“If you don’t have enough floor space to in­stall a free­stand­ing bath, a frame­less glass panel shower screen works well to trick the eye into see­ing ex­panded space,” Wes­ley says.

“No bath­room is ever too small to work with — even an out­house can be styled well with the right fix­tures.”

For un­usu­ally small spa­ces, nar­row wall-mounted basins with con­cealed in-wall cis­terns are a must to free up floor space.

With the cis­tern hid­den be­hind a wall struc­ture, Wes­ley says you’ll be able to save a few ex­tra cen­time­tres for more leg room. To cre­ate an ex­pan­sive bath­room feel, opt for a wall-mounted toi­let. They take up no floor space and are also eas­ier to clean.

Light­ing can some­times be over­looked when de­sign­ing a bath­room, but when it’s done right, the light can cre­ate a much big­ger feel to a tight space.

Wes­ley sug­gests flush-mounted ceil­ing lights for the per­cep­tion of greater space, or add light­ing around the van­ity.

“A well-lit mir­ror or strip light­ing on cab­i­nets and van­ity tops works well,” he says.

Flushed with space

As home lots are get­ting smaller, it’s not just the width of the home that is feel­ing the pinch.

Dis­play homes, such as Do­maine Homes’ Ari­zona 26 de­sign mea­sures 8.68m wide and is de­signed to fit on a 10m block.

Stick­ing to muted colours and a large mir­ror to re­flect light around the space, the bath­room ap­pears much larger than it ac­tu­ally is, even with the ad­di­tion of a bath run­ning along the en­tire side of the room.

Ar­chi­tect Sarah Blacker has also ren­o­vated small bath­rooms, mak­ing them both de­light­ful and mul­ti­pur­pose.

In a sin­gle-storey two-bed­room ter­race in New­town which had a small liv­ing room, old bath­room and eat-in kitchen, Sarah spruced up the bath­room, us­ing sub­way tiles and a large mir­ror. She even squeezed a laun­dry into the bath­room to save space.

“The laun­dry is now con­cealed be­hind mov­able wall pan­els on one side of the bath­room,” she says.

“It’s po­si­tioned in the un­der stair area, but it has a gen­er­ous laun­dry cup­board with stor­age space.”

Mir­rors are an ab­so­lute must, re­flect­ing light to cre­ate the per­cep­tion of more space, like this Art Deco mir­ror by Jade+Am­ber

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