Apparently one of the most common search terms on Pinterest is, “small bathroom ideas”.
It seems I’m not alone in this quandary, a small bathroom is typical of homes in the UK.
The bathroom in our property hasn’t been updated for many years and is a rather tricky layout which includes a large and low window on one wall. Currently where the shower/bath sits.
This video shows the bathroom as it is now. I’m a bit embarrassed to share this but here goes! I fail to mention in the video about how the shower water falls onto the window and windowsill- hence the cheapo modified shower curtain. The tiling around the window is also extraordinarily bad! I could go on but I’ll let you watch the video instead.
The storage we have isn’t design to maximise the space, and the whole thing is dated. Our bathroom has so many nooks and crannies it is really difficult to keep it clean too. It’s for this reason I’ve my heart set on a wall hung toilet (I know how to dream!! Seriously though- I’d be thrilled.).
So I’ve been looking online and on Pinterest and in proper magazines for some interiors inspo for the bathroom and I’ve got to say so many of the bathroom websites are incredibly uninspiring!
So many of them seem to be selling the same thing, whilst offering next to no advice about the design. I suppose these types of retailers are best if you are just looking to replace your bathroom suite, but I’m not finding them helpful in our current complete layout redesign situation.
But never fear- you’ll be pleased to know that I have managed to find find some help and inspiration out there in the small bathroom department. Two places to be specific.
- Ikea- surprise surprise!
- Villeroy & Boch
So you probably aren’t surprised by Ikea. I love the organisational aspect of their designs, the way the products can be customised, and the way they consider real family life and small spaces.
Image via Ikea USA
Villeroy & Boch were a name I’d heard of but never looked at closely at until we stayed in Whitby and the apartment had this brand in there. V & B have brilliant bathroom design software within their website. It has really helped with figuring out the layout options of our small bathroom, now we have no boiler in the way. I’ve used software like this before but it has always crashed mid design, this one doesn’t and it gives a view from above, a 3-D view and even an artists render view.
Photograph: Chris Tubbs
I’m feeling much more inspired now and I’ll go through my plans for the bathroom in more detail in a future post. This bathroom above is kind of what I’m going for though- just to give you a hint! Click through for the full home feature in the Guardian
In the meantime you can follow my Bathroom Pinterest board if you fancy.