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Bad design decisions to avoid in your small bathroom

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We bet you've heard some outdated advice about how to decorate a super small space? Well, today we're busting all those myths wide open.

When it comes to small bathroom ideas, any interior designer will tell you that you don't have to go neutral or plain. In fact, you can and should go all out and make a huge splash! 

Take a look at our list of design pitfalls you want to avoid when decorating a small bathroom and see which ones you might have fallen into…

1. Being too boring

The Broadway, SW19 - Extension & Bathroom Renovation Classic style bathroom by Grand Design London Ltd Classic
Grand Design London Ltd

The Broadway, SW19—Extension & Bathroom Renovation

Grand Design London Ltd

You really don't have to be plain.

2. Thinking small

You need to have BIG plans for every room!

3. Shying away from built-in storage

Camp Hammer Modern bathroom by Uptic Studios Modern
Uptic Studios

Camp Hammer

Uptic Studios

A small room can handle some storage, don't worry about that.

4. Not trying colour

Small rooms love a little colour so go mad!

5. Overlooking glass as a main material

Wetroom Shower Areas Classic style bathroom by nassboards Classic

Wetroom Shower Areas


It's perfect for small spaces.

6. Thinking you can't have a vanity unit

THE COMPLETE NATURAL BATHROOMS Modern bathroom by Stonearth Interiors Ltd Modern
Stonearth Interiors Ltd


Stonearth Interiors Ltd

Of course you can. If it fits, it can work.

7. Not choosing big suite items

Clarendon Works, Notting Hill, London Modern bathroom by Moreno Masey Modern
Moreno Masey

Clarendon Works, Notting Hill, London

Moreno Masey

If your bath takes up most of the room, it's still a practical bathroom.

8. Avoiding texture

Luxury Bath France Bathroom by Rachel Angel Design
Rachel Angel Design

Luxury Bath France

Rachel Angel Design

Texture won't shrink the room, it'll look great!

9. Not daring to go dark

AR Design Studio- The Medic's House Modern bathroom by AR Design Studio Modern
AR Design Studio

AR Design Studio- The Medic's House

AR Design Studio

Black bathrooms are phenomenal, whether big or small.

10. Being afraid of floating storage

International Prop Award Winner-Best Interior Design Singapore 2013 Colonial style bathroom by Design Intervention Colonial
Design Intervention

International Prop Award Winner-Best Interior Design Singapore 2013

Design Intervention

It's perfect for creating the illusion of space.

11. Ignoring all-important organisation

Family Home in Tunbridge Wells Modern bathroom by Smartstyle Interiors Modern
Smartstyle Interiors

Family Home in Tunbridge Wells

Smartstyle Interiors

You need to have a plan in a small room!

12. Cluttering up surfaces

Large Main Bathroom Redesign Classic style bathroom by homify Classic

Large Main Bathroom Redesign


This is a huge error. Ensure those surfaces are kept clear.

13. Not thinking about luxury touches

Shower Niche tiled in Marron Polished Marble Mosaic Tiles Modern bathroom by Loveridge Kitchens & Bathrooms Modern
Loveridge Kitchens & Bathrooms

Shower Niche tiled in Marron Polished Marble Mosaic Tiles

Loveridge Kitchens & Bathrooms

Wall niches for your expensive toiletries? Yes, please!

14. Being dismissive of open shelving

It looks good, encourages tidiness and really adds practicality.

15. Not using accessories for colour pops

A bright towel is such an easy addition.

16. Forgetting about the floor

Maximalist Modern Modern bathroom by Design Intervention Modern
Design Intervention

Maximalist Modern

Design Intervention

You can go a little wild down there too!

17. Not putting a view to good use

​Upstairs bathroom at the house at Broad Street in Suffolk Modern bathroom by Nash Baker Architects Ltd Modern
Nash Baker Architects Ltd

​Upstairs bathroom at the house at Broad Street in Suffolk

Nash Baker Architects Ltd

If you've got one, use it.

18. Not embracing mosaic tiles

Small bathrooms and small tiles are a match made in heaven!

For extra bathroom inspiration, take a look at this Ideabook: Genuinely Tiny Bathrooms With Great Ideas You Can Copy.

Are you rethinking your bathroom ideas now?
Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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