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Tiny Bathroom Challenges & Solutions

The two rooms I am asked to work on time and time again are kitchens and bathrooms.. Bathrooms in older homes and some builder homes are often tiny and poorly laid out.

I recently worked on a small bathrooms that, thankfully, was a complete gut job. As I worked through this project I found some serious underlying issues that needed to be addressed. So often people simply slap on a coat of paint, ignoring the (often times dangerous) health problems that can lay deep within a bathroom. And that never ceases to shock me!

If you can believe it, this space was riddled with black mold. My first step was to get to the root of the problem by fogging the entire space with a Canadian product called Concrobium Mold Control. It only takes minutes to saturate the space with this non-toxic product but the health benefits will last a lifetime.

The next step was to ensure the mold didn’t return. This bathroom has an outside wall, making the necessity of proper insulation even more prevalent. I turned to another great product from Certainteed insulation called Membrain. I started with this product which helps prevents moisture and air build up in the wall cavity– the primary factors in mold development. I then had the space fully insulated with their Sustainable Batt Insulation to keep the warmth in.

With the space now prepared from the base up, it was time for the glam. In a small space, I tend to lean towards lighter colours to help open up the space. In this tiny bathroom I used Benjamin Moore’s Cloud White to freshen it up and make it as light as possible. I also stuck to primarily white accessories and some funky accent pieces in blues and greys to accent the space; these came from Bouclair Home.

I love maximizing space by choosing a vanity that has storage, especially if it’s a guest bathroom or main bathroom where you might want to tuck things out of sight. This vanity in a shade called Morning Dew is from Cutler Kitchen and Bath and can be found at Lowe’s (I love that you can get it at a big box store but it really has a boutique feel).

The Delta Vero was the perfect addition to this space. The faucet is really the jewel of any bathroom that finishes off the space just right. This is a perfect place to splurge. This faucet is sleek and modern, commands attention and yet doesn’t steal attention from the rest of the updated room.

Heated floors are a luxury I like to add to any rooms with tile or engineered hardwood. It’s economical in a bathroom of this size and can act as your primary source of heat. In this setting I used Nuheat mats which are standard and delivered in no time.

Finally, a product I have been in love with lately: plank flooring. The floor I used in this space is from ErthCOVERINGS called Tivoli. While modern, it’s also warm and homey. It’s easy to maintain, durable and attractive option for any space, and ideal for this one. With the warmth radiating from this flooring, it will warm more than just your feet!

Small spaces can be a challenge, but when you work from a healthy base, even the smallest of spaces can become a functional and elegant area you are happy to spend time in. Go on, glam up your small space!


About the Author: Jo Alcorn is a design specialist and designer on HGTV’s Home to Win, out this spring. 

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