Limited space doesn’t mean going without functionality or comfort. A small bathroom needs all kinds of ideas to make the most of its compact size. There are space-saving solutions for all situations here.
Before you go into detail, it is worth answering basic questions:
Discover exciting ideas for designing your small bathroom to make it functional, practical and comfortable.
When designing a small bathroom, you need to be familiar with the laws of perception. One open expanse looks much bigger than rooms with partitions. Specifically, this means using the same tiles on the flooring and the walls to create a unity that conveys a sense of spaciousness.
Light colours instantly make every room look bigger. We advise only using dark shades sparingly in small bathrooms, for example in your accessories. Mirrors can also make a small bathroom look bigger. So ask yourself: Can I accommodate more mirrors in my bathroom, other than the one on my medicine cabinet?
You should also think about the perfect lighting situation. Natural daylight would be ideal. But you can also illuminate a windowless bathroom using an artificial daylight solution. Ceiling spotlights in small bathrooms are great as they take up very little space.
Smart lights can be controlled using your smartphone as needed. This way, all colours of the rainbow shine in your bathroom alongside daylight. Studies have shown that we prefer colder light in the morning, while warmer light is used in the evening. Interested to know more? You will find extra ideas in our article on bathroom lighting.
If a standard bath is non-negotiable for you, space-saving bathtubs may be just what you need. They take the natural shape of the body into account to save on those all-important square metres.
If you can do without a bath tub, a floor-level shower with glass partitions will fit into any small bathroom. Added benefit: You can give your bathroom an accessible design.
Underfloor heating is another great option for a small bathroom. It can often be effortlessly installed during bathroom renovation work. If that’s not possible, you could opt for a narrow heated towel rail, which can also be used as a towel rack.
When you design a small bathroom, the materials you use matter twice as much. Luxurious tiles, preferably large ones, automatically ensure a high-quality aesthetic. Do you need your bathroom to be accessible? Opt for anti-slip tiles with a textured surface finish.
Combining natural materials gives the room a cosy feel. Wood grain matched with a natural stone such as marble looks just as luxurious as it does comfy. Wood can be used as flooring as well as on the walls here.
A vanity unit and a medicine cabinet in a small bathroom are some of the ideas that have proven to be effective time and time again. Storage space can also be created with the masterful use of wall surface design. A shelf recessed into the wall, wall cabinets and a cupboard under a roof slope can enhance the existing space enormously.
Tidiness is very important in a small bathroom because every item left lying around gives the impression of a lack of space. If you need help here, read our article on tidiness in the bathroom for inspiration.
In addition to ideas, designing a small bathroom requires knowledge of the principles of human perception. Light colours, mirrors and continuous expanses instantly make a bathroom with limited space look bigger. Optimum lighting – ideally through the use of smart lights – high-quality materials and the skilful integration of storage space are other impressive factors in small bathrooms.