Modern homes are not usually blessed with large bathrooms, so in today’s post, I wanted to look at how to decorate a small bathroom or ensuite and the items you need to choose to optimise the storage in the room. Getting the most from your available space when creating the perfect small bathroom, so think about these 3 key things:
Choosing the right tiles for a small bathroom is important. Most people want the room to feel bigger and brighter when it comes to a small bathroom. The size of a tile can be tricky to choose in a small space though. A larger tile choice will have fewer grout lines so it can help the room feel less cluttered, and visually look larger. Whereas using smaller tiles (like mosaics) can leave a bathroom feeling boxed in and make the space look even smaller. Don’t rule out small tiles, however. A favourite trick of mine is to mix up the size of the tiles, which can really trick the eye. So, for example, choose smaller tiles in the shower area and go for something larger on the floor and other walls. By zoning the areas it creates appealing contrasts that make the eye move around the room and make the space feel bigger than it really is.
I would always recommend that you visit a tile shop or go online and request samples to see them in situ. I would even go as far as laying them on boards so that you can move them around the room to be really sure. If you are going to be tiling a bathroom yourself, Youtube really is your friend in terms of advice and how-to videos. Make sure you write a list of things you need. Don’t forget sponges and a large bucket, something to protect the floor and your hands, as well as a tile cutter and tile adhesive from Sovereign Chemicals.
Whether you’re installing a new bathroom in your home or refreshing an old one, design and layout decisions that a small space throws up can be difficult to work out. I would map out the room, measuring its dimensions in full. Don’t forget all of those nooks and crannies, they might turn out to be overlooked storage spaces. Once you know the size of the room, that’s when you can then confirm the size of the items that need to go back in. Visit a bathroom showroom and go online to see exactly what the measurements are.
A shower enclosure instead of a bath could be the way forward, or if space is really tight, it might be worth considering a wet room. The standard size of a bath in the UK can vary, so a smaller bath might be a good option if you’ve got your heart set on one.
If you’re trying to maximise space, it’s not just storage that can help your smaller bathroom feel larger than it is, the kind of sink you choose can help too. Installing a thinner, longer sink with a smaller footprint will take up less of the room’s precious available space.
Finding the most efficient way to store everything in your bathroom is an integral part of getting the most out of the space. Clutter is the nemesis of the small bathroom and nothing eats up space more than having all of your toiletries and cleaning items scattered around.
Consider using a vanity unit, whether it is freestanding or built into the sink. Make the most of the height of the room by using tall, thin storage or go high with shelving. Also, the back of the door is a frequently underutilised area for storage. You can opt for shelving over the door or keep an eye out for innovative storage solutions that allow you to maximise the space.