Architect’s Talk: Functional Bathroom – Design Ideas

Designing a small but perfectly functional bathroom
might seem like a difficult task, but it might be the design
challenge you’ve been looking for and one you can
proudly showcase to your friends. Creating a functional
and storage-friendly bathroom may be just what your
home needs.

Every part in a small bathroom should have
a functional purpose and in some way or another help to
create a space-saving sanctuary.

  1. Finding Storage Space
    Don’t hide them away, but showcase your colourful,
    textured towels in open shelving. This will add warmth and
    playful colours to your space and eliminate unwanted large
    furniture pieces. Or:

    • Use Stackable floating shelves to add storage in a
      fashionable way.
    • Colourful storage ladders showcase personality and
      are a great place to store almost everything.
    • Sink skirts add flair and hide cleaning products.
    • Wooden crates can be stacked, drilled into the wall or
      placed on the ground for accessible storage and give
      a funky retro look to your bathroom.
  2. Being Functional
    Functionality is the key for any small bathroom. Small
    rooms can easily lead to unwanted chaos, so make sure
    you’re adding only design elements that are functional.
    Don’t add knick-knacks or objects that don’t serve a

    • Store cotton buds and swabs in glass jars on floating
    • Install a cupboard under the sink.
    • Minimize counter space by storing (rather than
      displaying) personal products.
    • Add stackable baskets above washer/dryer equipment
      and underneath cabinets or in storage ladders.
  3. Plan Your Colours
    When it’s time to decorate, make sure you have planned
    your colour palette. Keep in mind that painting a wall an
    accent colour takes time. Use neutral colours to make your
    bathroom feel calm and aesthetically pleasing.

    • Create a neutral colour palette to form the base theme
      of your bathroom.
    • Utilize textures and patterns in neutral tones to add
      creativity and depth.
    • Remember that the colour white is associated with
  4. Add Dashes of Colour
    An alternative to painting is to add pops of colour by
    showcasing your colourful hand towels, bathroom tiles,
    rugs or even robes to create your own feeling and flair.

    • Hang bold, bright towels or robes to add colour and
    • Show off your stylish soap dishes and accessories for
      a designer touch.
    • Paint your mirror frame an accent colour.