Design Secrets for a Small Master Bathroom
Think you can’t have a luxurious master bathroom because it is short on space? Think again! This master bathroom, recently remodeled by KBF Design Gallery, is only 7.5 feet wide by 11 feet long. Complete with a walk-in shower, soaking tub, large vanity, and commode, this master bathroom uses space in the most efficient and eye-pleasing way. At KBF, we always stress that great design is the marriage of function and style, and this bathroom is no exception.
This lovely semi-custom vanity is a storage powerhouse with eight drawers and three full cabinets, and offers plenty of counter space as well. Our client was not interested in having more than one sink, but a vanity this size could have accommodated two sinks if it had been a must-have item. Instead, a trough sink with clean lines gives dimension and adds interest to the the vanity top. The engineered quartz countertop is not only beautiful, but it never needs to be sealed and resists both heat and staining.
The shower and bathtub have built in niches that are recessed into the wall to store necessities. Creating space by using recessed shelves is one of the best ways to gain storage in a small bathroom. With no space for a functional tub ledge, going into the wall is the optimal way to give our client an accessible storage option for items such as soap and shampoo. The niche ledges are created from the same engineered quartz found on the vanity top for both function and aesthetics.
A sleek, adjustable height shower head doubles as a handheld shower spray, which is very useful for not only bathing but also has the reach to spray all the shower walls, making cleaning the shower a breeze. A built-in bench in the corner of the shower (not shown) is topped in the same engineered quartz as the vanity counter and gives a place to sit or perch a leg for shaving, and it further adds to the spa-like feel of the shower.
The color palette of this small space is not only soothing, but it brings a light and open feeling to a room otherwise lacking in windows and natural light. The recessed lighting in the ceiling and the three-light sconce over the sink provide ample task lighting; the additional hanging pendants over the vanity are a design element that elevates the style of the room and makes reference to the Asian influence found in the decor of the rest of our client’s home.
The stone tile accent in the shower draws your eye upward to visually raise the ceiling in the space. It also offers an extra element of design that escalates the luxurious feel of the space; coordinating the color with the rest of the bathroom gives it just enough interest while ensuring that it doesn’t overwhelm the small space. The frameless glass enclosure also allows your eye to travel right through the entire room, whereas any other type of enclosure risked cutting the room in half. The reflection of light in the large mirror over the vanity furthers the illusion of space in the room.
When room space is limited, working in the space need for the swing space of a door can pose a large problem. A traditional, inward swinging door would have blocked either the bathtub or the vanity. The perfect solution for this space was a sliding barn door, which preserved every inch of usable space. We designed a door with rain glass for privacy but which still allows light to pass through.