Whilst many of us dream about owning a palatial pad with space for a luxuriously large spa room, in reality most of us have quite small bathrooms in our homes. However, this doesn't mean we have to compromise when it comes to style.

To prove that small certainly can be beautiful, Laurie Davidson, Homes Editor at Style at Home magazine, dropped by to give us some fantastic style tips for small bathrooms.

Designing your bathroom

These days it’s just as easy, and even more convenient, to buy online as it is from a High St retailer. You’ll find a wide range of good quality products at affordable prices. So it certainly pays to get online, do your homework and compare prices before settling on your final buys.

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If you’re tight on space, go for a vanity unit with drawers to keep toiletries hidden away. Finding a compact loo is also an important part of designing a small bathroom. Look for designs with soft close lids, ideal for families with small children.

If you don’t have space for a shower and a bath, combining the two is a great space-saving solution. Shower baths are increasingly popular in today’s space-conscious home, and are supplied with an extra-large end to give you plenty of room when showering. You can even buy shower baths with storage panels built-in, giving you plenty of room to stow away those toiletries or bath toys.

Having a mixer tap is a great way of gaining a bit of extra space. As is a sleek heated towel rail, which saves on space and adds to the modern look.

Use large, chic tiles to flow across the walls and floor, to give the illusion of some extra space.

Styling your bathroom

Your bathroom needn’t be boring. Accessorise it as you would any other room. Use colour, texture and your own creativity to personalise it. Add a pop of colour with accessories. Bright yellow, dusky pink or mint blue instantly lifts a grey or monochrome scheme. Plus, it’s easy to change when you want to.

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Upcycle a small item of furniture to give your bathroom a personal touch. Why not paint your own artwork or a stool, to match your scheme. Mix different materials and textures for added interest.

Raw materials, like concrete and stone, work beautifully alongside glossy fittings, while luxuriously fluffy towels will help to soften the look.

Vases, pictures and toiletries on display will all help your bathroom to look more homely.

Group products in sets of odd numbers, for example three or five, for a relaxed look. Or, for a more symmetrical feel, group them in even numbers such as two or four.

Regardless of the size of your bathroom, we hope these style tips have inspired you to get creative.

Further reading

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