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Plan Your Layout Carefully

Yes, it can take a little more thought and care to plan than a bigger bathroom, but the plus side is that it can be more straightforward and easier to make decisions too.

One key to remember with a small bathroom is that it’s not all about fitting in your bathroom ware. Creating a space you’re comfortable in and can move about is even more important. Think just as carefully about the space you leave and use as well as the space you fill.

An important aspect of your layout you shouldn't overlook in a smaller space is that of your tiles themselves. When you're a bit tighter for space, choosing the right tile pattern for your floor can make a big difference to how large the room actually seems.

Learn more about planning your bathroom layout.

Decide Where You Want to Make an Impact

A small bathroom can still have a big wow-factor if you choose one feature carefully.

Whether it’s a full feature tile wall, a more subtle decoration in a strategic spot or even an intricate feature floor, the right feature draws the eye exactly where you want it.

Here’s a little secret – your feature doesn’t even have to be tiles! The right freestanding bath, vanity or mirror can make a striking feature too.

One real advantage of small bathrooms is that because you don’t need as many tiles or as much bathroom ware as a bigger bathroom, you can afford to splurge on the items that will make the most difference. Or you can save your pennies and create an amazing bathroom on a budget.

Here are some of your options for a focal point in a compact bathroom:

  • Tiles: Tiles are a great way of adding a dynamic focus to your bathroom. Make a statement of the shower wall with hexagon tiles or create an Industrial look with brick look tiles. If your style is more eclectic bohemian, a patterned tiled is a great option.

  • Bathroomware: Another great way to add a focal point to your bathroom is with your bathroom products. A statement bath – like a freestanding bath is a great option, or save some space with a small bath. A vibrant bathroom vanity can also go a long way in uplifting your small space.

  • Fittings: Tapware is another great option for making a statement in your bathroom. Instead of traditional chrome taps, consider matt black, gold or rose gold tapware.

  • Wall Art: Adding artwork to your bathroom will not only add a touch of style, it will also increase the sense of space. Consider placing your artwork opposite the bathroom mirror or in a spot where it can be seen from your shower or bathtub.

  • Lighting: Lighting is a great way to illuminate and bring to life those hard-to-style little nooks that are often prevalent in small bathroom layouts.

Book a Free Consultation

Ready to tackle your bathroom but not sure where to start? The team at Beaumont Tiles is here to help. Book a free consultation at your closest store for expert advice and tips on getting your project underway. We can help you find your style, recommend some products to help you bring it to life or just give you some pointers to get started on your own.

Less is More

Focus on a single style

Because you don’t have to think about as much as in a bigger, more complicated bathroom, a small bathroom is actually a great opportunity to really focus on a single style or aesthetic.

Fewer elements means great focus, and a better chance of creating a space that is in total harmony.

Not sure what your style is? Take our What’s My Style quiz online and find out in just two minutes.

Scale & Design for Small Bathrooms

The expression ‘less is more’ couldn’t be more fitting when talking about small bathroom ideas. When it comes to painting your walls, limit yourself to two paint colours. While one is usually plenty – white is a great timeless option – if you do want to experiment a little, two tones should be your absolute maximum. A ‘busy’ space can make your bathroom feel cluttered and small.

When it comes to redesigning your space, correctly scaling your bathroom elements is also really important. Depending on the size of your room, choosing tiles that are too small or too large for the entire space will put the room’s proportions out of sync – potentially drawing attention to its small size. Make a feature out of accent small tiles, and focus your bigger tiles on the floor and larger areas.

Try to avoid vanities that take up large parts of your floor – you need to maximise the amount of floor that can be seen.

Small Details Matter in Small Bathrooms

The devil is always in the details. Here are a few more things to think about when thinking about a more compact bathroom design:

  • Lighting and mirrors. The way you light your small bathroom (especially if you can tap into natural light) and strategically place your bathroom mirrors can make your space feel roomier and more open.
  • Be sneaky with your storage. There’s more than one way to get a little extra storage into your small bathroom. Beyond your vanity and mirror, there’s plenty of ways to use your space.
  • Work with what you’ve got, not against it. Maybe your small bathroom is long and thin – sticking with that shape for your tile and bathroom fitting choices (like pencil or subway tiles and a long, narrow vanity and long mirror) can go a long way.
  • Consider larger format tiles – or even slab tiles. The larger your tiles, the less grout lines you’ll see, which means that there’s less to interrupt the flow of your space.

If you’re looking for more small bathroom inspiration, check out our bathroom ideas gallery.

Get Creative with Storage

Storage is so important in a bathroom, and this is especially the case when you’re dealing with a small space. Consider creating extra space by constructing storage niches in your walls. This will not only add some interesting style detail to your space, it will also make the space feel less clunky if you don’t have shelves and cabinets coming out of your walls.

Remember that mirror we spoke about earlier? It’s also another perfect place to hide storage. While it may look like a stylish and flat mirror feature of your bathroom, it has hidden storage, usually around 100 mm deep – perfect for hiding all your knick-knacks.

Finally, as we touched on before, small bathrooms are usually graced (unfortunately) with a lot of little nooks that often become ‘dead’ space. When re-designing your bathroom, consider using each one of these odd spaces for a creative storage option.

Want to take the guess work out of your next bathroom renovation? Check-out our new bathroom packages! Starting from as low as $4,000, our packages have been created to take the guess work out of your next reno. With over 15 bathroom packages, Beaumonts has a package to suit, no matter what your design style is!