● Work with the shape of the room
● Don’t be afraid to add personality
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Awkwardly Shaped Bathroom Ideas
When it comes to planning a bathroom overhaul it can often feel challenging enough in itself but it might seem almost impossible if your bathroom happens to be a particularly awkward or unusual shape. Maybe you have lots of curves or angles present, or a number of alcoves; perhaps even a ceiling which slopes low at one end. If this describes your bathroom then the best thing to do is ignore the initial panic about not being able to achieve the look you want, as when they’re done well awkwardly shaped rooms often seem to have more charm and character as a result!
Work with the shape of the room
The key thing to keep in mind with unusual bathroom spaces is to work with the shape you have. If you start trying to somehow modify this things can get pretty messy (and pretty expensive!) very quickly so you’re going to have to plan ahead here. Recognise the limitations of the room; if for example you have a low sloping ceiling at one side then it probably won’t be a good idea to go placing a freestanding bath right in the middle of the room as this will totally remove any accessibility you originally had!
Things can be worked to your advantage however. If you have a room which features a large enough alcove then a clever trick is to use this to create a luxury shower enclosure by placing a sliding shower door across the face of the alcove. This idea is a really clever small bathroom idea while also creating a designer, flush look to the room.
We all know that storage space is essential in any bathroom, but furniture is often big and fairly chunky making it unsuitable for these kinds of settings, so what do you do? Well there are a couple of ways around this; one way is to install a vanity unit. These items are not just stylish but they combine storage room with a basin, prioritising space.
Alternatively you could install shelving. If you have a large straight wall then long wooden shelves look amazing, especially when positioned above a bathtub, and they are a great way to neatly display your shampoos and shower gels. If you don’t have a long enough wall then glass corner shelves also look stunning and will provide you with ample room to keep your daily essentials.
With regards to your choice of basin, if you don’t want to take the vanity unit route, another idea is to go for a countertop which can accommodate either an inset basin or a semi-recessed basin as part of it. These designs have become quite popular in recent times as they offer a sleek, designer look. If space is really tight however, or there isn’t too much straight wall space, then a corner basin is the answer.
Now obviously in awkwardly shaped bathrooms fitting a high level cistern is pretty much out of the question, so what you’ll need is something that is both stylish while also fairly compact. We’d recommend opting for either a wall hung toilet or back to wall toilet as these designs feature concealed cisterns which are hidden behind the wall, thus making the room feel bigger as a result. As with basins though, if space is really in short supply then a corner toilet is the way forward.
Don’t be afraid to add personality
No bathroom is complete without a few personal touches, and just because yours may be an unusual shape doesn’t mean you can’t add some style into the mix! There are loads of ways to spice things up a little, transforming the feel of the room in the process; for example we’d go for a large bathroom mirror as you can get some pretty smart looking examples for not much money these days and they’ll also reflect light, making your surroundings seem larger and more open.
Another idea would be to maybe pick out one wall as a feature and use either exposed brick or wood panelling to add a rustic effect while breaking things up a little. As for the rest of the walls, stick to lighter shades as dark colours will make the room feel claustrophobic. As a final note don’t forget to pay attention to your choice of lighting, as the more light you can get into the room the less cramped it’ll feel.
So there we have it; no longer do awkward bathroom designs have to remain dull and lifeless. All that’s left to do now is put these ideas into practice and create a gorgeous setting to be proud of!
I hope you have picked up lots of ideas and examples from my guide to awkwardly shaped bathrooms. What features of your bathroom make it awkward to design around? We'd love to hear your dilemmas and maybe suggest a solution or two to help. Thanks for reading and good luck with your new bathroom.
Rob, Victorian Plumbing