In the UK, we have the smallest average domestic room size of any nation in Europe, a somewhat dubious honour, which presents a range of challenges when we are trying to create the most comfortable and stylish homes we can.
In order to maximise the amount of living and bedroom space we have, bathrooms often bear the brunt of any space-saving measures. As a result, creating a bathroom that feels as spacious and inviting as possible can take a little extra thought and imagination.
There are several well-known tricks for enhancing the illusion of space in a room, such as increasing the amount of light, naturally or artificially, keeping as much floor space free as possible, keeping surface areas free from clutter, and using mirrors.
When attempting to make a room feel more spacious, mirrors offer a range of benefits. They enhance both light and space, occupy a negligible amount of space, and are also practical additions to any room, especially a bathroom.
With hundreds of different models available, the experts at Better Bathrooms have outlined the most popular choices and their benefits.
Maintaining an organised and clutter-free bathroom is a key way to enhance space, and wall-mounted cabinets are becoming an increasingly popular way to achieve this without sacrificing floor space. Mirror-fronted cabinets and mirrors with storage units built into or around the frame, are a fantastic way to maintain a calm, tidy vanity area, while keeping all of your daily essentials within easy reach.
Right on trend for 2013, illuminated mirrors will help you to create a stylish space, which can serve as a focal point for your bathroom. While you can still buy illuminated mirrors which use spotlight bulbs, the vast majority now utilise LEDs, which not only last longer than traditional bulbs, but are far more efficient, both in terms of space and energy. The miniscule size of LEDs, as opposed to traditional bulbs, has allowed for the creation of illuminated mirrors with far more interesting, stylised designs, such as infinity mirrors, in which the light is reflected between two panes of glass, creating a beautiful, three-dimensional frame.
Mirrors of different shapes and sizes can have dramatically different effects as well. For example, portrait mirrors can help a room feel taller, which can be a real bonus in newer buildings where ceilings tend to be lower than in Victorian or Georgian properties. In cloakrooms and en suites, port-hole style mirrors are a great way to add some charm and character, without any disruption to the décor of the room.
Mirrors offer us a wide array of benefits, both practically and stylistically, so it's worth taking the time to discover the ideal model for your bathroom.