Compact bathrooms can present quite a problem, particularly for those who want a luxurious space where they can completely relax and unwind after a hard day. However, with a little effort and more thought, a modestly sized bathroom can still be a haven for total relaxation.
One of the main problems of a tiny bathroom is where one should put toiletries, towels and other items. Storage in a smaller bathroom needs to be installed in way that doesn’t swallow up what little space is available. Using the corners and crevices of the room is the best way to ensure that you make the most out of the room. Corner shelves, built in cupboards and storage space underneath the sink are all viable options in a compact bathroom space. These will allow you to keep everything you need in the room, without creating a sense of clutter and overcrowding.
Keeping things minimalistic is important in a small bathroom; this is not the right space for lots of accessories and unnecessary decorative items. Use colour to create a sense of style in the room, rather than objects. Painting one of the walls a striking colour and adding a matching towel or shower curtain will ensure that the room has personality and yet still feels as spacious as possible. Of course, you can add one or two accessories to the room if you wish; candles, soap dishes and other pieces will certainly help to add character to the room, but the key is to not overdo it with this type of accessorising. Less is definitely more in a modest sized bathroom.
There are some bathroom suites that are designed specifically for the more compact bathroom space. However, these can sometimes make the room feel even smaller. Choosing one luxury bathroom piece, such as a wooden bath, will make the room feel more like a luxurious space. Wood baths are an unusual and beautiful way to incorporate a stylish touch into a plain bathroom. If you decide to do this, then its best to choose slightly smaller additional pieces, as this will allow the stunning design of the bath to stand out.
Wood baths are an elegant way to make a bathroom appear larger and more luxurious, but there are other methods that work well too. A large, framed mirror works beautifully in a smaller bathroom, reflecting the light and creating the illusion of a far more spacious room. Combined with wood baths, large mirrors hung correctly will do wonders in a compact bathroom. The right lighting is just as important; overhead lighting can be a bit too harsh in small room, so it’s sometimes best to use wall lights that produce a softer glow. Make the most of candles as well, as these will create a wonderfully luxurious atmosphere, in any size of room.
Remember to add a heated towel rail in a compact bathroom, as this is the perfect way to heat up the room, store your towel neatly and warm it up for after a shower or a bath.
Many people do not consider the possibility of using wood as a material in decorating a bathroom, as it is often assumed that water and wood are not a good combination. This used to be the case with untreated wood, as it is more prone to warping and mould damage when water is present. However, wood today is stained and treated to minimise or even eliminate such concerns and so can be a fantastic choice of material for use in the bathroom.
The central piece of almost every bathroom is the bathtub; wood baths are an excellent way to bring this material into the room and add a rustic touch to the decor. A sleek, varnished and panelled wooden bath is an excellent choice for a contemporary bathroom, but if you want to play up the historical, aged look that wood can bring to a room, you can use rough sanding, nails and unvarnished wood on your bath to help create this feel. If you are concerned about the lifespan of wood baths, or simply do not wish to commit to a bath made entirely from wood, you can add wood panels to a basic porcelain tub, thereby creating a similar look with less of a commitment. On a more practical note, wooden baths are a great choice for those who have very young or elderly people living with them, as these types of bathtubs are far less slippery than, for example, a porcelain or fibreglass tub, making them safer.
Modern bathrooms are often associated with shiny, minimalistic surfaces and an almost clinical look. However, if you are the kind of person who wants to bask in the tub for an hour or two, it’s safe to say that the more welcoming, cosier appearance which comes with the use of wooden materials is a better choice. You needn’t choose between modern practicalities and traditional aesthetics; today you can have the best of both worlds. Wood baths are the perfect example of this, as they are sturdy and quite durable, yet add a warmth to the room which other materials simply cannot achieve.
Taking a bath is a relaxing, almost ritualistic experience which many people rely on to melt away the stresses of the day. Natural textures and materials are an important part of creating the ultimate relaxation experience. However, if the main surfaces of your bathroom happen to be quite minimal and somewhat harsh, it isn’t necessary to completely redecorate, as simply adding a wooden bath will soften the look of the room dramatically. The natural wood grain will add an interesting texture to an otherwise simple bathroom. Walnut is a wonderful type of wood to use in a bathroom, as it adds depth and elegance to any room. Lighter woods such as beech and pine can be stained to match the rest of the colours in the room, however almost every kind of wood looks beautiful if left unpainted. Wood baths may require treatment every few years to maintain their stylish appearance.