Bathrooms are typically one of the smallest rooms in the house but also one of the busiest. They offer designers the perfect opportunity, or challenge, to create a space that is both beautiful and functional.
However, effectively marrying form and function to make the most of a tight space requires a commitment to some key design principles. See below for some key small space design philosophies and strategies the LIV Design team implements when designing for a small bathroom.
Since we primp and preen in bathrooms, mirrors are essential. Besides staring back at us, they can also play a key role in expanding a space. Consider using mirrored panels along an entire wall instead of limiting their placement to the vanity, to give the illusion of a larger space.
Many smaller bathrooms, like powder rooms, have no sources of natural light, or very limited light.
In order for a small bathroom to be functional and appealing, it needs to be organized. To be organized, it needs to maximize storage. Many people think a pedestal sink is the only option for a small bathroom but this sacrifices key storage options. Instead, LIV recommends:
The LIV Design team is a big fan of custom built-ins, especially ones that ‘float’. Having a clear floor – bare of furniture legs – adds surprising space to a bathroom. It heightens the appearance of the ceilings and expands the feel of the entire space. Furthermore, building a vanity that extends wall-to-wall elongates the room and provides additional storage.
Alternatively, consider a round vanity. It can save you the extra corner space and the soft edges allow for easier movement in the small space.
In the same vein as floating cabinets, floating toilets also add the illusion of more space. The tank hides behind the wall and keeps the floor clear.
When the space is small, limiting the number of different materials used makes the space appear larger and more elegant. For example:
Bathroom lighting is always important, but for smaller bathrooms that often have no natural light source, good lighting is even more crucial. Lighting plays one of three roles in a bathroom: ambient, task, or accent lighting. In a small space, single function lighting may be your best option so choose fixtures accordingly. Our team usually defaults to a few lighting strategies:
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