To make repairs in the bathroom is a pleasure: pick up new plumbing, arrange cabinets neatly, hang shelves and carefully enter the washing machine. But the technological process in terms of the construction of residential houses went a slightly different way. Today, sometimes you have to be content with a mini-format. Few people know that in a room of two square meters you can successfully place the most incredible projects.
Yes, the area of modern bathrooms is practically not designed to relax, to relax in a hot bath and to enjoy this process enough. And the rhythm of life today often does not allow this. However, a successful design in a small apartment will help to concentrate in the bathroom all the most necessary and most trendy this year. The main styles in the decoration of bathrooms are counted with the popularity of the loft, naturalism, fantasy, hi-tech and neoclassicism. Each of them has acquired a new twist precisely in the arrangement of accents in a small bathroom.
Among the colors in the plumbing palette, white continues to prevail. But as for the decoration, the decision to create a bathroom in bright colors will continue to be indispensable.
As a rule, light shades allow you to visually enlarge and expand the room, which is planned to be achieved in small rooms. The play of contrasts can also significantly affect the appearance of the room and create a kind of inner infinity. Marine shades also confidently hold their position. Scaly tiles, wave-like reliefs of the color of the sea wave and imitation of the bottom of the reservoir or glare of its surface. All this is reflected in the modern color combinations of the bathrooms.
The interior content of rooms (furniture and plumbing) can not always be correctly placed in a small area. But you really want the bathroom to be a full bowl. That in this place everything was at hand and there was no feeling of discomfort. To do this, today in time have become fashionable hanging toilets and wall mounted designs. They allow you to hide ugly pipes and use this place as practical as possible. An ergonomic washbasin, a transparent shower cabin and a rain shower go beyond design thinking. They become publicly accessible and proudly step over the thresholds of the most ordinary bathrooms in order to introduce an element of organization and orderliness into them.
Leading designers advise using ceramic tiles to a minimum. Only when it is necessary to focus on a specific area or to fix a smooth transition from one point of the room to another. Moisture-resistant paints and varnishes, natural or artificial stone, wood come first. Sustainability today is above all. In order that the small bathroom does not seem like a heap of plumbing, furniture and equipment, it is necessary to carefully select the design of the room. It must definitely take into account the unity of style both in decoration and in filling (it is also about decor). Choose colors and shades depending on their influence on the visual perception of the area, but use no more than 2-3 in the repair of your bathroom. Approach a new generation of plumbing: toilets floating in the air and small sinks installed in countertops, on top of washing machines and the corners of rooms.
Possibilities of square meters
Looking around your bathroom with an evaluative look, it is worth determining what should remain in it from the furniture after the repair is completed.
There are things that certainly will not tolerate disappearances from such a small bathroom, namely:
- toilet bowl;
- bath with shower;
- washing machine.
Each for himself chooses the future filling of the room. The same list is intended to show the most necessary items. At the same time, the combined bathroom or not plays a very important role. Our standard "Khrushchev" delight with a two-meter separate bath and toilet. When there were two square meters for each such room, there was no need to think much about comfort and usable area. Today, people put forward more specific and practical requirements for these rooms.
Of course, oversized bathrooms can let your imagination run wild. But if you don’t stop it in time, then the bathroom can turn into an additional pantry, where any rubbish “until better times” or moving to the cottage or garage is added up. Small bathrooms keep the owner in good shape. They are very demanding and selective about what should be inside and adjacent to new plumbing and decoration. Small bathrooms are good in that everything can be arranged so mobile that even the morning shower ritual and brushing your teeth can go unnoticed: comfortably, quickly and effortlessly.
The small dimensions of the room do not mean to constantly beat your elbows against surrounding objects or to sit on the toilet, resting your knees on the locker. Such an area becomes a field of play for professional designers and quality consumers.
In order to somehow understand the possibilities of the useful area of a small bathroom, it is worth paying attention to several options for solving this problem. At first glance, to do something intelligible and adequate seems an absolute fairy tale and completely unrealistic. But the way out can always be found.
Talking about placing furniture and sanitary ware in a separate bathroom is pointless. Everything is already in place there, and has a clear structure. It simply cannot be otherwise, although there are nuances. What can be done when the dangerous proximity of the bath and the toilet can prevent each other from functioning normally. It should be understood that the combination of a toilet and a washing room may not give the privacy that exists in separate rooms. This is especially true for families with small children. But competent repair can help here, which even in a typical nine-story apartment will put everything in its place. In such situations, plumbing supplies of minimal but acceptable size for all family members come to the rescue, the angular design of the bathroom or shower, which harmoniously fit into even the smallest project.
