10 Small Bathroom Ideas For City Living

White on white bathroom

Living in the city, there’s lots of people and not enough space, and the fast-paced lifestyle makes us stressed out ever more. We’ve embraced open plan kitchen-dining-living rooms in the name of hosting great parties. But are bathrooms the final frontier? When space is a luxury in itself, how do you create that luxury feel?

Young family with two small children indoors in bathroom, talking.

Here are some of our favorite small bathroom ideas to make the most of your square footage.

  1. Pick fixtures and storage that are multi-functional. 

Everything should have a purpose. Choose cabinets with mirrors and opt for shelves with wicker baskets if there’s not enough room for a full storage unit. Small bathroom ideas can be hip and on-trend if you choose to go vintage. Try a vintage dresser instead of the usual bulky bathroom cabinet. 

  1. Play with color and texture.

All white everything is going to give you the feel of a much larger space than you actually have. If that feels too boring, play with texture on tiles and with different materials for surfaces. Subway tiles, marbles and mirrors, recycled glass tiles can add variety to your whitewash.

Modern small bathroom interior design
Interiors of the Bathroom in the Attic
Stylish bathroom design

3. Let the light in.

If you can, add a skylight, or make the most of your windows. As with the all-white everything, letting as much light into a space gives the illusion it is much larger than reality.

4. Be creative with where you put your towel racks. 

If wall space is precious, can they go above or below the sink? How about hanging the towels on removable hooks on the door? The same goes for radiators, try fitting in long standing ones that double as towel racks.

A little boy in the bathroom brushes his teeth.
Modern small bathroom interior design
Interiors of the Modern Bathroom with Wooden floor

5. Sliding doors save space.

If your bathroom configuration allows it, a sliding door will reclaim the space needed for your door to open inwards. You can also reverse and use an outward opening door.

6. Small bathroom ideas don’t have to be boring.

Choose accent colours, or feature walls. Brass and rose gold offer surprising alternatives to chrome fixtures and fittings. 

Small bathroom interior with glazed shower

7. Choose a walk in shower instead of a bath, or a shower tray unit.

Lightly patterned floor tiles that extend all the way into a shower will fool the eye, and a clear shower door adds elegance in a simple way. All without breaking the space.

8. Do your research.

What do you want out of your bathroom? Should it be effortless to clean? Somewhere you can relax in the tub? Pinterest is your friend. It might feel like it’s easy to get carried away by fantasising over other people’s bathroom spaces, but variety is the key to understanding what might best suit your taste and space.

Cute small children sitting on floor indoors at bathroom, brushing teeth and using smartphone

9. Use greenery to create atmosphere.

Plants might take up space, but they’ll change the feel of the room, plus they’re excellent for your wellbeing. Hang them from the ceiling, put them on top of the toilet. If there’s an awkward corner, hide it with a cactus.

10. Work with a bathroom fitter, or interior designer that understands small spaces. 

Sometimes you have to start from scratch. It might feel counterproductive and costly to get a designer and bathroom fitter in when you think you know what you want. An expert interior designer will have plenty of ideas.  A skilled bathroom fitter will understand your space and work with your design to make it look and feel effortless to use.

For more ideas, please get in touch with our decorworks design team any time. 

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