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5 ways to glam up a tiny bathroom

This post is about how we changed an ordinary boring tiny bathroom into a glamorous one. So if you are interested, read on. 

This was a typical office restroom that you get when you are a small business and rent out a small space in a premium locality commercial complex. Super tiny in size (Less than 25 square feet) boring tiles,  and no place for anything else other than a WC and a tiny corner sink. (At least we have our own and dont have to share a common rest room, Thank God!) It has a tiny window that lets the light in and provides ventilation (Thank God again).

During the process of rescuing this bathroom from boring, we discovered the 5 ways to glam up a tiny bathroom.

This is HOW!

1.Create a grand entry.  Just coz it leads to a bathroom, does not mean it needs to look drab. The entry to the (thinking) throne needs to be a grand one. The blue door gives you no clue about what is hidden behind. (Do ping me if you like the color and need the shade code)5 ways to glam up your bathroom

2. Ditch the light colors and go Bold. Contrary to popular belief that you should stick to lighter colors in small spaces, we decided to go bold everywhere. The walls above the tiles and the ceiling was painted in dark grey that almost looked like black. As usual, this made the biggest impact to the space.5 ways to glam up your bathroom

3. Switch the lighting to warm. Since this was in an office space and did not have a shower attached, I decided to do a pendant light, a traditional Andhra leather work shade with geometric lines. Changing the bulb to a warm led lends the glam feel.

4. Add an interesting mirror. Pretty self explanatory there. Since mirrors can be taken with you when you move, invest in a beautiful piece. 5 ways to glam up your bathroom

5. Introduce some Decor elements. I love decorative items in the loo. (Gives you something to stare at. Lol!) Maybe a plant, or decorative bottles, aroma diffuser or some sea shells in a glass bottle. Hanging a multilevel shelf provides room for storage of essentials and also some decorative elements too.

So these are our 5 ways to glam up a bathroom. Bathrooms are my favorite space to decorate coz there is no midway, you either break your bank or spend almost nothing decorating it.



A Dramatic Bathroom Renovation

This post is about a dramatic bathroom renovation that I did sometime last year. We managed to convert an ugly servant quarters bathroom into a luxury bathroom experience.
This was one of the most ugliest parts of the property. It was a part of the servant quarters, used by the security guards and the reason why you don’t see you before picture because extremely dirty smelly and unkempt. It had an Indian toilet in a corner and one step above the rest of the floor, a few taps here and there and an ugly rotting door. The tiles were i think assorted leftover from the tiles store, there was blue and orange and dirty yellow. None of them where in any reusable condition.

A dramatic Bathroom Makeover
Since this was going to be an office bathroom we could do away with the shower area. That made it easier to work with a small space. Now all of me that was a vanity and some TLC.

Here is what we did.

We permanently closed the door from outside and cutout a door from inside the room. (Functional change)DaVinci Bathroom Tiles

The first thing that we chose for the space was the tiles. We fell in love with the DaVinci limited edition tiles and I just knew I had to use them. Now working on a small budget I had to be very sure that I am not over shooting. The tiles were a bit of a splurge so the rest of the things had to be under budget. I planned the layout of the bathroom in a way that the vanity is exactly in front of the door. As soon as you walk in you see your face in the mirror and the WC is hidden on the left side.DaVinci Digital Printed Tile

The DaVinci Tiles had a single piece of Mona Lisa tile and I knew it had to make a big impact as soon as you get into the bathroom. I positioned Mona Lisa in such a way that as soon as you open the door you see your face in the mirror and then next to your face is Mona Lisa. The vanity is a simple plywood assembly and the counter-top sink, tap & hanging light fixure was reused from another place.

A dramatic bathroom renovation
A dramatic Bathroom Renovation


Instead of a towel rod, I added a small bamboo ladder. This was really an after thought, but I think it adds a rustic touch and yet retains the glamorous look. The cabinet hardware took the longest to find, Almost 6 months after the bathroom was ready, but it fits in perfectly.

P.s. If you want to place a bamboo ladder in the bathroom, dip the legs about 6 to 8 inches in oil enamel and let dry before you use.