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Too often, small apartments are viewed as a type of prison which leaves us cramped and forces us to make design compromises. However, let’s try to look on the bright side. Tiny places are easier to clean and maintain, they encourage you to focus on quality over quantity, the heating and cooling bills are usually lower, and, most importantly, they give you the opportunity to invest the same amount of creativity (and money) into decorating every single room. This is especially important for bathrooms, which are often pushed aside, as the other rooms gain priority. So, here are a few ideas for redesigning your petite bathroom.

Get the most out of corners

Corners usually remain unused, and since your bathroom could benefit from every additional square foot, you should reconsider your decision to leave them as they are. For starters, you can install a corner sink to avoid disrupting the traffic lane in the room. Corner sinks can have storage space underneath, and you can use the limited counter space to decorate with fresh flowers or candles. Furthermore, you can set up a corner shower, and use up the vertical space for corner shelves.

Round it up

If you have a small apartment, you have probably read thousands of articles about using clean-lined furniture to fit everything in. However, in bathrooms, elements with sharp corners can pose a hazard for your hips. Also, you can go with a round or oval-shaped sink, which will allow more counter space for your toiletries and decorations.

Pair busy and simple

Another décor rule you should break is going way too simplistic with the tiles and the walls. Feel free to create some dynamics by combining elaborately designed floors with minimalistic painted walls or monochromatic wall tiles. Also, if you decide to make one entire surface patterned or colorful, keep everything else in the room simple.

Extend what you can

Double sinks are great, but if you want to have enough storage and counter space, consider getting a long sink, where the sink and the countertop come in one piece. The sink is still sufficient for two people to get ready at the same time, but it saves you serious space. Also, you can extend the counter over the toilet or alongside a wall, at least in a narrower style.

Don’t be afraid of going large

You can decide to make some pieces large, but in those cases, you need to maximize your efforts to fit everything in (think floating shelves and niches). If there is one piece where you can afford to go extra-large, that is the mirror. Not only will it serve as a glamorous design element, but it will also create the illusion of spaciousness by reflecting the light throughout the room.

Show off your shower

Don’t hide away your shower with dark curtains or foggy matte glass. Instead, opt for completely translucent frameless glass doors, which will transform your shower from a purely functional item into a design asset. Additionally, the space will appear larger.

Show some love with accessories

While minimalistic is the way to go with small bathrooms, you don’t need to avoid accessories, you just need to choose and position them strategically. Start by turning bathroom fixtures into accessories. Choose faucets, showerheads, and cabinet hardware in interesting colors (e.g. brass, matte black or copper). Finish up the look by arranging candles, fresh flowers, and houseplants (follow the rule of three).

Your small bathroom doesn’t have to cause you a headache. On the contrary, if you manage to spruce it up with one of these projects, you will have enough space, and as a bonus, you will get stylishness and glam to spare.

 

For those who are willing, there are many ways to save the planet and at the same time improve your budget. Although at first, some of these changes might seem radical or even abstract, you need not go far to start this “green” revolution, you can start in your very bathroom. There are many ways in which you can significantly improve your bathroom in three important fields- economically, ecologically and even improve the influence of your bathroom on the general health of your family. The choice is all yours, but here are some simple advice and examples which will best show you all your options and their effects.

Water of life

First you may start by trying to reduce the usage of water in your bathroom. There are several simple and extremely efficient ways to do this. You may start off by installing low flow faucets and shower heads, since it is proven that they spend almost up to 60% less than regular ones, with pretty much the same effectiveness. Next thing is do pretty much the same with your toilet. Low-flush, high-efficiency toilets use almost half of the amount of water that regular toilet does while achieving almost the same effect. Just by taking these two simple steps you will affect both your budget and your impact on the eco-state of your planet significantly on a daily basis.

When speaking of some serious savings, it is of crucial significance to check your plumbing. Leaking pipes may result in a water loss that can annul all your water savings combined. A single leaking pipe if not discovered in time, can cause major problems in your home, which requires additional investment in walls or floors renovation.
The eco-effects on a local scale are almost as devastating. This is definitely not something you can do yourself so make sure to contact a plumbing company and let the professionals deal with that. While at it, make sure to check if your pipes are made of lead, especially in the older houses or apartments. If so be sure to change them since they can represent a serious hazard on your health.

Saving the energy

As for saving the energy, it is one of the most effective ways in which you can improve the eco-friendly conditions in your bathroom. This is also one of the rear situations in life where without some great initial investments, you can save substantial amounts of money. You can start as simple as trying to cover your water-heater and its pipes with some old cloth, blankets or some other isolating material.

In a long run this can save both a lot of energy and affect your budget significantly, in a positive way. If you have wider budget for bathroom remodeling, you could get tank-less water heater, as they provide hot water on demand but they don’t produce standby energy losses as regular types. You should also replace all your regular light bulbs with a LED or CFL (compact fluorescent light) ones.

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You may also want to try to replace the source of energy that you use for the needs of your bathroom, if not entire home as well. You can always try to change your current energy source for one of the alternative ones, the one with a renewal source. Solar energy is the most obvious and most adequate solutions since just a couple of solar panels may supply your bathroom with hot water, light and even heating for an entire season, as they are efficient even during wintertime. What better way to help both your home budget and global energetic and ecological situation at the same time.

You are the key

But before any other changes take place, there is one thing that is most important of all for this to work. The greatest change must happen inside in you. By changing your everyday habits you can significantly affect your environment in a way you never before believed possible. By taking a shorter showers, not rushing but just being realistic about time needed, or by doing something as simple as turning of water while brushing teeth you can make all the difference necessary. Being a bit more practical and economical about the use of toilet paper or by purchasing only towels made out of organic cotton or linen is really not that hard and do not require any physical changes, but only in the raised level of your general awareness.

“Be the change you want to see in the world”; this change must first happen in you and then and only then can you transfer it to the world around you. With just a bit of will, determination and awareness of the global and local ecological situation, you can be the key of both your own salvation and at the same time leave the Earth a better place than it was before you gave your best shot in preserving it.