Think You Haven’t Got Space for a... Statement Bathroom?
Scaling down wow factor pieces and radically rethinking the layout are just two steps to creating a bold bathroom
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Source a petite version of a statement piece for all the impact of a full-size model in a fraction of the space. This scaled-down freestanding tub gives this tiny bathroom a classical vibe, complemented by monochrome floor tiles, a traditional-style shower ring and curtain, smart panelling and some striking art.
There are lots of slimline bathroom fittings that work hard in a compact space while delivering maximum impact. Shop for smart designs that aren’t greedy for space and deliver lots of clean, contemporary style.
These mirrored cabinets are elegantly slim but conceal essential storage. Choose a petite freestanding bowl-style basin, too, and sit it on a bespoke, shelf-style base, leaving room below for essentials. This is a space-efficient idea that doesn’t compromise on style.
Pimp a small bathroom into something designer-y by swerving traditional chrome taps and fitting something gorgeous instead. Here, the rose gold and marble fittings are glamorous and unusual, and the first thing you’d notice on walking into the room.
The complementary coral accent in the floor tiles helps to tie the look together, and that mirrored wall not only has the wow factor, it enlarges the space and bounces light around it, too.
A lavishly papered feature wall is a go-to idea for giving a bedroom, living room or even a cloakroom that statement feel, so why don’t we consider it for bathrooms?
People often assume wallpaper isn’t compatible with a steamy, splashy space, but a simple coating of decorator’s varnish over the top should keep it well protected. And just look at the striking effect it’s had on this neutral little space.
Make use of an under-exploited patch of space in a bedroom by installing a statement tub in it. A big, freestanding bath is the last word in luxurious bathing and gives a bedroom a boutique hotel vibe. Nobody wants the other bathroom essentials in a bedroom, so keep them for a communal room nearby and make the tub the star.
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Sometimes, it’s the simplest decisions that can prompt the biggest style statement. In this bijou attic bathroom, the owner has continued the striking patterned tiles from the floor onto the wall. Not only does this create an interesting ‘wraparound’ effect, it also visually stretches the space as the floor and wall melt into one another.
Mood lighting also helps to boosts the atmospheric feel of the room.
Longing for a freestanding bath but lacking the square footage? Rethink the traditional idea of sitting it squarely in the middle of the room and tuck your tub under the eaves instead. Here, exposed sandstone walls add extra interest, while the smart tiled floor and compact basin stand with luxe marble top make the small space stand out.
Bathe like the Japanese in a space-efficient but wonderfully luxurious square wooden tub. The idea is to sit with hot water up to your chin, rather than lie down as you do in Western-style baths. This style of tub takes up much less room but brings an instant wow factor.
When space is really tight, radical solutions are called for. In order to have a decent-sized bath, it might have to completely fill part of the room, rather than sit within it. This long, narrow room has a large bath filling one side…
Give up on the idea of floor space between each key piece of sanitaryware and position everything closely together. Then rather than use the all-white approach in a bid to make the space feel bigger, try styling this configuration boldly with striking tiling on the walls and floor.
This small bathroom uses a monochrome palette to create contrast between each tightly packed piece in the room, giving each item its own individual character and adding plenty of drama.
This converted shipping container is short on space but packed with ingenious ideas. In the bathroom, the shower floor is made of a pebble-covered mesh that sinks down to reveal a stainless-steel tub beneath, so there’s just one drainage system for both the shower and the bath.
A mix of materials and furniture, from pebbles to metro tiles and vintage finds, gives this tiny room lots of unique style.
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Fit a tub that matches the width of the room for a snug, streamlined feel. This lovely bathroom is also blessed with a large picture window that spans the rear wall and makes a bold statement.
Although adding this kind of dramatic glazing is probably out of the question for most of us, there are still ideas here you can use. Consider fitting a shower next to the bath, with a wooden slatted floor over the drainage, which is useful when showering or hopping out of the tub. This creates a wet-room-meets-bathroom effect, all delivered in a small, streamlined space.
Bring a sense of drama to a tiny bathroom by splashing a bold, bright colour on the walls. Let your colour make the statement, then kit the space out simply, with small-scale fittings and clean white tiles.
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