When space is limited, it’s time to think out the box. To create interest and incorporate some contrasting colour, pattern and tactile texture, look to the areas of the space where the most square metres are available for manipulation. In most bathrooms’ cases, it’s either the floors, walls or doors.
A classic tip for bathroom floors is to add in a touch of black or dark grey. Most sanitaryware is white, so the darker hues contrast spectacularly with the white. Lay down a large-format, deep-toned tile for a contemporary bathroom, or else a modern monochromatic messina tile for a more bohemian look. And of course, there are a huge range of geometric-patterned bathmats and vintage-worn area rugs available for an easy update. Please don’t put a bathmat the size of Taylor Swift’s kneecap beneath your grand-scale double vanity. It will be lost and it will look silly. Be conscious of proportions and match accordingly.
If at all possible, avoid tiling wall-to-wall. Naturally, your shower walls need to be tiled, and splashback tiling around your basin area and built-in bath is recommended. But for all other walls, leave them tile-free so that you can experiment with wallpapers, wood cladding or shiplap walls, contrasting paint colours and wall art. It gives you flexibility without the big wallet dent in a few years’ time, when your ADHD kicks in and you need a change. AGAIN. (Or is that just me?)
And finally, don’t forget the design-factor of your bathroom door… The most basic of average doors is 80cm x 198cm – that’s almost 1.6m² of valuable space that usually go completely under-appreciated! So dress that sucker up with paint, art, hearts, signage or even fabric! Nothing like an upholstered, padded door to set your style apart from average!