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No matter how small your bathroom might be, it still offers a world of design inspiration. With little creativity and improvisation, you can overcome some of the most common design problems of small bathrooms and transform yours into a truly relaxing oasis.
Squeezing in a shower, vanity, toilet and additional elements to a small bathroom can sometimes be impossible. Even if you do manage, it can be so cramped that you can barely move around. However, there are several design tricks that can help you deal with this issue and create an illusion of spaciousness in your tiny bathroom. For example, if you have a shower, you should install a glass door and use the same tile design in the shower. This will visually elongate your bathroom and erase the boundaries between the shower and the rest of the room. Furthermore, you can also opt for floating elements, such as a vanity and sink, which will make the floor space seem larger.
Clutter can be quite an annoying problem in a small bathroom. The truth is that no matter how hard you try to keep everything neatly organised, if you don’t have enough storage units, your bathroom will get cluttered up in a heartbeat. Fortunately, you can improvise and introduce more units that will help you keep everything in its place. The key lies in utilising the unused space, for example, the wall behind your toilet or the space under the floating sink. You should place floating shelves vertically or design a built-in shelf in the shower. If your washing machine is also in your tiny bathroom, you can find a narrow laundry caddy storage unit for cleaning supplies.
Introducing a cupboard with mirrored doors can create an intriguing effect – the piece will seem invisible while also creating an illusion of spaciousness in your small bathroom.
Fitting a large deep sink in your tiny bathroom can be a nightmare. Yet, it’s one of the most essential elements that should promote your bathroom’s functionality. You should opt for space-saving solutions, such as wall-mounted sinks and faucets or a narrow trough sink. Wall-mounting a trough sink can save you a lot of space and free it up for additional storage units. However, before installing a new sink, you should check whether there are any hidden bathroom leaks that may cause serious damage. If you notice puddles around your sink or shower or if your faucet is dripping, you should deal with this issue before installing a new sink. Otherwise, your new element may get damaged because the leak may be an indicator of a broken pipe.
In small homes, bathrooms are sometimes located in landlocked rooms without windows, which also means no natural light. Consequently, this can create a gloomy, cramped atmosphere in your personal home spa. In fact, without proper lighting, your space may seem even smaller. However, by installing artificial lighting properly, you’ll be able to overcome this issue. For example, you can install a skylight and fill your tiny bathroom with some natural light. If this isn’t an option, you should go with white LED lights because they are bright and resemble natural light. Downlights are a practical solution because they will illuminate your tiny bathroom while also providing you with focused task light. You should also install wall lights on both sides of the mirror for the best effect.
Combining proper lighting with a bright colour scheme will create an open look in your tiny bathroom while a large mirror will reflect light and make your bathroom seem bigger. Such a combination is the key to elongating your tiny home spa.
Although designing a small bathroom does bring a few limitations, it still provides you with a range of creative ideas. And with these simple solutions, you’ll be able to overcome the challenges of a small bathroom.