The dimensions of the bathrooms in typical houses, especially those that were built half a century ago, are small. Usually it is 4 square meters. meters, but there are rooms and less - 2.5 square meters. m. Of course, such a tiny version is rare and rather the exception, so we will proceed from the average four squares. It was lucky if a bathroom of this size is located separately, but if it is combined with a toilet, you will have to think about each interior detail three times. However, there are many tricks and tricks to design a small bathroom with or without toilet was comfortable and cozy.
A small area should not be a hindrance in creating a modern, functional interior.
How to expand the space
There are several methods to make the interior of the bathroom more spacious. Sometimes it is enough to finish or properly selected colors. If possible, the actions become more radical, for example, the transfer of the door area or its extension. Also, the partitions between the bathroom and the toilet are demolished, which gives more space. Various tricks in the design of a small bathroom can be seen in the photo.
Fresh flowers bring fresh notes to the bathroom interior.
The easiest option to increase the room, making the interior more spacious and airy, is the decor. Here are some simple tips:
- Choose light colors for trim (white, pearl, milky);
- There should be a lot of light, it is desirable for each zone to have its own light source;
- Use mirrors;
- The transparent walls of the shower seem lighter;
- Smooth glossy surfaces of walls and facades of furniture will expand the space;
- If possible, try to choose glass furniture;
- Cabinets and shelves should be as small as possible, leave only the necessary;
- Do not use large patterns and too dark colors;
- Clear stripes can expand the bathroom (horizontal) or lift the ceiling (vertical);
- Smooth outlines of furniture and walls seem less;
- Glossy suspended ceiling with built-in lights will seem higher;
- The mirrored ceiling will also play a large role in the visual increase in space.
How beautiful it is to make a bathroom renovation with regard to various optical tricks can be seen in the photo below.
Horizontal stripes in the design help to visually expand the space.
Decor helps to increase the area only visually, there are ways to really save space. The entire area of the bathroom should be used functionally, it is worthwhile to use, including niches and projections - this is an excellent place for built-in cabinets and open shelves. What can be done in a small bathroom:
- If the room is connected to the toilet, you can choose a console toilet that is recessed into the wall. Due to the compactness, it saves about 30 cm of space.
- Expanding or moving the doorway will free up some space.
- It is more convenient to choose sliding doors instead of swing doors.
- If the bath takes up too much space, it can be replaced with a shower. If there is very little space, a shower and a pallet are enough, the main thing is to take care at least of the curtain so that the water does not fly around the bathroom.
- There are corner models of bathrooms that allow you to save space.
- A part of the place where there was a bath can be used as a closet for storing bath accessories or putting a washing machine there.
- Cabinets can be installed in niches or directly into the wall, and the swing doors can be removed entirely or replaced with sliding doors.
Design options for a small bathroom with well-arranged furniture and sanitary ware are presented on the photo selection below.
Open shelves in a small room do not overload the interior
The shape of the room, as well as its privacy or combination with the toilet, play an important role in interior design. In the photo with the renovation of a small bathroom, one can see how different forms affect the perception of the same area. It is most difficult to equip a combined bathroom, since in a small space it is required to arrange several important zones at once, which should not interfere with each other.
Even if the bathroom and toilet are separated by a wall, if there is not enough space, they are united. So, if the bathroom is shared from the very beginning, this is no reason to be upset. There are a couple of ways to competently equip this space:
- If the room is long, it is better to place the bath at the end, and place the rest of the furniture and plumbing along the longitudinal walls. How can I furnish a small bathroom of elongated shape can be seen in the photo.
- Round shapes look spectacular if you enclose a bath in such a similarity to the bay window. The semicircular niche can be used for shelves. The rest of the interior details are located along the walls. How does such a small rounded bathroom look like after the repair in the photo below.
Plumbing is better to arrange on one side
Important! Making a semicircle will take up more space, but the effect can be smoothed out with large mirrors.
A combined bathroom has a drawback, if a large family lives in an apartment - it can be difficult to retire in such an environment. The solution to the problem can be a beautiful screen, monophonic or with bright pictures. Screens look sleeker than ordinary oilcloth curtains, and if necessary, fold and retract. Alternatively, you can use sliding partitions made of frosted opaque glass. As during the repair, it is possible to distinguish between a bath and a toilet in an area of small size shown in the photo below.
