Bathrooms are an integral part of our daily life. I don’t know about you, but I use my bathroom when I am at home at least four or five times a day – if not more. So when you’re designing a small bathroom, such as one which is 3 x 2 metres in size, it’s really important to get the layout, fixtures and fittings right! My blog today is exactly about that – designing a small bathroom space. Working as an interior designer in London I frequently need to make the most of any space which is given to me – especially when it comes to bathrooms. I’m going to walk you through how I like to create my small bathroom spaces.
So, once I’ve seen the bathroom space and measured up I like to create an inspirational mood board. I normally start by browsing the internet for inspirational images and saving them on a Pinterest board. From there I can select the images I like and use them to create a mood board like this one:
As you can see from my mood board I’m inspired by light spaces with clean lines. Light is really important as are reflective surfaces like mirrors. For more inspiration you can see my 3×2 Bathroom Challenge mood board for C.P. Hart on Pinterest right here.
The next thing that I work on is always the layout. You need to ensure that the bathroom that you design is functional and you can use it with ease. Imagine if it was your bathroom – I like to think through all of the activities that I carry out in the bathroom and then incorporate these when designing the layout. As you can see on the simple sketch that I’ve put together, below, I have included a toilet, a large basin unit, an open shower (I think this creates more of a spacious feeling), a towel rail (note this is located close to the shower so you can grab your towel as you exit the shower and minimise walking water everywhere) and also a space for storage should you wish.
For this sketch I’ve used Google Sketchup – it’s a free tool that anyone can download – and it allows you to draw to size. As you can see on the sketch there looks like a good amount of space to move freely within the bathroom. I have also calculated that should you wish – you could have a shower bath rather than a shower. There’s space for this but I think in a small bathroom, especially if it’s your secondary bathroom, that an open shower is sufficient! Note the shelf I have included in the design too – this will allow you to conceal any pipes and provide a space to put your bathroom accessories and toiletries on.
3. Fixtures & Finishes
Ok – great – so now I’ve established the look I’d like to go for and the layout which is most preferable for me. The next thing I then do is look at the fixtures and finishes that I’m going to use. I really like simple fittings and C.P. Hart has a great range for bathrooms and wet rooms. You can see my thoughts for this on my Pinterest board if you click here!
The finishes are a really important aspect of the design. Choosing the right tiles or stone is integral to creating a wonderful design. As you can see from my initial moodboard I’m quite keen to create a light and airy feeling bathroom. I’ve selected some natural stone from C.P. Hart which I would use as a basin worktop unit and perhaps also to lay on the floor and act as a skirting board. For the walls I’d use polished concrete which is quite popular at the moment. Finally for behind the shower I’d also use a piece of stone to create a feature wall with. This would run along behind the toilet and basin unit.
4. Accessories & Lighting
Finally, the last thing I would look at is the lighting and accessories for the bathroom. In a small bathroom good lighting is a must so you need to incorporate it in anyway that you can. If the bathroom is in the loft – see if you can put a big skylight in. Other ideas are to remove any central light fitting on the ceiling and replace with halogen spotlights. Also, if you can, place lighting behind the mirror to give it a soft glow like this:
Make sure to include all of the necessary accessories such as a toilet roll holder, a hand towel holder, a place to put your tooth brush and even a dish or dispenser for your soap. C.P. Hart have a great selection of accessories that will fit into any style of space.
Finally – if you’re going to be putting a mirror in remember this is where you can be creative. For a bit of drama perhaps incorporate a more ornate style of mirror such as this example:
Or another one of my favourites, which I think would work particularly well with this clean style, would be an antique’d style mirror – it adds a little drama and they are beautiful to look at!
So there you go – those are my steps to create a great small bathroom or wet room. I would envisage a result similar to this sketch
How would you create your perfect small bathroom?