Small Bathroom Renovations

Small Bathroom Design Ideas

There is a reason why we’re taking time to talk about small bathroom design and renovations here instead of just all bathroom renovations. Creating a new a small bathroom, powder room or ensuite space (anything under 3m x 2m) has some unique interior design challenges – first and foremost being the space constraints. This can affect things like where you can place your plumbing for example or which fixtures and fittings you can accommodate.

Small bathroom questions you should be asking

Can you fit that free-standing bath you’ve always loved, or would a shower only be more practical? Could you add a nib wall to create a shelf or ledge along one wall or would a niche be a better option? How will you and your family use the space? How can the layout make the space flow well and make for easy circulation? It is always more challenging to configure small spaces and make these ideas a reality than when you have a big space where things can easily be moved around.

No matter how small your bathroom is, you can still make it very functional, aesthetically inviting, practical and a reflection of your design flair. And this is where we can help!

Small bathroom design process

Over the years Just in Place has designed, remodelled, renovated, demolished, and rebuilt many small bathrooms and we know exactly what it takes to create a space that will tick all your boxes.

The floor plan

Having your existing floor plans to hand is a great way to start a conversation on turning your outdated or tired bathroom into your perfect sanctuary. The floor plan provides a lot of information about your space, natural light, storage options, access and so on. Next, we’ll want to ask whether plumbing can be moved around, perhaps to find a better place for your toilet or maybe you want to combine your small bathroom with a laundry? This is when we need to get creative with design solutions – there’s no challenge we’ve not been able to meet!


When considering your small bathroom space, one of the first things you might think about is tiles. At first it can seem like the the options are endless. Not only do they come in so many different colours and finishes, but also in different shapes and on top of that, you can also lay them on your floor or walls and in many different patterns.

While colour can be intimidating in a small spaces you can still use a striking blue or green in a way that doesn’t overwhelm and feels balanced, such as on a feature wall. Alternatively you can use your favourite colours in more muted tones – these tiles will still pop on the wall just enough to create interest but won’t steal attention from other features.  A great way to create a focal point in a small bathroom is to use a beautiful tile in the shower area or on the wall behind a bath.


Then there is the question of storage space. Even when you think you don’t need much space to store all your toiletries, you will rethink it when they start constantly appearing on your countertop. A great way to solve this problem is to have a custom-made timber vanity and mirror cabinet. Even if these are small, they will make such a difference as everything will be able to be stored in its place. Since our hardwood vanities are custom made to order, you can choose the measurements, the configuration and even the type of timber.


Even the tapware you choose for your bathroom can add to the illusion of space. Going for sleek and more minimal designs in your sink, bath or shower tapware, in tones that blend well with your tiles, can help avoid a smaller space feeling too busy, with too much going on.

Seek advice

As you can see, there are lots of decisions that can all contribute to achieving the look you want and excellent functionality and flow when floor space is at a premium. With all these elements to consider, it can feel overwhelming, which is why it’s always a great idea to seek some advice and help from industry professionals. Whatever questions you have – we have answers. The whole idea is to have fun and create something that you absolutely will love!

So, if you want to renovate your bathroom and you have some ideas but don’t know where to start, contact us for a friendly chat or come and visit us in our lovely Sydney showroom and we’ll take it from there.

Read on to see lots of our small bathroom renovation projects, for inspiration, advice and more!

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