The partition of the shower will be a great screen for the toilet
Corner bath will fit into any angle, it is smaller than conventional oval models and allows you to save enough space to accommodate the washing machine. Placing the rest of plumbing and furniture is not much different from rooms with classic bathrooms. The corner model is not necessarily a square, it is not suitable for all rooms and sometimes it looks too rough or cumbersome. In the photo you can see several design models of corner baths, here are the most popular options:
- round (quite massive, therefore not suitable for small premises);
- wavy (the outer edge has complex shapes, but the right angle still remains).
Beautiful repair in a small bathroom with unusual details of the decor can be seen in the photo below.
Corner bath will perfectly fit into the interior of a small bathroom
The most popular ceramic tiles, and it is not surprising. It is durable moisture resistant material, durable, bright, beautiful. Tiles can be of different shapes, from the usual squares with rectangles to circles and polygonal shapes. For the interior of a small bathroom it is better to use tiles of small sizes, such as in the photo below.
Rectangular porcelain tiles - the perfect solution for a small room
For walls also fit tile. If the floor is better to choose a rough matte tile, then the walls can be decorated with glossy ceramics, mirror plates or mosaics. Also in the trend glass panels of any color, and for greater effect, you can embed a backlight inside. There are a lot of samples of bathroom tiles in a standard apartment; a photo will help you make your choice.
There are also finishes of economy class, such as waterproof paint, plaster, plastic panels. Examples of a simple repair of a small bathroom with a toilet can be seen in the photo.
The mirror on the wall will help visually enlarge the bathroom space.
If we talk about the budget design, the easiest option to finish the ceiling is whitewashing. However, in conditions of high humidity, repair of the ceiling will have to be done constantly. There are more durable materials, the most reliable of them is a suspended ceiling made of PVC. Unlike woven analogues, polyvinyl chloride is not afraid of water, it is easy to clean, it does not show seams. This canvas is able to hold back water from above, if the neighbors suddenly flood you. For a beautiful repair in a small bathroom is better to choose glossy paintings as in the following photos.
Glossy ceiling surfaces with integrated lighting - the perfect solution for small bathrooms
If you look at the modern photos of small bathrooms in ordinary typical apartments, you will notice that light colors and glossy surfaces prevail. This is not an accident, since it is the bright gamma that makes the space more spacious and airy. For small rooms it is not recommended to choose contrasting combinations and too sharp lines.
But still you should not overdo it with white, in its pure form, this color is too sterile and lifeless. In larger quantities, a warmer shade of it — milky — looks better. So that the interior does not seem faded, it can be diluted with more vivid details. It can be tiled borders on the walls, curtains, partitions, floor mats.
In the design of the room you should not use more than three colors, otherwise the interior will turn out to be too motley. How these or other shades look in the interior of a small bathroom can be seen in the photo below.
Bathroom is one of the few rooms in the house where there is no natural light, so you need to take care of good fixtures. Chandeliers in a small room are not suitable, but here are some built-in lamps around the perimeter completely. A separate highlight at the mirror above the sink will not be superfluous; it is not only convenient during the morning procedures, but also visually makes the bathroom lighter. Mirrors and gloss can make the room bright even with a small number of light bulbs. Different lighting options in the design of a small bathroom are presented in the photo below.
How to choose furniture
There should be a minimum amount of furniture in the bathroom, sometimes there is so little space that you can barely hang a small cabinet over the sink and hook the towels and bathrobes on the door. It is best to avoid dark massive shelves and pedestals, it is better to choose light miniature designs, preferably with open shelves and glass doors.
Furniture in the tone of the walls will be almost invisible, which will create the illusion of space. Hinged shelves can also be equipped with additional lighting. Do not neglect the projections and niches, they can be used as shelves. How to place the furniture in a small bathroom can be seen in the photo.
Choice of plumbing
If you can still do without the furniture, you should not save on plumbing, especially if the bathroom is combined. In this case, the bath, sink, washing machine and toilet must be present. The arrangement of these elements is worth considering before repair. Design options for a small bathroom in a real apartment are presented in the photographs below.
