Bathing Beauties

Small bathrooms can be grand too with the star treatment

February 12, 2018

As city dwellers, we are not blessed with large palatial bathrooms and designing one can be a daunting task. But a small bathroom can feel grand with smart planning, fixtures and finishes.

From your budget to expectations, understand what you want to achieve before taking the plunge.

We get the insider scoop from Anne Chua, creative director with interior design house CAD Associates, on some of the pitfalls to avoid when constructing the all-important shower room.

A bathtub is not out of the question. However, ensure that the piping does not contravene any of HDB’s rules and regulations. In this home, the freestanding bathtub is paired with and elegant and comely faucet that adds eyes-catching detail.

Use lightning to your advantage, especially when sunlight does not come your way into the bathroom. In this shower room, cove lightning was fitted into recess to highligh a collection of perfumes.

Mirrored bathroom cabinets do not impose on your personal space while holding important vials and jars of skincare products at eye level.

The facts are out in the open, tread carefully when playing with colours. The trick to a cosy bathroom is to use subtle shades of the same colour with assistance from a colour wheel. In this bathroom designed by CAD Associates, a balanced and harmonious feel is established with a base of brown.


1. vinyl as flooring

A big no in wet areas, vinyl when pieced together are not sealed fully like tiles do. The gaps may cause water to seep in and linger on, creating moisture and damaging the vinyl.

2. wild colours

Flashy colours may work in other rooms in the home, but neutral reigns in the bathroom for its serene and span-like quality. To avoid any clashes, stick to no mre than three different tiles and build the bathroom around a statement tile.

3. clutter nutter

As an important component for a start to the day, clogging up the basin top in the bathroom with hair products and medication is less than ideal in a cushy home, Kepp the basin prim and proper with a soap dish and nothing else, a neat and clean basin is a surefire way to impress any guests to the home.

tiles easy

select tiles based on the usage of the room. It is well documented that the wet environment of the bathroom would require a rougher tiles surface to prevent falls and slips. As mentioned previously, vinyl flooring may not be the wisest decision for the shower room, but homeowner who prefer wood-like flooring may opt for timber-like tiles for its maintenance-free and wood-like appearance.

On the walls, glossy surfaces like porcelain or ceramic would save you hours of scrubbing to rid of dirt and grime. Any alae formed from moisture can be easily removed with a clean wipe as compared to rougher surface tiles.

colour easy

Due to the spatial constraints in the homes of Singapore, a roomy bathroom does not come often. Pale shades and light hues have been known to make a small room bigger. To build on a serene mood, try neutral colour palette with a primary base of white like taupe. If you with to challenge the norm delve into graphic wallpapers or add pops of colours.

on the level

An incorrect choice of tiles can be a disaster in the bathroom and a recipe for flooding. Ponding is when water is trapped in certain corners of the bathroom as a result of a poorly leveled floor. Carry out a water ponding test with your contractor by flooding the toilet with water and ensuring the water flows down to the floor trap. If the water stays in position after a certain while, take it up with your contractor or run the risk of water logging or flooding.

bright and airy

Lightning can make a break a room. Similarly, in the bathrooms, how one controls the lightning can alter the ambience and mood of a room. A common way of illuminating the space and complementing the interior setting is the use of bath sconces or cove lighting to embellish the powder room with soft lighting throughout.

cosy in storage

Storage in bathrooms tends to run small due to the shrinking size in the average apartment in Singapore, but it should not be something to overlook. All the skincare or hair products need to go somewhere and the basin top does not cut it. Make room for a closed-cabinet to hide medication or personal products from curious houseguests – wall-mounted cabinets above the vanity or tilets can be constructed for the storage of small items. Mirrored bathroom cabinets are all the rage at the moment for their dual-purposed functionality.

take a dip

For some homeowners, owning a standing bathtub is a dream the can never pass on. Before reaching for the checkbook, check if there is available space in the bathroom to house the tub. the next point on the checklist is slightly unconventional but equally important: ensure that the width of each door that leads to bathroom is wide enough for the transportaion of the tub.

In HDB homes , the law mandates that any piping within the bathroom has to be exposed. To conceal the piping in a legal manner, a curb can be constructed to wrap the inlet pipe.

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CAD Associates,

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Author: Accentuate

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