How to make the most of a small bathroom footprint

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No matter what the shape and size of your home, youll always want it to be as stylish and comfortable as you can make it. When it comes to the bathroom, the three key things people look for are practicality, storage and luxury. Even if you’re dealing with a footprint that’s rather small, there’s no reason why you can’t achieve this by paying close attention to detail with your design features. Here are a few tips to get you started…

Start with the tiles

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As soon as you start to put colours and tiles on your walls, your bathroom can instantly appear larger or smaller. If you’re already dealing with a tight footprint, go for lighter, elongated tiles that give the appearance of a brighter and longer room. Try to stay away from pure white, as this can often be a little too dazzling.

Instead, light grey and ivory make good off-white colours which will still enhance any light that hits the walls. Consider adding a border tile too, which is again a slim, long design, so that the person entering the bathroom is instantly given the impression of more length.

Think about fixtures and fittings

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Next, it’s time to think about the bathroom furniture. If space-saving is your ultimate goal here, then you need to look at a variety of different designs and styles to find what you like. For example, a large, traditional roll-top bath would be completely impractical for a smaller bathroom, but you could get a corner bath with shower that has traditional features, so that you still have the look and feel you desire.

It’s best to check out an online retailer with a large choice, such as Better Bathrooms, to make these initial decisions. Then, consider additional items like floating toilets, where the cistern is concealed within the wall, so as not to take up precious floor space.

Start thinking vertically

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Now that you have your colours and fixtures all in place, in order to make this space usable, you’ll need to turn your attention to storage. Whether you have three children and their bath time toys to worry about, or you’re a leisure-lover with dozens of pampering products laying around, don’t think of your walls as dead space, and start using them more creatively. You can opt for the more conventional wall-to-ceiling units, or go for hanging compartments and shelving units that can be easily moved as your needs change.

Secondly, don’t be afraid to use every single nook and cranny in your space. You can easily have vanity units built to conceal pipes and such, but can you use that space for anything else? If you have an awkward recess in one wall, look for what tailored storage solutions there are around, so that you can turn it into something useful.

We hope this post gave you some inspiration – if you have any more ideas for small bathroom solutions, please let us know in the comment section.

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Get their look: Elegant sitting room

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Get their look: Elegant sitting room | H is for Home

What is it that makes this space such an elegant sitting room?

The owners have retained the original 19th century features where possible, yet it looks thoroughly 21st century – bright, spacious and uncluttered.

The soaring ceilings with central rose and cornicing give the room grandeur. The wide, lime-washed Douglas fir floorboards elongate the space.

Then there’s the statement lighting – the oversized floor lamp and luxe ‘Bling’ chandelier have real impact.

The modern feel is further enhanced by pieces of mid century design furniture, contemporary artwork and textiles.

  1. Bling chandelier by Robert Abbey
  2. Farrow & Ball ‘Great White’
  3. HEKTAR white floor lamp
  4. Marble oval coffee table
  5. Raffles sofa
  6. Ercol Studio couch
  7. Douglas fir flooring

Creating a vintage look for your bathroom

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The vintage look is certainly a popular one to adopt, and there are a great deal of elements and intricacies to consider when it comes to exactly what style you’re trying to recreate. Pebble Grey take you through some of the aspects of planning your perfect vintage bathroom.

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Plan in advance

You probably already have a good idea about your own likes and dislikes when it comes to bathroom décor, and we’re specifically aiming to create a vintage look. So how do we take that from your mind to reality? The first step is to figure out exactly how much room there is with which to work. Now, that isn’t to suggest that it’s impossible to create a stylish and welcoming vintage bathroom with limited space. Only that resorting to some ingenuity in using the available space might be necessary.

The second thing to consider is exactly which style you prefer to emulate, as this will dictate the fittings and décor in which to seek out. Do you want a more rustic, old-fashioned style with authentic wooden furnishings and striking marble highlights? Or a fantastically vibrant 70s style room filled with bright complementary colours?

Decorative centrepiece

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A particularly striking design choice in a vintage bathroom would be decorating your bathroom around one specific furnishing, so that it comes to function as the centrepiece of your bathroom. This can work regardless of the exact era you intend to replicate.

Authentic wooden panelling for either your floors or walls will make your bathroom feel much more inviting and warm over more clinical white bathroom tiles It will stand out beautifully, and won’t limit your available space by any significant amount. With traditional baths slowly taking a back seat to showers in the modern day, a claw-footed free-standing bath will also work in any vintage style as your centrepiece. That said, you can choose to customise this a little.

Most styles will fit in an old-fashioned bathroom, but a vibrant coloured bathtub can function as the centrepiece of a 70s style bathroom just as well. If you prefer this approach, you could also consider, instead of lots of collaborative colours – like pink and yellow together – having a mostly plain yet stylish bathroom, with the bath being central and standing out as your one dazzling splash of colour.

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Make use of what you have

However, many houses simply don’t have the space to make such bold decorative statements. If you find yourself lacking in space for something like that, look elsewhere to draw attention. For example, an elevated-cistern toilet with pull chain can even add to the appeal of a vintage bathroom.

Storage can always be a concern when it comes to decorating a smaller bathroom, but there are still options available to you. Modern bathrooms often make use of reflective metals like chrome in their furnishings, so when planning your vintage design, look for copper and brass to fit perfectly. With that in mind, over a modern vanity unit, opt for a traditional pedestal sink flanked by coloured cabinets that complement the sink.

When it comes to designing, everyone will have a different idea of what will constitute their own perfect bathroom, so planning out the space and décor long in advance will ensure that you’re left with a room that is perfect for you.

