Creative Solutions For Tiny Bathrooms

6 Space-Opening Ideas for Small Bathrooms and Ensuites

Modern living often means making the most of smaller spaces, and bathrooms are no different. Maybe you have an attached laundry washroom, or you’re struggling with coming up with any ensuite bathroom ideas.

Having a limited space doesn’t mean you need to limit your own aesthetic vision or impede on functionality. But it does mean getting a little more creative to design an oasis of practicality and livability.


Let’s explore some innovative ways to make the most of bathroom space in your ensuite. 

1.Choosing the right colours and designs 


Tiny bathrooms — powder rooms, ensuites, laundry rooms and half-bathrooms — all have one thing in common: they can be hard to design. One of the easiest ways to create the illusion of space is to choose space-opening colours. However, with size-challenged spaces, less can be more. Err toward lighter colours for both your paint and tile choices. Investing in beige or white tiles and more minimalistic design choices will make your ensuite feel brighter and lighter. 

2. Add visual interest with fixtures


If you’re worried about a lighter colour scheme being too plain, it’s worth considering interesting metalware combinations. Modern matte-black or antique brass tapware and fixtures can provide depth to a lighter colour scheme. The contrasting colouring, particularly with an industrial or rustic aesthetic, will make your bathroom feel much more textured and inviting. 

3. Lighting and mirrors as a room-enlarging tool


Sometimes, thinking out of the box is necessary, especially with ensuite bathrooms. Being clever with layering lighting and the strategic placement of mirrors can also open up your tiny bathroom. For example, placing a mirror opposite a natural light source or installing a skylight can illuminate your ensuite bathroom. Likewise, using reflective surfaces, particularly for your shower or door hardware , can also create more light in a small space.

When space is premium, space-saving fixtures like recessed lights or sconces can beautifully brighten your ensuite. Another trick is painting your bathroom door the same colour as your tiles, creating a seamless look to open your room!

4. Utilise space-saving furniture


Space-saving solutions, like corner and wall-mounted sinks, can significantly open up your floor space. A creative ensuite bathroom idea for couples is to swap out ‘his-and-her’ pedestal sinks for wall-mounted sinks. Similarly, stackable washer and dryer sets are ideal for small laundry bathrooms. This creative approach to design means you can make the most of your bathroom’s limited space while still achieving a stylish and functional aesthetic.

5. Get creative with storage solutions 


In ensuite bathrooms, every bit of space counts. Space-saving storage is one of the easiest ways to open up your bathroom. And the good news is — it’s usually simple and cost-effective. Installing something as easy as a shower shelf will provide a storage solution that tidies your shower space and contributes to the overall aesthetic.


Similarly, placing a multi-purpose laundry and storage hamper underneath a vanity cabinet or including robe hooks on the back of your bathroom door keeps your tiny ensuite tidy and organised. 

6. Create vertical space with plants and decor


Logic says you should avoid additional accessories in your ensuite, but when approached with spacing in mind, they can also be a strategic tool.


A tall hanging plant in the corner of your ensuite can draw the eye upward to create vertical space. Paintings and wall decor placed at higher levels will create a similar effect. But remember, choosing something too large or busy will clutter your wall space. Go for something that creates a sense of calm and balance. 

What are you waiting for?


Designing a smaller space can be an incredibly rewarding experience. Playing with colour, light, furniture, fixtures and accessories allows you to explore your own small bathroom ideas and turn your ensuite into a comfortable, stylish and functional space.


Looking to level up your ensuite, laundry room or small bathroom? Get inspired by the beauty and simplicity of the Yabby product range and speak to our team today

The Author: Layla Sawyer

Layla is a creative at heart, with an Advanced Diploma in Interior Design and being the Senior Marketing and Ecommerce Coordinator here at Yabby she has a passion for staying up to date with the latest trends within the industry. Known for going down a rabbit hole on Pinterest and being a sucker for a good mood board to kick off any project.

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