Small bathrooms can be a tricky design hurdle but not an uncommon or unsurmountable one, whether you’re in an old character home or a modern apartment. Colour could be the key. Resene colour expert Carolyn Atkinson says paler tints in shades of blue, aqua or some greens can work well to give the illusion of space. “These are colours that visually recede away from you so they can make spaces appear larger.” Try Resene Remember Me, Resene Mystery and Resene Aura from the new Resene The Range fashion colours fandeck. She also recommends using a large mirror over your vanity. “It will reflect more light around the room as well as creating the illusion of more space.” Windows do much the same job, and should be carefully factored into any bathroom make-over. When designer Laura Lochhead of Pocketspace Interiors ( was asked to transform this now stunning yellow and white bathroom in a client’s old villa, she started with the window. “Light was an issue so we actually removed the existing window and inserted a horizontal window that framed the line of the bath nicely,” Laura says. This bathroom is also an example of how to use well-planned but bold colours even in small spaces. The striking Resene Turbo yellow on the custom- designed vanity, and its clever lower shelf, came about through the client’s love of bright colours. “We kept Resene Turbo refined to the custom vanity and left the custom mirror with a white surround to blend into Resene Black White on the doors and wall. This gave the spotlight to the vanity, highlighting its high- gloss finish.” Laura adds that the floating vanity also breaks up the visual line and adds the impression of extra space. Designer Kelly Read used strong colours in quite a different way for her bathroom, painted in Resene Olive Green, with complementing charcoal grey fittings and tiles. The challenges of this space didn’t end with the size; it has two entry points and is also a laundry. Kelly wanted the bathroom to feel completely different to the rest of the house, painted almost Left: Stylist Emily Somerville-Ryan chose a wall of horizontal planks painted in Resene Indian Ink for a new bathroom in her renovated bungalow. It anchors the room, marries with the bold floor tiles and modernises a classic look. Resene Black White Resene Mystery Resene Aura Resene Remember Me colour for cosy spaces Designing a small bathroom is a common challenge. Colour can be your best friend. Resene Indian Ink bathrooms 64