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Bathroom Design Tips And Tricks For Small Spaces

Small bathrooms can be hard to deal with. We know you dream of your own luxurious bathroom, bigger than your living room. A bathroom where you have to climb three steps to get to the bathtub. The bathtub is placed in front of a large window that turns into a skylight as it reaches the ceiling. It’s not only spacious and opulent, it also has a magnificent view. However, this is a dream that shatters when you face your 6 by 8 feet bathroom.

Living in a studio, a small home or apartment, means dealing with a small bathroom. Don’t jump to conclusions thinking that a small bathroom is no fun. If decorated properly it can feel airy, spacious and luxurious. If you’re looking for proof and inspiration, you can find it in this article. We gathered 10 amazing small bathrooms décors. Check them out to find your next bathroom design.

1. Details Make The Difference 

Bathroom with a contemporary mirror

Your small bathroom can inspire opulence. Opt for an enticing wallpaper, an intricate frame, an expensive looking carpet or an extravagant lighting fixture. Moderation is the key. Therefore, make sure you’re not overdoing it.

2. Double The Space 

Modern bathroom design

Is your bathroom the size of a pantry? Is it dark and unwelcoming? You can use an oversized mirror to completely change its appearance. In this example, the wall-sized mirror is strategically placed in order to make the place feel larger. It also helps with the illumination.

It’s never good to have the toilet be the focus point of your small bathroom. However, in a bathroom with this configuration it’s inevitable. The mirror also distracts the eye from concentrating on the toilet. The vase flower has the same purpose.

3. Light In A Box 

Small bathroom

A small bathroom with no windows has 2 main disadvantages: ventilation and illumination. Natural light is preferred. However, you can achieve a balanced and harmonious effect with artificial lightning only.

4. Artificial Lightning 

Bathroom with artificial lightening

Small bathrooms are difficult to light. The more cluttered the bathroom, the more shadows are created. Task lightning should be combined with decorative and accent lightning in order to create a balanced atmosphere.

5.  Task Lightning 

White bathroom design

Use wall sconces on either side of the mirror.Its best if they are mounted at eye level in order to avoid unflattering shadows. This will create the ideal task illumination for shaving or applying makeup.

6. Natural Light

Bathroom with a window

Many small bathrooms don’t have windows nor can have them introduced due to structural limitations. If you have a bathroom with a window, make the best out of it. Consider using reflective surfaces that will bounce light across the room.

7. Color Palette

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Light colors will absorb natural light better. They will give the bathroom a clean, airy feel.

8. Dominant Dark Neutrals 

Dark bathroom with a white sink

Even though a small bathroom with a light color palette is easier to work with, a dark color palette adds drama. Choosing the colors is a matter of personal preference.

9. A Touch A Color  

Bathroom with a yellow ceiling

Neutrals can be dull. If you’re thinking of adding color and manipulating height at the same time, take a look at this small bathroom. The strong color of the ceiling attracts the eye upward. This makes the room feel taller.

10. Add Interest With Patterns 

Tiled bathroom with a mirror

Create a focal point with a patterned tile. In this example, the observer attention is immediately captured by the difference in color, lighting and pattern.

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Currently studying architecture, I'm enamored of all visual arts. My path in architecture started with drawing. The childish play soon developed into a passion and then into a choice of profession. Architecture taught me a lot of things that can be applied in interior design. I'll share with you my perception of space along with tips on how to manipulate it to suit your needs. Enjoy!


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