The majority of the British population has a problem when it comes to bathrooms: it’s a matter of space. Most of us are limited by the amount of square metres we have available, and we have to do with what’s there. It’s not always easy to design the bathroom in such a way that we have a perfect space to both do the necessities and relax or unwind at the same time.
Still, there are many ways in which we can improve the bathroom (and hence, our standard of living) – simply by following some straightforward and easy-to-implement design principles. Have you ever wondered how you can make the most of the available space? Here’s how you can effectively optimize space in a small bathroom.
Round it off
Square shapes are classic and often used because they are (on paper) easy to fit into an organization (puzzle style). However, often square or rectangular shapes are not necessary. As a matter of fact, round shapes do not hinder your room to move around (for example, in the bath or shower) but do increase your moving space and therefore make walking and turning in the general bathroom area much more comfortable and convenient. Consider rounded and oval shapes or even quadrant shapes (like a quadrant steam shower – a relaxing addition to any bathroom) instead of rectangular or square ones if you are limited on space.
Trick the eye
There are many things you can do to make your bathroom look a lot larger than it actually is. Various colours and a lick of paint can do wonders also – but beware of different hues and how they are perceived, especially with various kinds of lighting. Coloured tiles can be used to create contrast and depth, whilst vertical lines give the impression of height.
Use the door
Hang your towel at the back of the door. Hang your clothes there. The door provides space.
You’d be surprised how much we often forget vertical space. Make your shelves and storage space count – build high and make it convenient.
One other thing that most people don’t realise: lighting is very important. It’s often underestimated, but it can do wonders. As much as possible, bring in the natural light; it’s healthy and will brighten up that bathroom considerably. Furthermore, play with the light. Install large mirrors (not only are they practical, they also make the bathroom seem larger), and use bulbs that create a cosy and warm atmosphere when natural light is not available. It’s a matter of being creative and making the most of what is available to you for that ultimate bathing – and relaxing – experience.