A little slice of heaven: 6 tips for maximising small bathrooms

There’s great news for small bathroom owners as layouts are seeing a big change this year – move over bath, this is the year of the shower!

“While the choice is always going to be subjective, experts have shared that when it comes to bathroom trends for 2023, they are largely noticing a big swing towards showers over baths,” says Amy Hunt at Ideal Home.

So, while choosing to keep your trusty bath is more of a personal decision and one that doesn’t come lightly, we look at what else can make a bathroom sing. Just because it’s tiny, it doesn’t need to be cluttered or feel cramped, it can still ooze style and sophistication with a few clever tricks. Here’s our guide to transforming your small bathroom into a blissful, spa-like retreat:

Pure and simple
If you’re unsure how to decorate your bathroom, keep it fresh with neutral shades – creams, whites and soft pinks can make the space feel bigger and brighter. Incorporate natural and tactile materials as they’re always on-trend and give a beautifully rustic yet contemporary feel; think terracotta tiles, cork, wicker and bamboo. Don’t go OTT with anything too fussy – stick to basics with a light and simple aesthetic.

Reflection of light
You’ll be surprised how much a mirror can bounce light around the room and make it look much larger! This is a trick of the trade used by interior stylists to open up an area and make it feel more spacious. Pick something that will complement the rest of the room and hang it over your bathroom basin to create a style statement, or choose a mirror with built-in storage for the ultimate compact living hack.

Credit (from left): @home.of.mine_ and @chicksat36

Storage is king
We can’t stress enough the importance of good storage – there’s an abundance of clever solutions for small bathrooms. Whether you opt for leaning ladder shelves, an overdoor hanging caddy or a cute trolley that can be wheeled around to save doubling up on supplies or storage space, slimline storage can be tucked away easily making use of every corner.

Bathroom overhaul
If you’re planning a complete bathroom refurb, consider wall-hung sanitaryware and a sliding shower screen; alternatively, opt for a wetroom if budget and practicalities allow. This way, you’ve got a nice clear floor to create a clean, uncluttered zone.

Let’s hang
Don’t let any vertical space in your bathroom go to waste, it’s a must when square footage is at a premium. Attach wire baskets to the wall to hold everything from loo rolls to bars of soap; use an overdoor dryer or handy retractable hook to dry and store towels; and mount multipurpose rails that double up as shelving and hanging space.

A place for everything
These days, you’re more than likely to find a modern bathroom with a shower niche – a useful built-in feature to keep your toiletries in order without adding bulky organisers. However, if you want something similar minus the hassle of bringing in the professionals, try pretty trays, a tidy trug and handy hooks that take up very little room but can be strategically placed for all your essentials.

So, if you’re keen to update and create space in your small bathroom, the opportunities are endless. For more inspo, visit us in-store or browse online.