How to make the most of a small bathroom

Once upon a time, a bathroom would have been classed as the ‘functional’ room in a house – a necessary thing but not somewhere you would actively choose to spend any more time than you needed to.

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But times have changed. An article in Houzz talks about how a major home design trend over the last few years has been the emergence of the spa-like bathroom. Perhaps, due to the nature of hectic modern-day life, people now feel the need to have a relaxing and nurturing haven within their own homes.

Bathrooms are generally renowned for being small spaces, so how can you make the most of yours? Here are some tips on making your bathroom appear larger and more inviting.

Utilise space

Incorporate storage into clever places. Sinks are commonly built on top of cabinets or storage units and you could also make use of alcoves and window ledges. Clutter tends to make a small room look chaotic and certainly not relaxing, so try and free up as much space as possible while keeping your toiletries and other necessities out of sight.

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Wide plank flooring

When it comes to flooring, opt for wide planks or large format tiles. Narrow planks or lots of smaller tiles make the floor look busy and consequently smaller, but wide planks give the illusion of more floor space.

Create a wet room

In particularly small spaces, you could transform your bathroom into a shower room or wet room. Use a powerful shower head, 12mm shower glass panels ( and metallic or shiny tiles to create a stunning and practical wet room.

Walls and mirrors

A well-placed mirror isn’t just a practical addition to a bathroom, it can also make it feel more spacious, as it reflects light. You could even consider a mirror spanning a full wall. Try and keep other walls clean and bare – too much decor can overwhelm a room.

Doors and windows

Sliding doors can be a great way to make the most of space in a small bathroom as they don’t take up any room when opened like a normal door. Natural light is always the best bet in any room, but if this isn’t possible then consider installing a dimmer light to create the right ambiance.