Compact Bathroom Ideas: Designing and Decorating

Sep 17th

Bathrooms often require fitting a large amount of stuff into a remarkably small space. A shower stall and tub, sink, toilet, cabinet, mirror and an assortment of supplies somehow all need to squeeze into a space only a few feet on each side. The main thing of compact bathroom ideas is to organize the bathroom carefully to create a functional space instead of a claustrophobic mess.

Wonderful Compact Bathroom Idea
Wonderful Compact Bathroom Idea

As a general rule small spaces seem bigger when decoration is kept simple and co-ordinated. So keep to a single color, or a tonal scheme that is very close. You should also be careful where materials meet. In a small bathroom they should be as neat and inconspicuous as possible. Extend tiling to cover all of the walls rather than break up the surface unnecessarily. Showers are more space saving than bathtubs however there are several deep soaker baths that are shorter but deeper than normal. If you wish to keep the bath, consider these as an option.

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A compact bathroom crowded with towels and toiletries can feel pretty claustrophobic. Open it up with mirrors. According to Apartment Therapy, a website dedicated to apartment-living, hanging horizontal mirrors slightly above or below eye level will create a sense of space, stretching out the room. Compliment the mirrors with narrow, horizontal fixtures and lines to further expand the walls in your compact bathroom ideas.

In nearly every bathroom, there are at least two areas where space is completely wasted: Under the shower nozzle and over the toilet. Use shelving to take advantage of this empty space. Use wall shelves or a free-standing over-the-toilet storage cabinet as a place to keep towels, toilet paper and other supplies. Hang a shower caddy under the nozzle to store soap, shampoo and conditioner and other shower supplies.

Unless there already is a full-length mirror hanging from it, chances are good that the inside of the bathroom door isn’t being used for anything. Better Homes and Gardens recommends using it to cram a little more storage into a compact bathroom. Paint the entire inside surface of the door with magnetic paint in a choice of colors. Attach magnetic hooks to hang towels, robes and washcloths. Stick on magnetic towel racks and caddies for supplies that don’t fit in the shower or over the toilet.

When planning compact bathroom ideas, you should spend time thinking about your needs and preferences. Think also about who will be using the room, and what their requirements are for the space. Whatever you do will, no doubt, be a compromise but you don’t want to compromise the aspects most important to you and your family.