Who says a small bathroom limits your decor options? Small can be synonymous with perfect! Haiku lovers, Twitter users, and collectors of miniatures would all certainly agree that ‘small‘ rhymes with ‘beauty‘ and ‘ingenuity‘. Charles Baudelaire shared his ideas about the short story, as compared to the novel and its gargantuan proportions.
“The short story has one immense advantage over the novel, with its large canvas, namely that its brevity adds to the intensity of its effect.”
This is clearly applicable to decor in small spaces: you have to make the most of the limited space, an effort that forces you to choose only the essentials and to use ingenuity to create a functional, pleasing room.
Here are some decor ideas to make the most of the space available in your bathroom, creating a magically spacious and bright look.
Tiling & “Azulejos”: the perfect combination!
If your bathroom needs a complete makeover, then it’s essential to choose the right style, size and colour for your tiles well, as these will influence the sense of space.
As for the colour scheme, we recommend light shades for the floor and walls of small rooms, as these will achieve a visually larger space. However, it’s not necessary to only use white. Other hues such as beige, clay, grey or even off-white are also a great choice.
As for the size of the tiles, we recommend going to extremes. Large formats give an air of continuity to the floor and enhance the idea of spaciousness.
If on the other hand you choose small tiles, such as ceramic or glass mosaic tiles, you can achieve a stunning and on-trend look. This all depends on your personal tastes.
The shower cubicle: one of the biggest decor challenges!
Shower cubicles with glass walls are the best way to increase the sense of space, especially if your bathroom is 5m2 max. If you avoid visually cluttering up the space, you can create the illusion of a larger bathroom.
Another decor idea that is becoming more popular by the day: a walk-in shower, which enhances the sense of space.
Lastly, we recommend using vertical storage solutions, such as chrome steel suction cups. These clever holders—which you can move wherever you like as often as you like—give a modern, elegant look to your shower.
Let’s talk storage!
High-up, off-the-ground storage solutions clutter less than ones that sit on the floor. It is vital to make the most of wall and vertical storage, such as open shelving.
Another storage idea is to use dividers or drawer organisers: these help you to create compartments for each item (cotton buds, nail clippers, sanitary towels, creams, etc).
Note: If the furniture in your bathroom is dark or features intense colours, combine this with light (white or pastel) walls. If your walls are dark, choose light or even pure white furniture.
Accessories: small yet full of personality…
To style a small space, the key is to choose only a few accessories. A mirror is one of these essentials: it adds light, depth and style to your bathroom. You can use several in the bathroom, including a small mirror in the shower.
Also try out baskets woven from natural fibres: these can hold bath towels or even laundry. But you’ll also need some ornaments such as small potted plants, an elegant vase or even some pretty framed pictures (hang these on the wall or put them on a shelf); these decorations will give your bathroom a personalised style.
Bath towels and mats, etc…last but not least!
Towels and mats often only serve one purpose. Thinking about this once the bathroom makeover is complete…you may be tempted to put back your old ones (even if they’re worn and rough as a cheese grater!). For this reason, the look of a bathroom is often spoilt by the towels and other textiles you store in it. Such as shame!
If you’ve gone for a transparent shower cubicle, then there’s no need to buy a shower curtain. But you do need towels, face cloths and bath mats…try to choose a set that matches your decor!