The standard finish of a bathroom in a prefabricated house, as a rule, directly depends on the plumbing and sewer pipelines that the builders performed. They did everything right, according to the project and construction plan. However, this sometimes does not fit into the dreams of a beautiful and practical bathroom design. Often, the owners leave the wiring, agreeing to a standard design of a typical bathroom. But, as practice shows, even here one should not lose heart. Since a wide selection of modern plumbing allows you to choose exactly the model that fits all parameters.
In the "Khrushchev"
In the old five-story houses, called "Khrushchev", everything was thought out even at the design stage. The bathroom was divided into two rooms with a thin partition. In one, the same standard white toilets were installed, in the other, the same faceless bathtubs and washbasins. The decor was as standard as everything around.
The main errors are as follows:
- tile on the floor and on the walls;
- pipes and tubes sticking out from everywhere;
- partition eating up usable space.
In such rooms it was really possible to retire. The only window that provided natural light in the bathroom looked out onto the kitchen. Often, the owners shut it up to use the wall for shelves and hooks. Thus, clogging and narrowing of the already cramped space took place.
If there is a desire to fix just such a typical room with your own hands, you should try to start with a partition if it does not carry special functionality.
After that, it is worth taking a closer look at the plumbing benefits of a civilization of non-standard shapes and sizes.
- Sinks. They can be overhead and suspended, with a minimum diameter (30x20 or 25x15) or angular designs.
- Toilet bowls. Suspended compact models will require the installation of additional cumbersome equipment - installation, which, however, will allow you to hide the pipes behind the false wall.
- Bath, and better shower. For minimal space, either a modest sitting corner bathtub or the same corner, radial shower with transparent or matte sliding doors that will not sharply divide the room into “before” and “after” is suitable. And also today on sale there are original bathtubs of irregular geometric shape, which also solve the issue of space in a small "Khrushchev" or studio bathroom.
With corner bowl
So, corner constructions in bathrooms of mini-formats are found more and more often. Today you can mount not only a radial shower in the corner of the bathroom. Hanging toilets, sinks, bathtubs are also conveniently and practically hidden in the corners of a small toilet-bathroom. And the rounded edges of all plumbing items allow you to use them as safely as possible.
The corner bath has such undeniable advantages as:
- takes up little space - the first and most important requirement to be achieved;
- light weight, which saves on loaders;
- easy to install - even a person who has never done this before can handle the installation.
Along with this, such a thicket has the following disadvantages:
- it is impossible to comfortably fit an adult to a full height;
- It is difficult to choose the curtains that cover a person in the process of using a shower. Water is sprayed throughout the room;
- not enough space on the surface of the bath to position personal care products.
Nevertheless, all these nuances make it possible to increase the usable area of the available space and, if necessary, put in the bathroom also a washing machine. As for the corner bowls of the sinks, everything here is much more prosaic and clear. There are both standard wall mounted washbasins that are attached directly to the corner of the room, as well as special overhead models. The plus of the latter is that an additional work surface is created for the location of the necessary funds, in the form of a small countertop. And there are also unique sinks that are installed directly above the wall-hung toilet, they are mounted in one installation - a false wall, in which all pipes and communications are hidden.
Today, professionals increasingly recommend installing showers in small bathrooms. Variations on the topic may be plenty. Of course, you should not choose massive hydroboxes at all, since space saving in this situation is no longer planned. Showers, like their bowls, come in a wide variety of sizes and types. They are open and closed; semicircular, oval, square, rectangular; shallow, medium and deep. Their functionality is difficult to overestimate, however, and make the bathroom as attractive and practical as possible.
Today it is very fashionable to install showers without bowls. The so-called rain shower. A simple drainage system is installed in the floor, a special diffuser-watering can is attached to the ceiling. Often this design is completed with transparent glass walls or a door. The thing about transparent showers in general is that they allow you to zone your space without eating up the usable area. In this case, it is very advantageous to use a mosaic made of ceramic tiles, as if combining a bathing and washing area.
The unity of style and space distracts attention and turns a minimalistic bathroom into a spacious bathroom.
With washing machine
The opinion of experts about where the washing machine should stand: in the bathroom or in the kitchen, is still diverging. They did not come to a single point, but it is still necessary to establish it. While theorists ponder, practitioners come up with a large number of bathroom designs, where the machine either acts as a pronounced detail, or is hidden in a false cabinet under the sink. In any case, to equip a small bathroom with a washing machine no longer seems something wild and impossible. More details about the various layouts and methods of filling will be discussed on examples of the interior of specific areas of bathrooms.
Interior for 5 sq.m.
On five squares, arranging everything you need for a toilet bathroom is as easy as shelling pears. But nevertheless, one should adhere to certain rules and subtleties here. There are already much fewer restrictions in terms of the quantity and type of furniture and sanitary ware. But an unusual image of the room can give the right selection of materials, style and color palette. For small rooms, designers recommend using no more than two different colors. Moreover, it is desirable that they be approximately close to each other. Although the game of contrasts is also welcome.
