Key Things To Remember for Small Bathroom Spaces
Several workarounds spring to mind. Here are a few:
- Up is a wonderful dimension
- Squares and rectangles are not the only shapes
- Toilets don’t need tanks · Sinks don’t need vanities
- Bathtubs and showers can come in modular walk-in styles
Most of the older houses were built with a shallow, mirrored medicine cabinet to save space, but they don’t stay attractive or save much space. Odd choice. Raising the cabinetry moves storage up and out of the way and leaves space for a more decorative mirror. A dark-colored back wall combined with lighter sidewalls creates the illusion of a rich recess. Light colored walls topped with a dark band of molding or dark trim will have a similar effect. Don’t feel too constrained by that. The light surface can be as opulent as white marble and mirrors, while the ‘dark trim’ can be functional, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. A gap above floating cabinetry can be used for lighting, architectural detail, or knickknacks. Feel free to experiment with color and shape.
The in-store vanity offerings are monolithic rectangular solids. By contrast, a floating shelf can be any shape and still serve the purpose of supporting a sink. Likewise, the sink can be mounted to the wall and free-floating. A pedestal also creates a graceful, attractive look that takes up less floor space than a square or rectangular vanity, as does a vanity with a curved front.
Similarly, modern toilets come in a variety of styles. Low profile and tank-less toilets open up wall space. That avoids crowding. Design can be attractive without looking like you jammed everything you could into the space.
Tip: In a small bathroom, the bathtub or shower has the biggest footprint. That makes it a design bottleneck. Measure carefully and decide on that feature early on. Today modern walk-in modules combine shower and bath, so you aren’t limited to a tile-wrapped bathtub with a showerhead. Unfortunately, they’re also budget busters.
A Note On ColorPerhaps the single most common complaint about older bathrooms is the original color scheme. That’s because, of all things, towel colors change. Those avocado towels that matched the original tile might not be available again for twenty years, or more. Neutral walls and flooring are a much safer choice.
ConclusionDesigning in a small space takes extra creativity, but it can be done. Luckily, there are more fixtures in more shapes today than ever before, so it can even be fun.
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- Bathroom by pepo on Stock Xchng
- Bathroom Towels by bagaball on Flickr Creative Commons
- Pedestal Sink by cjsorg on flickr creative commons