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What are some small bathroom ideas fit for Indian houses?

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Whether they're big or small, well-designed bathrooms have certain things in common. They're functional, feel comfortable to move around in and have a relaxing atmosphere. In order to create such a space, every detail in the bathroom from the colour scheme to the location and features of the sink, shower and lighting should be carefully considered. 

The size of the bathroom is one of the most important things to consider before thinking of anything else because a small bathroom has many more limitations in terms of design compared to a larger bathroom. However knowledge and awareness are key here. Being well aware of the exact size and dimensions of the room will allow for better decisions when it comes to furnishing and decorating it. 

Another important factor to consider is who will be using the bathroom and what will it be used for. For example, if it is a bathroom attached to the children's room, then ensure that the sink and shower are all within reach for the children. Whereas if it's to be used by an elderly person, make sure to install safety handle bars. On the other hand, guest toilets or powder rooms need not have a shower room or require a large space either. Read on for more small bathroom ideas. 

How to remodel a small bathroom

Mr Anil nahata's bungalow: modern Bathroom by Innerspace
Innerspace

Mr Anil nahata's bungalow

Innerspace

Remodeling a smaller bathroom can be more challenging than remodeling a larger bathroom, but the good news is that it's usually much cheaper. Sometimes the bathroom doesn't necessarily even need remodeling to make it seem bigger, installing high quality lighting may be sufficient. 

Some examples of small bathroom remodeling ideas are installing a corner sink or a sink with a round or oval shape;combining the bath and the shower, and using the right bathroom tiles. We will elaborate on these bathroom designs and more below. 

The cost of renovating a small bathroom

The cost of bathroom renovation depends on the requirements or the replacements to be made such as new tiles, plumbing and bathroom fittings. However the estimated basic cost of the partial renovation of a '7x4' attached bathroom with toilet is Rs 40,000- 50,000. This price includes bathroom fittings, good quality plumbing materials, bathroom tiles and labour costs. 

A complete bathroom renovation includes breaking existing wall and floor tiles, removing existing plumbing pipes and fittings, waterproofing, new plaster, concealed plumbing installation, wall and floor tiles installation, bathroom fittings installation, bathroom door, window and lighting. The above will cost about Rs 1,27,000 in total. 

Leave out the shower room door

To save space, it's best to leave out the shower room door. A shower curtain can be used instead. This will make the bathroom seem more spacious. If the bathroom floor is designed properly with an indentation or niche space for the shower where the water can drain away quickly, there will be no need to worry about a wet bathroom. For more inspiration, here are some compact bathroom design ideas.

Shrink the sink

Indra hira bungalow: modern Bathroom by Innerspace
Innerspace

Indra hira bungalow

Innerspace

A small sink is definitely the way to go. Place it in a corner if possible. The most ideal shapes are roundish or curvy shapes like the unique sink pictured here. Floating sinks with floating vanity cabinets are also a stylish way of saving space in the bathroom. Here are some unique bathroom sinks for more inspiration. 

Expand the mirror

Expand the mirror in the bathroom as much as possible. Try to cover all the largest area of wall space with one large mirror or several mirrors. Mirrors not only make rooms seem bigger but they make it brighter as well. For more ideas, please refer to our article titled 6 things every bathroom needs.

Combine the bath and the shower

Small bathrooms can't usually afford to have a space large enough for a bath. However combining the bath and the shower as pictured here is a great way to utilize space. To save space, avoid using a separate facility or fitting for the bath, instead design the bathroom so that the shower area also serves as a bath. 

Best lighting for small bathrooms

Residence Interiors at Mukundnagar, Pune: modern Bathroom by Urban Tree
Urban Tree

Residence Interiors at Mukundnagar, Pune

Urban Tree

The size of the bathroom is of utmost importance when it comes to lighting. Due to the lack of space, small bathrooms can be quite challenging to light up. However it is a point not to be missed as small spaces can feel much more spacious with the help of the right lighting. The way the lights are placed and the location of the lights are also important. Lights which are strategically inlaid into mirrors or cabinets or recessed lighting is the best lighting solution for small bathrooms. For more ideas, take a look at bright lighting design.

Best bathroom tiles for small bathrooms

Independent Bungalow - Mr. Modi: scandinavian Bathroom by DECOR DREAMS
DECOR DREAMS

Independent Bungalow—Mr. Modi

DECOR DREAMS

Using the right bathroom tiles is an excellent way to make the most of a small space. The size, colour, texture, material and layout of the tiles are important things to consider when choosing wall and floor tiles for a small bathroom. 

As for bathroom tile ideas, large tiles tend to make rooms look smaller. Therefore it's best to work with small to medium tiles for a small bathroom. The safest colour scheme for the tiles are light neutral colours like beige, cream and grey. Reflective ceramic tiles can make the room seem much brighter. Finally, the best layout for tiles in a small space is a diagonal pattern. 

Bathroom tiles in India cost approximately Rs. 1000 – 3600 for 3 boxes of 1 sq. ft tiles. The starting price of a good tile is Rs. 22-23 per piece or sq.ft. while the average price of a good anti-skid tile is Rs. 42. per 1 sq. ft. Some popular branded tiles are Kajaria, Bell, Somany, and Nitco. The labor cost for installing the tiles is about Rs. 40 per sq.ft. Note that it may take 3-4 days to replace bathroom tiles. 

We hope the small bathroom renovation ideas here have been helpful. For more related ideas, have a look at how to choose tiles for the bathroom.

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