Making the Most of a Small Bathroom

Today’s guest post has been put together by Nicholas Anthony, designer kitchen specialists, but they are passionate about every room in the house and have written some of their best ideas for getting the most out of a small bathroom. I have a small bathroom myself and find these tips great. Living in a rented flat I am happy that our landlord seemed to think about these things and chose natural shades and simple fixtures .

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my bathroom 

See below the guest post for more pictures of my bathroom.

 

5 tips from Nicholas Anthony on how to make the most out of a small bathroom

Having a small bathroom can prove tricky when it comes to interior design. Fitting everything in whilst still having room to stand is a task all of its own…and creating a stunning, stylish appearance is even harder. However thankfully there are dozens of ways to combine style with practicality, meaning small bathrooms don’t have to be squashed, dull and dreary.

Here are five great ways to make the most of a smaller space. If you want your bathroom to go from this:

to this:

follow these tips!

 

Use Soft, Neutral Shades

Using soft, neutral shades will instantly create the illusion of a larger and lighter space. Whilst white is the ideal colour to use, those who fear it may be hard to keep clean may sway more towards beige or peach tones. Homeowners can use slightly varied hues to create a stylish, contemporary appeal. Light wooden cabinets will beautifully complement a monochromatic colour theme, setting a sophisticated and spacious tone.

Keep Fixtures Simple and Stylish

Available in an array of sizes, fixtures don’t have to be big to be beautiful. Small, slight fixtures can look equally as stylish and will save that all important room. A quaint bathtub or dainty sink will make for a cosy and intimate area, giving the home that classic, cottage appeal. A great way to save on room, practical and compact units will also stop the bathroom from looking overcrowded. For instance, a joint shower and bathtub will mean homeowners can have the best of both worlds without style and design being compromised.

Maximise Space with Mirrors

What better way to maximise space than to use mirrors? A bathroom necessity, mirrors can serve a multifunctional purpose in a small bathroom. As well as being a practical, must-have feature, mirrors will reflect light and space, meaning the room appears larger and more luxurious. Having mirrors on front and back walls will extend the appearance of space, and make for a modern and magnificent home.

Keep it Well-Lit throughout the Day

How bright the bathroom is will make all the difference between appearing large or small. Making sure the room is well-lit will immediately make it seem more spacious. Innovative and creative lighting such as curvy lamp-stands and dazzling spotlights are bound to make for an eye-catching and extraordinary appearance. Providing the room with as much natural light as possible and using reflective surfaces such as glass cabinets or a glass shower enclosure, will create a striking and stunning space.

Accentuate Floor Space

Thinking about floor space is essential when it comes to small bathrooms. Ensuring the floor is neat and tidy will play a large part in setting the overall ambience and appearance of the room. Keeping extra items such as bins and towel-racks to a minimum is a must. Homeowners should try to maximise space by using features such as hanging towel-racks, which can be located neatly on the back of bathroom doors. Shelves which can be fixed to walls will likewise save space and make for a bigger, lighter room.

Using tiles or wooden flooring is also a fantastic way to accentuate floor space. Large, simple tiles, will give the room a more spacious mood, whilst wooden flooring will create a cosy, log-cabin feel. Lighter colours will undoubtedly optimise the room and make for a stunning and superb atmosphere.

Conclusion

These five excellent ways to make the most out of a small bathroom are just a few of many tips available. From accentuating floor space to using small but stylish fixtures, there is an array of spectacular ways to create a striking bathroom. With so many great ideas out there, small bathrooms definitely don’t have to be boring!

Image credits: Martin Cathrae and The Eggplant

 

 

More pictures of my bathroom:

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the Future at the Design Museum

Last weekend I went to the Design Museum by Tower Bridge as they had an exhibition called ‘the future is here: the new industrial revolution’

We are in the midst of a transformation in the way we design, make and use the objects that we depend on. It is a transformation that will affect commerce, industry, and the way that we all live as profoundly as any previous Industrial Revolution. The exhibition explores how the boundaries between designer, manufacturer and consumer are becoming increasingly blurred. 

Topics such as open source design, customisation, crowd-funding, 3D printing, local manufacturing are scratched upon, the central theme being the democratisation of design and production.

It suggests that consumers want to be more involved in designing the products they use, everything from their sofas to lemon squeezers and brings up examples such as ikea hackers, made.com’s corwd-source design competition (more on this in next post) and adidas customised sneakers. When it comes to furniture, I certainly would like more of an input for certain objects (wouldn’t it be amazing to decide exactly how long you want the dining table depending on your dining room or kitchen? or draw up a sofa and have it made exactly how you pictured it in your mind?) but I really don’t have the interest of designing my own lemon squeezer. Also, I might not be representative in this question as I’m a bit obsessed with furniture and home decoration.  But can everyone be a designer? Would consumers value this? And to what price?

An interesting aspect is how smaller companies can benefit from these changes. Vitamins, a design studio in Shoreditch uses open-source electronics to design ideas and then quickly churn out a prototype. Check out their website here.

The exhibition poses a lot of questions and I don’t walk out with a clearer view of the future at all. But at least with some interesting thoughts and ideas!

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3D printed objects

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The Femur stool by Assa Ashuach

The Femur stool by Assa Ashuach

The Femur stool is digitally designed and manufactured. The form is generated using an algorithm based on the weight and proportions of a particular user.

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made.com crowd-funding competition with 3D printed prototypes

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made.com crowd-sourcingcompetition – the final sofa

 

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summer garden with bohemian greenhouse, vines and figtree

I haven’t written in ages but have decided to change that now. I have some pictures that I took when I was back in Sweden in August, they’re from my parents’ garden.

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Birthday decadence

Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m imagining the day something like this….

Marie Antoinette Scene

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Marie Antoinette Party Decorations | Marie Antoinette Party Ideas / gold leafed macarons

Shopping?

 

by Call me cupcake, via Flickr

 

dream dream dream dream….

 all I have to do is, dreeeeaaaaam 

 

 

Sources: as links when clicking on the pictures

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A chandelier that turns the room into a forest

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Created by Thyra Hilden and Pio Diaz, Forms of Nature chandelier  “is a artwork with a light source surrounded by a dense and unruly tree and root system created in minature sculpture. The forest is mirrored around it’s horizontal central axis and forms a circle 360 degrees around the light source and thereby leads one onto the notion of a real world versus an underworld”. Spooky!

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Save the Children Design

My friend in Sweden showed me that the Swedish Save the Children (Radda Barnen) has a design shop with very beautiful things. I don’t know if the UK arm has something similar, my quick research didn’t find anything, but I think it’s a great idea that more non-profit organisations should adopt. Famous and/or upcoming designers and profits to children in need – perfect.

 

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Design:Studio Snowpuppe

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Design: Kajsa Cramer

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Design: Kajsa Cramer

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Illustration: Localgraphics

I love this print! It’s my home town too so I would really want to have one.

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Design: Finnsdottir Design

 

All to be found on www.shop.rb.se

 

 

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My favourites from the new ikea catalogue

Being on holiday is amazing, today I had a late and long breakfast reading the new ikea catalogue on the terrace with my brother. Here are some of my favourites from it:

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Note that it’s the Swedish version, not sure they have the exact same things but they should have pretty much the same products. Check their website for more info.

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