The bathroom is undoubtedly one of the most important rooms in an apartment or house. You spend a lot of time here, especially as the bathroom is increasingly becoming a second living room. We’ll tell you today what tips you can use to do this in small bathrooms.
Even a small bathroom can be beautifully decorated
Generously designed washrooms and toilet rooms with an appealing ambience, which are enhanced by high-quality bathroom accessories, were previously only known from magazines and TV reports about rich people. In fact, more and more bathrooms are now being turned into oases of wellbeing. In order to decorate the bathroom appropriately, you do not always have to make a huge effort.
Even small wet rooms can be decisively upgraded with some good tips. Even tenants who cannot change the actual bathroom furnishings and installations without the landlord’s consent can decorate their small bathroom nicely.
Depending on the mentality, the bathroom and toilet culture differs greatly in the different countries, this applies particularly to decorating. (# 01)
Our tip: This is how you do without drilling in the bathroom
One of the most common beauty blemishes in the bathroom is badly plastered holes that show where a towel holder used to be. To avoid this, there are alternatives to the drilled and pegged standard procedures.
With adhesive hooks in the bathroom, this problem is a thing of the past. They work with special glue, which is why the drill and the dowels can safely remain in the tool case:
Dreams in the bathroom: what do the Germans want?
Depending on the mentality, the bathroom and toilet culture differs greatly in the different countries, this applies particularly to decorating. In Germany, you mostly rely on the functionality that has to prevail between the toilet, shower or bathtub and the inevitable mirror cabinet with towel rail.
Accessibility in the bathroom is becoming more and more important, because if you want to stay in your own four walls as you age, you can usually only do this if you can climb the stairs to the bedroom as well as the toilet and shower. If you consider that there are often structural reasons that require moving in old age, it makes sense to deal with this issue at an early stage.
At least with regard to the shower, most Germans now see it too. In a 2017 Forsa survey, respondents gave the following answers:
75% want a floor-level shower
68% prefer a bright ambience
62% want space for both a shower and a bathtub
57% want bathroom accessories and products to be visually matched
55% prefer bathroom furnishings and other products made from high-quality materials
If you know how you imagine the dream bathroom to be, you should also take stock, because it naturally belongs to sensible bathroom planning: what is it that most annoys the Germans about their current bathroom?
43% want a larger bathroom
33% feel disturbed by limescale deposits
30% want more storage space in the bathroom
28% find the accessibility to be insufficient 22% find the maintenance and cleaning effort in their bathroom too high
Before you start to beautify and decorate the bathroom with our tips, you should invest some time in bathroom planning. (# 02)
Tip 1: Careful bathroom planning is essential
Before you start to beautify and decorate the bathroom with our tips, you should invest some time in bathroom planning. This applies both to the large conversion with all baffles including new installations and to the small redecorating.
First, measure the size of your bathroom so that you know how much space you have and how to best use it. In particular, measure the distances from walls to tub, sink, toilet, water tank and fittings. You don’t have to be an architect – the main thing is that the numbers are correct in the end.
With all tips, always remember that you cannot simply move the firmly anchored components in the bathroom – as long as you do not consider major renovation measures, which should be left to the specialist anyway. If you plan and decorate your bathroom equipment when you first move in or remodel, consider this factor: once installed, you can no longer move the tub. In principle, new cables can always be laid, but this is expensive and time-consuming. Fortunately, it is a little easier for simple decorating – because here you can do a lot without a plumbing specialist.
Freestanding bathtubs and corner bathtubs are very popular. (# 03)
Tip 2: Who says that corner baths in the bathroom must always be in the corner?
Freestanding bathtubs and corner bathtubs are very popular. Did you know that one does not exclude the other? You can also effectively place and decorate a corner bath in the middle of the room, even if that sounds strange at first. The advantage is the smaller space requirement on the corner side, which can then be used more efficiently. In general, a free-standing bath tub is neither more expensive nor more complex to implement than a wall-mounted bath tub.
There are a number of very attractive washbasins that can be used to furnish bathrooms. (# 04)
Tip 3: Sinks not only have to look good, they also have to be functional
You will find a variety of very attractive sinks that can be used to furnish bathrooms. The free-standing containers, reminiscent of large salad bowls, are very popular. Anyone who decides on such a bathroom should also test the functionality of the wash basin, because not everything that looks good is practical in everyday life. The bowls rarely have storage space, do not have enough space to put your head under the tap or restrict the freedom of movement at the washbasin.
