The word 'Art' is most commonly associated with pieces of work in a gallery or museum, whether it’s a painting from the Renaissance or a modern sculpture. However, there is so much more to art than what you see displayed in galleries.

The truth is, without being aware of it, we are surrounded by art and use it on a continual basis. Most people don’t realize how much of a role art plays in our lives and just how much we rely on art in all of its forms in our everyday lives.

The Joy of Art

You may be wondering why all of these things are so important to our daily lives and that you could probably survive just fine with essential items that were non-artistic. That is just the reason why art is so valuable! While art may not be vital to fulfill our basic needs, it does make life joyful. When you look at a painting or poster you’ve chosen to hang on your living room wall, you feel happy. The sculpture or figurines on the kitchen windowsill create a sense of joy. These varieties of art forms that we are surrounded by all come together to create the atmosphere that we want to live in.

Art and Music

The importance of art in our daily lives is very similar to that of music. Just like art, music can make life extremely joyful and can have a huge effect on our mood. In the workplace in particular, music is something that can help people set the mood for what they are about to do. If you have something hard or difficult to work on or are feeling tired, an energetic song will likely wake you up and add some enthusiasm to the situation. Similarly, when stress is high, many people find that relaxing to calming music is something that eases the mind.

Inspirational Art

Inspirational art, such as posters are often found in work spaces to encourage employees to continue being productive. There is now an increasing amount of companies using art in their offices, as well as playing background music, as it is proven to actually work in making end results far better quality. There may be a piece of art that you own that you personally find motivational. Perhaps a print with a positive affirmation or quote beautifully scrolled on it or a painting of a picturesque scene of where you aim to travel to one day.

SOME REASONS WHY ORIGINAL ART IN THE HOME IS AS IMPORTANT AS A BED

1. Creates Mood
2. Adds Personal Character to the Home
3. Makes Memories
4. Provides a Colour Palette
5. Makes a Room Feel Finished
6. Inspires and Fosters Creativity
7. Conversation Starter
8. Supports Artists
9. It is an Investment
10. Creates a Livable Environment
11. Keeps the Brain Active
12. Relaxation
13. Curating Your Own Gallery is Fun!

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Small Bathroom Designs

Do you feel like you could never truly fall in love with your small bathroom? A compact bathroom may seem like a difficult area to renovate, however, with some small bathroom design tips and a little creativity, you can start to love your cosy bathroom.

Knowing how to approach a teeny tiny bathroom can often be perplexing. Rest assured though, there is always a solution every challenge! We undertook some investigation work to bring you the best advice from two people who are in the know. Cue James our case study; a serial renovator who over many a room has developed an eye and an understanding for what works. In other words, he knows how to renovate and design a compact bathroom!

We also sought the advice of bathroom design consultant Michelle from Bourne Bathrooms. Michelle has lots of experience working on small bathroom remodels and has shares her expert insights with us.

Our guide below takes you through some of the potential challenges a small bathroom remodel may face how to tackle them. We also highlight the best ways to cleverly redesign a compact bathroom space so it becomes an area you’ll adore.

Small Bathroom Challenges

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Small Bathroom Designs

Do you feel like you could never truly fall in love with your small bathroom? A compact bathroom may seem like a difficult area to renovate, however, with some small bathroom design tips and a little creativity, you can start to love your cosy bathroom.

Knowing how to approach a teeny tiny bathroom can often be perplexing. Rest assured though, there is always a solution every challenge! We undertook some investigation work to bring you the best advice from two people who are in the know. Cue James our case study; a serial renovator who over many a room has developed an eye and an understanding for what works. In other words, he knows how to renovate and design a compact bathroom!

We also sought the advice of bathroom design consultant Michelle from Bourne Bathrooms. Michelle has lots of experience working on small bathroom remodels and has shares her expert insights with us.

Our guide below takes you through some of the potential challenges a small bathroom remodel may face how to tackle them. We also highlight the best ways to cleverly redesign a compact bathroom space so it becomes an area you’ll adore.

Small Bathroom Challenges

In the case of James' bathroom it's clear to see the bathroom pictured is quite compact, however, it is jammed packed with clever design ideas that make the most of the small bathroom space. When it came to updating this tiny bathroom, James used his experience to maximise the use of space. The goal was to make sure the bathroom functioned well and was a really enjoyable space to use.

Before the update the small bathroom had a shower over a small clawfoot bath, a corner vanity, and a toilet tucked behind the door. There were challenges with getting safely in and out of the shower (visitors and kids), no counter space, and slippery tiles. It just wasn’t a functional bathroom space.

On James' wishlist for new bathroom was:

  • A walk in shower for easier access
  • A hand held shower
  • Glass shower screen for easier cleaning
  • A new vanity – with storage for towels etc underneath and counter space on top.
  • Bigger mirrors above the vanity
  • Retain the in-wall toilet
  • Create a lighter, brighter space.
  • Improve ventilation
  • And did we mention, easy to clean?

