The problem of arranging a modest-sized bathroom is so prevailing. Equiping this small room with all the necessary plumbing, storage systems and accessories was quite a difficult task. But preserving all the aesthetics and external attractiveness of the interior, without losing the ergonomics of the layout was the most complicated task. However, the designers had a time on their hands to create the best options for all the sanitary ware location and developing compact models of bathtubs and shower cabins, hanging sinks and toilets.
But designers also had enough time to create all the appropriate variants of sanitary engineering location, development of compact models of baths and shower cubicles, suspended shells and toilets. The manufacturers of finishing materials extend the segment of ceramic tiles, the color and textural solutions every year. There is an ideal option for small spaces.
Today, the design of small bathroom area is not an impossible mission even taking into account all the personal taste preferences and the needs of family. Moreover, designers offer a whole range of solutions for optimizing space, both increasing the volume of the room visually and creating a truly practical, comfortable and beautiful design for present day bathroom owner. We hope our collection of small bathroom design projects to help you in creating the unique, practical and attractive interior of this many-functional room with a special microclimate.
What are we going to start with?
Before proceeding to the direct planning of bathroom repair, it is necessary to solve a few issues and answer the pressing questions:
what kind of plumbing is needed to be placed on the available space – it is obvious that having a modest amount of square meters you should restrain yourself with bidet or a double sink, a jacuzzi or a hydrobox with a therma;
Is it important for your family to install a washing machine in the bathroom or in another room (such as a kitchen)? There is a possibility of installing this important household appliance;
According to architectural rules, the door to the room should be opened into the room, but we can act in another way when it is going about small spaces from the canons. There is an opportunity to design a sliding or opening outward (into the corridor, bedroom or hallway) door;
Also there is an opportunity to transfer all the basic communication systems in order to create an optimal layout (at present, pipes of water supply, sewerage, heating, electric wires can be practically moved);
The presence of bath in utility room or the replacement of shower cabin does not harm nor the needs, neither the desires of residents as the corner compact hydroboxes can save a lot of space in the bathroom.
Ways to increase the space visually
The smaller room, the more carefully it needs to be through. Taking into account each centimeter is important, the design of a modest bathroom should be calculated to trifles. Experts recommend using a system of total selection for small spaces- all the elements, including the smallest accessories, are considered at the planning stage. Such an approach will help not only to create the most rational and comfortable design of utilitarian space, but also to preserve yourself from unnecessary expenditure.
Owners usually have three allies in the creation of ergonomic, aesthetic and practical design when it is going about small room:
These three components need to be properly disposed so that the small room not only to seem more spacious but also to have an opportunity of accommodating all the necessary set of elements – plumbing with communications, storage systems and accessories, without which it is impossible to perform sanitary hygiene procedures.
If finished design projects of specialists, created even for the most modest bathrooms, are considered, it is possible to point out several variants of plumbing arrangement. Unfortunately, there is no perfect way of planning – choosing your own variant of sanitary appliances placement has to be based on all the real room components:
• shape of the room and location of the doorway (windows – in the bathroom of a private house);
• passage of communication systems;
• the amount of plumbing (combined bathroom requires the location of the bath or shower cabin, toilet bowl and sink).
When designing bathrooms, designers usually try to place a sink with a mirror over it in such a way that they were the first objects you see when entering the room. But as a matter of small premises fact, this rule can be departed- sink can be shoveled closer to the bathroom and the toilet should be placed to the sewage system as close as possible.
There are a number of programs assisting to plan premises for specific rooms and plumbing in the Internet. There are also no concepts of standard dimensions for modern plumbing manufacturers – you can find a bathroom, shower cubicle, sink or toilet in acceptable size. Same refers to design – the spectrum of performance variations is incredibly broad – from classical to vulgar forms.
The minimal set of plumbing will allow you to create the most functional and comfortable room design. Toilet, sink and bath are a standard set of plumbing, where you have an opportunity to make an effective replacement. If taking a bath is not the main hygiene measure for members of your family then the replacement of shower cabin will be the optimal distribution for small room, as the size range of angular devices starts with parameters of only 70 cm. Such replacements will be especially necessary if you need to put a washing machine in a small bathroom.
If the replacement of bathroom with a shower cabin is not an appropriate option for you, then you have to take into account all the bennies of this large-scale sanitary ware.The combination of both bath and shower is an effective way to provide the max amount of water procedures with minimal cost. The transparent glass partition will ensure the water not to penetrate beyond the zone of water procedures not impairing the image of the interior at the same time.
