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Small Bathroom Big: 7 Tips For Small Wellbeing Bathrooms

Bathrooms used to be neglected rooms. They were narrow, dark and functional. They were also a sad sight in terms of colour. In the meantime, the opposite has become true: bathrooms are generously proportioned, offer a high degree of comfort and often serve as a wellness oasis within one's own four walls. Dream bathrooms for dream homes.

The furnishing possibilities have become enormously varied and providers have luxurious equipment ready for the private sector. Steam cabins, whirlpool bathtubs with lighting or scenting and walk-in showers with rainforest feeling represent only a small part of the range. Homeowners will soon start dreaming - and may wake up suddenly: What to do if your own bathroom offers little space?

Do residents, therefore, have to do without luxury and wellness in the bathroom? No, they don't have to. This article provides 7 tips for the perfect use of space with a feel-good guarantee with a focus on small bathrooms.

A shower with functional massage element provides the desired wellness factor. (#01)
A shower with functional massage element provides the desired wellness factor. (#01)

Tip 1: Design Small Open Areas

Small areas appear larger if they are not additionally subdivided. Openness looks generous. A fully tiled bathroom with an open walk-in shower creates a generous effect. Avoid wide bathtub edges, high shower steps and oversized washbasins. The fewer components there are in a small bathroom, the tidier and larger it looks.

Tip 2: Shower Instead Of Bathtub

Bathtubs in small bathrooms are real space eaters. Considering that they are used relatively seldom compared to a shower, the absence of the bathtub provides an enormous increase in space. Instead, there are luxury showers with many additional functions that make wellness applications possible even in a small bathroom.

Atmospheric light showers with stimulating colour scales, rainforest showers, showers with warm benches or shower cabins with massage jets can also be installed in small bathrooms. They can be individually adapted to the conditions and a glass partition is the first choice. Because then the generous impression is retained.

No matter how unusual or angled the floor plan of a small bathroom is, with a shower partition different shower variants can be realized.

  • Corner showers
  • walk-in showers
  • Niche showers
  • U showers
  • Foldable showers
  • Showers with bathtubs

This means that even owners of small bathrooms are spoilt for choice and have to decide which variant best matches the floor plan and how they can best enhance the new shower with luxurious details.

Large tile format, laid throughout and interrupted only by a high-quality glass partition - this ensures generosity. (#02)
Large tile format, laid throughout and interrupted only by a high-quality glass partition - this ensures generosity. (#02)

Tip 3: Simple Instead Of Ostentatious

Keep it simple, that's how you could summarize the trend towards rest, recreation and relaxation. If the topic of wellness is the focus of interest today, the trend will intensify even further in the coming years and decades: Healthiness will then be the new wellness theme. The Zukunftsinstitut even speaks of "Integrated Privateness" and states: "Bathrooms are changing from a place of embarrassingly concealed body hygiene to a zone of comprehensively lived healthiness - an opportunity for new concepts".

If one looks at the images that visualise the bathrooms of the future today, one thing stands out: simplicity in the language of form, refinement in (technical) detail. The principle can be applied unfiltered to small contemporary bathrooms because it hits the nail on the head. Small bathrooms become a luxurious wellness oasis with a harmonious amount of space if the design is restrained but contains the necessary technical equipment to offer a maximum level of comfort.

Tip 4: Set Niches Charmingly In The scene: Courage To Tile

Making a virtue out of necessity - this is especially true for small baths. If a bathroom is angled and has niches or corners that are actually useless, then a visual trick helps: high-quality tiles with beautiful patterns and colours.

If a superfluous and unused corner is provided with high-quality tiles, it provides that certain extra to the bathroom. Particularly when the WC, shower and washing ceramics are simply chosen and the shades are otherwise calm, colourful tiles with beautiful patterns add individual accents.

An advantage of small, unused corners is that the number of square metres is small and a luxurious detail can be realised with relatively little money. Tip: Gold shimmering mosaic tiles, handmade Spanish wall tiles or artistic Mexican tiles look very noble.

Decorations makes every bathroom even more beautiful (#03)
Decorations makes every bathroom even more beautiful (#03)

Tip 5: Inserting Mirrors Selectively

Mirrors enlarge a room. This also applies to the bathroom. The placement of the mirror elements plays an important role. If room corners are covered with narrow mirrors from top to bottom, the impression of width is created. Opposing corners, both with mirrors, are ideal. The effect is surprising because the room multiplies optically. In addition, the view no longer ends at the corner of the room, but supposedly reaches into infinity.

If this trick is not possible in a small bathroom, then a recommendation is to provide the surface above the washstand with as large a mirror as possible. This immediately makes the room look larger, brighter and more inviting. Mirrors with a nano-sealed surface are ideal. They have the lotus effect, which ensures that water and dirt simply roll off the mirror and leave an immaculate impression.

Tip 6: Setting Clever Lighting Accents

A small bathroom looks much more comfortable if it is pleasantly illuminated by warm light. Retailers have lamps with different colour temperatures available. They range from ice-cold to sunny-warm.

The light colour for the comprehensive illumination of the bathroom should not be chosen from the neutral spectrum, as this creates an objective atmosphere. Warm white tones are recommended as indirect lighting to create a cosy atmosphere.

The colour temperature (in Kelvin) is printed as follows on the packaging of the lamps:

  • Warm white - 2,700 to 3,300 Kelvin
  • Neutral white - 3,300 to 5,300 Kelvin
  • Daylight white - more than 5,300 Kelvin

The higher the colour temperature, the cooler the light colour. It has proved successful to equip the bathroom with 2 different circuits. One circuit controls the light sources that provide the basic illumination. The second circuit controls the light sources that provide individual highlights, for example in front of the bathroom mirror or in the shower.

For the ladies, wall-mounted, illuminated cosmetic mirrors with accordion joints, which they need for make-up removal, cleaning, plucking and care, have proven their worth. They provide intensive illumination of the face and help the ladies to perform the treatments exactly. Men also appreciate a separate cosmetic mirror for shaving. They can be individually adjusted in height and angle and simplify precise beard and face care.

With a little skill and careful planning, a fine oases of relaxation can be created in a small bathroom. (#04)
With a little skill and careful planning, a fine oases of relaxation can be created in a small bathroom. (#04)

Tip 7: Using Integrated Heaters

A radiator is neither beautiful nor particularly space-saving. But every cubic centimetre of volume counts, especially in a small bathroom. For this reason, integrated heaters are a perfect solution for small bathrooms, which also have a real wellness character and add a touch of luxury.

Mirrors with integrated heating perform two functions at once. In addition, heated mirrors do not steam up and can be used even in high humidity conditions. Heated seats are also a good option with a luxury factor: if the bench radiates heat in the open shower, the wellness effect increases immediately. Warming seating furniture of the latest design generation, which functions similarly to a heated seat in a car by means of electricity, also offers comfort and performs three functions at once: They heat, provide a seat and act as a handwash holder.

And of course, there are also the wall-mounted heaters, which serve as towel rails. They are space-saving, practical and flexible to install, as they can also be powered by electricity. Of course, this radiator variant is also available as a permanently mounted element with connection to the normal heating circuit.

Simplicity in design and sophistication in the details provide space and comfort.

With a little skill and careful planning, fine wellness oases can be created in a small bathroom. When it comes to colour selection and design, users should get ideas for bathrooms and be inspired by individually designed bathrooms. These inspiring ideas make it much easier to plan your own wellness oasis.

It is helpful to commit to a colour concept and to furnish as sparingly as possible because less is more in a small bathroom - especially when individual pieces of furniture have double and multiple functions with a luxury effect.


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