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7 'Must-Do' Tips When Completing A Small Bathroom Renovation

If you live in Sydney, then chances are you live in a unit and are looking to renovate a small bathroom. Having worked on renovating small bathrooms for over 20 years, Vivid Bathrooms have come up with some clever tips and tricks on how to maximise your small bathroom renovation.

We’ve put together seven of our best design tips. So, you’ll get the most out of your bathroom space. If you need further help with renovating your bathroom, don't hesitate to contact our friendly team.

Tip # 1 - Install a (custom) floating basin

In a small room, every millimetre of space counts. Adding a traditional vanity with a basin top and cabinet underneath can make the room feel closed in. To keep the room spacious, use a floating basin with a bottle trap (the silver pipe under the basin in the above photo). A floating basin is modern, stylish and makes a small bathroom appear larger. This type of basin is also practical, as it’s super easy to clean.

Floating basin - picture courtesy of plumbworks

Tip # 2 - Install A Recessed Mirrored Shaving Cabinet

Mirrored shaving cabinets are practical, as you get a traditional mirror with extra storage.

In a small bathroom, that extra storage might be very much needed. But unfortunately, in a small space, shaving cabinets can protrude too far past the wall, making the room feel smaller.

Luckily, this can be overcome by recessing the shaving cabinet into the wall. This clever design will give you the best of both worlds, extra storage, with the minimal look of a mirror.

Recessed shaving cabinet - picture courtesy of ADP Australia

Tip # 3 - Avoid Towel Racks & Use Robe Hook Instead

Robe hooks work a treat in small bathrooms.

The traditional towel rack can encroach into the walkway and get in the way of the bathroom and shower screen door.

If you’re not having much luck finding a suitable place for your towel racks, then install hooks behind the door or high up on a wall.

Robe hooks work a treat in small bathrooms.

Tip # 4 - Install A Shower Niche

A small bathroom often means a small shower. A shelf in an already small shower will definitely make it difficult to move around. Make your daily shower as comfortable as possible by installing a built in shower niche. A shower niche is a small cavity in the shower wall to place your washing accessories.

Pro Tip: Avoid tiling the back of your shower niche with a feature tile. This can draw attention to the bottles in the shower niche. A niche of size 300mmx600mm generally works well but best to check the size with your shampoo bottle.

Shower niche - picture courtesy of Beth Kooby Design

Tip # 5 - Install A Cavity (Pocket) Door Or Barn Door

A door opening into your small bathroom uses up valuable space. Get rid of that awkward swinging door by installing a cavity door (or pocket door) in your bathroom.

The track can be hidden at the top of the door frame, instead of collecting dust and debris on the floor. Use stainless steel parts to avoid rusting from humidity over time.

Cavity door used in a small bathroom

Tip # 6 - Match A Busy Floor With Large And Simple Wall Tiles

A feature floor with simple large tiles makes a small room feel more spacious. The pattern creates depth in a room by drawing your eye, taking a plain, two-dimensional surface and giving it an almost three-dimensional presence.

The types of feature floors are endless. 2021 saw a trend towards hexagonal tiles as a feature floor. Our friends at Tile Box have some great tile ideas if you are looking to produce a feature floor in your small bathroom.

Feature floor tiles and simple wall tiles work great in a small bathroom. Picture courtesy of Decus interiors

Tip # 7 - Go With Lighter/Brighter Colours

Lighter and brighter colours can reinforce cleanliness, personal hygiene and space. Dark colours will close the bathroom in. Dark colours can even reflect on your skin, producing a less than flattering tone. Test your chosen colours in the room’s light, both natural and artificial, before deciding on a tone.

About Vivid Bathrooms

Vivid Bathrooms are a family-owned and operated, leading bathroom renovation company based in Sydney. We hold a bathroom, kitchen and laundry renovation license and are a fully insured builder.

Vivid Bathrooms have been delivering complete bathroom renovations for the past 20 years. We use only the best, experienced licensed tradesmen to deliver clients their dream bathroom.

Vivid Bathrooms offer a complete renovation service to homeowners looking to build their dream bathroom, including full bathroom renovation packages.

Our team of bathroom specialists service all of Sydney, including the Eastern Suburbs, North Sydney Suburbs and Inner West Suburbs of Sydney.  

For specialist advice on choosing the right design for your bathroom, speak with one of our friendly staff. We’ll help you find the perfect design to fit any budget and bathroom size without compromising on quality.