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6 style tips for compact bathrooms

Posted by Adam Chard in Style guides | 5 years ago 4 min read

A small bathroom shouldn't limit your inspiration. We've come up with 6 big ideas for compact bathrooms, so you can enjoy the stylish space you deserve.

Many bathroom retailers like to show off bathrooms that look larger than your average space (we hold our hands up! This includes us too!). The reason for doing this is simple: We can show off all our lovely products in one place and you can visualise the type of bathroom design you could potentially achieve. However, most bathrooms in the UK are smaller than this, as our customer bathroom images will testify.

Small in size, big on style

So, how is it possible to get that chic look without overcrowding the small space you have available? If your bathroom is no bigger than a postage stamp, here are 6 top style tips to help you decorate your compact space.

Orchard Eden cloakroom suite with contemporary wall hung basin 310mm

A small space shouldn't mean skimping on style

1. Corner toilet

When you have a small bathroom it’s essential that you maximise the space you have available. So, rather than sticking the toilet flush against the wall, losing the space down one side, why not get a corner unit like the Derwent corner close coupled toilet (pictured below)?

Every bit of space you can muster will help with the overall look of the bathroom and there are always wall hung basins and back to wall toilets if you don’t want a big cistern or pedestal getting in the way.

Orchard Derwent round compact corner close coupled toilet with slimline soft close toilet seat

A corner close coupled toilet will help you use your space efficiently

2. Mirrors

Using mirrors in small rooms to create the illusion of space has to be one of the oldest tricks in the book. That said, it’s still an effective one.

Bathroom mirrors

Choose the right mirror to match your decor

Be careful though, as using lots of mirrors could end up ruining the style you’ve gone for in the first place. A simple mirror above your washbasin is often the best bet.

3. Clever storage solutions

There tends to be a lot of wasted space in a bathroom that ends up never being used. If you have a bath, do you use the space underneath? The vast majority are simply boxed off away from view. However, with a bit of creativity, that space can be utilised for the storage of towels or toiletries.

Orchard MySpace water saving right handed P shaped shower bath with 6mm screen

Houses that use stud walls to create the rooms give people another chance to store their belongings without compromising on floor space. Bathroom cabinets don’t need to be very deep, so why not create a recess in the wall, rather than adding a cabinet (see below)?

Orchard ready to tile recessed storage unit 350 x 350

Recessed storage areas can come in very handy

If this isn’t practical, a tall wall hung cabinet doesn’t take up any floor space and some come with short projections of under 300mm.

Orchard Derwent white tall storage cabinet

Why not make use of your wall space, with this Derwent white wall cabinet from Orchard Bathrooms?

4. Wet room

Who says you have to have a traditional bathroom? If you’ve got a small space, maximise its use by creating a wet room.

Just to explain, a wet room is completely sealed and waterproofed, sometimes with a central drain for water run-off. This means it is designed to be a wet environment and usually includes a shower with a wet room shower tray which sits beneath the tiled floor.

This gets rid of the need for cabinets and the like but still gives you a space you can use. For added luxury, choose from our range of 8mm wet room panels.

Orchard 8mm wet room glass panel with return panel

A wet room panel can really open up a compact bathroom

5. Décor

Compact spaces, whether it’s a bathroom or a bedroom, should always opt for light colours. Dark hues immediately make a space feel smaller, so it’s important that you choose a colour that creates a sense of space.

Orchard Derwent cloakroom suite

A lighter decor will help make your small bathroom feel larger

Another way to trick the eye is with large floor tiles—or you could go one step further with floor-to-ceiling tiles.

6. Lighting

Lighting can also be used to create the illusion of space. Many bathrooms contain one overhead light, but by being creative and installing recessed lighting into your ceiling or walls, you will give the room a cosier feel. This opens up the space and gives the room a brand new look and feel.

Bathroom downlights

Downlights are a modern alternative to a central lighting fixture

Looking for further inspiration?

We have loads of great small bathroom ideas at, so you can make big plans for your littlest room.

Author, Adam Chard

Posted by Adam Chard in Style guides | 5 years ago

A born & raised West Countryman, now living on the Yorkshire Coast, for over 10 years Adam has been bringing home interior ideas to life at Victoria Plum. Adam’s favourite interior styles have been shaped by both urban and natural influences.

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