The smallest room in the house can still be highly functional and enjoyable to use with a clever application of design finesse and quality construction. Certified Bathroom Designer, John Spiteri, shares his top tips for small bathroom renovations.

  1. Design to a style

Small bathrooms designs benefit from the application of a particular style such as this example which has been given a traditional appeal. It’s a compact space, mainly used by guests, so this small bathroom needed careful attention to detail to ensure all the required elements could be included within the smaller footprint. Here, the traditional aesthetic works perfectly as it provides a timeless appeal while the choice of fittings, fixtures and tiles makes the room warm and welcoming.


  1. Maximise space

In any bathroom design the idea is to make the most of every available centimetre but, in a small bathroom design, this becomes critical. The bathroom layout becomes an essential part of the success of the final design, as in this example, where placement of the main fixtures was carefully considered. To maximise space even further and stay in keeping with the original design of the home, the original plaster wall vent was retained and it was used to hide the exhaust fan which was mounted in the cavity behind.



  1. Visual effects

Natural ironwood vanity, sealed but with a rough edgeThis ensuite bathroom design started with the vision to create a pebbled floor that would represent water trickling through a creek bed. In this way, a visual focal point is created within the small bathroom that draws attention to the rear of the room and therefore tricks the eye into believing the room is larger than in reality. A simple colour scheme of neutral tones reflects the calming nature of the outdoors while the choice of a rough natural wood block as the vanity top becomes a second place of visual interest.


  1. Pops of Colour

With any small bathroom design, the challenge is how to bring the space to life and create an environment conducive to both the morning rush and evening relaxation. This example uses a bright splash of colour against a bright white tile that not only accentuates the bathroom layout but adds a pop of personality. The size of the room was a design challenge as the owners wanted to include both a bath and a shower along with a decent-sized vanity unit.

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