How to Design a Small Bathroom with C.P. Hart

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Did you know that the average size of a UK bathroom is just 3×2 metres? To be honest I can believe that, living in an old Victorian house with a very small bathroom! So when the gorgeous and quite luxurious bathroom store C.P. Hart got in touch and suggested I might like to take part in their competition to design a small bathroom layout I thought it was a great idea.

Bathrooms are one of the hardest rooms in the house to get right I think, and need a lot of thought particularly if they are small. Having redesigned our bathroom several years ago in order to modernise it and make the best use of the available space, I like to think I’m aware of a few of the tricks that can be used.

So here is my design, laid out on a Polyvore board to give you an idea of how it could look. If you’re not familiar with Polyvore and think it could be useful for your own home decor designs, then do check out my Polyvore tutorial for more information.


C.P. Hart 3×2 Bathroom by jen-stanbrook featuring bath accessories

The main things I’ve focused on are about maximising space as well as creating the illusion of space. Now quite controversially I’ve added some wallpaper from Harlequin in a beautiful chartreuse, large leaf print. I wanted the room to have a warm, organic Bamboo feel and a large print in a small room can make it feel bigger, as long as it’s not too fussy. If the wallpaper is near water at all you can protect it with clear sheeting.

In terms of the bathroom fittings, I realise I could have opted for more of a wet room look, but this isn’t always great for families so instead I’ve gone for a wall hung, compact loo, a wall mounted washbowl (on a storage unit) with a small bath along one long wall. As you can see I’ve chosen fittings with a soft, organic shape that helps to accentuate the natural bamboo feel. It’s important to go for wall hung, and compact fittings. Allowing the eye to see more of the floor space will help the room look more spacious than it actually is. Then if you need to use the space under the sink for example, for extra storage, you can.

Once the main fittings are selected the fun can really begin by choosing all the accessories. This is certainly my favourite part! Check out those gorgeous Missoni towels I spotted in Heals. I love the Missoni print and think they complement the wallpaper perfectly. Next it was time to think about storage. In a small bathroom where space is a luxury, it’s really important to think about and use clever storage. The towel rail is from the C.P. Hart selection and is ideal for both heating the room and storing your towels. If you have the space another towel rail for guest towels is also a good idea. It’s always worth using the wall space as much as possible and, although I haven’t added one here, it’s well worth hunting around for a decent bathroom cabinet to store all those toiletries. This one from C.P. Hart is ideal:

CP Hart bathroom storage

Finally, the Bamboo range at John Lewis is ideal for this look in my small bathroom design. A bath rack for bathing accessories, a soap and toothbrush holder for next to the sink, and a lovely bamboo bath mat completes the look.

What do you think of this design? Do you think wallpaper is too impractical? Could you see this working in a small bathroom?

This is an entry into the C.P. Hart Competition to design the layout for a small 3×2 metre bathroom. You can see more of this design on my Pinterest board, specifically put together for the competition.

Jen Stanbrook
Jen Stanbrook

Jen is an award winning digital publisher and has been creating interiors and home decor content for over 10 years.
She has an insatiable love of home interiors, has worked with hundreds of brands, and currently supports many bloggers within the creative industries to share their expertise through writing.
She spends most of her time in her little garden office pod, has 2 daughters and 2 (fighting) cats.

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  1. Alexander Residence
    December 5, 2013 / 4:16 pm

    I have been coveting those towels since we saw them at the Ideal Home Show! Great tips and I love the look!

  2. becky
    December 5, 2013 / 11:17 pm

    really lovely simple functional but cool

  3. Boo Roo and Tigger Too
    December 6, 2013 / 9:35 pm

    We have a really small bathroom and your post has inspired me to look differently at the space we have available and how to utilise it better

    • Jen Stanbrook
      December 10, 2013 / 6:18 am

      Oh wow, that’s brilliant! So glad the tips and ideas have been useful šŸ™‚

  4. Tom
    February 8, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    I like the design Jen. Especially the washbowl stands out to me. The organic shape makes it feel in touch with nature but also very modern. Good job. I do hope that there is still room to store your toothbrush in such a small space šŸ™‚

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