Assess your storage options
Storing all those bits and bobs in your small bathroom or en suite can be a challenge, but with careful planning, you can make good use of the space.
Think about where you have room in your bathroom. That might be a corner of unused floor, higher up on the walls in a high-ceiling bathroom, or under the sink where a U-shaped sink vanity unit could be placed.
Choose your bathroom cabinets carefully, as you will still need to store some items in your small bathroom, such as spare toilet roll, and shampoo and conditioner refills.
There are plenty of bathroom cabinets for small bathrooms, which maximise storage space with a minimised floor footprint.
Examples include tall bathroom storage units that create shelf space from floor to ceiling, or wall-mounted bathroom cabinets that can go over the sink and elsewhere, without using any floor space at all.
A corner bathroom cabinet is a good way to use the space in a far corner of the bathroom, if there is no toilet, sink, bath or shower in that area.
This is similar to putting the bed against a corner wall in a small bedroom - it reduces the effective footprint of the furniture, as you don't need space to walk around it on the third and fourth sides.
Under the sink cupboards
Under the sink cupboards make ideal small cloakroom vanity units, as they utilise space that is often overlooked below the basin.
They may be horseshoe-shaped to fit around the sink pedestal, or come with a U-shape cut out of the back for the pedestal, but a traditional flat-fronted cupboard.
You can get under sink shelving that leaves your items open for easy access, or choose a small vanity unit with doors to hide things away until you need them.
In a small family bathroom, for example, this gives you a hiding place for lots of spares, refills, and all those various bottles the kids need, without everything being visible at all times.
Use colours that complement your space
The walls can have a big impact on the perception of space in your bathroom or en suite. Light colours can make small rooms feel larger.
A feature wall can change the perceived shape of the room too, allowing you to make narrow rooms feel wider and compensate for unusual dimensions.
The best tile size for small bathroom walls is a subject of debate. Some people prefer the cleaner look of large tiles, with fewer grout joints. Others say small tiles make walls look bigger.
Ultimately it's down to personal preference, but by using plain tiles, you can avoid the cluttered feeling of a busy pattern or too many different colours on your walls.
Add your own finishing touches
Finally, leave room for some personal finishing touches, such as wall art, mirrors, and the essential rubber duck on the side of the bath.
With forethought and some of the tricks we've mentioned in this article, even a small bathroom can not only make great use of space, but leave you with room to make your mark on it too.