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Planning A Compact Bathroom Design

With the decision made to completely revamp the compact bathroom space, James drew up a plan. The first thing he decided was to rehang the door so that it opened up onto the wall instead of into the room. Immediately there were more options for better use of the small bathroom.

Originally the plan was to keep the toilet, shower and basin in roughly the same locations to reduce the amount of major plumbing work required. But after many a sketch it soon became apparent, that although adding to the budget, moving the plumbing would allow for a much better end result.

Maximising Natural Light in Small Bathrooms

The other really big ticket structural item was changing the orientation of the window. Originally there was a vertical window above the basin. This presented two issues – the first was water from the re-positioned shower possibly getting into the timber frame, and the second was privacy. James decided early on to reposition it. The new window opening was raised to avoid privacy issues and made horizontal.

This visually changed the small bathroom space and made it feel wider, as well as letting in lots more natural light than the original one did.

To make the most of the compact bathroom space James built out a stud wall off the original double brick walls to fit an in wall cistern for the toilet. This then reduced the amount of floor space that the toilet took up and makes it easier to move around the room. Into the bathroom stud wall cavity James also created a recessed tiled shower shelf for shampoo etc in the shower.

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Small Bathroom Colour Scheme

When you walk into James' finished compact bathroom now, it’s a beautiful, crisp white space and now feel more spacious. Remember this is just an illusion, but it’s an amazing one. Light colours really do make any space feel bigger. What’s really clever though are things you don’t notice until you are using the small bathroom.

Michelle of Bourne Bathrooms advises to keep colours light. The whiter the brighter! Even if you love dark colours, make sure to only use them for accents. The greater the darkness, the more cramped your compact bathroom will appear.

''Dark colours can give the illusion that the room is smaller, using lighter tiles or throwing in some natural raw products, such as a timber top or shelving or a light concrete finish will help to open up the space'', says Michelle.

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Create Illusions When You Renovate a Small Bathroom

Michelle suggests that the best way to create an illusion of space is to incorporate a wall hung a vanity.

It will instantly make the room look bigger and makes the vanity appear as if it's floating. | Michelle, Bourne Bathrooms

Vanities are the one of the most important assets to a bathroom, they need to be functional and present well as it is usually where the eye is drawn to. Michelle recommends working out what you have in your current bathroom and how much storage space you will need. This will help you decide if a wall hung vanity is preferred or if a floor-standing option is better for extra storage.

Custom Bathroom Furniture

Michelle also advises that when planing your bathroom to not only consider the layout but to also think about the scale and proportion of the furniture and fixtures you choose. In some instances it's better to select a product that can be customised. Off-the-shelf products can have limitations and might not always meet your requirements in terms of the colour, finish or size.

For example; if the vanity you may have your heart set on is too deep or too wide choose an option that can be customised. This provides far more design flexibility and offers the opportunity to create something unique. Bourne Bathrooms have a great range of vanity's that can be customised. Their Timberline vanity units have a wide range that can be customised to any size, style or design. Plus you have the advantage of choosing a wide open on tops including stone, megamite stone, timbertops, built in ceramic or poly marble tops.

Bourne Bathrooms can also create custom sized niches and tile trays to suit small bathrooms and are a of Faucet Strommen who are flexible with creating custom finishes such as black & rose gold mixers, they also have the ability to customise towel rails to suit small bathrooms.

The advantage of customising is that you are guaranteed to get the style, design and finish you are dreaming of. | Michelle, Bourne Bathrooms.

Saving Space in Bathrooms

"Another great idea is to recess a mirrored cabinet (if you have the space available in the wall), or create a simple look using timber shelving cleverly mounted on the free space on the wall which will offer more space for storage" Michelle explains.

Michelle suggests using Inwall toilets as they are fantastic space savers for a small bathroom, plus they offer neat, discreet and sophisticated look which won't compete with the other elements in a bathroom.

Hint: Mirrors Make Compact Bathroom Spaces Seem to Grow

James is clever when it comes to using mirrors. Magicians aren’t the only ones who know how to make use of these common household items! Above the vanity a large mirrored storage cabinet is fitted into the recess of the small bathroom stud wall. Notice how much light and space it seems to add! Adding the stud wall allowed James to add a lot of storage space to the bathroom and maintain a very clean line.

This is probably the key to why this compact bathroom now feels so spacious. There is now lots of storage in the wall hung vanity, cosmetic and toiletries storage in the mirrored cabinet, as well as a spot in the shower for products. Plus, there is an elegance that simply radiates from all the brightness.

Small Bathroom Layout

Some people get into a trap where they think their space needs to be symmetrical. Nothing could be farther from the truth. The trick is to use every space available, even if it means your room isn’t perfectly symmetrical. For instance, the vanity top was especially sourced to have the basin off centre to the right hand side. This gives the counter space on the left, close to the powerpoint – perfect for when you are drying your hair. The vanity is positioned just out of the corner. By doing this the vanity appears to float off the wall.

The other advantage – there is a gap for hanging the hair dryer and fitting the bin in. The shower space works particularly well, and it has two shower heads fitted.

