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Is creating a small, functional & aesthetically pleasing bathroom...

Is creating a small, functional & aesthetically pleasing bathroom really that hard?

The question of whether one can make a small bathroom functional, without compromising on aesthetics, is common to anyone looking to renovate. Will the room feel cramped? Does it have to be plain? The answer is no. Combining practicability and visual harmony is possible, and actually not so difficult.


There is a growing trend in housing construction towards smaller ensuites and bathroom spaces, due to a fundamental shift to high-density apartment living. Whereas traditionally we’ve opted for detached housing, now we’re building up. From this comes natural fear around space – and yet there are solutions. Combining practicability and visual harmony is possible, and actually not so difficult.




To help you face the challenges of confined bathroom spaces, which we’re only seeing more of, here are a few tips:

• Replace the close coupled/front of wall cistern with a “hidden cistern”. By doing this you will immediately remove the feeling of clutter. Concealed cisterns have been a common feature of commercial bathrooms for some time, and in recent years have seen a surge in popularity throughout residential bathrooms due to their ability to help improve aesthetics, functionality and space.

Concealed installation systems completely remove the toilet cistern from view, with the cistern instead being mounted inside or behind a wall, in a ceiling, or within a cabinet or vanity unit. As well as the cistern, the plumbing associated with the toilet is also completely hidden, placing them out of sight and out of mind.

The only visible features are the designer flush buttons and pan. This also provides great flexibility with some buttons being able to be placed up to three metres away from the toilet.


• Choose a good-looking tall sink that matches the overall style of the interior and you’ll enjoy even more space.

• Buying a small bathtub is also a great solution. With small spaces becoming increasingly common, the options of attractive bathtubs are many.

• Large floor tiles, as well as light coloured paint on the walls also give the feeling of space, as opposed to dark hues that shrink a space.



The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a home. Whether it’s your personal retreat or busy family zone, creating the perfect bathroom requires careful product selection.

More information on Geberit concealed cisterns are available at www.geberit.com.au