Is your bathroom feeling cramped despite having plenty of space? What if we told you that there are ways you can make your bathroom space feel more luxurious and less cramped just by the smart placement of elements and improving visual effects!

Designing a bathroom requires attention to detail, which is very often overlooked e.g the right texture of floor tiles, placement of the door and style, adding elements like heat lamp and placement of toilet etc. All these elements combine together to make the perfect bathroom space and influence the overall perception of comfort.

If you’re looking for ideas to enhance the usefulness of your limited square space, here are a few tips you can keep in mind to make the best use of your bathroom space:

1. Efficient Layout

Layout determines the utilization of the space and therefore, an efficient bathroom layout must be kept in mind while designing your bathroom. The layout consists of the placement of shower, sink and the water closet. Also keep in mind the wet and dry zones in the bathroom for example the water closet should be placed away from the door but closer to the sink.

Ask yourself what do you want to use the space for? Does there need to be some room to sit and apply makeup, or do laundry? The items that are needed in the bathroom should be easy to access and the storage should be considered for a vanity cabinet, over-door shelving or a recessed medicine cabinet. All of these factors make up the layout of the bathroom and will affect the overall design.

2. Floor and Wall Tiles

One of the first thingsTo catch a person’s attention are the bathroom tiles. The selection of the right tiles for your bathroom space includes the texture patterns, dimensions and colour. Some options to choose from are ceramic,porcelain, stone, plastic laminate, and linoleum tiles for the floor. But when it comes to the wall you can play with styles and colours to get a more unique look. For example you can use different colours of tiles for each zone of the bathroom, like a more subtle tone for the shower but a different but natural texture for the vanity area etc. It all comes down to the arrangement of the bathroom tiles that define a modern bathroom.

3. Optimize Storage

Even if we have a large bathroom space, whether it will feel comfortable, or cramped and unorganised depends on how we utilise that space. The bathroom cabinets are one of the most essential elements of the overall design because it helps keep the space clutter free. You cannot have a single cabinet unit for all of the storage requirements in your bathroom, but cleverly dividing the units gives more functional storage space. Following are some different cabinet styles that are used in a bathroom:

  • Vanity Unit: This unit is usually fitted under the sink and is perfectly compact and space efficient.
  • Wall Mounted Cabinet: These wall fixed cabinets are a must have in the bathroom because of their easy access to medicine, daily bath essentials etc.,, and can be tucked away behind a mirror to utilize that space.
  • Fixed Cabinets: Fixed Cabinets are an essential part of the bathroom design and are used to store bathroom essentials

4. Door Placement

Traditionally, doors are placed to swing open inside the room. but have you considered what could you do with the space it takes up to let the door open to the inside of the bathroom. Place a laundry basket, a free style cabinet or an indoor plant, it could be used to accessorize the space in many ways. So think outside the box, change the placement of the door to open into the hallway or use pocket doors that tuck into the wall to give it a modern look and use your space cleverly!

5. Organize the Shower

Keeping the daily shower essentials inside the shower unit can be a lot more handy but it can make the room feel cluttered and unorganised. Hence organising your shower will give you a better look and make your shower feel spacious. Use a corner unit that matches the interior of your bathroom to store your shower essentials. If you want to save space on bottles, you can use dispensers and fill them with shampoo and conditioner. This will also help you become more environment friendly by avoiding the use of plastic bottles by only buying refills.

Having a bigger space doesn’t matter if you do not use it cleverly. Smartly placed design elements can even make a small bathroom feel bigger! We hope you can make the best use of your bathroom space by keeping in mind these tips while designing your bathroom.

Chloe Miller

Chloe Miller, with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design from the New York School of Interior Design, has been an expert in home decor and design trends for 15 years. She joined our website in 2021, offering her expertise in space optimization, color schemes, and sustainable decor. Chloe’s prior experience includes working with interior design firms and as a freelance consultant. She is a DIY enthusiast and enjoys upcycling furniture in her spare time.

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