3 Design Guidelines For Creating A Small But Beautiful Ensuite Renovation

Ensuite bathrooms have been a mainstay of home design for several decades now. If you have a home that was built more than a decade ago, then your ensuite may be looking a little tired, dated and in need of a more contemporary facelift.

Although it's often the smallest room in the home, coming up with a cohesive and attractive design can still be tricky if you don't get the basics right. Here are three simple guidelines to follow that will help you to make the most of the available space and create a modern and functional new room from your ensuite renovations.

1. Choose one focal element

In a larger bathroom, it's possible to have several elements as focal features in the room. In an ensuite, where space is usually at a premium, too many focal elements will crowd the space and will feel visually overwhelming and over the top. Instead, pick one dramatic and stunning element and then let the rest of bathroom work to highlight and compliment it.

This focal feature could be a stunning freestanding bathtub if you have the space or a beautiful, bespoke timber vanity unit. You can even use the wall tiles for this purpose, opting for boldly coloured or highly patterned tiles while leaving the remainder of the room light and neutral.

2. Don't skimp on storage

Inadequate storage is the bane of many homeowners around the world. In a small ensuite bathroom, this can be a real problem and can make the room look cluttered, messy and cramped. Make sure that you incorporate enough storage to realistically keep your bathroom items tucked away out of sight.

Begin with a vanity that has plenty of built-in storage space under the basin. You can also include some hidden shelving behind the vanity mirror. You can create even more storage in this way by creating a recessed cabinet that is built into the wall behind the mirror.

3. Opt for streamlined profiles

In a small bathroom, every centimetre counts when it comes to using the space wisely and maintaining a spacious and uncrowded feel. You can make a big impact on these issues by opting for streamlined versions of standard bathroom fittings and fixtures.

Cabinets with shallow profiles and basins that are long and narrow instead of deep and square a good example. You can even get toilets that are slimline and designed for use in small bathrooms. It's also wise to keep items such as tapware, door handles and light fittings sleek and elegant instead of more decorative but bulky variations.