Practical Small Bathroom Design


Practical Small Bathroom Design
Mar 18

Practical Small Bathroom Design

Small bathroom design is very challenging, especially if you’re starting from scratch and are given the option to choose everything from toilet to cabinet, sink, and shower/tub size. So designing a small bathroom can be divided into two parts: 1) determining the basic layout of the main items 2) working with color and accessories to maximize the remaining area and create a sense of style.

Small toilet with shorter projection

Small toilet with shorter projection

So let’s be realistic; if you have a tiny bathroom, the most practical move would be to invest in a toilet with a shorter projection, small sink (which can either be grounded on the floor or smalller and attached only to the wall), and probably a shower minus the bath tub. You can include a bathtub, but be prepared for the consequences in terms of losing extra space that could be very useful for storing items such as towels and other knicknacks.

vertical storage

vertical storage

I would hold off on the traditional bathroom cabinets in favor of more modern storage, which tends to be highly compact and uses vertical space more effectively and creatively.Since these cabinets take up less space and are more flexible, I would begin with sorting out the location of the sink, toilet, and shower first in relation to eachother and the door. A word of advice; make sure that you take your measurements correctly so that entering and exiting the bathroom or even the shower is comfortable and not a challenge.

Once you’ve sorted out the basic layout and measurements, we can begin to look at ways to enhance the bathroom design. A major element in creating an illusion of space is the use of lighter colors, so consider painting your bathroom in a light color scheme and also working with natural light. If you do choose to go with darker, warmer, colors, make sure you have enough lighter colors in the bathroom to contrast to keep the bathroom from becoming too suffocating.

Stylish small bathroom

Stylish small bathroom

Accessories such as colorful flowers, candles, and soap, in addition to creative shelving are very important in creating the actual style of the bathroom. Many stores sell sets of bathroom accessories so that there is a consistent feel in the design which helps reduce the impression of clutter.

Set of bathroom accessories

Set of bathroom accessories

You can find beautiful soap holders, toothbrush holders, trash cans, tissue holders, and much more. Themed towels (in various colors or white, depending on the color scheme you chose for the walls), perfumes, lotions, and even a well-chosen painting can also contribute immensly to the overall look of the small bathroom. And last but not least, choose a elegant, simple, mirror that will be noticable but not dominant.

By combining an effective layout with an attractive color scheme and the right accessories, you can be proud of yourself for creating and implementing a gorgeous small bathroom design.

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5 COMMENTS

  1. Felicia

    April 5, 2010

    Where can i find the tub/shower with the curved door???!!!

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  2. WallDecalPal

    January 19, 2010

    Nice ideas on how to make a bathroom fashionable. To go along with the practical theme of your article, I would also suggest wall decals. They are inexpensive, easy to put up, and there are a vast array of designs to choose from. The wall decal pal is one site that offers such decals.

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  3. talya

    March 25, 2009

    Hi Joseph! Believe it or not, I found some great ideas for creating home theaters at Ikea for 2009. There is a trend going around that works with incorporating flat screens into cabinet/shelving space. I actually posted a video (in the featured videos section) that talks about a similar idea. I know that HGTV also showed an incredible idea – the flat screen had a special piece of glass placed over it so when switched off, the t.v. turned into a gorgeous mirror.

    By the way, good luck with your small kitchen design! I’ll be posting an article shortly that deals with ways to give your kitchen a nice face-lift without having to redo it entirely.
    Feel free to post some of your ideas if you would like to share.

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  4. Joseph

    March 23, 2009

    Interesting post. We have been in our home 16 years, and I have been remodeling it all this while. I am now working on an elaborate home theater, then it’s on to a new kitchen. What I really want to do is something else, and it’s really a challenge, because our space is so limited. One of the things that has really helped me is the Internet, because there are so many extraordinary ideas out there these days. I think the kitchen is pretty locked in, because of the small size of it, but bathrooms, as it turns out, are really wide open. There are a TON of ideas for them, and I find new ones every day. Probably the hardest one in that department will be just deciding on something. I will say, though, that Europe has some really terrific ideas for both kitchens and bathrooms, and they are well worth exploring. Maybe you can bring them in to your designer or contractor, and even if those ideas are not used exactly, they can lead to something else that is slick. That’s the way it sometimes works for me!

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