We recently renovated our small family bathroom. It’s only 1.7m x 2.2m to be exact. I really wanted to have a bathroom I could relax and feel pampered in not just a functional washroom. It took months in the planning but in the end we now have a contemporary styled bathroom. If you are clever with your choices of colours, tiles and fittings you can still make it a calming sanctuary to escape to. I picked up quite a few tips along the way.
My bathroom renovations
This is my bathroom a few months ago. I don’t know how we lived with it for over ten years. Hope my tips will inspire you with your bathroom makeover.
Hide the plumbing
You can do this in even the tiniest bathroom, or toilet. To get a clean designer look incorporate as much as the plumbing parafanelia as possible behind false walls and shelving units. Check the minimum depths you need with your plumber so your cistern and flusher will fit. We chose a chrome button flusher to give it a hotel look.
Keep the floor free of clutter
Go for a freestanding /floating toilet and basin to make the most of the little floor space you do have. They are generally a bit more expensive but they really make the difference, when you are short on space it’s worth spending more on higher quality fittings.
Be clever with storage
Make it a clutter free zone. Store all your toiletries in under basin drawers and mirrored wall cabinets. Incorporating a niche into the wall cavity for your shower gel and shampoo will keep the side of the bath free from clutter. Just make sure to ask your tiler to add a shelf when he does the first fix.
Ditch the traditional taps
It really makes a difference to the look and feel if you use integrated wall taps. We’ve used a two-way flow so you can control the bath and the shower from the same controls. It gives the bath a clean line makes your soak in the bath much more comfortable to lie back and relax.
Don’t forget the lighting
The easiest thing to do to create a softer glow to a bathroom is to add a dimmer switch to your spots so you aren’t dazzled every time you go in. It’s worth investing in a light over your bathroom cabinet mirror to give you an alternative to the spots too.
Keep to neutral or pastel colours
Choose colours that will compliment your white bathroom units. Cool off white walls along side pastel coloured tile are timeless and relaxing. We went for a duck egg blue metro tile against a stone floor tile.
You don’t have to drive yourself mad coming up with a crazy design for the window. Just keep it simple. Add a clean and white roller blind over a self adhesive privacy screen onto the existing glazing pane to give you a softer look.
And finally, treat yourself to some hotel style accessories, matching towels to coordinate with the decor and cool white soap dishes. I love candles but naked flames always make me nervous and can leave black soot marks on the wall. I’m a big fan of the naked flame effect candles, they give off a warm glow and look like the real thing and light at the flick of a switch.
Now relax and enjoy your small but beautifully designed space.