12 Tips On How To Design A Small Bathroom

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We all know what we want out of a bathroom, but is it big enough for all your needs? Most bathrooms in modern houses are fairly small, to keep the other rooms as big as possible. As you know from my renovation series that my mum has designed and is having a new bathroom installed as we speak. She is lucky that her bathroom is a good size due, to it being in the extension part of the cottage. To help you achieve your dream bathroom here are some tips on how to design a small bathroom while keeping it stylish and up to date.

designing a small bathroom - shower

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Designing a small bathroom

  • Install a corner sink – preferably opposite the toilet and not the shower to help with movement around the bathroom.
  • Extend the counter top over the toilet – my mum has done this in her bathroom. Give you more shelf space for items.
  • Put a shelf in the wall recess – You can create a false wall to hide all the plumbing and then add a shelf in a recess.
  • Have a large wall mirror – gives a small space a more lighter, larger feeling.
  • Lots of lighting – will keep the small bathroom bright and airy.
  • Mount the towel – rail on the back of the door.
  • Think about wallpapering one wall – a striking wallpaper design will create a disguise of a small room. If there is a bath or shower make sure the wallpaper is suitable for bathrooms and so will cope with the damp conditions.
  • Trick the eye of perception – you can play with the boundaries of perception by using tiles to make the room feel larger. If you tile the wall and the side of the bath with the same tiles makes it hard to distinguish where each begins.
  • Invest in tall storage – Freestanding tiered wire storage is handy for moving around if needed. Or a tall boy unit from floor to ceiling will give extra storage space.


How to Design a Small Bathroom

  • Colour Palette – off-whites, neutral and soft greys, keep small spaces light and breezy.
  • Wall hung storage units.
  • Use the same tiles on the walls as the floors. Again my mum has opted for this in her bathroom. It gives the room a spa-style touch, but the continuous run of tiles creates a spacious feel.

As you can see there is a lot of tips to help you achieve the maximum space and airy feel in a small bathroom. Just because the space is small you don’t have to compromise on the style. I hope you find these design tips useful. Don’t forget if you are Looking for affordable bathroom design ideas, Visit Harrogate Bathrooms for professional help.

Do you have a small bathroom? How do you make use of the space?

I would love to know your thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by today.


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  1. amy Simpson
    October 23, 2018 / 10:32 pm

    Thanks for the tips

  2. Kayleigh Watkins
    October 19, 2018 / 7:40 pm

    Some great tips, I have a small bathroom, I also have a long window going the length of it for storage and a box shelf at the end of the bath for toiletries, then under the sink I have the bath toys, potty and baby bath but need to get a new curved shelving unit to go around it, the last one rusted and i was forever cleaning it so got rid xx

  3. bev
    October 14, 2018 / 9:45 pm

    Some great ideas there for maximising space,

  4. Margaret Gallagher
    October 12, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Looking for inspiration- ours is so small and lost as to how I’ll update

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