Posted on: 20 August 2019
When designing a small bathroom, it's important to choose elements that enlarge the area. The last thing you want to create is a cramped feeling. Follow these tips to maximise the space.
Install Concealed Storage
An array of creams, lotions, brushes and hairdryers on shelves create a cluttered, crowded feeling, giving the impression that there is not enough room. To avoid this impression, eliminate open shelving which leaves everything on display. Closed cabinet doors shut away all the various necessary grooming elements. Another option is to recess a medicine cabinet into the wall before enclosing it with a sliding mirror.
Create Pale, Seamless Expanses
When choosing the colour palette for the room, stick with pale neutral hues to create a calm expanse. Pale surfaces reflect light, and the brighter ambience makes the area feel roomier. Dark coverings, on the other hand, absorb light and tend to draw surfaces closer, compressing the space. Additionally, avoid sharp tonal contrasts, between dark-chocolate and white, for instance, which visually break up the room. To add interest and prevent blandness, use soft texture differences—a pale marble countertop against creamy smooth laminate cabinet doors, for instance.
Increase Visible Floor Area
Another smart way to engender spaciousness is to extend the amount of visible floor area. A floating, wall-hung vanity allows the eye to wander underneath the cabinets, giving awareness that the wall is further back than the cabinet front. The makes the room seem larger. Conversely, when the vanity continues to the floor, it functions as a wall, reducing the sense of openness. A freestanding bath standing on legs is another way to apply this illusion in your bathroom design.
Is A Bathtub Necessary?
Though a floating bath can add visibility, a tub can take up valuable floor space, so it's worth considering whether you need one in the first place. Another way to make it more functional is to install a corner bath or to combine it with the shower, using a clear glass panel to contain splashing water.
Maximise Your Shower
A glass shower enclosure increases the distance your eye can reach, giving the illusion of greater stretch. While the glass creates a physical barrier, it doesn't form a physical block. Thus, the shower area becomes part of the wide-open space in the room. Clear rather than frosted or tinted glazing provides the most unobstructed view. The less metal framing you install, the more transparent the shower becomes. Don't forget about the door mechanism, either, when undergoing bathroom renovations. A swinging door needs additional moving space, whereas sliding or bi-fold models glide neatly to the side.Share