The most common problem that owners of small-sized apartments are facing is the very modest size of the bathroom. During the repair, you have to solve a difficult problem: how to properly plan a room so that it is both functional and not cluttered?
In fact, everything is much simpler – you just need to use your imagination and a little bit of work. Here are some useful and interesting ideas for a small bathroom.
If you start repairs “from scratch”, and the size of your bathroom is very small — you can think about increasing it due to the redevelopment of walls and partitions. The important thing is to consult an appropriate specialist for this. As a result, it will be possible to combine a bathroom with a toilet, or with a corridor. However, this is a very difficult job, it is better to save this option as a last resort.
A more affordable option may be the thoughtful layout and design of a small bathroom. Due to the visual effects and the arrangement of plumbing, you can greatly expand the visible boundaries of the room and not change its actual size.
First, you need to pay attention to the location of the plumbing — perhaps the toilet is too far from the wall or it can be moved closer to the drain. A door can also take a lot of space, especially if it opens inward. It is necessary to change the door so that it opens outward or even put the sliding doors that take no space at all.
Preparation for reparations in the bathroom
Walls and floors are needed to be cleaned to the ground. It is necessary to remove all the old coating: tiles, paint, old glue, etc. If the floor tile is very difficult to remove, then the solution can be to lay a new one on top of it. The cleaned surfaces need to be coated with a primer.
Preparation also includes plumbing and electrical work. For this type of work, you should also seek the help of a specialist.
When these works are completed, you can begin reparation and install plumbing.
Materials used for walls and floors
The most common and ideal option for covering walls and floors in the bathroom are ceramic tiles. Its diversity is so great that it can satisfy any, even the most sophisticated, needs. Just remember the main thing — tiles for a small bathroom should be small. In this case, a mosaic will be an ideal option.
The choice of tiles is one of the most important tasks. After all, it sets the main tone for the bathroom, but you should definitely check other options for your bathroom floor and walls, such as:
You can paint the walls with moisture-resistant paints;
Plastic panels or plastic tiles can also be a great solution.
You can use glass tiles, which are becoming more and more common and popular.
For the floor we recommend tiles. But, not the ordinary ones, with a smooth glossy surface, but rough. This kind of tile is made of porcelain. It is much stronger and will prevent falling and injuries on the wet floor.
Also, don’t forget about the ceiling – it should have moisture protection and fit into the interior.
Chose of colours
When designing a small bathroom, the choice of the right colour is very important. After all, the main task is to visually increase the small space. In order to do that, choose the tiles in bright colours. But do not get carried away with white and chrome interior details if you don’t want your bathroom to look like the operating room or laboratory.
However, you should keep in mind that designers do not recommend using more than three colours at the same time. You can also use the accessories in the same colour as the interior. Youll get the effect of “merging” when objects seem to be there, but they do not stand out against the general background and do not come to the fore.
It is better not to use large drawings on the walls, floor or ceiling – your bathroom can only visually decrease due to this.
Let there be light
Lighting is very important for a small bathroom. A dim light is absolutely not an option in this case. It needs bright artificial light. How to do it? Firstly, you can install many lights on the ceiling — then the light will be evenly distributed throughout the room. It is also desirable to have a light bulb above the sink.
In order to save energy, you can install energy-saving light bulbs, and enhance lighting with mirrors. But we will talk about this later. If there is a possibility, then make a window in the bathroom -it’s always better to have sunlight in the bathroom during the day! If this option does not fit, then you can make an imitation of a window with the appropriate highlighting — a very original idea.
How to choose furniture
As you may have guessed, the furniture shouldn’t be large, dark and clutter up all the free space. Furniture should create the illusion of transparency, “zero gravity” of the room, and not oppress with its quantity and dimensions.
The colour of the furniture should be light, ideally – merge with the walls or have similar tones. Instead of cabinets, you can use hooks and hangers, or hang a rack over the toilet.
The design of a small bathroom must include mirrors. Together with the right lighting, they can work wonders and significantly increase the room.
Corner mirrors look very original and are able to create a beautiful game of colours and highlights. If you want to install a mirror above the sink, do not forget to add lighting to it.
Decoration for a small bathroom
For a small bathroom, it is better to stick to the principles of minimalism and not to use a large amount of decor. If the design involves the presence of tiles of bright colours or unusual shapes, a small space does not need additional decor. It is better to use bathroom accessories that decorate the interior and are functional at the same time.
Shower curtain. An original curtain for a bath or shower will decorate the entire room. Neutral or similar in design fabric will work well.
Laundry basket. This item can be selected based on the design and style of the bathroom (a wooden basket for the Scandinavian style, metal for the modern, etc.)
Mats, towels. Bright fabrics will add the necessary accents, and brightness but only if your tiles are simple and plain and not too bright.
A set of holders for towels, toilet paper — it is better if the kit is from the same collection.
A set of dispensers for soap, shampoo, shower gel. Multi-coloured bottles and jars will not decorate the bathroom. Therefore, it is worth choosing sets consisting of dispensers and containers of the same design. It is better if they fit in the design of the interior of the bathroom.
If you follow all the instruction above while remodelling your bathroom, we are sure that you will forget that you ever considered it too small. But the most important thing is that you should listen to yourself, your preferences and needs. Don’t be afraid to experiment and include your own ideas. Options and possibilities are countless.
Bio: Patrick Adams is a freelance writer and rock-blues fan. When he is not writing about home improvement, he loves to play chess, watch basketball, and play his guitar. More than anything, he loves to spend his time in his garage, repairing appliances and creating stuff from wood.