A cloakroom is just the place to experiment with a new style you might not be confident enough to try in a bigger room. A great area to express your individuality and creativity, your downstairs loo can be a nod to your fun side, without changing the overall style of your house.
Whether you’re refurbishing a downstairs cloakroom or renovating a compact master bathroom, small bathrooms need big thinking. Luckily, you’ve come to the right place if you’re searching for small bathroom ideas.
MAKE A STRONG STATEMENT
Here’s your chance to be brave and experiment with styles and colors you might usually shy away from. If the space is verging on the small side, we recommend adding interesting to the floor instead.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS
A cloakroom with a window has the benefit of letting in light, but to spare any blushes, some sort of screening is required. Here, a simple blind does the job, but a row of vases with flowers adds a further touch of privacy. The flowers also echo those on the vibrant wallpaper, helping to tie the look together.
BE CREATIVE WITH CHALK
This tongue-in-cheek space shows, a bit of creativity and a sense of fun can go a long way. Blackboard paint on the walls will look cool set against white sanitary ware, then just let the family loose with the chalk.
AMPLIFY WITH A MIRROR
This super-sized rose mosaic is actually only on two walls, but it creates a stunning effect thanks to the floor-to-ceiling mirror on the opposite wall. Not only does the mirror increase the feeling of space, it also reflects back the striking design and amplifies its impact.
If you reach for novels over glossies, get a small library set up in the loo by asking a carpenter to fit a series of sturdy shelves above a basin unit. Go to town decorating the edge of each shelf slat, using chevrons, triangles, stripes or waves, whatever takes your fancy.
LIKE A STRIPES
The bijou proportions of a downstairs cloakroom are ideal for experimenting with a classic Regency stripe. A bold stripe like this could cause optical overload on a bigger scale, but it works perfectly in this more compact space.
If cost is no object what can be more practical and stylish than a marble clad bathroom? In this bathroom the marble veining continues across the alcove so it still looks like a large continuous slab.
An advantage of decorating the smallest room in the house is that it offers the chance to plump for a more expensive decorating material as only a small amount is needed. This cloakroom features a beautiful hexagonal tile that’s been taken just halfway up the wall to be even more economical.
FIND A THEME
This collection of dark-framed mirrors, pictures and trinket cabinets lines the walls, creating the feeling of a mini-museum, or gallery. By using just dark wood frames, the space looks considered instead of cluttered.
The cloakroom may be the smallest room in the house but it lends itself to making big statements with your choice of pattern, color and texture. So go wild with your wallpaper or fully embrace decorative tiling effects. If your cloakroom has no windows, all the more reason to do this to make more of what could otherwise be a dark, uninspiring room.