Bathrooms are one of the most challenging rooms in the home to renovate. When I worked as a kitchen and bath designer, one of the most common complaints that I would hear from homeowners was about that one bathroom in their home that was incredibly small. So small in fact, that they simply couldn’t come up with a good solution on how to make it pretty and functional with out making it bigger.
However, there are a number of benefits that small bathrooms present in terms of design. Not to mention that, some of the conventional wisdom you may have heard such as, never use dark colours in a small room, really don’t apply here. Let’s have a look at some of the ways you can redesign a small bathroom to be both functional and fun.
Clear Up the Clutter
Knocking down a wall to make more space probably isn’t in the cards for you if you’re reading this post. Therefore, we’ll have to find some other ways to make your small bathroom appear larger.
One of the quickest and easiest ways to do so is by installing a sink or vanity with little to no footprint. Pedestal sinks, compact vanities and my favorite, the floating vanity, are all excellent solutions to this common issue.
If your small bath has a tub, you may also want to consider swapping it out for a smaller stand alone shower. This could afford you the option of then being able to expand your storage or floor space. The best part about doing this is that you can then create a custom shower experience and literally turn your small bathroom into a spa.
All those towels, toiletries and odd-n-ends we like to keep make storage the number one challenge when it comes to redesigning a bathroom. Even in larger spaces, finding ways to integrate storage requires creative solutions.
Open up some space in your small bathroom by either decreasing storage or finding a new way to integrate it into your design. Start by asking yourself what you can eliminate that will decrease your need for additional storage. If you are re-designing the entire bathroom, you may want hire a designer to help you find a way to integrate storage into your overall design that isn’t intrusive.
The Joys of Going Smaller
Re-designing a small bathroom isn’t just about challenges, it’s also about some if the more cost effective and fun things that you can do that might be much more costly in a larger bathroom.
For instance, splurging on a few luxuries such as tile and fixtures in a small bathroom probably won’t break the bank. That being said, why not splurge on that gorgeous stone mosaic tile you’ve been eyeing. Or, you could clad your entire bathroom in marble or limestone.
With a little creativity, a small bathroom can be challenge that’s a blessing in disguise. What are your biggest tiny bathroom challenges? Tell us about them in the comments below.