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7 mistakes to avoid when planning a small bathroom

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7 mistakes to avoid when planning a small bathroom

Stéphanie Bertina Minel

No need for a huge room to feel comfortable. By playing on lighting, colors and space, a small bathroom can reveal its full potential. Côté Maison went to meet two experts who give you the errors to avoid in the layout of your small bathroom.

To make the most of your small bathroom, without overlooking the decoration, some tricks can be essential and ensure a real saving of space. Lighting, storage, ventilation ... Stephanie Bertina Minel, architect, and Sara Camus Bouanha, interior designer, you reveal the mistakes not to commit in the layout of your small bathroom, for a room well arranged and more airy.

Error 1: Hinder the circulation in the bathroom

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In a small room, despite the lack of space, it is essential to be able to move freely. Interior designer Sara Camus Bouanha therefore advises not to have "eyes bigger than the belly" and to choose appropriate dimensions. This can go through shower trays 70 cm wide: the lowest cost for this type of equipment. It is also advisable to barter your bathtub against a shower, which is narrower and glass. Side washbasin, opt for furniture of small dimensions but deeper. The expert recommends including an Ikéa basin, 60 cm long and 21 deep, to save space. The architect Stéphanie Bertina Minel advises, as for her, the tailor-made, as well for a walk-in shower as for a washbasin, to adapt to the configurations of the place (walls in bias or rounded).

In a small bathroom, every inch counts and needs to be optimized. Avoid storage and toilets on the ground, as well as carpets. Prefer hanging cabinets and shelves that make cleaning and airing easy. To give an impression of space and depth, do not hesitate to extend the tile floor into the shower, to create a unit in the bathroom. Stéphanie Bertina Minel recommends favoring large tiles to small ones, because they promote the sensation of space.

Forget the basins with low furniture, often very deep and taking up space on the ground. Instead, bet on an open part underneath, with a simple shelf. Niches or storage recessed in the thickness of the wall allow to save a lot of space.

Stéphanie Bertina Minel

Mistake 2: Put some white everywhere in the bathroom

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If sometimes, white is useful to highlight colorful decorative elements, it should not be systematic. White walls on a white tile can quickly give a side "hospital". In a small bathroom, warm colors (yellow, orange) or pastel colors (powder pink, nude) can bring warmth and make up for the lack of light or the cramped room.

On the other hand, the moderation is necessary to avoid a multitude of colors in the same room. Opt instead for a color that will highlight the rest. At lower cost, the color can customize and bring a little more to your bathroom. In some cases, it is even interesting to take the party to stage the technical elements (evacuation pipes and water supply), rather than conceal them.

Good to know : to give a feeling of height to the ceiling, Stéphanie Bertina Minel advises to put a colored frieze or a different pattern in the middle of the wall to accentuate the sensation of height.

Sara Camus Bouanha

Error 3: Neglecting ventilation and towel rail

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Common mistake in a small bathroom: ignore the VMC (controlled mechanical ventilation). This one is nevertheless essential, especially if one has a rather low ceiling. It allows the good preservation of paints that can blister quickly when moisture accumulates.

Linked to the problems of ventilation in a small bathroom, the heated towel rail is also very useful. On a simple towel rail, the fabric is likely to dry poorly or remain wet. Sara Camus Bouanha even believes that this equipment is part of the minimum requirements for a small bathroom comfortable.

Stéphanie Bertina Minel

Error 4: Partition the space in a small room

In small bathrooms, stop at the opaque walls that can quickly suffocate the room. If you are not refractory when opening rooms, opt for a partially glazed door. It allows to let natural light from the room next door, especially if your bathroom has no window. Also choose a glass shower door or an opalescent curtain that will let through the light. A sliding door offers, as for it, a gain of the place in the room.

SaraCamus Bouanha

Error 5: Skip the bathroom mirrors

By reflecting the light, the mirrors have the ability to give an impression of enlargement and depth to a small bathroom. It is therefore a shame to do without it, especially in a small room. To maximize the space, the architects recommend taking them rather large and placing them face to face or at an angle. The mirrors are thus reflected in each other, to enlarge the space and bring depth.

Stéphanie Bertina Minel

Error 6: Overload a small piece of objects

The accumulation of objects on walls or furniture tends to shrink and clog your bathroom. Visually, you will gain to hide your objects rather than heap up or display them everywhere. Architects are unanimous on the fact of privileging mirrored cabinets to store some of its beauty products. They also recommend using niches to create small shelves, hanging small furniture shallow or use the door to put coat hooks and thus hide your towels or dressing gowns.

The idea is to stay reasonable and adapt your needs to the space, keeping only the essential. Stéphanie Bertina Minel suggests combining two types of storage: closed, so that we do not see the disorder, and open, to highlight candles or other decorative elements. This will allow you to avoid the accumulation of unnecessary objects, while valuing the most interesting visually speaking.

Sara Camus Bouanha

Error 7: Opt for dim lighting in the bathroom

To bring warmth and to remove the impression of smallness from your bathroom, multiply the points of light (neither too white nor too yellow). Play on spotlights, ceiling sconces, or around the basin to brighten your face.

Sara Camus Bouanha discourages opting for a ceiling only, because it accentuates the shadows, unflattering when you want to wear makeup. The architect therefore recommends two or three additional lighting, such as a recessed luminaire in the shower, suitable for wet rooms, but also a mirror equipped with energy saving LEDs or spotlights (or adjustable spotlights) directly attached to the room. on or around the mirror.

The LEDs will be the most suitable bulbs, because their white light will give you a lighting closer to the daylight. For ambient lighting, adopt a discreet brightness with low consumption light bulbs, more conducive to a relaxing atmosphere (60 watts are enough).

Be sure to follow the standards, by applying your lights more than 60 cm from the tap or shower, to avoid possible problems of short circuits.

Stéphanie Bertina Minel

Stéphanie Bertina Minel, Founding Architect of Bertina Minel Architecture

//www.bertinaminel-architecture.com/

Sara Camus Bouanha, interior designer specialized in accompanying individuals //www.saracamusbouanha.fr/

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