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Bad design decisions to avoid in your small bathroom

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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We bet you've heard some outdated advice about how to decorate a super small space?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:  Bathroom by Grand Design London Ltd
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:  Bathroom by Uptic Studios
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:  Bathroom by nassboards

Wetroom Shower Areas


It's perfect for small spaces.

6. Thinking you can't have a vanity unit

THE COMPLETE NATURAL BATHROOMS:  Bathroom by Stonearth Interiors Ltd
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:  Bathroom by moreno:masey

Clarendon Works, Notting Hill, London


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:  Bathroom by AR Design Studio
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:  Bathroom by Design Intervention
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:  Bathroom by Smartstyle Interiors
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:  Bathroom by Studio TO
Studio TO

Large Main Bathroom Redesign

Studio TO

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:  Bathroom by Loveridge Kitchens & Bathrooms
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:  Bathroom by Design Intervention
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:  Bathroom by Nash Baker Architects Ltd
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?
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