I’ve resisted doing a styled bathroom post for a while now, since its a room in my flat with zero natural lighting and limited angles for photography.
But its also one I’ve been spending a whole lot more time recently, as the nights have drawn in and the allure of a regular warm and frothy bath began to call..
I realise that the bathroom is often a room you can feel shortchanged stylistically if you’re renting, with bulky built-in fixtures, poor or limited storage options and – more often than not – questionable decor choices. I’m lucky that mine has been decorated in a fairly neutral palette, and while I most certainly would not have chosen the large textured wall tiles and dark grey granite effect surfaces, it’s not been too difficult for me to bring a little bit of my own personality into the room against these muted background hues.
The first thing I noticed in the room was the lack of storage; the built-in sink had surface space beside it, but underneath there was just a void of wasted space. I knew immediately that I wanted to have a low-level unit here for storing extra towels, but was limited in configuration options given that I still needed to access the sink above easily, without having to lean too far over a protruding piece of furniture beneath. Channeling the Scandi-boho spa vibes I’d been coveting on my Pinterest board, I opted for the versatile MOLGER bench from trusty IKEA, with its warm birch wood and slatted shelves personifying the look and feel of an exotic spa. The lower shelf houses my collection of fringed towels from Christy** and The White Company** (I’m such a sucker for fringing at the mo), while the top shelf is kept free from clutter by collecting all my everyday bathroom essentials into a basket (one of my recent Homesense finds)
I had also observed ‘dead space’ near the doorway – both beside the bath and next to the towel rail – and knew it would be a perfect space for a small, lightweight stool that could be easily moved and repurposed for a variety of uses. I’ve long been a fan of the A Stool** from ByAlex and mine has found a happy home in here, serving as the perfect vessel upon which to display a vibrant bouquet of faux mop head hydrangeas during the day, before being deployed come bath time as a stand for my favourite candles and my Pure radio.
My top tips for adding style to a small bathroom:
- Overdoor hooks are a godsend in any rental home and are perfect for keeping bathrobes and towels close to hand. My minimalist white hooks are cheap and cheerful ones from IKEA (ENUDDEN).
- Organise toiletries on decorative trays to keep surfaces both organised and styled beautifully. I’ve opted for a sturdy metal option that is easy to clean should any oils or creams spill, and its important to remember the steamy atmosphere of the room when choosing your design.
- Adding artwork to the bathroom is a quick and easy way to enhance the vibe you’d like to create in the space, whether that be escapism through evocative landscapes, the tranquility of deep blue ocean scenes, or sensuality through alluring portraiture. Word to the wise though, the steamy atmosphere can damage prints so don’t hang anything of value – cheap and cheerful photo prints are the way to go, framed securely behind glass (or Plexiglass).
- Equally, adding greenery to your bathroom helps to invite calm tranquility into the bathroom. Cacti and houseplants can thrive in the room’s warm steamy atmosphere and create a dreamy exotic appeal, but if you’re lacking in natural light like I am, then artificial blooms are the way to go! Oka** and Rose & Grey both have great options.
- Baskets are your friend! Keep your everyday essentials close to hand, but stash any products you use infrequently away in beautiful small storage vessels that tie in with the look and feel of your overall decor scheme.
- A bath tidy** is an absolute lifesaver if you have a combined bath/shower unit, allowing you to keep shower essentials close-to-hand on a far more sturdy surface than the edge of the bath, and preventing the inevitable gunk that accumulates around the bottom of wet bottles by allowing the excess water to drain away through the slats. Then, come bath time, it’s the perfect place to rest your book and cup of tea (or glass of fizz!)
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Do you have a small bathroom? How have you stamped your personality on the space?
Some items in this post have been gifted. All thoughts and opinions are, as always, my own. All photography © Kate Baxter.