The beautiful and spacious, minimalist bathrooms we see in magazines look great, however are often not the reality for most homeowners. Most of us have smaller bathrooms, more to keep in them and a limited amount of storage space to hide items away. So how can we transform our small bathrooms into mini minimalist places of uncluttered tranquillity?
The best place to start is by removing everything from your bathroom and get rid of anything you haven’t used in the last month (you aren’t going to use it again); so you can clearly see how much space you have to play with. Decide if the layout of the bathroom works for you or if (pipe work depending) you can make better use of the space.
Next consider who uses the bathroom and for what purposes. Then decide how you want it to look and what elements you will need to keep in the bathroom to ensure it is still fit for purpose, for example; if you have young children you don’t really want to remove a bath and replace it with a large shower. Next list all of the things you would like to include in the new bathroom in order to achieve the look you are aiming for.
Ensure that you keep your colour scheme light, dark colours will only enclose the space and make your bathroom look smaller. Remove curtains and exchange them for light venetian blinds or a roller blind; letting as much light into the room as possible will open up the space. Add a large mirror to the room, ideally opposite to the window; this will reflect the light and create the illusion of more space. If it is not possible to position the mirror on the opposite wall to the window, consider choosing one with built in lights or adding a light to the top of the mirror to add brightness, check out the lighting solutions we offer by clicking here and select from our stylish and practical range.
Choosing the right flooring and tiles can instantly make a difference to the perceived space in the room, again avoid dark colours, if you want to go with grey, make sure that it is a light grey and avoid small mosaic tiles, they will only make the space appear smaller. Larger, lighter tiles will open the room up and create the illusion of a spacious bathroom.
Modular bathroom furniture is a staple in many minimalist bathroom sets, have a look at our contemporary Concepts range as it will also help to create a stylish minimalist look whilst still providing you with plenty of storage. Modular furniture is a style of furniture ideal for small bathrooms, and is available as floor standing or wall hung units. Wall hung units provide storage, however they are not full length, therefore you can still make full use of your floor space and as all floor space will be visible it will create the illusion that your bathroom is larger. Slim line toilet units are also a great way of disguising unsightly pipe work and using the area for a stylish piece of furniture whilst also tying in the basin unit with the rest of the bathroom.
If you have transformed your small bathroom, we would love to see your before and after photos, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are an installer and want to show us your small bathroom transformations why not sign up to Trade Space and we will add them to our inspiration section for homeowners to browse?