DESIGN: Making Your Beautiful Small Space Bathroom Deliver Large on Luxury
by Linda Mazur
At first glance, small spaces often seem discouraging. Your renovation dreams and ideas are large. However, the footprint you must work within may be awkwardly small and challenging to fulfill the wish list for your “luxe” new bath space.
Bathrooms have been elevated from the simply utilitarian to the highly stylized, evoking both personal taste and customized lavishness. Whether you desire a “spa-like” retreat, a classic look that is big on functionality or a minimalistic approach that still packs a punch, today’s bathrooms deliver large on luxury.
When working in a smaller footprint, design is as much about creative thinking as well as making good use of your space. Every design element should have a purpose and be functional in some way or another to create a space-saving sanctuary. With the surge in small-space dwelling we are finding that many retailers have introduced designs that cater to the small space dwellers. Take for example Victoria + Albert, a company that is completely on trend with their extraordinary collection of freestanding tubs designed for a smaller footprint without compromising on luxury.
Though your space is smaller, custom vanities can make a large impact in your bathroom. There are many benefits to going the custom route for your vanity; primarily it affords you the option of maximizing the functionality and usage of your space while still injecting an abundance of style. The finishes you select are also key to enhancing the highend, luxe feel of a “spa-like” retreat. Whether you decide on the trendy matte black finish for your faucets and fittings, or the always classic brushed nickel you are sure to find that the selections are endless. Wallmount faucets are always a great option. Though sometimes a bit tricky in a condo setting, they can deliver large on style. Today’s tile options are also quite inspirational in creating an upscale look for your new bath space. Whether you are drawn to the bold patterns of encaustic cement tiles or the simplicity of a basic white subway tile you are sure to find your creativity jogged by what you may find.
Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design. Be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and your budget. A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting room that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.
HERE ARE A FEW TIPS TO KEEP IN MIND:
- Select appropriately sized bathroom fixtures for your small space, and don’t feel that a larger scaled tile cannot be used in a smaller bathroom.
- Investigate the benefits of a well designed custom vanity vs a pre-fab, for small space bathroom design the custom approach may be the way to go to maximize the efficiency of your space.
- A separate soaker tub and shower may be what you desire, but it’s just not be a realistic approach for your space …plan well and ensure you make wise choices.
- Set a realistic budget. Some believe that since the bathroom is a small area it will not cost a lot to renovate. On the contrary. Once you start looking at all the options available to you, whether in tile, fixtures or storage you might be surprised at what is out there and how much it can cost.
|Linda Mazur is an award-winning, nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group.
With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada.