September 10, 2019

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Small bathroom ideas

We would all love to bring the hotel bathroom back with us from holidays, a pristine, well worked out space that we can luxuriate in and spend time pampering ourselves.

If your bathroom is less than palatial don’t despair, however. There are many ways to make your small bathroom, shower room or WC feel more spacious. The following guide might help you when considering ways to redecorate or design your small bathroom


10 Small Bathroom Ideas 

We’ve researched 10 of the best small bathroom ideas to inspire you before you start designing your new bathroom or redecorating your existing one. Our expert tips will help you make the most of the space and, at the same time, make your small bathroom look much bigger.

1. Optimising the layout

This might involve moving things around to achieve a more practical layout. Make sure that the door swings do not take up valuable space. And that the sanitary ware and furniture are configured in an optimum way for a bathroom layout that includes shower, bath, wash hand basin and WC. 

2. Storage and clutter

The more storage and less clutter in the bathroom the larger it will seem. Choose storage units carefully and remember hanging wall units off walls helps clear floor space.

3. Cladding materials and finishes

Make sure that the cladding materials and flooring are not too fussy. While colour can add dimension it should be used sparingly, white and off white tends to expand small spaces.


4. Make the most of glass

Using glass shower doors can give even a small bathroom the sensation of space. Mirrors together with reflective materials are another way of instantly achieving additional dimensions.

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5. Roof space

If the bathroom, shower room or WC is located in a roof space under the eaves don’t be afraid to make a feature out of a sloping ceiling. Clad the underside of the sloped ceiling with matching tiles. 

6. WCs and shower rooms 

Small spaces don’t have to be boring. Add a feature wallpaper (ensuring that it is moisture-resistant).

7. Colour and how to is it

Generally speaking, white or off-white tones tend to open space and make it seem larger. However, a dash of colour can help create an illusion of depth as well as a focal point in the room. 

Credits: @GurriDesign

8. Furniture and accessories 

Scale is important, a smaller piece of furniture will make space look bigger while the opposite is also true. Keep accessories such as amenities and decorative objects to a minimum and choose carefully.

9. Allow for a dado rail 

Simply by dividing the bathroom walls into two using a dado rail with tiling below and a painted or wallpapered finish above. This is both practical and has an optical effect of making the ceiling appear taller.

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10. Wet rooms for showers

By not having a shower tray or a shower screen but instead laying the entire floor to a fall towards a floor drain the sensation of space will be maximised.

No matter what size your bathroom is however embarking on a construction or refurbishment project is stressful and getting the best advice is important. Maximising the space in a small bathroom is a question of planning and good design. Trying to come to grips with small bathrooms designs can be confusing. The following is a checklist of FAQs regarding how to design small bathrooms and make the most of the space available.

FAQs regarding how to design small bathrooms

Off-white is a good choice or a combination of white with more neutral colour palette such as pastels. A strong colour accent however can be a great trick to highlight the other contrasting tones.

Yes but dark colours tend to make spaces appear smaller. If a dark colour is preferred it should be used sparingly on a feature wall for example, making sure that any available natural light is optimised. 

See the above listing of 10 ideas for making a small bathroom appear more spacious.

Surprisingly a modern bathroom with all the fittings can be accommodated within a space that measures as little as 1400mm in width with a minimum length of 1800mm.

For flooring keep it medium to small, if possible the same floor tile on the walls will in fact lend a sense of greater space.

Porcelain or ceramic tiles are ideal choices because they are easy to maintain, are moisture resistant and highly durable.

This is rather like asking how long is a piece of string? Even a limited budget however, spent on replacing wall tiles for example, will make a big impact on a space.

Great care should be taken when tiling a small bathroom because any mistake is easy to spot. Use the right scud or adhesive and ideally an antibacterial grout to avoid mould.

The minimum size required for a fully equipped bathroom with WC, wash hand basin and bath is 1400mm x 1800mm.

Start with the don pipes and drain locations. Then work back taking into consideration where the sanitary ware can be located.

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