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Here’s how to decorate a small bathroom

See the interior designer’s tips.

Here's how to decorate a small bathroom

A bathroom can range from the simplest niches with a sink to the spacious bathroom with all imaginable facilities. In small apartments and in the cottage there is usually less bathroom, where smart solutions are required to take advantage of the space.


Good planning

Before the bathroom is decorated it is important to plan well. The space in the bathroom is often limited, so think through what needs you have. In particular, it is smart to think well through the need for storage. If the room is large and square, it may be unnecessary amount of floor space, since most of the elements are placed along the walls. Keep this in mind when planning your bathroom; It’s not the size that determines how convenient it will be.

– In small bathrooms, the solutions for storage are important. It is more practical with drawers than cupboards under a washbasin, most drawers in the furnishings on the market now have recess to drains and pipes so that they still fit a lot, “says Hytteliv’s interior designer Siv Brenne. think also through the style you want, she continues. In the cottage, most people want a casual feel. In the bathroom, chests of drawers can be used as a washbasin, whether you have a washbasin or a sink. The mirror can be bought in furniture stores so that everything does not fit completely. A tight style can be softened with casual accessories and vice versa.

In the cottage we use a lot of wood, and wood as material has many possibilities, but may require a lot of maintenance. – Check with professionals, advise Brenne.

– Also consult with professionals and check the regulations before commencing renovation or simple refurbishment of the bathroom. Check especially what you are allowed to do yourself and what must be done by approved professionals. Water on the way is an expensive affair, then follow regulations and rules, she says.

Smart tips for bathing:

  • Feel free to do so that it’s not the first thing you see inside the door.
  • A shower cubicle is a safer and more closed system considering any water leaks than a tiled shower cubicle with door or curtain. But the cabinet is somewhat more cumbersome to clean due to door rails and more, and it may be difficult to get to the backside.
  • There are many good alternatives to tiles. Several manufacturers have plates with a membrane layer, with clamping and appearance like tile, concrete and the like. There are similar solutions to the floor.
  • Mirror enlarges – in small rooms it can make wonders. Mirror right next to the door when you enter, the room gives a nice effect.
  • Paint can make wonders. Most surfaces can be painted only using the right paint and doing good preparation. Perhaps that’s just what’s going to make the bathroom new.
  • Plan good enough light. With a dimmer you can adjust the brightness.

Expert Examples

Below we show the interior expert’s ideas for different solutions.

In the first drawing, the same room has two completely different expressions. The width of the room is 200 cm, the seat is 80 cm, the remaining 120 cm can be used for decorating.

The two plan drawings below show two different floor solutions for a small 130 x 200 cm bath.

Here's how to decorate a small bathroom

DIFFERENT EXPRESSION: Drawing to the left: Tiles in the chest height with rectangular tiles laid in front give a classic expression. The painted wall can easily get new colors if you wish. Drawers in the décor allow for a lot of storage. An interior of wood allows you to paint relatively easily. You may use an old chest of drawers if there is room for the plumbing and drainage, consult the plumber. A nostalgic lamp on the wall above the mirror and open shelves over the closet gives the room a personal touch. This solution provides many possibilities for changing expressions with color, type of mirrors and small things that stand on the shelf. Drawing to the right: Rustic painted panel with wall-hanging closet and an open-shelved furnishings giving a tighter touch to the room. The mirror cabinets, which have a depth of between 20 and 25 cm, can be built into the wall if you plan for it. They provide plenty of storage of toiletries and other small items. Large mirror surfaces always give a nice room experience, so it’s a good idea to cover the entire room with mirrors if it goes. Make sure that the lighting is not in the way of the doors that can be opened. The paneled walls can be painted if you want a different color experience. Photo: Drawing: Siv Burn

Here's how to decorate a small bathroom

TOO LIKE PLAN SOLUTIONS FOR LIKE BATH OF 130 x 200 cm: Drawing to the left: The decor is located right on arrival. With the mirror above, this is always a good way to solve the room. The closet should be placed in a corner somewhere slightly away from the door / entrance. Here is the priority of a really big shower, and sliding doors are drawn so that water spills are avoided on the furniture itself.. Knagger or else to hang towels is always advisable to have near the shower entrance. Drawing to the right: This room has a 50-60 cm wide decor and a large shower. Some of the shower area can be set aside for storage of laundry / long-term food if needed. Photo: Drawing: Siv Burn

Here's how to decorate a small bathroom

TOALET: Do not let the toilet be the first thing you see when you get into the bathroom, but let it stand next to the wall, behind a piece of furniture. Drawers are more space efficient and practical than cabinets. Photo: Sveinung Bråthen

Here's how to decorate a small bathroom

MIC: Remember to choose well with light in the bathroom. There should be both a ceiling lamp and a separate light at the mirror. The combination of wood and tile gives a tough expression. If you choose open shelves, cute baskets with towels can be nice decor.

Here's how to decorate a small bathroom

WINDOW: If you have the opportunity to have a window in the bathroom, you will get a lot of natural light. Let it be an extension of the washbasin, it can be used for the storage of creams and other toiletries. Photo: Per Erik Jæger

Here's how to decorate a small bathroom

PLACE EFFICIENCY: Smooth bathroom series is space efficient and has good goals. Here are many combination options. Ellos. no


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