Designing a bathroom’s layout is often more difficult than you first think. Unless you own a mansion you need to make the most of the limited bathroom space that you have. Thankfully most standard bathrooms can be maximized for space both in terms of design and layout. Below we will discuss a few design ideas as well as discuss things you can do to make your bathroom look more spacious and cool.
Color Does Matter
Regardless, of how small your bathroom may be the right color can make it look bigger. Colors like light blue, lime color and even off white can make a small space look larger. However, it is important that you choose supporting colors for the accessories you add to your bathroom. For instance, if you decide to paint your bathroom lime color you may want to choose a lime or green color bath tub, green or lime wash basins, and shower heads with a similar color.
In addition to a light shade of your favorite color it is also important to add a large window to your bathroom. A bathroom that receives lots of sunlight also looks bigger. It also helps to keep the bathroom dry and warm during the winter.
Keep the Entrance Open
When remodeling your bathroom you will want things like the wash basins lined up next to the entrance of the bathroom. This should especially be the case if you want to install shower screens around the area of the shower and bathtub. This will help to make privacy easier when there are two or more people using the same bathroom. This is an excellent space saving idea as you can have one person taking a shower while one or two other people wash their hands without compromising privacy.
Change the Shape of Your Bathroom
Often times, square bathrooms look smaller than rectangular ones. If structurally possible try to make your bathroom more rectangular. You can then add frameless shower screens to cordon off one part of the bathroom effectively splitting that space into two usable spaces.
Broad tiles along the bathroom floor can give the illusion of the bathroom being larger. If these tiles are of a darker shade compared to the color on the walls they can effectively make your bathroom look bold. However, when selecting tiles for your floor you need to make sure to choose tiles which are durable yet easy to clean. There a number of designs to choose from and perhaps you can choose a design to compliment bathroom accessories like your shower screens.
Bathrooms are known to be notorious for being clutter magnets. The best way to avoid clutter which makes your bathroom looks small is to install lots of wall mounted cabinets. Large cabinets will allow you to store everything from your bathroom towel to rolls of tissue and soap. However, you need to make sure that the cabinets you install are water proof so that they do not swell up when in contact with moisture. Always check the wood to make sure it is solid and that the manufacturer provides you with a guarantee. You can make added space by installing the latest wash basins that have built in shelves beneath them.
The best way to get your bathroom remodeled exactly the way you want it is to hire a professional company. Search online for pictures of bathrooms you like and then discuss this with a professional contractor. Find out how much it will cost and how much time it will take while emphasizing the fact that you want a design which makes your bathroom look larger. This will then help the contractor to finalize a design which is as per your specifications and tastes.
Manu Alias is a professional contractor and interior designer with a Masters in design from the University of Sydney. He has a passion for gardening and DIY remodeling projects.