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Small but big on luxury

Many of us live in what is commonly considered “small spaces," whether we are urbanites, condo dwellers or empty-nesters who have down-sized, we find that our square footage is now at a premium.

Style and luxury is not determined by the size of your space, but the design. Be inspired by all that you see, but also be realistic about your space and your budget. A good bathroom design will be able to deliver all that your heart desires while creating for you a wonderfully luxurious, relaxing and inviting room that reflects your individuality and needs for years to come.

Small space design is about creative thinking, and as a designer I tackle many small living spaces, especially bathrooms. Good design to me is making good use of your space; which is enhanced by utilizing correctly sized products. With the surge in small-space dwelling we are finding that many companies are introducing smart designs that cater to the small space dwellers. Bravo!

Take for example Victoria + Albert, a company that is completely on trend with their extraordinary collection of stylish freestanding tubs designed for a smaller footprint without compromising on luxury.

A freestanding bath shouldn’t be a luxury for those with large spaces. “It’s a common misconception that a freestanding bath has to take up more room than a recessed. “It’s definitely possible to fit a luxurious freestanding bath in a compact space. And because freestanding tubs can ‘float’ away from the wall, they offer greater design flexibility, have a smaller geographic footprint and create an impression that is more airy and visually appealing.”

If you are starting your bathroom renovation project, here are a few tips when shopping for your new products, so ensure that you “test drive” the tubs you are considering.You may feel a bit silly sitting in a tub in the middle of the store, however the tub is supposed to be a source of relaxation so make sure you are spending your dollars on comfort.

Once you have selected your new tub, make sure you select equally beautiful faucets to complement the look. You don’t need to spend a fortune but you should purchase the best quality your budget permits as well as a style that suits the tub.

Make sure your measurements are accurate: a free standing tub should have a bit of “breathing space” and not appear as if its sitting on the walls. If you are really tight for space perhaps a free standing tub is not the best solution, and it might be best to look to an alcove tub or a drop-in instead.

Photo Credits: vandabaths.com

Linda Mazur is a nationally publicized designer and Principal of Linda Mazur Design Group. With almost two decades of experience this in demand multi-disciplinary design firm is known for creating relaxed stylish spaces and full-scale design builds within Toronto, the GTA and throughout Canada. www.lindamazurdesign.com

-by Linda Mazur