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Cloakroom Ideas - inspiration for the smallest room of your home

Updated: Mar 21, 2022

One of the great benefits of creating space for a cloakroom is that you’ll add value and function without losing too much space. To inspire you, we’ve rounded up the best of what Instagram has to offer!

Moody blues warmed by antique brass combine to create this atmospheric cloakroom. Get the look with walls painted Blue Blood by @paintandpaperlibrary.

A great space-enhancing trick is to paint the skirting boards, walls and ceiling of your bijou cloakroom in the same colour. This makes a small space look bigger because it stretches the look of the walls. Continue the same colour across doors and door frames too, to create a seamless feel.

When space is at a premium, shop for a compact basin that won’t take up too much space. Then take a leaf out of Caitlin’s style book and make a splash with your choice of brassware. After all, just because you’re working with a small space doesn’t mean you have to play it safe!

Limited space doesn’t mean you have to limit your creativity! Steal the style of Sandra Baker and go wild with wallpaper. This print is Khulu Vases by @cole_and_son_wallpapers.

Wallpapering the walls and ceiling is a savvy solution in this small space. The continuous hit of pattern draws attention away from its small proportions.

Short of space in your cloakroom? Projecting 830mm from the wall, the Alaska two-in-one wash basin and toilet from @victorianplumbingUK is super handy when you want to save precious square inches: it consists of a toilet with a sink on top.

Top tip: use the same tiles on the wall and floor to create a cohesive space that’ll feel more open.

The wallpaper you choose for your cloakroom can influence how the shape of the space is perceived. For example, a large print will make a small room feel bigger while a small pattern will make it feel cosier.

If you don’t have a dado rail, why not create one? Amara used Washi tape to create a sharp divide between the wallpaper and paint. Design note💡to protect the wallpaper from moisture, Amara sprayed it with clear sealant.

A bold hit of neon yellow injects a playful edge without being too overbearing.

Annalyse Jacobs is fabulously fearless when it comes to colour! If you covet her style but feel a little colour shy, why not start small with your downstairs loo?

Your cloakroom may be small but that's no excuse not to make a statement. Steal Cara’s style and make it a point of visual interest with art and plants. A simple galley wall like Cara’s created here will instantly turn blandness to beauty.

If possible, create a half-height stud wall like this one so that you can wall-mount brassware (thus freeing up space around your small basin). Style the small ledge with a mirror and a few toiletries.

A handy way to hang towels in a cloakroom is with a ladder. As you can see, it doesn’t protrude much from the wall and therefore doesn’t encroach on valuable space.

Look carefully! Tucked discreetly in the corner – to the left of the mirror – there are a couple of floating shelves. Painted the same colour as the wooden panelling, they’re a subtle but super-practical storage solution.

I love the sink in this cloakroom belonging to Esther of @waitingforflorence. Wall-mounted and fashioned from pressed steel that's enamel coated in white, it lends an industrial edge to the space.

Wooden panelling is a wonderful alternative to tiles in a cloakroom – plus it injects a serious dose of country cottage charm!

Got a bijou bathroom? Create the illusion of a larger space by using wall-hung sanitaryware. This increases the amount of visible floor space, making the whole room seem bigger.

A good way to pack a punch in your cloakroom is with wallpaper. You can’t go wrong with vinyl wallpapers that are specifically designed to resist moisture (perfect for bathrooms). But if you want to use a regular wallpaper …

👉 Apply it to a well-prepped wall and use strong wallpaper adhesive.

👉 Be sure to have good ventilation as you’re applying the paper.

👉 Apply a coat of clear matt varnish over your wallpaper to protect it from moisture.

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