European chic is trending this year, which is a great look for people who may not have a wealth of floor space. European designers definitely know how to squeeze a huge amount of value and luxury into a room. If you have a small bathroom that you are looking to upgrade, try one or more of these European design ideas for your interior décor.
One of the best ways to get a little extra privacy in a small bathroom is to suspend a mirror in front of the window. From this centerpiece, you can place smaller matching accents and rugs around the bathtubs and bathroom sinks without taking much space.
Wallpapering for Space
The wallpaper that you choose can give even the smallest bathroom the illusion of more space. Lighter colors with sparse designs are the way to go if you need to expand the room a bit. Depending on your taste, your accents can match the color or contrast it to draw the eye, giving the illusion of a bigger room.
White and Black Contrast
Expanding on the tip above, contrast that makes the eye move tends to create the illusion of a bigger space. If you really want to dive deep into European decor, go with a strong contrast with the central elements in your bathroom. Use solid, deep colors without complex designs to keep the room from looking too busy, which shrinks the space.
Hexagonal tiling is the current style coming out of Europe. It is an eye-catching shape that tends to centralize itself in the space and serves as a good contrast to solid colors on your walls. If you do not have big, ornate pieces in your bathroom, using your tiling to add a bit of panache is a great way to spruce up the room without spending a great deal of money for expensive accents.
Exponential room expansion can be accomplished through the judicious use of mirrors. Corner mirrors are specifically European — a look that may not be for everyone, but definitely sets the room apart for those who are bold enough to try the look. The most forward-thinking interior designers are placing small mirrors at the corners of the bathroom above the sink.
Many of the best European designs base themselves on a centerpiece from a particular time period, such as a Baroque mirror or a vanity of French limestone. Not only do you now have a styling that draws the eye, but you also create a sense of fantasy within your bathroom that makes every experience there more enjoyable.
Another European-influenced choice is nautical decor — shipshape accents led by porthole windows and hexagonal floor tiles. Use contrasting bands on your bathroom walls to finish the look and create an exciting journey for yourself every time you wash your hands!
Another aspect of Europe that you can bring into your bathroom is the rustic landscapes of rural, widespread countries like Switzerland. Some of the best designers are even using chicken wire in their bathroom designs along with screening instead of traditional cabinet doors to ramp up the feel of the country. After all, this is how towels and other bath cloths were presented in the past, so why not return to a great tradition to give yourself a new look?
Depending on the laws of your state, you may or may not be able to have tinted windows on your car, but you can definitely have them in your bathroom. Slightly distressing your mirror can give a bit of color to the space without a need to repaint the entire room.
In a smaller bathroom, you must find a way to store your toiletries more efficiently if you do not want to create clutter. If you do not have a separate linen closet, you can invest in a deeper medicine cabinet that interacts with the piping in your bathroom. Many smaller European bathrooms incorporate these deep cabinets, staggering storage space around pipes. Use the extra space for custom bathroom vanities that will hide your laundry bins, giving you plenty of room for dirty linens and clothes without cluttering the room.
European design always seems to add a bit of modern flair to your feng shui, and it can do even more with your ideas incorporated into European traditions to create a beautiful hybrid. Keep the above tips in mind for your bathroom, and experiment with your own design choices to create new and exciting options for your bathroom!