Whether you’re creating space or the perception of space, a small bathroom can be as enjoyable and effective as one that’s much bigger
Use colour, texture and bath ware to maximise every inch of space, and follow these 6 top tips from Zerona Gerber, in-house decor advisor for Bella Bathrooms & Tiles:
- Shades of Colour. Start by choosing a base colour from a light-coloured range and then use different shades of this colour in strategic areas of your bathroom. Use porcelain or marble tiles with a tile grain that matches your base colour. This will continue the colour, giving it an appearance of a seamless surface, which in turn makes the room feel larger.
- Walls. When it comes to the walls, horizontal stripes in a darker shade than the base colour can be used effectively to create the illusion of space. Stripes also give the impression of a rounded room shape, so that the room is experienced as a softer and larger space.
- Mirror, mirror. Mirrors create a three-dimensional effect, reflecting both the light and the colours in the room, making the room seem larger by visually opening up the bathroom space.
- Additional space. Creating recesses in the wall space above the bath or in the shower adds character and provides excellent place for storage. These areas can be a slightly darker shade than your base colour, which draws the eye to the space.
- The towel effect. There are various solutions for the placement of towels. A heated towel rail placed against the wall helps maximise floor space, while an integrated towel rail on a bath or a vanity also provides a practical space-saving solution. Use towels in a brighter but matching colour to your base shade, so that they create a source of interest in both texture and colour.
- Accessorise. Accessories can introduce elegance while creating a neat, uncluttered look. Items such as a freestanding hook holder provide storage for towels or robes, while an accessory like a hairdryer holder keeps the bulky hairdryer in its place, contributing to an overall sense of order and maximising the bathroom space.
Ideally you should aim for a balance between empty space and space occupied by bathroom items, using a ratio of 60: 40. In this ratio 60% of the room can be filled with the necessary items, leaving 40% of empty space, without any ornamentation, in order to prevent an overcrowded effect.
Use these ideas as a starting point and introduce your own preferences, to create a bathroom that maximises space while including your individual creative touch.