Home & Interiors Make The Most Of A Small Bathroom feel light and airy. Add texture to avoid an overly clinical feel – think timber shelving, wicker baskets, waffle towels and linen blinds, for example.
Even a tiny bathroom can function brilliantly and look gorgeous. Our top ten tricks of the trade will help you make the most of your space. After all, size isn’t everything. The perfect bathroom – whether it’s a shared family affair or an en suite shower and WC – is a great blend of comfort, good looks and functional efficiency. The good news is that all these can be achieved even in a small space and, with some clever thinking, it is even possible to trick the eye into thinking that the room is actually larger than it really is. 1 Choose subtle colours Maintaining a pale, neutral colour palette will automatically open up a small bathroom, giving it a clean, sophisticated, contemporary feel. If you can’t live without colour, watery blues and greens have a cool, clear quality that help the room
2 Fit excellent storage Nothing makes a room feel small as much as too much clutter. The simple answer is to minimise what you keep in your bathroom and then find clever spaces to store it. Cupboards do take up valuable floor space but, because cleaning products and toiletries are pretty small, slimline storage will suffice. If renovating, you can build false walls to conceal pipework and set cupboards or niches within them; otherwise, look for anywhere that storage could be added, from above the door to below the basin, even behind the bath panel or a rack inside the shower. 3 Make the most of natural light Enhance the space by getting the most light possible through the windows – make sure nothing on the sills is blocking it, and that window treatments do not cover any part of the glass. Then bounce the light around the room by using mirrors and glossy tiles.
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4 Select fittings wisely There are plenty of bathroom fittings on the market designed for small bathrooms that don’t compromise on looks or function, including shortprojection WCs, shower-baths, thin-but-tall towel rails and ultra-slim basins. For awkward spaces, look for corner showers, basins and even WCs. Wall or mixer taps create room on a small basin, and check that it has space for soap – you might need to add a wall-mounted dispenser. 5 Raise it off the floor Even without using smallerthan-average or ingeniously shaped fittings, it is possible to make a bathroom appear more spacious than it really is by installing wall-mounted pieces. Not only do they look modern and sophisticated, but they also show off the floor space beneath, and the more floor you can see, the bigger the room appears. 6 Lighting is vital Try to create a suitably bright and breezy bathroom lighting scheme that meets all your requirements, from putting on make-up to reading in the bath. Avoid lights that dangle or protrude too much, as they will interrupt the impression of smooth-flowing space; instead, choose recessed spotlights, or neat directional lights mounted on a slender track. As a hidden light source you could fit LED
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