Bath or shower
The choice depends not on the size of the room, but on whether there are children and the elderly in the apartment. For the latter, the high sides of the shower cabin can become an obstacle, and in the bathroom they are much more comfortable, there is no need to wash while standing.
There are also sedentary baths, they are smaller than their classic counterparts. Some of them are combined with a sink, which saves space even more. Corner baths are also smaller than oval.
Shower cabins use water more economically, they can have hydromassage functions, lighting, radio and even a telephone. However, the more functions of such a cabin, the more space it takes. The most compact option is one pallet without walls, or just draining the floor. Examples of repair in a small bathroom with shower in the photo below.
Place for washing machine
The easiest way is to place the washing machine directly under the sink - to choose a narrow model of the desired height is not difficult. You can also make room by replacing a large bath with a shower. Above the machine itself there will be enough space for shelves or a wall cabinet with a mirror.
If the design of the room does not imply clearly visible modern elements (for example, country, Provence, African or eco-style), you can either hide the washing machine behind the screen, or take it to the hallway or to the kitchen. In some cases, there will be a place for it on the loggia, if it is combined with a kitchen and is sufficiently insulated. Design projects of the bathroom with a washing machine can be seen on the selection of photos below.
Make repairs in a small bathroom without mirrors will not work. Not only because it is an integral thing in the interior, but also because the mirror surface creates an effect of spaciousness, filling the room with light. With a successful choice of a mirror greatly increase the area of the bathroom, the main thing is to follow a few rules:
- You should not mirror the whole wall - the effect still acts only at the level of the eye of the beholder.
- Mirrors on the floor are also not the best option. This is not always aesthetically pleasing, and in the worst case, a pipe or well effect will be created.
The original design decision will be the mirror angles, they will give the desired effect, as well as fill the room with highlights. Do not forget about the mirror above the sink, and side lighting will only enhance the effect. Beautiful renovation in the bathroom with mirrors in the photo below.
Cozy bathroom as in the photo below create details. It is the little things in the form of rugs, towels, beautiful cups for brushes, soap dishes and indoor moisture-loving plants that give the interior a habitable appearance. The decor element can stat even towel holders, if you pick up bright colors or elegant forms. Small niches can be used for scented lamps, sachets and candles, creating a relaxing atmosphere.
Important! In small premises you should not use too many decorations, just a few items, so as not to clutter up the space.
There are a lot of modern interior styles, but for small rooms it is worth choosing directions that are minimalistic. If you want to choose more decorative styles, you should not transfer all the details into the design, it is enough to use several recognizable elements. Fashionable interiors for small bathrooms 2016-2017 can be seen on the selection of photos.
Classic design is usually replete with rich paintings, gilding and bronze, antiques, etc., but in a small-sized bathroom does not particularly turn around. Therefore, it is better to use only the main features of the classics. This is a light natural range, natural expensive materials (in this case the wood will have to be additionally treated with antiseptic and water repellent). As a decor, you can choose candles, forged towel hooks, pictures on the walls with landscapes or beautiful murals with calm landscapes. The design of a small bathroom in a classic style is presented on a real photo below.
Minimalism or hi-tech
Both of these styles are united by a minimum of detail, simplicity of form, modern materials. However, minimalism seems warmer, using a neutral beige, milky, brown, gray scale. Cold colors and metallic, as well as an abundance of glass and chromium, are also characteristic of hi-tech. In both styles do not use too much decor. It is necessary to avoid unnecessary details that do not bear any practical functions. In the photos below you can take a closer look at the design projects of bathrooms in the style of minimalism or high-tech.
Laconic style of the interior, to the nature. As for minimalism, simple lines, a minimum of furniture and decor are appropriate here, but materials are used only natural - wood, stone, plaster. The best decoration of this interior will be fresh flowers, loving humid climate. Variants of beautiful eco-style bathroom design can be seen in the photo below.
So, a small bathroom in a typical apartment is not a sentence yet. To create a cozy interior, it is enough to organize the space correctly and choose the appropriate style.