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Design options for small bathrooms

Design options for small bathrooms

Your bathroom can be a relaxing sanctuary where you can escape from the world. It’s the one place in your home that you’re guaranteed some true alone time. So if your space is smaller than you’d like, it can seem like a huge flaw in your otherwise perfect house. But a smaller room doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the style, or sanctity, of your bathroom.

Create the illusion of more space

If your bathroom feels too cramped, clever usage of colours and lighting can create the illusion of a bigger space. Painting your walls a bright white makes the room feel instantly bigger. Another option is to flood the bathroom with natural light for an airy feeling. Consider adding a skylight to maximise lighting, without compromising privacy. Choose a window treatment that allows the most lighting to enter the room – a light-coloured roller blind, for example. Utilise mirrors to bounce the light around the room to make the space seem bigger.

Maximise space

Having a smaller bathroom requires you to keep your surfaces neat and functional, so clutter needs to be removed – or at least hidden! Clever storage ideas can help maximise your shelving without taking up too much room. Consider having a wall recess installed which can be used to store your personal items, for decoration purposes or to even add some lighting. A wall hung basin or a countertop basin and vanity unit will free up storage space under the sink and can create an elegant feel.

Another tip would be to replace traditional radiators with heated towel racks, or you could remove the radiator all together and invest in some underfloor heating. In winter, you’ll be grateful for this luxury!

Finally, consider your bath and shower unit. Having a shower over the bath is always a great way to indulge in both without compromising space, but can look very down-market if not executed well. Having a free-standing bath can open up your bathroom, as having the floor visible creates the illusion of more space. If you’re willing to compromise the tub for more shower space, you could consider building a wet room. Removing the cubicle structure creates a continuous, open area.


Design options that will work in a small bathroom

If you don’t want a whole white bathroom, don’t despair because there are other options available to you. Monochrome is a timeless decor option and can work well in a smaller bathroom. You can also consider painting one wall to create a feature wall. Don’t shy away from darker colours; a deep burgundy or an olive green can add depth to your room and create a striking image. Another idea is to install floor-to-ceiling mosaic tiles. Warm colours, such as beiges, creams or light browns work well and the mosaic pattern draws the eye without making you feel suffocated by pattern.


Perhaps the best way to maximise a small bathroom space without compromising on style is to have a professional design you a bespoke bathroom. By considering your individual needs and requirements, the bathroom can be designed to be fully functional for you whilst still looking high-end and indulgent.

Ebberns have 35 years of experience in creating dream bathrooms and know how to intertwine style and substance flawlessly. Whether you’re looking to design the bespoke bathroom you always wanted or simply improve on your existing bathroom, we are always happy to help. Contact one of our friendly advisors today for more information on our services.



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