Most older small bathroom design installations have the obligatory toilet, a small basin and small, medium or even full sized bath tub, however the inconvenient design and installed location of each fixture and fitting usually means that there is no space left over for anything else, not least a shower or larger more family sized basin.

Older bathroom designs often don't allow for a luxurious bath under the window so that you can gaze out at the stars and you relax and soak in the tub, some are placed well but are the wrong way round with the taps to the exterior view intsead of your head.

A very inconvenient installation is placing the basin directly under the window... no chance of a non-steam mirror there and if you have a small mirror propped up on the window sill - you have the daylight coming in behind it, greatly reducing visibility in the mirror AND cutting out light coming into the room!

The ugliest items on view in older bathrooms are the water boiler and the toilet cistern and getting these out of sight is often a priority in small bathroom design remodeling projects.

While normal square bathroom tiles are the easiest to find and buy, small bathroom designs often benefit from choosing very small tiles or much sized larger tiles, depending on the size and shape of your bathroom.

Large rectangular tiles placed horizontally will make small bathrooms feel wider, placed vertically... will give the illusion of a room with more ceiling height.

Miniscule tiles that are quick and easy to installed in full strips of hundreds also give the illusion of more space, especially if they are laid in blocks of the same color with different colors or hues of the same color used to highlight the different areas of your bathroom, i.e. around the basin, emphasising the shape of the bath etc.

Storage is always a big problem in small bathrooms and creating a new design usually calls for compromise. Many people would rather have storage space in a bathroom vanity than have a bidet, in fact in many remodeling projects this is the one item that is usually cancelled from the list.

Free standing and corner units are often a better solution than wall to wall fitted cupboards.

Long narrow wall hung cupboards with semi opaque mini doors allow for small bathroom bits and pieces, instead of larger heavier horizontal cabinets that may make the room look smaller.


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