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Get their look: Pink House bathroom

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Whilst looking for a room to feature in this week’s ‘Get their look‘ feature, I came across this bathroom. One word… WOW!  It belongs to lifestyle blogger and journo, Emily Murray. Her award-winning blog, The Pink House, is full of really inspired and inspiring interiors.

The first thing that caught my eye in this photo was that super wallpaper – exotic, opulent and just so beautiful. The colour-matched brass taps, towel warmer and light give the room a sumptuous feel – Cleopatra herself would be delighted at taking her ass’ milk bath in here!

On further inspection, you’ll see how well she has designed and fitted a really, really awkward space. The bathroom is located in the eaves of the house; while all the interesting sharp angles look attractive, it meant that she had to install a ‘kneeling’ shower in the compact space. Storing the ablutionary accoutrements of a family of four hidden away in the custom-built under-sink unit keeps the surfaces clutter-free. The Pantone pink espresso mug of flowers gives a knowing nod to The Pink House.

Pop on over Emily’s blog to see all the before & after photos and read about this successful bathroom redesign. You’ll really love her writing style and turn of phrase.

  1. Overton wall light with prismatic glass globe
  2. Osborne & Little Derwent wallpaper, charcoal, W5796-01
  3. Farrow & Ball ‘Down Pipe’
  4. Ceramic melon knob
  5. Bath fittings
  6. Evnille towel warmer
  7. Pantone 7432 bone china mug, Raspberry Crush
  8. Grubby Cow zesty hand wash (300ml)

Get their look: Pink House bathroom | H is for Home

Get their look: Cosy snug

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This is a lovely, cosy snug to retreat to in the evenings. The space has a warm, soft grey palate – some subtle brighter shades brought into the scheme via artwork, textiles and books.

The curve of the bay window is mirrored by the curves of the gorgeous sofa. Imagine you and your partner, a glass of wine each, a bit of soft music and a warming fire whilst you catch up with each other at the end of a working day.

Or perhaps you’d relax here on your own, kicking back with a good book or magazine, reclining on the sofa, nodding off from time to time.

  1. Verine Atina high efficiency trimless hole in the wall gas fire
  2. Flos Aim pendant lamps
  3. Vintage amber glass bud vase
  4. Faux silk green stripe cushion
  5. Minotti Seymour sofa
  6. Joy Jut Out side table
  7. Traditional cast iron anthracite triple panel horizontal radiator
  8. Velvet Strada hand tufted rug

Get their look: Cosy snug | H is for Home

Home tones: blending multiple colours

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No matter where you live, it’s crucial to make sure that your home feels comfortable and welcoming. Whether you’re living in a cosy little place that’s short on space but big in personality, or you’re trying to make it work with a one-bedroomed apartment, there are plenty of ways to add something special to your home with some careful interior decorating.

When it comes to home decorating, we often approach our projects from a range of different angles, choosing colours and objects that appeal to our personal tastes or create specific emotions. However, the way that you blend multiple colours throughout a home can have a huge impact on your interior atmosphere. Here, we’re going to give you some tips on how you can blend colours effectively to have the best interior design results.

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Use bright colours to create space

Many people assume that the best way to create space in a small room is by using a lot of white – but this might not be the answer. Whether you’re making the most out of a tiny bathroom or living room, consider using vibrant colours such as yellows and blues to add space to your home. Just try to make sure that the hues you choose aren’t too dark. The idea should be to stick with bright, pastel-based colours instead.

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Add depth to a room with complex colours

If you want an interior design that has plenty of depth and meaning, then make sure that you use a range of colours that deliver a deeper atmosphere. Rather than going for bright primary colours or simple hues, consider eggshell whites and dusty pinks – the kind of colours that evoke emotions and bring certain situations to mind. You can even use colours from your past in certain rooms to remind you of fond memories. For instance, if you had yellow in your kitchen as a child, you might choose to decorate your new kitchen with yellow accents.

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Provide splashes of colour with shutters

Most people add colour to otherwise bland rooms with paintings, throws and rugs, but it’s important to remember that you can have an equally powerful effect by installing coloured full-height shutters. Not only will these shutters help you to control the amount of light and noise that enters your home, but you’ll also be able to add bright splashes of your favourite hues without worrying about a pattern becoming too overwhelming.

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Use relaxing colours to help you unwind

Though it can sometimes be tempting to use dark and seductive colours in the bedroom, such as red and purple, it’s important to remember that these colours can generate appetites and raise your blood pressure. Instead, you should be opting for colours that prompt relaxation. In bathrooms and bedrooms, stick to cooler colours such as blues and soft greens to help provide a calming atmosphere at the time when you need it most. Remember, the darker the shade you choose, the more significant the impact will be. To avoid going too far with colour, it may be helpful to choose one feature wall and keep the rest in soft shades.

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Choose flattering colours in the bathroom

If you know a colour that suits you particularly well, then that’s usually the one that you should choose for your bathroom decoration. The bathroom is where a lot of people go to check themselves out, do their make-up, or sort out their hair for a big night, so you want to make sure that your bathroom makes you feel as confident as possible. Try mixing numerous colours that blend well together, such as soft greens and darker forest colours.

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Encourage optimism with yellows and oranges

Finally, if you struggle to find your optimism from time to time, why not introduce some brighter colours around the home that could help to keep you smiling? Yellow and orange can promote optimism, and they’re perfect for use in a sun room or an enclosed front porch. When used towards the entrance of the home, yellow and bright-coloured paints can help to give you an extra dose of optimism before you tackle the day ahead.

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Choosing colour for decoration

When it comes to decorating, we frequently find ourselves choosing favourite colours and hues without thinking about the impact that these shades might have on our emotions. Thinking carefully about the way that you blend colours throughout your house could not only add extra depth to your decorating efforts but also ensure that you have better control over your day-to-day emotions.

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