Lighting Is A Priority
A small bathroom cries out for good lighting, so you need to get it any way you can. Put a big skylight in a loft bathroom, but if small windows are the only option, undress them completely and replace the glass with frosted panes (or window film) or fit white roller blinds for privacy. Take out the central light fitting too and go for halogen spots that mimic natural daylight.
One focal piece, whether it's a slightly impractical, but good looking enormous sink, a sexy showerhead or even just a fabulous mirror, will give the room instant character and turn it from a practical, apologetic cell into a room you'll want to be in.
Bespoke or built-in furniture is often more expensive than unfitted, but it's the best way to maximise space. Fit deep, easily accessible drawers to hide away space-sucking clutter. For more ideas, see our bathroom storage gallery.
Use every trick to make a low-ceilinged room look taller. A white ceiling and good lighting will help, as will low-slung fittings. As for the surface, pick large, light-coloured wall tiles to enhance the space, or go for something more unusual, such as a wood veneer panelling. The vertical stripes pictured are a great way to create the impression of height.
When you're climbing into a small tub, the taps need to be negotiated carefully. The best place to fit them is centrally on the wall above the bath, so you can get in easily and relax in comfort at either end without obstruction.
If you can squeeze a bath and a shower into the room, then do - it will all help when you come to sell in the future. However, you will need to source a smaller bath. Try Better Bathrooms and Ideal Standard for baths from 143cm upwards.
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