16 inspiring ideas for your cloakroom
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 (above left) with walls painted in Blue Blood by Paint & Paper Library.
A great space-enhancing trick is to paint the skirting boards, walls and ceiling of your bijou cloakroom in the same colour (above right). 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 (@countryhomereno, above left) 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!
Wallpapering the walls and ceiling is a savvy solution in this small space by Anna Haines Designs (above left). 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 Victorian Plumbing is the super-handy solution chosen by Beckie of @thewrighthouserenovation. The basin sits in the top of the cistern to save precious square inches.
Steal a top tip from Elise of @makemynewbuildpretty (above left) and 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 size 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 of @thepajamahub used Washi tape to create a sharp divide between the wallpaper and paint (above left). Design note: to protect the wallpaper from moisture, Amara sprayed it with clear sealant.
A bold hit of neon yellow around the door of this understairs cloakcoom (above right) injects a playful edge without being too overbearing.
Anna Jacobs (@annalysejacobs, above left) 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?
Wooden panelling is a wonderful alternative to tiles in a cloakroom (see, above right) – plus it injects a serious dose of country cottage charm!
If possible, create a half-height stud wall like this one (above left) 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 (see, above right). 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 right of the mirror (above left) – 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 basin in this cloakroom belonging to Esther of @waitingforflorence (above right). Wall-mounted and fashioned from pressed steel that’s enamel coated in white, it lends an industrial edge to the space.
Featured image: Make a statement in a small cloakroom like Cara of @caradiseblog. A gallery wall instantly turns blandness to beauty.
Want more? If you’re in search of further inspiration for your bathroom project, check out our other blogs on the topic here.