Small apartments are becoming increasingly common, mostly due to urban densification. That’s why it’s important to know how to restructure and maximize space to create a healthy setting where well-being is king. Often, space in bathrooms is sacrificed to gain more square footage elsewhere in the home.
That’s why it’s necessary to play with different elements to find space in the bathroom and create a more comfortable and pleasant ambiance.
Get your bathroom layout right
- It’s crucial to plan carefully in order to gain space. Taking time to think about the best place for each element will help you make the most of any unused space. Each item has its place!
- Sliding doors are big space savers because they don’t open outwards.
- Corner showers also help create space. Corner showers like MAAX’s Olympia Pentangle and Round are extremely spacious and roomier than standard showers. What’s more, the Olympia Round shower features a sliding door for even greater space economy.
Create the illusion of space
- Use pale colours to create the illusion of space; they give off a feeling of lightness and make the room look bigger.
- Pastel colours are your friend in small spaces. For a more modern and urban look, use white on the walls and add a few accessories in vibrant accent shades for a colour pop—just don’t overdo it! Lightly coloured natural materials like stone and wood are soothing and relaxing.
- You can also play with horizontal and vertical lines to give the room a new look. Use vertical lines to give the room height or horizontal lines to give it depth.
- Mirrors add depth so opt for objects that reflect lots of light. Mirrors and metallic surfaces will create a rich effect, all the while making the room look bigger.
- A walk-in shower with the same flooring as the rest of the bathroom floor will make the room appear more spacious.
Let the light shine in
- Light is important when it comes to creating the illusion of space. Use frosted glass, which lets light through.
- Keep your window areas as clutter-free as possible to let in the natural light. If you want privacy, look for curtains that let the light through.
- Choose windows with minimal opacity to let in as much light as possible.
- Play with lighting to visually expand the bathroom. Avoid hanging lights or obtrusive lighting units. Recessed lighting is your best bet for ceiling lights.
Use clever storage
- No walls should be bare! Make the most of your wall space with wall storage units featuring compartments, boxes, shelves, or cabinets.
- Shelving in the shower is a great place to store soap and shampoo.Tub walls are also very handy and can help you maximize space: use them to store your soap, shampoo, razors, and face cloths.
- Both elegant and discreet, glass shelves above the bathtub are a practical place to store rolled up towels. They go with every decor and will make you feel like you’re staying in a luxury hotel!
- Install hooks on the back of the bathroom door for a place to hang towels and bathrobes.
- If floor space is scarce, go for vertical storage units. In a compact bathroom, working up will add depth and create an airier feel.
- Use floating furniture to create the illusion of space.
- Instead of a pedestal sink, choose a vessel sink that you can place on a cabinet for added storage.
Don’t waste a single square foot of your room: mount shelves on the walls to display your fanciest beauty products or decorative pieces, like jars filled with cotton balls or Q-tips. Boxes are perfect for storing items you don’t want on display, like towels or toilet paper.
Thoughtful planning is key to making your bathroom look and feel bigger. Discover some ideas on the Style by MAAX.