5 décor tips for small bathrooms

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08 Aug 2013

In modern urban homes, space is most often at a premium so homeowners need to make the most of the space they have.

The last thing you want is for the room to look cluttered so it’s best to choose an all-in-one sink and vanity solution that is proportionate to the space.

If your tiny bathroom needs a makeover there are many ways to maximise the space and create a one-of-a-kind bathroom.

Jasmin Kraneveldt, from Bathroom Bizarre, offers some design tips for small bathrooms.

1. Be realistic

“Before you rush out and stock up on trendy little knick knacks and bathroom accessories, first take a look and find out exactly how much space you actually have,” advises Kraneveldt.  

She says a sure-fire way to make a small space look smaller is by filling it up with lots of stuff. Sophisticated, simple ideas are the way to go in order to create an inviting and comfortable bathroom space with staying power. She says that trying to squeeze as much into the space as possible is not going to work so choose key pieces that will make an impact.

2. Personalise it

If you have a window, make use of the natural light by enhancing it. Keep your windows clean and hang curtains or blinds that will let the light filter through.

Using unique details, it is possible to create an exclusive bathroom that reflects your personality in a small space. Kraneveldt says tiling the entire bathroom will make the space look uniform and larger than it actually is. It is a good idea to add detailing, such as like a horizontal listello using mosaic tiles for example. This will give the space depth and colour without adding any clutter.

A blank wall is a canvas that can add vibrancy to your bathroom. Create a statement wall by tiling the entire wall in textured, patterned or coloured tiles, or fill the wall with a statement mirror across from the bath.

Mirrors are a great way of making a small space seem larger than it is. Add personality by adding plants, as they ability to infuse the area with a pop of colour, or use accessories such as a shower curtain, bathmat or towels. Another way is to hang a statement printed shower screen or a piece of art.

3. Space saving

“The last thing you want to do is to add bulky furniture or large decorative pieces into a small space," says Kraneveldt.

It’s best to choose an all-in-one sink and vanity solution that is proportionate to the space. Avoiding clutter is a must in a small space and it is imperative to include as much storage as possible, so that all toiletries and bath-time knickknacks can be stored out of sight.

Your choice of toilet can be another big space-saving option, notes Kraneveldt. She saysif space is at a premium, it's best to choose a wall-hung toilet, where the cistern is built directly into the bathroom wall. Wall-hung toilets are also raised above the floor, which creates the illusion of added floor space below.

4. Light and paint

Add personality by adding plants, as they ability to infuse the area with a pop of colour, or use accessories such as a shower curtain, bathmat or towels.

Kraneveldt explains that light is the best ally for any small space. By infusing a small space with light you will instantaneously make it appear larger. She suggests that homeowners invest in a pretty, but petite modern light fitting. If you have a window, make use of the natural light by enhancing it. Keep your windows clean and hang curtains or blinds that will let the light filter through. If you don't have a window, think about installing a skylight, or track lighting to create the perception of a larger room. "Mirrors are a great way of accentuating light, since they reflect and amplify any light in the room.”

She says that the colour of the room will also influence how light and bright it seems. She suggests homeowners keep the ceiling white and avoid dark colours for the walls. Rather opt for soft neutral tones as this will liven up the space visually and these tones guarantee added longevity to the bathroom’s design, as they won’t date and grow old quickly.

5. Simple and sleek

Kraneveldt warns decorators not to get overly excited about the project or get caught up with different designs, colours and furniture. This will result in an overloaded space, clashing pieces and things that don't fit. Remember to keep it simple. Include one feature in the room – whether it is a mosaic floor or feature wall.

The rest of the room must be kept clean cut. She suggests faucets, bathroom accessories and sanitaryware with simple, clean lines. Ensure that the design flows seamlessly – the accessories must match the faucets and the sanitaryware for a unified design aesthetic that works together.

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