From storage solutions to playful accents, here are clever design secrets from www.realtor.com to get the most out of your tiny bathroom!
Making a minuscule bathroom appear practical, tidy and even a tad stylish is pretty darn impossible, right? Wrong! If you focus on clever storage solutions and go bold with color and accents, you can create a space that’s both functional and stylish without breaking the bank. Or the commode, as it were.
Step 1: Deal with storage
After you’ve pared down extra toiletries and items that you don’t need to store in your cramped restroom, you’ll need to find the right containers and storage space for them, says Allison Petty, an interior designer with Homepolish, a national design firm based in NYC.
So how do you decide what you really need to keep within arm’s reach (beyond the blatantly obvious, that is)? Anything you’ve had more than a year, toss. Items you use less than once a week, you can put into a closet or other storage area.
Expandable, under-the-sink organizers help double your storage space where it counts. A small bathroom might have a shallow medicine cabinet, or none at all.
“Install a deeper, inexpensive medicine cabinet that provides more space,” Petty says. Storage furniture won’t fit in a small bathroom, so it’s smart to maximize your wall space to help keep things off the sink and floor. Speaking of which, the things you’ll want to put in storage bins include tissues, cosmetics, spare towels, and hair accessories and styling tools. Hide cleaning supplies, extra rolls of toilet paper, and other items you don’t want in plain view in the vanity.
Put a single towel rack behind the door or a nice metal train rack mounted on the wall above the toilet (or opposite it) so you have a place to hang fresh towels and used ones, says Susie Kurkowski, owner of Items of Interest, a home decor boutique in NY that also houses her full-service interior design firm, DesignCorp.
Step 2: Go bold with color
Just because your bathroom is a wee short on space doesn’t mean it can’t pack a stylish punch with some color and cool patterns. Petty likes to play with artful wallpaper to add oomph, as long as the patterns aren’t too big or overwhelming. Try a simple graphic pattern—such as a trellis or chevron—that almost serves as a piece of art.