Here you can already take a walk and put a separate bath, shower, stationary wash basin and even a washing machine. But here it is very important not to overdo it. Depending on what will become the center of the exposition, you will have to choose the content of the room and its color scheme.
You can decorate a small bathroom with a wide variety of materials.
- Ceramic tile. But you need to be careful, because for the floor you should choose the most non-slip surface, the squares of the material should be placed diagonally, so the room acquires a visual increase. Do not be afraid to decorate the interior with bright colors. You can make a beautiful accent using an unusual color and repeat it in the design elements of furniture, floor or plumbing.
- Moisture resistant paint. Very easily this material perched on the second place in popularity. In terms of price, it is practically not inferior to the tile, but it is less traumatic. In the event of an unsuccessful experiment or a change in mood, you can change the primary color of the bathroom at any time.
- Wood. Oddly enough, but in the wettest room today you can not do without it. Wooden wall panels, flooring and simple decor elements from this simple and eco-friendly material look stylish and rich. All surfaces, as a rule, are treated with special moisture-resistant compounds, due to which they serve long and true.
- Natural or artificial stone is not very often used in the decoration of the floor, but sometimes it is used to lay out a picture or ornament on one of the walls. The floor in the shower without a bowl is also customary to make from this material. In bathrooms with an area of 5 m², it is very convenient to install a mobile countertop made of precious stone, into which a built-in or surface sink fits.
In such fairly spacious rooms there is already a small opportunity to take a walk. It is necessary to ensure that the violent imagination of the designer does not take him away from practicality and functionality.
Ideas for 4 sq.m.
In the combined bathroom of a small area of four square meters, it is also convenient to place the most basic components of the interior. Well, to make the design come out not only beautiful, but also as convenient as possible, it is worth using several secrets.
- More light. Designers advise not just to increase the number of fixtures, but to choose an individual model for each zone. For example, for a bath or shower, original bright spotlights with warm light are suitable. In the center of the room mini-chandeliers of “non-toilet” purpose will look good. Previously, lamps were divided into categories depending on the room in which they are applicable, but now this line has already been washed off. This year's new trend is unusual chandeliers in the overall style of the bathroom.
- Light furniture , as never before, will prove useful in the interior of the 4 m² bathroom. Glossy surfaces, mirrored facades or a large mirror above the washbasin - this will make the room almost dimensionless.
- The combination of incongruous. Finishing materials will also look harmonious even in contrast. For example, dark tiles and soft light paint, delicate light wood and rough pristine stone.
After such a repair, even the most uncomfortable layout of the apartment will seem like a great opportunity and inspiration for future design decisions.
Chic and shine on 3 sq.m.
In a small bathroom it is already much more difficult to arrange an oasis of your own preferences. But even here there are techniques and tools that allow not only to visually increase the space of the room, but also to do everything with the latest fashion and technology. The arrangement of the "baby" is proposed to begin with a complete rejection of the bath. It is fully replaced by a shower, as previously indicated. On the walls, the best option would be a simple tile or PVC panel, waterproof paint.
A washing machine would not be very appropriate in such a small room. Therefore, the installation of this equipment is best done elsewhere. The style directions most suitable for a small bathroom in three squares are modern, ethnic and retro. The chic and shine in the details and decoration will create an incredible combination of designer imagination and a sensible approach.
Every little thing in this interior plays a role, so everything must be in place.
Economy Class Transformation
The budget option for finishing mini-bathrooms involves an independent design and own repair. Such work is carried out, as a rule, in the case when there is no need to touch the plumbing and sewer wiring. When the finish is a minimal investment of effort and energy. It is worth talking in detail about home-made transformation of walls using PVC panels.
The standard set of works with an economical approach looks something like this:
- Replacing plumbing. This stage may be complete, but may include only some elements. For example, replacing only the toilet or only the bath;
- Facing walls with ceramic tiles or PVC panels. You will have to choose a color based not so much on fashion trends as on the cost of the coating itself. The most popular shades have the highest cost;
- Sexual processing. It also selects the most economical option. This is often an ordinary tile that does not slip. For the bathroom, this can be dangerous;
- The design of the bath. Mounting it in a box, which can serve as an additional place for storage. The main thing is not to start putting unnecessary and unnecessary trash behind a convenient facade;
- Work with the ceiling. Today, suspended structures are ready to install everywhere. But in a small room it is not only inconvenient, but also pointless, since 20-30 cm of the available height are lost. PVC panels can also work with this part of the room.
A material such as polyvinyl chloride has all the positive qualities of facing materials, namely:
- water resistance;
The last point concerns, rather, the installation method than appearance. The choice of PVC panels is so wide that it allows you to arrange safari, black and white confrontation, gray-blue silence and others in the bathroom. Great news for owners of small bathrooms is that this type of repair is economical not only from the material side, but also from a temporary one. The interior decoration with PVC is quick, simple and with minimal discomfort.
