In part 2 of this 4-part style guide, I’ll be showing you that size really doesn’t matter when it comes to creating an Enchanted Winter bathroom in a small space.

As we’ve already touched upon in part 1, Enchanted Winter is all about dark hues adding a magical, mystical quality to your bathroom interiors. Greys and navy blues combining with warm wood finishes, help to create this fantastical look. Whilst traditional items give us a classic take on the festive season.

If you haven’t done so already, why not go back and read part 1?

Enchanted Winter bathroom


Enchanted Winter in an average-sized family bathroom

Whilst your average family bathroom may not be quite as large as the one pictured below, you can still use some of the design principles demonstrated to create your own Enchanted Winter wonderland.

Enchanted Winter family bathroom

If you have space for a freestanding bath, make it the centrepiece of your whole room. A tiled feature floor around the bath will certainly help create a focal point.

Keep your ceramics traditional in style. The great thing about a high cistern toilet is that the flush pipe can be cut to size, so, even if you have low ceilings, it can still fit in. But if you really don’t have the space, a low level cistern toilet is an excellent alternative which keeps with the same sort of theme.

Fairy lights will certainly add a magic touch to your bathroom décor but you will need to be careful. Remember, water and electrics don’t mix, so look for battery-operated lights, rather than those you need to plug in. If candles aren’t practical, there are some excellent battery-operated alternatives, like glow jars.

Quick tips

  • Make a freestanding bath your centrepiece
  • Use darker colours around the walls
  • A vintage effect vanity unit is ideal to store your essentials
  • Fit warm wood effect flooring (tiles or vinyl for easy maintenance)
  • Add a statement mirror to enhance light and space
  • Pick out traditional heating to fit with your theme
  • Introduce mood lighting in the form of candles, battery-operated lights or wall lights
  • Add festive touches with gold decorations

Enchanted Winter in an ensuite bathroom

Looking to extend the theme to your ensuite? It’s really simple to do…

Enchanted Winter ensuite bathroom

The typical ensuite is usually large enough to accommodate a shower but not a bath, which is why we've swapped the tin bath out for a walk in shower enclosure. As the area around your shower is a splash zone, it isn’t practical to have painted walls or wood panelling, so we’ve opted for white metro tiles which fit seamlessly with the traditional appearance. You could, however, use shower wall panels in place of tiles.

Quick tips

  • A walk in shower keeps your ensuite feeling spacious
  • Complement with a classic style shower set
  • Use lighter tiles or wall panels in splash zones
  • Choose a dark wood vanity unit to fit with the theme
  • Highlight window frames and cornicing with darker paint
  • Fit warm wood effect flooring (tiles or vinyl for easy maintenance)
  • Add a statement mirror to enhance light and space
  • Introduce mood lighting in the form of candles, battery-operated lights or wall lights

Enchanted Winter in a cloakroom

Your downstairs cloakroom is one of the only places, along with your living room and dining room, which festive visitors get to see. So, getting your cloakroom ready for Christmas guests should be near the top of your list when it comes to sprucing up your home.

Enchanted Winter cloakroom

One thing many people worry about when decorating a small room is that darker colours will make it feel oppressive. However, this fear is unfounded, as you can see with the fabulous cloakroom space we’ve created. The white of the toilet and marble countertop, along with the wood effect flooring, which extends beyond the boundaries of the cloakroom, give this room a warm and inviting feel. Fairy lights around the door frame will create an impactful entrance, whilst a touch of decoration can be added to your cloakroom around the cistern and with selected, hanging decorations.

Quick tips

  • Choose traditional style ceramics and furniture
  • Extend the theme beyond the borders of your cloakroom
  • Add festive touches with hanging decorations and lights around the door frame
  • Decorative mouldings and dado rails can be used to excellent effect
  • Highlight your door frame with darker paint
  • Fit warm wood effect flooring (tiles or vinyl for easy maintenance)
  • Add a statement mirror to enhance light and space
  • Introduce mood lighting in the form of candles or wall lights

More small bathroom ideas

You'll find plenty more great small bathroom ideas by visiting our Small Spaces hub.


Accessorise your Enchanted Winter bathroom

One of the most enjoyable aspects of styling a new bathroom is adding all those finishing touches. In part 3 of this style guide, I’ll show you how to dress your Enchanted Winter bathroom with the right colours, materials, textures and accessories. Click on the image below to discover more.

Get the look: Enchanted Winter part 3—accessories