Inside Tips for Small Baths
Designing and styling small spaces are the bane of every householder—however, challenging as the task is, you can have big ideas for the smallest of spaces, even small bathroom design, by making every inch of space to actually count.
Increase perception of space
Glass has the wonderful capacity to make spaces roomier than they actually are. A large mirror (just one will do), glass shower doors, light-colored wall finishes can seemingly do wonders. Maybe (if you don’t seriously mind) you can even put a glass wall between the bedroom and the bathroom. All this together contributes to an enhanced visual space effect making a small bath appear bigger than it actually is. Opting for shower curtain instead of a glass shower door will give you a little more elbow room. Let the mirror stretch across the wall rather than placing it just over the vanity—this adds more depth to the room and helps distribute light better.
Lighting is always a good way to create big effect. Using skylights and windows with clear glass will allow more light to enter to enter the room. This always creates the illusion of a larger space. Use sliding doors made of glass –they give that extra space and reflect light too.
In a small bath, space is always a premium—so use wall mounted faucets, toilets and bidets, ensuring that the water tank is fitted right into the wall. Of course, if something goes wrong with the plumbing, you might have to break into the wall. Don’t use a wall mounted vanity though as the space below it can gather dust and dirt, making it difficult to clean. Using a round vanity works well as there are no corners that can jut out. Also think of exposed shelving and recessed cabinets as options for storage.
Having corner sinks across from the toilet rather than across from the shower is a good idea. Avoid pedestal sinks even if they look great. Apart from occupying space, they don’t provide for storage. Carved vessel sinks are also a strict no-no, but in case you do want to use on, see that it’s big enough and placed not too high.
Painting and color schemes
This is important as it impacts the size of your bathroom –add light colors so that the space looks broad and also ensure that the color matches the theme of the bathroom. Combined with good lighting, the small bath will appear larger than it actually is. Extending tiles to the ceilings makes the room appear bigger.
Bathrooms and kitchens remodel can easily build up clutter—reduce toiletries to a minimum and use storage solutions that work well. Use window spaces and ledges optimally. Extended counters over the toilet not only gives a minimalistic look but gives room for storing a few items. Another space saver is ensuring that the towel bar is mounted on the back of the door instead of on the wall.
Keep these in mind while designing your small bath and be sure that you can create just the kind of friendly sanctuary that you dream of.
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