The rule is: the more space is available in the bathroom, the better “impractical” sinks can be installed, because here you can compensate for the disadvantages mentioned with large washbasins, for which the space must be available. This also applies to asymmetrical shapes: do these bathroom accessories really fit into your rooms? Are the cutouts on the right side?
Of course, those who have a lot of space for design have it easier than someone who only has a very small bathroom. (# 05)
Tip 4: Beautifying a small bathroom is the most fun
Of course, those who have a lot of space for design have it easier than someone who only has a very small bathroom. There are now comfortable bathroom furniture that can turn the wash area into a real second living room with a seating area and table. However, good tips are most important for smaller bathrooms, because you have to achieve a lot with little – and this is often done in an impressive way. Small bathrooms and toilet rooms can be visually enlarged if the wall and floor design are realized with similar coverings.
Gaudy colors and patterns can help distract from the tightness. You can also paint tiles afterwards. Often there is a window missing in the smallest bathrooms, where ventilation takes place via a fan in the wall. In such rooms without daylight, it is even more important to choose beautiful lighting that can accent the bathroom accessories. Multifunctional furniture also saves space and can often be integrated in the smallest space.
A closed closet, on the other hand, is better if you need tips for storing many small, individual utensils. (# 06)
Tip 5: The problem of missing shelves in the bathroom
A lot of the usual tips for wall design relate to missing shelves and ideas on how to keep the bathroom tidy. There are not only aesthetic reasons for this: the tidier the bathroom, the easier it is to clean it completely. Open wall shelves are ideal for cosmetics and the usual daily accessories because they can be presented in an appealing manner, but tend to become dust catchers when not in use. A closed closet, on the other hand, is better if you need tips for storing many small, individual items.
In general, bright colors also enlarge the appearance of bathroom furniture. The space under the sink is often given away. Modern base cabinets fit under standard wash basins, but of course there are also customized solutions. Decorating can be the way with trays, soap dishes, soap dispensers and more that are matched in design and customize for each user. There are countless individual solutions for this.
You no longer have to buy fittings off the shelf. Pay attention to the desired functionality and a harmonious look when you set up your bathroom. (# 07)
Tip 6: Choose visually appealing fittings with good functionality
You no longer have to buy fittings off the shelf. Pay attention to the desired functionality and a harmonious look when you set up your bathroom. One of our tips is: Pay attention to the color! Fittings are no longer only available in chrome. All colors and varnishes are now conceivable, not to mention the copper and gold look, to match tiles and other installations. But the most beautiful optics are of no use if the function does not work in everyday life. Don’t forget the cleaning effort and the resistance of the materials to cleaning agents.
You also need very bright lighting in the bathroom so that you can see yourself in the mirror without being blinded. (# 08)
Tip 7: Set light sources correctly in the bathroom
The right light is not only crucial in windowless bathrooms. You also need very bright lighting in the bathroom so that you can see yourself in the mirror without being blinded. At the same time, soft lighting should help relaxation when bathing. Ceiling spotlights are standard today, but there are also solutions with wall lights and flexible LED installations.
It is important that all electrical installations are suitable for bathrooms (protection class IPX4).
It doesn’t necessarily have to be the large flat screen in the bathroom – of course there is. But most would like to experience some atmospheric music or a video from a tablet while bathing. (# 09)
Tip 8: Multimedia in the bathroom becomes a reality
It doesn’t necessarily have to be the large flat screen in the bathroom – of course there is. But most would like to experience some atmospheric music or a video from a tablet while bathing. The morning news must be there too. Poor radio reception and the electrical connection of devices are often a problem in the bathroom because there is a lack of sockets. The smartphone can play music and is often waterproof, but does not have a good sound.
The solution : Bluetooth speakers with batteries. These can be placed anywhere and require no installation effort. In conjunction with Smarthome components, the voice assistant even allows heating, light and other things to be conveniently controlled from the bathtub.
Conclusion: decorating the bathroom is an individual adventure
The tips can be continued indefinitely. It is important to come up with ideas that correspond to your own individuality. As varied as the shape, size and equipment of bathrooms are, there are so many tips for decorating them. Before starting, however, regardless of the extent of the work, careful bathroom planning should always be done so that everything fits in the end. Dare to try unconventional colors and patterns. A beautiful bathroom doesn’t have to be expensive – and space for decorating is literally in the smallest hut.