Designing a Functional Bathroom

Designing a Bathroom With Limited Space

After you purchase one of the best homes on the real estate market, you may want to hire a professional designer to transform it into the dream home you have always wanted. Luxurious bedrooms, efficient kitchens, and elegant living rooms are great, but perhaps the most useful room of all would be an extra bathroom for the family.

Whether you have an existing powder room you want to transform or are knocking down closet walls to create a new full-suite shower, it can be a challenge to get the right design with limited space. Combine the right color scheme with the perfect small-space fixtures and a decorating ideal that leans toward the simplistic. These tips should help you come up with a plan that is both comfortable and attractive for your new bathroom.

photo retrieved at CeaserStone Au

photo retrieved at CeaserStone Au

Walls, Windows, and Water

When you do not have much space to work with, presenting a clean and uncluttered appearance is the best way to go. This starts with the walls, floor, and fixtures that every bathroom needs. Instead of dark-painted walls or patterned tiles, choose white or a light neutral. Pale colors such as powder blue, sage green, and pale lemon work well too.

Although privacy is a concern in bathrooms, a larger window that lets in natural light will brighten the space and make it feel bigger. The glass can be etched or frosted so no one can see inside. If you choose a window cover, opt for mini-blinds, shades, or smooth curtains rather than anything bulky that would take up premium space.

Bathroom fixtures should likewise be light, neutral colors. Choose smaller options so they do not overpower the room and so there is still plenty of room to move about comfortably. Some options include pedestal sinks instead of cabinets and custom showers with glass doors and tiles that match the walls. A shower that fills the entire end of the room and has flat glass doors gives the illusion of a much larger bathroom. These open up the space more than an enclosed bath would.

Minimalistic Doesn't Have to Be Boring

The more decorator accents, knick knacks, toiletries, and styling tools lying around in a small bathroom, the smaller it will appear. Instead of feeling relaxed and rejuvenated, people taking a long shower after a hard day's work may feel anxious or crowded. There are also more things to clean and a greater chance of breaking something as you get ready for the work day or flip your hair up in a towel.

Stick with a simple color scheme and style. Will your bathroom be Zen spa style, filled with tropical fish, or boast a nautical ambience? Stick with some flat wall art and a few unique accents instead of piling items on every surface. With limited space for the bathroom, sometimes it is better to not pick a theme at all. Keep things bright, simple, and uncluttered.

photo retreived from: http://www.decoist.com/living-room-styled-powder-rooms/

photo retreived from: http://www.decoist.com/living-room-styled-powder-rooms/

Needed Storage Tips for a Small Bathroom Space

Create smart storage solutions for all the necessary items in the bath: hair and skin care products, spare toilet tissue, towels, and blow dryers and curling irons. If you opted for a pedestal sink instead of one with a cabinet below, you may need baskets, small bins, or a stand-alone furniture piece.

When designing a bathroom with limited space, creating the illusion of a larger room always makes sense. Not only are pale, neutral colors and smaller fixtures recommended, but avoiding clutter or fussy decorations can help. Work with the best designers and decorators to determine how you can transform a new or old bathroom space into a highly useful and stylish benefit to your home.

Post by Craig Middleton

About Craig

Craig has been in the real estate and home decor business for most of his professional career. He graduated at UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in Marketing. He now is the founder of Treetop Real Estate and enjoys building connections with other professionals.