Interior design ideas for small bathrooms

Just because you have a small bathroom doesn't mean that it can't be chic and stylish, especially if you follow a few interior design 'rules'. With today's bathrooms being more akin to spa experiences the smallest room in your home can be transformed into a luxurious place that's more than purely functional. Cream and grey bathroom interior with a light green leaf decal on the wall

How to get the look: Maximise available space

The loo, bath, sink and shower should be placed to give you as much room as possible. If you don't have room for a separate shower cubicle and over-the-bath shower gives you the best of both worlds in terms of washes preferences. If you never have a bath then consider taking it out and replacing it with a walk-through shower or trendy all-singing-all-dancing shower with integrated mood lighting and a choice of showering experiences. Shelving can also be added to hold toiletries and can look much classier than countless half empty bottles of shampoo etc. left to clutter-up the edges of baths and sinks. Pretty wicker baskets lined with a patterned fabric are ideal for Shabby Chic and country cottage styled bathrooms; while modern and contemporary styles can make good use of free-standing units if there's sufficient space.

Colour choices

Pale colours will make any small room look lighter and airier. It's wise to choose a paint which is resistant to mildew and has a soft sheen finish. This type of paint will not only help to prevent mould the sheen will help to bounce light around the room as well. If you really want a bold colour trying using it as an accent via soft furnishings such as bath mats, towels, soap dishes etc.


As the room is small try and maximise any natural light as much as you can. Frosted glass will help provide privacy during the day and a stylish window blind will do the same at night. Fitting the blind inside the recess of the window will also make the window look larger.


If you really don't want paint then water resistant wallpaper is available for those who don't splash too much water about. Tiles are a godsend in bathrooms and can be used to cover entire walls not just as splash-backs. Tiles are also a great way of bringing in an accent colour and pattern.


This has to be water resistant and safe. Tiles are becoming increasingly popular but they become treacherous when wet so a slip resistant bath mat is always a good idea. Take time to plan the layout and style of your bathroom, be inspired by images online to transform your smallest room into one which oozes chic styling.

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