Bathroom Design, can be very challenging. Small Bathroom in particular. The less space you have the more creative you will have to be. On the block last night you would have seen lots of nice ideas, but all the bathrooms were large. I redesigned a small bathroom and en-suite last year, all measurements of the items had to fit in the area. I also sourced off the shelf vanities to work in the area.
My tips for small bathrooms design are: Keep the wall tile and floor tile the same to give a visual of extra space, so no definition of where the floor starts and the walls end. If possible go for off the floor vanities- this gives the illusion of more space, same with the toilet if you can have off the floor with a hidden cistern. Costs a bit more but looks sleek, and easier to clean the floor.
If you do not want to tile up to the ceiling, pick a neutral wall colour above. You can even give it a bit of warmth in a deeper tone. Select towels to co-ordinate with this colour. Use an accent colour for items like candles, soap holder, and plants. Artificial will do fine in a nice vase. You can add a ceramic, or wooden stool for sitting near the bath.
Most importantly you must, draw a scaled plan and scale your items so you can move them around in the space to make sure it works!!!!
Simple taps, no need to buy the most expensive but be mindful of the warranties they offer. 5 years is not very long, but sometimes you get a similar tap for slightly more or on special that will offer 10 or 15 year warranty.
Bathrooms can eat up a lot of money when renovating. Try to keep to one wow factor, whether it be taps, paint colour, vanity or tiles, then make the other items simple in comparison.