If you’re like me, and your home has a small bathroom, you’ll know how difficult it can be to make it look stylish but still be practical. It’s even more tricky when you have small kids and you’re bathing them every night so the bathroom is getting one hell of a lot of use. How do you go about making the small bathroom functional, pretty and usable? Well read on for some tips!
How to Make the Most of your Small Bathroom
In a small bathroom, great, clever storage is going to be your saviour. You may think you don’t have enough space for storage (I used to think exactly this) so you need to be creative in the types of products you buy. My main tip is to make a list of the items that you need to store. Group them according to size and type and then do some research on what kind of storage is around that could fit your items. Take the over the toilet cabinet above from A Plumbers Daughter, it’s a great use of the height in a room, often in a dead space we wouldn’t try to use. So whether you need storage for kids’ bath toys, toiletry products, loo rolls, towels or a stack of magazines, think creatively and you’ll find the storage you need.
Once upon a time I painted a small bathroom bright orange. Looking back I was going through a big experimental phase and quite frankly I wouldn’t recommend doing this now. Learn from my mistakes people. Choosing the right colour scheme for a small bathroom can be tricky. Here my advice is to keep it bright and simple. Stick to neutrals, greys, creams and shades of blue/green if you must. If you’re a colour lover, bring in pops of colour with your accessories like towels, art, soap dishes. Often a small bathroom will look bigger and more spacious if tiled in large tiles on the floor and walls. I’ve done this in my en-suite and it certainly helps the room feel more cohesive. Breaking up the space with some tiles and then some painted walls can look disjointed, but it’s purely up to you, your preferences and your budget.
Plants and Greenery:
Adding a few plants or vase of flowers, can bring a small bathroom to life. I remember my nan’s bathroom being cold and stark, but she had a big fern plant in there that somehow breathed life into the room and made it feel more homely. Many plants love the humidity and moisture from constant bathroom steam, so even if you’re not green-fingered, it’s easy to keep them alive. If shelf space is an issue, hang one from the ceiling.
Add a Touch of Luxury:
Whether you’re a busy parent or not, everyone likes to wallow in a hot bath, or take a luxurious uninterrupted shower now and again. So if you’re due a bathroom makeover think about treating yourself to one luxury item. It might a bluetooth shower head, a luxury shower panel offering you all kinds of showering experiences, a heated towel warmer or a demisting mirror. Whatever it might be, because you don’t have a lot of space in your small bathroom, give yourself one (or maybe two) little luxuries to bring some well-deserved indulgence to your small space.
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