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Top 10 design ideas for small bathrooms

Even the smallest of bathrooms has huge potential, follow our guide on how to make the most of your space

Wednesday 19th August 2020

Small bathrooms sometimes pose difficulties when it comes to renovating or redecorating, but they can be dramatically transformed with the correct approach.

With a few clever space-saving ideas and decorating tricks, your small bathroom can go from cluttered and cramped to stylish, practical and space-efficient.
We’ve compiled ten small bathroom ideas that should help to ease the process of revamping the space, adding value to both your house, and the time you spend there.

1. Take advantage of corner space

When space is at a premium, you don’t want any of it to go to waste. More often than not it’s the corners of rooms that are wasted, so consider installing your shower enclosure in the corner of your bathroom to maximise on space.

2. Tile both floors and walls

Using the same tiles on the walls and the floor creates a seamless look. The continuous run of tiles creates the illusion of space and tricks the eye into perceiving a bathroom as bigger than it actually is. Larger tiles work best in a small bathroom as too many grout lines can make a small space feel cluttered. Opt for light coloured tiles to make your bathroom appear larger.  

3. Use lighting to brighten the space

One of the most budget-friendly ideas for small bathrooms is to improve the lighting. The brighter your bathroom is, the larger it will appear, so adding strategically placed lights will help to bounce light around the room, avoid gloomy areas of darkness and create a lighter and brighter space.

4. Be clever with glass

If you currently have a shower curtain then you may be making your small bathroom feel cluttered, which can make the space feel even smaller than it is. Instead, add a frameless shower or a bath shower screen for a clean, uncluttered and barely-there look that will make your bathroom feel significantly more spacious.

5. Increase floor space

Increasing the amount of visible floor space is vital to giving the appearance of a larger bathroom - the more floor space you can see, the larger the room will feel. Wall mounted sanitary-ware and storage is a good way to do this, as it allows your eyes to travel to the floor underneath.

6. Keep it simple

In a small bathroom, fixtures and fittings need to be as small as possible to give the appearance of a larger space. Sleek and minimalist fittings such as the Mira Agile mixer shower maximises the space in your shower as it fits flush to the wall, making it as unobtrusive as possible. The Mira Evolve bathroom taps were designed specifically to complement the Mira Agile, giving you the perfect pairing in a small bathroom.

7. Add reflective surfaces

Reflective surfaces play an important role in increasing the illusion of space in your small bathroom. By adding either a sheet of mirror glass or ceramic tiles with a glossy finish, light will be reflected around the room giving the perception of that essential extra space.

8. Consider removing the bathtub

It’s a difficult decision to make, but if something isn’t completely essential then remove it from your bathroom. If you’re a shower person, consider replacing your bathtub with a shower enclosure to maximise your floor space.

9. Save space with your toilet

Every little helps when it comes to saving space in your small bathroom, and an extra centimetre here and there can have a big impact when it comes to making your space seem less cluttered. Short projection toilets aren’t as deep as a standard toilet so they take up less space, making them an ideal addition to your small bathroom. A wall-hung toilet could save you even more space.

10. Accessorise minimally

Accessories are the finishing touch for any room, and in a small bathroom they’re a great opportunity to bring in splashes of colour and add texture and interest. Be careful not to go over the top; a few fluffy towels and some luxury soaps should be all you need.


Don’t let a smaller space become a barrier to creating your perfect bathroom. For more small bathroom design inspiration, plus advice on redecoration or renovation, check out our online bathroom design tool.