A Seriously Small Bathroom With Style: Part One

A Seriously Small Bathroom With Style: Part One

MaryAnne Petrella
Apr 15, 2011

Older apartments are sometime notorious for their small sized bathrooms, but this particular Montreal powder room is especially petite. Barely as wide as its doorway and entirely separate from the toilet-proper (located down the hall in an even smaller room of its own), this is one teeny, tiny space!

While it could well be in the running for world's smallest bathroom, that doesn't stop it from gaining some big points when it come to style. Without any major reno-ing, and a budget to match the square-footage, the tenant transformed what was once a dingy, boring and bizarre half bathroom into a fresh and functional space.

The bold color choice beautifully offsets the bright white beadboard and window trim, an unexpected maneuver that really works. The floor was recovered with TrafficMaster's Allure series in "Milano", one of the nicest vinyl floating floors on the market. With a little planning the planks were incredibly easy to install, and after using only half the box, some of the excess strips were applied to the doors of a found melamine medicine cabinet for a custom feel. The won't-open-window above the sink contains an artful installation of plaster dental molds, a tongue and cheek invitation for impeccable oral hygiene.

Problem solving like this is essential in a space of such small proportions, but some of the tricks used here can be applied across the square-foot-spectrum: The shower curtain was carefully cut in half lengthwise, meaning there is an extra one on hand when it comes time to replace round-one. An old LP was adhered to an unsightly vent which is no longer in use. A second-hand kitchen cabinet was repurposed as storage for the incredibly narrow space beside the shower, with rolled vintage towels sandwiched between it and the wall, adding an additional storage and splash of coordinated color.

Next week we'll take a look at the companion water-closet down the hall and see how, despite the apartment geography, these two updated spaces come together in one cool, creative, and coherent look!

(Image: MaryAnne Petrella)

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