With the final design, James placed the vanity, toilet and shower all along the left hand wall, to create a seamless look and maintain flow.

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A hand shower is fitted closest to the shower opening , which is just perfect for when you are washing kids hair and want to stay dry. The feel and sound of the shower is important to James, so he chose an overhead rain shower. No prickly fine shower spray here.

The bathroom is all white and James used 300 x 600mm white tiles to emphasise the sense of space. The floor are non-slip charcoal textured tiles.

Everything in this compact bathroom is carefully thought through – the height of the mirrors for both children and adults, the positioning of the heated towel rail in relation to the newly moved door, even the depth of the drawers.

Underfloor Heating to Cleverly Add Space

The only risk James took in this tiny bathroom was with underfloor heating, a product he had never used before. On the recommendation of his builder he decided to install it despite the additional cost and his concerns about what if something went wrong with it? The underfloor heating is a real luxury, so warm underfoot – especially when it even goes under the tiled shower base.

And the other upside the bathroom floor dries very quickly and if space is of a absolute premium, negates the need for a heated towel rail or radiator which can be bulky.

This is a great example of what can be achieved with a compact bathroom; thoughtful, practical, and really stylish.

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Tips For Renovating A Compact Bathroom

Here are some more of Michelle's and James' tips for helping you achieve your perfect compact bathroom, regardless of the size of the space you are working with:

  • Take the time to plan the space carefully – once the space was gutted James cross checked his design by drawing the plan onto the walls and floor to confirm everything would work well.

  • Find an experienced sales person who knows their product. The in wall cistern is a big part of what makes James' bathroom successful, but there are installation restrictions with the product that required some design changes early on. Without an experienced salesperson to point these out, this may have created some issues during the build. Reputable companies such as Bourne Bathroom understand the product, and we do their best to understand your needs and can develop a functional and stylish option for a small bathroom.

  • Despite the floor tiles James chose being labelled as non-slip, he brought a sample home and tested it. After living with slippery floor tiles in the old bathroom, he wanted to make sure!

  • And of course, find a builder and tradespeople you can trust, and who is conscientious. A recommendation is of course the ultimate. Bourne Bathrooms work with many highly regarded builders, tilers and other tradespeople that they can recommend to the highest standard.

We think you'll agree, James's careful and thoughtful approach has resulted in the perfect compact bathroom to be enjoyed by all the family.

House of Home would like to thank James and Michelle from Bourne Bathrooms for sharing their experiences and invaluable knowledge with us.

Products that work really well in Small Bathrooms.


  • Wall-Hung Bathroom Vanities

  • Bathroom Mixer Taps

  • Heated Towel Rails

  • Rain Showers

  • Rail Showers

  • In-Wall Toilet Cistern Buttons

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How to Arrange Art

  • "People have a tendency to hang art too high," says Linda Crisolo, Art.com director of merchandising. "The center of the image should be at eye level." In living rooms, people are usually sitting, so artwork should be lower. A good way to ensure you're placing artwork at the right height is to hang it one hand width above the sofa.
  • A common problem when hanging artwork above a sofa or sideboard is that it's not in scale. Having pieces that are too small or too large will make the whole arrangement look strange. "Make sure artwork is at least two-thirds the size of the sofa or sideboard," Crisolo says. "For example, a 9-foot-long sofa should have a 6-foot-wide expanse of art above it."
  • In the bedroom, choose personal art, such as family photographs or your own photography. If you're arranging the pieces in groupings, Crisolo recommends sticking with one color theme, either all black-and-white or all color photographs.
  • "Above a mantel or fireplace is the perfect place to layer pieces," Crisolo says. "A house looks like a home when you can see layers of artwork and accessories."
  • In the kitchen, hang art in a place where it won't get damaged by water or heat. Consider placing art above an office space, near the dining table, or above open counter space. Crisolo also recommends avoiding kitchen art in the kitchen. "I tend to shy away from pictures of asparagus in the kitchen," she says. "Vintage art with traditional frames works in a traditional kitchen. In a modern kitchen, try bright colors with stainless-steel frames."
  • A symmetrical arrangement creates a striking and simple focal point. All-white frames and mats unify this grouping. "I like to use the same frames to create homogeny," says Crisolo.
  • When deciding where to hang images in your home, consider the wall space available and the arrangement of the room. "Use small pieces between windows and doors," Crisolo says. "If small items are in a space too large, the pieces look lost. With larger pieces, allow room for people to step back and admire the work."
  • Artwork collaborates with other accessories and decor to create a visual story. Make sure images, moldings, and shelves all work together. "Hang artwork in front of a bookcase, on the face of the shelf," Crisolo says. "The shelves and ledges become part of a decorating story."
  • Make sure your arrangement matches your decorating style. "Symmetrical arrangements are more traditional or formal. Asymmetrical is modern," Crisolo says. "Also look at the image and style of the frame. For cottage-style rooms, stick with vintage images or botanicals. In modern rooms, choose large and abstract pieces."