Small bathroom remodels or small bathroom renovations by their nature are already working at a deficit so it’s up to us the bathroom renovator to help you get the most out of the space. Now some bathrooms are actually small and some bathrooms people will tell you are small there can be a difference but regardless the outcome is generally always the same. So let James from On the Ball Bathrooms help you with some great pointers you would only get from trying, failing and trying again as I have.
1. Light Light Light
If the room doesn’t have the luxury of an external window, the implementation of a simple skylight can bask the space in natural light, without taking up precious wall space.
- Clear shower screens (as opposed to opaque) give the illusion of extra space and light.
- A fully frameless shower screen doesn’t create any visual barriers at all and can work brilliantly in a small bathroom.
- Make use of natural light, don’t block windows with heavy blinds.
- Consider a skylight. A skylight will solve problems if the room is oriented away from the sun.
2. Sliding Doors
Sliding doors can be a great addition to a small room as they allow for that extra bit of space – every bit helps! The bard door sliders which is how I refer to them and are put in the examples below are the perfect addition for a small bathroom that hates a door swinging into it and taking up half the space.
You can get doors called cavity sliders that slide into the wall but this can really blow out your costings for a small bathroom as they are quite difficult to put in if not built in that style from the start of the home construction.
When it comes to making a small bathroom feel bigger the key can be layout. The all in a row layout is my preferred layout below as it creates a space that flows. The real key to any layout is not to have anything high or in your way as you walk in as it can really narrow a space. Often rooms are small but we overload them or just place items across from each other to fill the space. Keep the layout clean ideally all on the same wall. Below is a Leeming renovation that is a perfect example of the ALL IN A ROW layout I love.
4. Large Tiles
Large tiles make the room feel larger it’s as easy as that. Long lines opposed to small busy lines create a wide wide feel to what can be a small bathroom.
- Larger tiles in your bathroom create a sense of space, you’ll need fewer tiles to cover your space, which means less grouting and lines breaking things up visually.
- You can definitely have smaller tiles but I would suggest as only a feature for impact and practical.
These two renovations in Bassendean and Scarborough are examples of really tiny spaces with dark tiles but the large tiles make the room feel bigger while the Bassendean renovation adds a smaller encaustic tile which is the right amount of feature.
Small bathrooms can be annoying plain and simple. A lot of our bathrooms in Perth have small Ensuites and our clients are often frustrated trying to make this space that you can’t even swing a cat in the bathroom of their dreams. The way I always look at it is aim to de-clutter, whether it’s the mirror cabinet to get items off the benchtop or making the layout more practical or to put it similpy making the room lighter tones all impact the room feel.
It’s important to note that all our advice is general in nature and all bathrooms are unique so always speak to your local qualified tradesman for the best advice. At on the ball bathrooms we love feedback so let us know what you think with a comment below or if you are looking for a bathroom renovation quote and live in Perth, Western Australia contact us on 0419964678 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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This article was written by James Mcloughlin, one of the founders of On the Ball Bathrooms with over 15 years of bathroom renovation experience combined with knowledge of over a 2000+ completed renovation projects. We hope that we have helped you in any way with some helpful renovations tips or just at least some pretty renovation pictures to look at 🙂