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16 inspiring ideas for your cloakroom

Image of a cloakroom by @caradiseblog

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!

1. @foxinteriordesign

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.

2. @ellershaw_property_renovation

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.

3. @countryhomereno

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!

4. @the_idle_hands

Limited space doesn’t mean you have to limit your creativity! Steal the style of Sandra Baker of @the_idle_hands (above right) and go wild with wallpaper. This print is Khulu Vases by Cole & Son.

5. @annahainesdesigns

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.

6. @thewrighthouserenovation

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.

7. @makemynewbuildpretty

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.

8. @home_at_door4

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.

9. @thepajamahub

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.

10. @modernmidterrace

A bold hit of neon yellow around the door of this understairs cloakcoom (above right) injects a playful edge without being too overbearing. 

11. @annalysejacobs

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?

12. @my_yorkshire_barn

Wooden panelling is a wonderful alternative to tiles in a cloakroom (see, above right) – plus it injects a serious dose of country cottage charm!

13. @elleihome

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. 

14. @kn_athome

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.

15. @samanthalouisedesign_

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.

16. @waitingforflorence

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.