Space-saving Bathroom Renovation Ideas for Small Bathrooms
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in any building, and especially the home. It’s where we freshen up for the morning ahead and unwind after a long and tiring day, so it’s important to have a bathroom that is both practical and visually appealing in design! The more beautiful your bathroom, and the more it caters to your needs, the more enjoyable even menial tasks (such as brushing your teeth!) will become. If this isn’t an experience you’re familiar with in your current wash space, a bathroom renovation may be on the cards.
Planning a home renovation project? You’re not alone!
If you’re planning a home renovation project, you’re certainly not alone! The entire UK has spent much of the past 12 months at home, so house improvements are inevitably at the forefront of many peoples’ minds. In September 2020, it was found that three in five people had carried out a DIY or renovation project during last year’s lockdown, and that 81% of homeowners plan to make improvements and changes in the next 12 months! We can imagine that bathroom renovations will account for a large percentage of these building projects, as more and more people look to relax after long days of working from home or prepare to welcome guests once the restrictions are lifted.
But, what if the bathroom you are hoping to revamp is a little on the smaller side? If space is at a premium, finding clever and innovative bathroom renovation ideas is a must for your upcoming home improvement project. Luckily, there are many to choose from! As leading bathroom fitters in Oxford, we even have a few ideas to share. Read on for our favourites!
Compact bathroom renovation ideas and tips for smaller bathrooms
Opt for a neutral colour scheme
We’ll start with one of the simplest and perhaps most obvious design tips for small bathrooms: choose a neutral colour scheme! When browsing through furnishings, appliances and design features, such as tiles, consider how your bathroom might look with neutral tones and soft hues, in comparison to bold and striking shades. The chances are that your bathroom will look much bigger painted pale blue or soft green than deep purple or navy.
This isn’t to say that you shouldn’t experiment with louder tones if you want to. Ultimately, your new bathroom should reflect your design preferences and personal tastes. However, to create the illusion of a wider bathroom, it’s typically recommended that you opt for paler tones that will reflect the light streaming into your space.
Design a bathroom with built-in furniture
For a clean, minimalist look that takes advantage of all the available space, you might consider designing a bathroom with built-in furniture and appliances. Choosing a built-in vanity unit, cabinets and toilet can ensure no awkward corners or gaps are going unused, giving your bathroom a very uniform look.
To create the illusion of extra space, consider choosing furnishings and appliances in a similar shade to your bathroom walls. This will help them blend into the walls more seamlessly, which will make your bathroom feel wider and more open plan. For the best results, it is typically recommended that you opt for neutral tones, such as white, pale blue or muted grey.
Prioritise clever storage solutions
Investing in great storage is the golden rule of renovating a compact room! Bathrooms can quickly become quite cluttered, especially if you have a large family, and it’s no surprise that piles of shampoo bottles, toilet roll inserts and shelves of beauty products can make a space look more cramped than it might be. By keeping these items tucked away in storage, you can make your bathroom look much more spacious quickly and easily.
When planning your renovation, extra storage is certainly something you need to bear in mind. There are many great ways to incorporate storage solutions in your design, with some of the following being:
- Install custom-built cabinets in corners
- Choose appliances, such as sinks and baths, with storage space included
- Fit floating shelves in any awkward nooks.
These are just three simple ideas for remodelling your bathroom with space-saving solutions in mind, but there are many creative ways to add extra storage, such as by purchasing beautiful baskets, trays and trunks.
Opt for wall-hung appliances and furnishings
If your bathroom has minimal floor space, remodelling your current room with wall-hung furnishings might be the answer. Wall-hung appliances and cabinets are suspended from the wall, rather than standing on the floor, to take advantage of all available vertical space. Like built-in furniture, wall-hung furniture can help to create a clean and more uniform bathroom.
Wall-hung cabinets and vanity units are already extremely popular in bathroom design, but have you considered the benefits of installing wall-hung appliances? Fitting sinks and toilets to the wall can help to strip back some of the clunkiness of large, traditional features and create a more minimalist, spacious look.
Choose a free-standing bathtub to create the illusion of extra space
Another great way to free up floor space when remodelling your bathroom is to choose a free-standing bathtub, as opposed to a traditional model. A freestanding bathtub looks sleek, sophisticated and stylish, and helps to create the illusion of more space by getting rid of any unnecessary material. Unlike traditional options, which require panels to hide the piping underneath, free-standing bathtubs drain away through one compact area.
With a freestanding bath, you can also be much more creative with your overall bathroom design. You won’t be restricted to where you put your new bath, allowing you more flexibility to free up floor space and make use of any corners or nooks.
Install additional windows for maximum natural bright light
Welcoming more natural bright light into your bathroom is crucial for many reasons. Firstly, sunlight can boost your mood and energise you first thing in the morning! Secondly, natural light can help you save on your energy bills by reducing how often you need to rely on artificial lighting. Finally, the lighter a space, the bigger it tends to look! A bright, airy bathroom will look significantly more spacious than a gloomy room.
Installing additional windows can also help with ventilation, so there are multiple benefits to pursuing this design idea. Choosing where to install your new windows will depend on various factors, so make sure to discuss this with your chosen bathroom fitters.
Incorporate lots of glass elements into your bathroom
In addition to fitting new windows in your renovated bathroom, make sure the sunlight streaming into your room travels further by incorporating glass elements in your design. Transparent glass screens and panels allow light to reach even the darkest corners of your bathroom, instead of blocking it or casting shadows. There are myriad ways to use glass in your bathroom renovation, such as by installing a glass wet room screen or glass sink, so you have the scope to be creative.
Reflective surfaces can also use the power of light to make a room feel more spacious, so consider the benefits of decorating with plenty of mirrors. Mirrors come in a variety of shapes, sizes and styles and can be used to suit any interior design preference!
Opt for an open-plan wet room
Wet rooms are becoming increasingly popular in homes across the UK, largely because of their glamorous appearance and minimalist feel. You don’t need much space at all to benefit from a wet room, as you can remove unwanted panels, screens and maybe even your bathtub (if you currently have an over-bath shower).
With a wet room, you can enjoy optimal floor space by combining the open-plan shower area with wall-hung cabinets. Many homeowners who choose to install wet rooms love their uncluttered feel and often maximise this by using the same tiles across the walls and flooring to create a very clean, simple look.
James Dunn Roofing: Bathroom renovation specialists in Oxford
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No matter your requirements, our expert building contractors will go the extra mile to make sure your new bathroom suits your needs, preferences and budget. To discuss our range of bathroom and kitchen installation services, don’t hesitate to contact us today. We look forward to bringing your design dreams to life!