Choosing a bath for a small room is based on the widthest wall, so that plumbing can be integrated into the available space. Unfortunately, neither the growth of family members nor personal preferences conserning water procedures are not taken into account in this case, as it is necessary to sacrifice comfort for the sake of rational planning when it is going about small spaces. The bathroom, built in an alcove (in width of room) is also the optimum variant of usage available square meters for placing such large-scale plumbing.
Using pendant designs helps to save precious centimeters in a small bathroom. Suspended toilets and sinks are not only ergonomically located indoors, but also are brought into the design of bathroom as modern, practical and comfortable features. In addition it is much easier to carry out cleaning of the room, with such a plumbing, which is important whem it is going about small areas.
Massive storage systems not only take up a lot of space in small rooms, but also burden visually the image of the room. Open shelves, accommodating all the bath accessories are an effective replacement of cabinets and stands. But in pursuit of providing residents with all the necessary amount of storage space it is important to stop in time, clearly defining the required number of shelves. The abundance of such furniture can lead to the opposite effect – a small room is going to look like overloaded with small details. Usually, the truth is somewhere in the middle – between how much storage systems you need and how small your bathroom is.
Color palette and selection of finishing
Light shades are preferable for small rooms, as they contribute to their visual enhancement. But, when attending the shop of finishing materials and seeing a bright ceramic tile with mottled pattern, we make a decision to purchase this product from the colorful collection in spite of all the designers’ advice.
Light shades reflect the light perfectly, both spreading it in a small room and creating a visual expansion. All shades of white create a comfortable environment from a psychological point of view. After a day’s work, it’s important to have an opportunity to relax, cloister and take a bath in a room where nothing will irritate your eyes. But that does not mean that a completely white bathroom is the best design option.
The rule of choosing a color scheme for increasing space is that ceiling should be the lightest, walls to be painted a little darker (or brighter) and the floor should be the darkest. Such a color scheme helps not only to increase visually the height of the room, but also to create a favorable background in terms of emotional perception.
With the help of finishing, you can create a bright accent when conditionally zoning the room. For example, to make all the surfaces in a light tone, and decorate the apron over the sink or shower area with a bright mosaic or tile. But in this case, it is important not to overdo the accents, so as not to get emotionally impressive image of the room, which assumes an atmosphere of complete relaxation.
Shape and dimensions of finishing tile are of equal importance. Experts recommend choosing a medium-sized tile for small rooms. Too large furniture will be inappropriate, and small one(especially square tiles) is going to reduce visually the size of the room. Vertical alignment of the rectangular tile will allow you to create a visual increase in the height of the ceiling in bathroom. And the diagonal location of the elements will create a visual increase in the area of all the surfaces. In particular, floor tile is recommended to be stacked diagonally. The material will be required a little more than for the standard layout, but the effect of this design is worthy.
Glossy design of vertical surfaces in small rooms is preferable than matt one. If you are not ready to create a color accent, then dilute the light room with the texture. Small bulges on one of the walls of the bathroom won’t break the harmony, but will help to diversify the design, bringing originality into a bright interior.
The mosaic tile is great for zoning with finishes. Use a mosaic as a finishing material for shower or apron area above the bathroom or sink. Such an approach helps not only to provide a reliable protection of all the walls from the effects of moisture and temperature fluctuations, but also to diversify the image of the bathroom, bringing an element of originality.
The use of mirrors for visual expansion of room space is an old designer approach, actively used in all the spaces of the most diverse functional load. When it is going about bathroom, such a way to “erase” the boundaries of space is the most suitable, as there is no room for water procedures without a mirror. You will not recognize your small room if you use a mirror blank on the entire surface of the apron above the sink instead of a conventional, medium-sized mirror.
Today, it will not be so difficult to install wall lamps in the mirror or even faucets of the water supply. Small shelves are mounted on the mirrored surfaces or LED tape is installed – the possibilities are limited only by your imagination, needs and financial budget.
Enclosed cabinets with mirrored doors above the sink help you not only to place all the necessary trifles inside the storage systems, but also to increase the space visually. Usually such cabinets are made shallow, but space is enough for first aid kit, cosmetics and even a hair dryer. The mirrored facades of the hinged storage systems can be both smooth and fitted with fittings.
Small bathroom in the attic
What are you going to do if your utilitarian space doesn’t have a large area, with complex geometry and architecture? Of course, there is no need for despair. There are many examples of designing bathrooms with efficient design, even in rooms with plenty of protrusions and ceiling slopes. When creating the interior of the utilitarian space located in the attic or cockloft, all the rules of visual space increasing are applicable, as in ordinary bathrooms. But there is just one correction – we should take into account all the architectural features. In the places where the level of ceiling is greatest, we have storage systems, and for the shower area we select the segment with the highest point. The transfer of communication systems cannot be avoided if there was no decision on the location of the bathroom under the roof of a private home during construction.