Solution for compact bathroom
If the title of this piece happens to fit your bathroom description then you must either move to a new house with a bigger bathroom or make well-informed changes to the existing set-up. In hindsight the latter choice would unfold as the wiser solution.
So what does small mean in this scenario? What does it really do to you? Recalling the title people feel claustrophobic, unpleasant and most importantly dysfunctional once inside so much that they want to finish their business and head out in a hurry. The inability to tackle functional issues and years of neglect result in clutter and clumsiness which can drive us towards feeling hopeless and given up about the whole situation.
Small in the subject we are dealing with hurts aesthetically and more importantly affects our functionality inside the bathroom. The unchanging persistent handicap restricting our movement inside the bathroom weighs heavily on our mental well-being. The solution lies in reducing clutter and reclaiming space, this approach is filled with ingenious perspectives and remains pivotal to rid the suffocation we often experience in our small bathrooms.
Where’s the light?
In order to feel the expanse one must in principal understand the essence of light as it opens our sense of perception and limits it as well. Extreme brightness robs us of the perception of depth and the damage is exacerbated if the room relies on artificial lighting. If your room has a window or ventilation meant for receiving natural light then do use it to the maximum during daytime and have artificial means to replicate the effect at night, the focus, however, while designing the lighting arrangements must remain on softness which is achieved with the permeation of natural light into an enclosed space in the right proportion. Recessed lighting that follows an arrangement of embedding lights in the hollow portion of the ceiling openings is capable of producing milder tones that would help in establishing a boundary sense which is necessary for appreciation of space recognition. In case this arrangement is not possible then a ceiling mounted light or scones on either sides of the mirror can be chosen as the next best alternatives of even distribution.
The walls of your bathroom are perhaps ready to receive the new lighting which is going to make you feel comfortable but a complete sense of ease would prevail once the bathroom walls are dressed in the right colour. And on what basis are you to choose the right colour or what is the simply right colour? The answer, instead of a unanimous colour choice happens to be choice of shades, divided into two groups and the deciding factor is simply how bright or dull the lighting in the bathroom is, which rather redeems an incorrectly lit bathroom. Lighter pastels with self-effacing tones would suit a small bathroom with appropriate lighting. Bathrooms with dull lighting can be rescued with the use of brighter colours such or even go with classic white. The discerning eye would look to strike a balance and have a proper blend of lighting and colour.
But what if your bathroom already possesses the recommended lighting arrangement and yet you feel it’s small. In that case a clutter inspection is overdue.
If we went looking for a culprit responsible for encroaching on our bathroom space then clutter would emerge as the sole offender. The concept of no clutter demands better organized bathrooms and to be better organized is to have better storage. Moving beyond acknowledgement, the concept of modern storage has driven past the basic idea of space allocation of space for storage and is busy addressing the challenges that perpetually emerge and are common place for small bathroom owners. The space crisis is best matched by vertical designs in Tall storage cabinets and wall-mounted fixtures such as shower racks and shower caddies. The importance of reclaiming every square inch is well-reflected in recessed cabinets, built-in storage units, corner niche and shelves that are built right above the toilet-cistern or attached to the window. A chief wing of the de-clutter operation involves the removal of heavy furniture such as vanity units and have it replaced with wall mounted sinks or sink consoles. Traditional flush toilets are traded for wall mounted WC’s—esteemed quite highly for rescuing the crucial inches. Any bathroom fixture occupying a considerable portion in relation to the size of the overall bathroom which also amounts to movement restriction needs to be replaced with a more compact version.
The next step of our pursuit leads us in the direction of creating zones—namely, a wet and a dry zone. This demarcation is necessary both from a space saving and safety perspective. Creating a shower area may be all the more necessary if your bathroom has inherited an old style free-standing bath tub or even a modern one that is successful in blocking a tremendous amount of area and is hardly able to serve you inside your busy schedule. A walk-in shower enclosure is fed from and much aligned to the vertical principle and will do much to alleviate the space problem in small bathrooms with its easy to install recipe using quarter of the horizontal space needed for a bathtub.
Does your bathroom have a focal point? And does it need one to begin with? For those of us who don’t understand the concept or refuse to see its importance will have to simply shake our ignorance and see the fact that a focal point does exist in every setting, which by default happens to be the most attractive feature in a room that catches our attention. Now that we understand the mechanics of it we can use it in our small bathroom and turn this feature of great salience as our greatest advantage. Anything in the bathroom is capable of becoming a focal point and successfully distracting us every single time we enter the bathroom to help us forget about the size of our bathroom. Mirrors are capable of making the room appear far more spacious than its actual size through their interplay with light; patterns and imagery created by mosaic tiling are also known to create a similar effect; vertical striped wallpaper is also known for creating an illusion of space enhancement. Each of these and other individual variables could be used to achieve a focal point.
Every fixture and accessory inside a small bathroom must be examined for its functional necessity and cleverly positioned to avoid clutter, clutter as we have seen is caused not only by the lack of organized storage but also by over-sized bathroom furniture and a combination of these factors along with improper lighting become overwhelmingly the most likely reason for the bathroom to feel small and claustrophobic. But, as we have seen so far that the uneasiness can be easily supplanted with ideas that represent aspirations and expanse transforming our outlook and infusing our minds with a sense of liberation.