Small bathrooms are more difficult to decorate, but here are some handy tips that you can use to design your ideal bathroom even if you don’t have much space. The key is not to cram everything in, but maximize what little space you have and get all the functionality of a larger bathroom.
A practical small bathroom can be defined by its minimalistic design where every item has a clear purpose and function; however, this does not mean the room should lack personality and style.
Add depth and height
Avoid painting the walls in bright colors because these can make a small bathroom feel overwhelming. Instead, consider white or some neutral color that adds depth to the room; for example, white and blue are great for rendering an ocean theme, whereas white and gold accents (like all pipework painted gold) bring about a luxurious feel.
Wallpaper is a nice alternative to paint, as long as you choose one with horizontal stripes or geometric shapes in neutral or pastel colors that will make the bathroom look more spacious. However, if you feel a splash of color here and there would open up the space, you can go with colorful mirror frames, towels, soap dishes and shelves rather than boldly colored furniture.
Playing with light is yet another great way to transform a small room. If you can, add a large window to your bathroom that will allow plenty of sunlight in and cheer the place up. Moreover, a shower curtain that extends from the ceiling all the way down to the floor will make the room appear taller.
Space, storage and details
Choosing a bath tub depends on the available space; in a small bathroom, you probably cannot afford the luxury of a freestanding tub. Thus, a rectangular tub can be easily placed in a corner, but also in an alcove (between two walls).
Small bathroom designs are all about storage, and hidden storage works best to keep everything tidy and organized. Folding baskets are great for organizing laundry simply and effectively, and don’t take up much space, particularly when you place them underneath your cabinet or sink.
Add shelving (especially corner and floating shelves) and storage ladders to display towels and toiletries, and use glass jars and other containers to store smaller items; the more colorful the containers are, the better your bathroom will look.
Note that a narrow vanity unit with a basin is more suitable than a large cabinet; also consider wall hung towel racks and cabinets, as well as floating shelves to make the most of your space. If you decide to add any bathroom furniture, make sure you can still open the door with ease, though.
To be able to see your face in detail and put on makeup comfortably, add one larger, illuminated mirror plus smaller shaving or stand mirrors.
Besides, a big wall mirror will make your bathroom look larger than it really is. Remember, stylish bathrooms pay attention to details, such as a touch of color, or a plant on the bench-top or above the toilet tank.