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Big ideas for small bathrooms

Current bathroom trends include natural, earthy colours and materials such as stone, wood and plants in order to bring a sense of nature and a feeling of tranquillity into the house. Bathrooms are supposed to be fresh, clean places that are light and bright and not filled with too much clutter. Space is a luxury so plan to have as much open floor space as possible as well as sufficient storage area.

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One of the newest trends in bedrooms is to have ensuites open to or integrated into your bedroom. Big open spaces are on trend so avoid excessive bathroom furniture and aim to keep it fresh and simple. Storage can be difficult when going for the minimalist look however there are some clever ideas that incorporate both. Choose to have your vanity mounted to the wall rather than the floor. Ensure that you have sufficient bench space for storing lotions and potions but if possible, hide them away in cupboards to keep your bathroom clean and simple.

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Mirrors on the front of cupboard doors provide great storage as well as making your bathroom look bigger and lighter. Overhead shelving is handy above toilets to keep spare toilet rolls off the floor as well as bathroom towels and toilet spray.

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Don’t forget the simple convenience of bathrobe hooks that take up no space at all and provide fantastic storage.

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If looking to sell your house and wanting to revitalize your bathroom, consider giving it a fresh coat of paint and possibly re-grouting the tiles. This will make your walls and splashback look brand new for next to nothing.

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Before digging into your pockets and spending unnecessary money on storage solutions, clean out your current cupboards, baskets and draws and find mountains of space that you already have. If you still need more then there are many solutions which don't cost a small fortune. Opt for wall-mounted vanities, in-wall toilet cisterns and storage units. Rooms will look bigger when more floor space is visible!

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A recessed tile line in your shower will keep your shampoos and soaps out of bathroom cupboards leaving more space for other important products.

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Don’t waste the depth in your under-vanity cupboards. Install a sliding shelf that can be pulled in and out allowing for everything to remain visible and at easy reach.

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Don’t waste the height of your bathroom either! By going vertical, you will find so much storage opportunity and it doesn’t just have to be shelving. A rustic wooden ladder can look tasteful and expensive yet be found in an old garage and will provide oodles of hanging room for towels.

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Bathroom storage doesn’t just stop at the bathroom isle of Bunnings. Get creative and think outside the square. Spice racks are just as handy for bobby pins and tweezers in the bathroom as they are for spices in the kitchen. Lazy Susans in your under-sink corner cupboard mean that you will never loose your body wash again. And why not fit a kitchen cutlery draw organiser to sort out your make up brushes, toothpaste and hair elastics.

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When building, renovating or re-arranging a bathroom remember to think of it from a cleaning point of view. Bathrooms are supposed to be bright, clean and hygienic places so don’t make it tricky for yourself to clean. Big tiles are easy to clean, as are marble bench tops and stone.

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Make the most out of the natural light that you have. Skylights are a great addition and to enhance the sunshine, place mirrors on walls opposite windows to enhance the light.

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Bathroom renovations don’t have to be bland and expensive. Just remember whom the bathroom is for and what its uses will be. A family with 3 toddlers is not going to cope well in a minimalist design bathroom with little storage whilst a guest powder room probably wont need a bath and 3 towel racks

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Happy Renovating!

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