Making the most of a small bathroom

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Small rooms always pose difficulties when it comes to renovating or redecorating, and this is particularly true of the bathroom thanks to the many pipes, plumbing and electrical lines they contain. Although they present additional challenges, a small bathroom can be dramatically transformed with the correct approach. The following top ten tips were compiled in collaboration with TV interior designer Jo Hamilton, and should help to ease the process of revamping your bathroom, adding value to both your house, and the time you spend there:

1) Colour
Colour plays a huge role in the overall ‘feel’ of a room, and a new coat of paint will be the most noticeable change when redecorating. Dark colours tend to be claustrophobic, so aim for light, neutral colours to make your bathroom appear larger.

2) Layout
The layout of your bathroom is essential when size is limited. An efficient layout that evenly spaces out bathroom furniture will maximise the available space and make it appear larger.

3) Be ruthless
It’s difficult, but if something isn’t completely essential then remove it from your bathroom. If you’re a shower person, replace your bathtub with a shower enclosure to maximise your floor space. Semi-framed glass enclosures and low profile shower trays are the perfect combination for a dramatic space transformation. The Mira Leap enclosure, for example, provides a clean and uncluttered look thanks to its strong lines and invisible fixings, making it a perfect pair with the sleek Mira Flight Low tray (below). Available in a range of shapes, sizes and opening options, the Mira Leap can be incorporated into any bathroom, regardless of its size.
4) Let there be Light
Increasing the amount of natural light can make any bathroom appear larger, but this is often much easier said than done. If you can’t add or increase the size of your bathroom windows, make sure you install sufficient lighting to avoid gloomy areas of darkness.

5) Reflective surfaces
By adding either a sheet of mirror glass or metallic finish tiles, light will be reflected around the room giving the perception of that essential extra space. There are a great range of metallic finish tiles on the market at the moment – just be sure to pay attention to tip number six!

6) Grout idea
Avoid small tiles in a small bathroom – the grout lines in between each tile make a small room look cluttered and therefore smaller. Opt for larger tiles to reduce the amount of grout lines to make the room seem larger.

7) Fixtures and fittings
Installing complementary fixtures and fittings will provide any bathroom with a cohesive theme throughout, which can help to make the room really special. In a small bathroom, these fixtures and fittings need to be as small as possible to give the appearance of a larger space. Sleek and minimalist fittings such as the Mira Agile mixer shower maximises the space in your shower as it fits flush to the wall, making it as unobtrusive as possible. The Mira Evolve bathroom taps were designed specifically to complement the Mira Agile, giving you the perfect pairing in a small bathroom.

8) Extractor
In a small space, steam can build up really quickly – this is at best an inconvenience for trying to use bathroom mirrors, and at worst a cause of significant structural problems due to damp. This can be fixed by buying a suitable extractor fan: If your bathroom has direct access to the outside of the house, opt for an axial fan as they are quieter but will still get the job done.

9) Floor space
Increasing the amount of visible floor space is vital to giving the appearance of a larger bathroom – the more floor space you can actually see, the larger the room will feel. Wall mounting sanitary ware and storage is a good way to do this, as it allows your eyes to travel to the floor underneath.

10) Accessories
Accessories are the finishing touch for any room, and even if your bathroom is small, it shouldn’t be overlooked. Accessories are a great opportunity to bring in splashes of colour and to add texture and interest, but be careful not to go over the top: a few fluffy towels and some luxury soaps should be all you need.

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Simon is responsible for the executive leadership of Industrial Design and has overseen the evolution of design thinking, process and practice since joining the business in 2009. In this time, Mira has been internationally recognised for design excellence winning a series of consumer and industry awards. The team were accredited with both iF and Red Dot awards for design excellence in 2014.

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