Houses come in all shapes and sizes and sometimes we just have to work with what we've got. Moving isn't always possible, and out budgets don't always accommodate major extensions. But never fear, with some careful planning and innovative ideas, you will achieve success.
And one of the first places to start is the bathroom. Kitchens and bathrooms are probably the most important areas of your home to upgrade, both for your own convenience and to add value to your property.
Even if you can't increase the size, you can make your bathroom far more appealing and make better use of the space. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Light and bright is right
While bathrooms have a very functional and practical role to play, they should also be relaxing and a even luxurious. But even if you can't afford the jacuzzi, you can improve the mood by modifying the light.
Natural light is always best so opt for big windows, and a skylight if possible, to create a feeling of space and openness. Curtains are a no-no - opt instead for modern blinds in while or light grey or, even better, forget window coverings altogether. Even if your neighbours are close, you can get around the privacy issue by using opaque glass.
Another clever trick is the use of mirrors. Strategically placed they can actually make the room appear bigger, as well as offering a practical use.
The art of illusion
Add height to a small bathroom by using vertical lines to draw the eye. There are several ways to achieve this quite easily. For example, if tiling, extend the tiles all the way to the ceiling. Or try a floor-to-ceiling mirror.
Adding a vertical feature stripe, in paint or contrasting tiles, will also lead the eye upwards, as will frameless, floor-to-ceiling shower glass.
And on the subject of tiles, always choose large tiles over small to create the illusion of space.
Colour me lightly
Another cheap fix that will transform your tiny bathroom is colour choice. Never, ever choose dark hues or the bathroom will just end up looking pokey. Bright white is always right, or anything neutral, such as light grey.
The same advice goes for the fittings. Thankfully avocado-coloured bathtubs went out in the 80s, so stick with white for a fresh, clean look, paired with chrome or stainless tap ware. This is one occasion when it's perfectly acceptable for the 'furniture' to merge into the walls, again creating the illusion of space.
Thankfully, modern designers have caught on to the idea of space-saving and it's possible to buy vanities, tubs and showers in all shapes and sizes these days. There are also some ingenious ideas out there for maximising storage space.
If you're not comfortable with so much white or neutral hues, add colour pops with plants, towels, toothbrush holder, and so on.
One last little tip is to swap traditional doors for sliding doors. It not only frees up valuable space, but avoids the possibility of being slammed in the back by the door while brushing your teeth!