A small bathroom of 2 m² has a sitting bath with a shower with transparent walls that protect against splashing water on the floor. A rectangular hanging sink, which seems to be installed on a wooden bedside table for bath trifles. A pleasant color scheme, which is organized by white ceramic tiles on the floor and as an apron on the walls, combined with waterproof paint of a pale green color. The room has everything you need, light colors allow you to see a decent space in which there is nothing superfluous.
Another small but already combined bathroom. All objects are arranged on free walls, and there is still a free patch near the washing machine, which would be nice to decorate with an original decor element in tone with the general style of the room. Bright orange tiles on the floor and half of the wall around the perimeter. The bathtub box is also lined with brightly colored material. Snow-white plumbing and the same walls to the ceiling enliven the space and make it breathable, voluminous and roomy. All communications are hidden by additional boxes lined with ceramics.
An example of arranging a small bathroom with the help of an outstanding novelty: a corner bowl. The originality of the idea is to use ceramic tiles as the main finishing material. Green floor, white-green mosaic along the entire bottom of the walls, including the bathtub box. All this smoothly goes into the decoration of the upper half of the room with small green tiles.
Despite the close proximity of the toilet and the bathroom, they coexist quite harmoniously in such an interior and give the impression of a single design, without burdening the overall design of the room.
A small bathroom combines a motley texture, is lengthened by a vertical mirror and original fixtures on the ceiling. Shiny glossy ceramic tiles play highlights from the upper light. The non-standard shape bathtub is conveniently located on a small quadrature, but can even accommodate an adult in a reclining state. A simple laid-on porcelain washbasin bowl mounted on a countertop sheathed with fine shiny tiles. A niche in the wall is conveniently used for storing bath items. A simple pattern on the tiles in the washing zone, matched to the tone of the main range of the room, adds mischief and enthusiasm to the monotonous, at first glance, design.
Top view of the combined bathroom on 4 squares. The hanging toilet and bathtub are installed with an installation that "moonlight" with an additional shelf for storage or decoration. A built-in washbasin was conveniently arranged on the opposite wall, above which, to match the general mood of the room, there was a mirror in a wooden oklad and the same small cabinet for important bath trifles. The main sources of light are three types: a lamp above the door is a typical model for a bathroom; three "street" mini-flashlights above the sink and over the installation - this is a good solution that delivers light both in the necessary areas of the room, and on nearby objects. Smooth lines are the basis of the entire design thread in the floor and wall tiles, in the arrangement of the components around the perimeter of the room. Such a room has maximum functionality and practicality, despite its small quadrature.
Another laconic example of a corner bathtub and sink. The washbasin has a very overall structure and a modest extension that hangs over the bathroom and serves as an additional shelf. The bath, although sedentary, but reclining in it can also be accommodated. Its original design allowed to save space for the location of a small sink. Round mirrors on the wall create the illusion of expanding a narrow space, and light, calm tones again give the joy of admiring.
In a 2 m² bathroom, even a combination of bright and pastel colors did not increase the visual space. But this design is good because the room contains everything you need: a lying bathtub, a toilet bowl and a washbasin. All this became possible thanks to the installation of the installation, behind which all the ugly communications hid. The main emphasis is on the unusual shape of the bath, which tapers closer to the toilet. Above it, a hinged washbasin of small diameter was very well placed. To get from one zone to another, just turn around.
Gray and black this year are prevailing in the field of repair. They are especially pronounced in the bathrooms. Contrast black and white toilet room allows you to play well with its internal content and design. But the noble gray, imitating natural stone, graphite walls, immerses in a silent comprehension of his being. Everything is very geometric: a rectangular bathtub, a round stationary toilet, a rectangular built-in washbasin on the cabinet. Everything is subject to a certain, but very beautiful accuracy. A picture, a mirror frame, a flower in a vase - all this is subject to the unity of style and color. It erases the boundaries of this space and does not immediately realize that there are only 4 squares.
Delicate beige bathroom. The floor tiles are laid diagonally, the hanging snow-white toilet seems to soar in the air, the countertop, in which the sink is mounted, covers the washing machine. The standard reclining rectangular bathtub also decently fits into this “still life”. The mirror line from the washbasin to the toilet, located in the upper part of the wall at eye level, visually expands the room.
Functionality is provided by the presence of small cabinets for bath trifles behind a mirrored facade with sliding doors such as a compartment.
Minimalism in all its glory. This manifestation of style is very pleased with its organization. Such an interior perfectly housed: shower, toilet, washbasin, washing machine. All zones are clearly separated, but have a common feature. Of course, such a design is most acceptable for a bathroom with a total area of at least 5 m².
Design tips for a small bathroom - in the next video.