It is worth starting the bathroom arrangement by listing the necessary equipment that must be in it and deciding whether there will be a shower or a bathtub in it (or maybe both). The arrangement of the bathroom largely depends on its size. Start the project by carefully measuring the room and planning what will be in the room. Even a bathroom with an area of fewer than 4 m2 can be arranged so that it is functional and practical.
1. Bathroom projects – where to start?
Before you start designing a bathroom, there are a few essential things to keep in mind :
- On a scrap of paper, print down the bathroom’s length, breadth, and height. If there is a recess in it, also measure it,
- On a bit of paper or in a design application, outline the bathroom.
- mark where the sewage drain is, how the water and sewage pipes go,
- the pattern where the ventilation grille is located,
- mark points of light, switches, sockets,
- decide if you want a bath or shower,
- determine whether there should be a washing machine in the bathroom,
- decide whether the toilet seat should be on a frame, with a suspended bowl or the so-called compact.
2. What about the bathroom floor and walls?
- Decide whether you want tiles on the floor and the wall. They are the most practical, but also work exotic wood, pa nele vinyl, washable lining and wall even resistant to abrasion and water paint or vinyl wallpaper ( wallpaper in the bathroom is one of the most vital trends in interior design). If you decide to use tiles or porcelain stoneware on the wall, determine what height the tiles should reach. Up to the ceiling or maybe only 1.5 m high? Or perhaps the tiles should be only above the bathtub or the shower tray and the washbasin, and the rest of the walls will be finished differently? Mark it all on your bathroom designs.
3. Colors in the bathroom
In small bathrooms, most suited to bright colors and instead of smooth walls and floors. The size of the tiles is less critical, although a small mosaic prefers larger spaces than cubicles.
Gray is a popular choice since it is ubiquitous and blends nicely with various other colors and styles.
A gray bathroom can be designed in a minimalist, industrial, glamor, or retro style. In the photo below, gray is combined with white and chrome elements. The whole thing looks modern and fresh.
Black and white bathroom
The duo of white and black will work well in almost every bathroom. White walls and floors perfectly match the black fittings – bathtub, toilet seat, and washbasin. The cupboard, chair, and mirror frame are also black in the bathroom below.
Bathroom with wood
Wood in the bathroom is gaining popularity. The exotic works best – it is the most resistant to moisture, but it can also be well-impregnated oak, ash, and larch.
Wood can be floors, walls, and furniture. Wood goes well with black, beige, gray, and white.
4. Style in the bathroom
Modern, classic, Scandinavian, retro. The bathroom should be decorated with the same attention to detail as the living room or bedroom.
Modern bathroom, what is it? There are no unnecessary extras – minimalist forms, smooth surfaces, and as much space as possible.
Until recently, modern-style bathrooms were dominated by cool, dark colors, but now you can also find slightly bolder color combinations. In the room below, the owners chose sea turquoise, wood, and white.
Glamor style bathroom
A glamor bathroom is often based on a duo of white and black. Typically, you can find a foot bath (if there is room for it), ornate lighting, gold or silver taps, and showers.
The industrial bathroom works well in both spacious and small interiors. Aloft bathroom is not only black. Often there are white, wood colors, gold and silver (more often the latter), and the natural color.
We are also more and more willing to use retro accessories. In the bathroom below, the vintage bathtub and lighting are the highlights. It fits perfectly with black and white tiles reminiscent of old tenement houses.
5. Bathroom with shower or bathtub?
Each solution has its pros and cons. In interest to these two, there is also a third – a bathtub with a special panel with a rain shower and a folding screen (or a narrow partition wall made of, for example, glass).
Bathroom with shower
A shower has one significant advantage – it will work well even in very tiny bathrooms. It is worth putting on batteries for small spaces without a shower tray and with transparent glazing (matt or satin optically reduces the room).
Bathroom with bathtub
A bathroom with a bathtub is a dream of (almost) every woman. For many people, the relaxation offered by lounging in warm water with foam is irreplaceable.
It is wrong to believe that the bathtub will work only in large bathrooms – there are bathtubs of small dimensions (but comfortable) or cut on one side, which facilitates arrangement.
Bathroom with bathtub and shower
The bathroom with a bathtub and shower is highly convenient and comfortable. However, it has one disadvantage – this solution will only work in large areas.
6. A small bathroom in a block of flats
A small bathroom requires extremely carefully planned space, down to the centimeter. Most often, there is a shower, a washbasin, and a toilet. Sometimes it will also fit a washing machine – if you are not a few centimeters for a standard washing machine, remember that there are models, e.g., only 35 cm deep and those that are of a standard depth (approx. 60 cm, but are narrow, e.g., 45 cm).
Find out about the dimensions of bathtubs, shower trays, cabins, washbasins, toilets, washing machines. The choice is vast, and generally, there is no problem with purchasing narrower or shallower equipment.
When arranging a small bathroom, use a large mirror – which optically enlarges the space and bathroom furniture with varnished fronts.
What is worth considering when arranging a small bathroom?
The offer of small washbasins is currently extensive, although remember that comfortable use is possible only with one that is no less than 45 cm long. It is rather challenging to find a place for a countertop washbasin in a tiny bathroom because there is no space for a countertop ( such models work excellently in larger ones).
In the case of a small bathroom, consider purchasing a washbasin complete with a vanity unit. As a rule, this saves space.
If you are going to apply tiles, take into account that after tiling, the dimensions of the bathroom will change (adhesive layer, thickness of the tiles). Include this in your bathroom design. When the room is small, and every centimeter counts, it may affect fitting, e.g., a washbasin or a washing machine.
7. Attic bathroom
If it is of an appropriate size, the attic bathroom should not pose any problems in the arrangement. Problems arise when the knee wall is low and the area is small.
Start by setting up the bathtub – it can stand directly at an angle, but remember to move it slightly away from the wall. There is also a shower in this bathroom – it has been arranged where the ceiling is highest (therefore, it is comfortable to use). A toilet seat appeared next to the shower, and on the opposite wall was a cupboard with a countertop washbasin and a large mirror.