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Bathroom Design Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Rethink Your Sink “Pedestal sinks can be attractive and have a nice vintage quality, but they’re not great when it comes to storage. You’re dealing with a basin you can barely put a bar of soap on! If you have a lot of accoutrements, go with a console sink with a flat top or a converted cabinet with an undermount sink. You’ll have so much extra space, whether it’s to hang towels or store things behind doors or in drawers.”

Photo: Pieter Estersohn

Get Creative with Your Fittings “A wall-mounted faucet is a very smart space saver. Not only does it give you bonus counter space, it’s actually much easier to clean.”

Photo: Björn Wallander

Consider the Smallest Renovation “If you can, hire a professional to poke into the walls just a bit to create a shallow recessed medicine cabinet. Or have them create a tile or marble recess in the shower, one just small enough to store your shampoo bottles. That way, they don’t have to sit out on the ledge of the tub, which looks terrible.”

Photo: Roger Davies

Be Strategic with Shelving “The space above the commode is great for adding storage, but you have to avoid that very rental-like look, with the chrome or white plastic shelving looming over the toilet. It looks like R2-D2—not very chic. Instead, cantilevered shelves over the tank make for a cleaner look, and you are still keeping the maximum amount of floor space open for a nice wastebasket, hamper, or étagère.”

When It Comes to Storage, Think Outside the Bathroom “If you have room, I love an étagère. But if the space is too small, bring in a whatnot—it’s a piece of furniture literally made to fit into awkward corners. Maybe put one between the commode and the sink and use the open shelving to display stacks of white towels, beautiful perfume bottles on nice trays, all the pretty things. I love bringing non-bathroom furniture into the room. It doesn’t have that same overly sanitary feel and makes everything cozier.”

Edit Your Toiletries “Be honest: How many shampoos do you really use? It’s always a good idea to take stock of your personal grooming products and streamline. Edit them down to the few you actually need. If you can’t stand to get rid of them, store the extras elsewhere and swap them in later. You’ll be amazed at how much space you’ll discover on your shelves and in the cabinets once you make the purge.”

Evict the Nonessentials “When you’re dealing with a small space, there’s no room for the ugly stuff—get it out, now. A toilet brush and toilet brush holder do not need to live in here—move them under the kitchen sink or to a cleaning closet.”

Keep Materials Consistent “In a larger bathroom, maybe you can get away with wood floors and a mosaic tile backsplash with a slab marble wall. But in a small space, things should be consistent and streamlined—the eye shouldn’t stop at the top of the wall. I recommend staying in the neutral color family for small bathrooms and definitely painting the ceiling to match, whether you’re going dark to match black subway tile and black grout or a light gray to go with a smoky travertine.”

Source: www.architecturaldigest.com
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