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Ten of the best design ideas for a small bathroom

Bathroom with grey and stone coloured tiles

Having a small bathroom doesn’t mean that you can’t create a stylish space.

There are plenty of ways in which you can achieve a spacious look to your bathroom ranging from keeping surfaces clear from clutter to fitting a large mirror.

Here we share ten of the best small bathroom ideas.

  • Mirrored cabinets
  • Patterned wallpaper
  • Storage ledges
  • Wall-mounted vanity units
  • Shower bath
  • Large tiles
  • Iridescent tiles
  • Wall-hung basin and toilet
  • Luxurious touches
  • Bathroom accessories

Mirrored cabinets

Cabinet with mirror

Mirrored cabinets and reflective surfaces provide a great way to create a spacious feel in a small bathroom as they bounce light around the room to make it appear bigger than it really is.

A mirrored cabinet combined with white walls and pale accessories helps to maximise the light, airy feel.

Patterned wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper

Patterned wallpaper can work really well in small bathrooms and adds extra depth and interest.

Having a small bathroom doesn’t mean that you have to avoid pattern and colour, but by introducing these elements you can create a stylish and inviting space.

Storage ledges

Storage Ledges

No matter the size, a bathroom ledge will prove to be invaluable.

A ledge can be created by recessing one into the wall if you don’t have a back to wall toilet.

Ledges are perfect for storing toiletries, spare towels or decorative objects.

Wall mounted vanity unit

Bathroom Vanity Unit

The more floor that’s visible, the more spacious your bathroom will look and feel, so choose a wall mounted vanity unit.

Vanity units offer a stylish yet practical storage solution for your favourite toiletries to ensure that surfaces are kept clear from clutter.

If you’re short on storage space you can place a couple of baskets underneath the vanity unit, which adds a nice touch too.

Shower bath

Shower Bath

If you can’t squeeze in a separate bath and shower enclosure opt for a shower bath to make the best use of a small space.

Available in square and p-shaped designs a shower bath widens out at one end to create a showering area as well as combining a spacious bathing area too.

Large tiles

Bathroom tiles

Using large floor and wall tiles is one of the best ways to make your small bathroom look bigger, as fewer grout lines create a much cleaner look.

Iridescent tiles

Create an airy feel to your small bathroom by choosing iridescent tiles in a pale colour, which will catch the light and add a touch of luxury too.

Iridescent tiles can be expensive, so use them on one wall or to highlight a certain feature such as a bath or basin.

Wall hung basin and toilet

Wall-mounted basin and toilet

It’s surprising how a basin with a full pedestal and a close coupled toilet can make a small space feel cluttered.

A wall hung basin and toilet will create a streamlined look to your bathroom and maximise floor space.

Luxurious touches

A log cabin bathroom

Just because your bathroom is compact, it doesn’t mean you have to avoid luxurious finishing touches.

You can easily make this look work by choosing one key piece such as a statement mirror, make sure to keep the rest of the room simple and light in colour to avoid any clashes.

Bathroom accessories

Bath soap and accessories

There’s always room for some stylish accessories, no matter how small your bathroom is.

Make use of window sills, shelves, ledges or even the top of a mirrored cabinet to display accessories.

The finishing touches help to give your bathroom some personality.


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