Small Bathroom Makeover: A Relaxing Sensory Space

Do you have a small bathroom? If so, you’ll understand how hard it is to get the decor right. I’ve struggled for years to make our little bathroom a welcoming haven of calm and relaxation but I finally believe I’ve done it.

Not only does it look a hundred time more stylish than it did, the colours, textures, fragrances and ambience help create a space in which the whole family can switch of from noise of daily life.

Our Victorian semi never had an indoor loo when first built of course, so the bathroom is an add-on and it’s the smallest room in the house. Now we have a loft conversion with en-suite, the pressure is off this space somewhat and it’s mostly used by our teenage daughters.

The challenge with this makeover was how to create a practical working space, but also a room where we switch off from technology, give ourselves the chance of a digital detox and bring wellbeing into our lives, albeit for short periods of time.

Creating a sensory space in a small bathroom is a mighty challenge but I do feel I’ve covered all the senses with this mini makeover – and I’ve taken advice from Geberit on this, who have developed a whole range of products that enable us to create the complete sensory space. 

Read on to find out exactly what I’ve achieved:


Whether you’ve a small bathroom or not, it’s imperative to incorporate great storage solutions into the space.

No-one can feel relaxed if the room is cluttered and messy. Baskets hold essentials like loo rolls and toiletries. A new sleek bathroom cabinet enables daily essentials to be hidden from sight, and whilst a sink storage unit would be a great addition in a bigger makeover, I was able to incorporate enough storage for our needs right now.


I decided on this luscious sage green. Green is the colour most associated with life, nature, vitality and energy; exactly the feelings I wanted to evoke in this room

I wasn’t planning a major bathroom revamp, just the colour and accessories so needed to work with what we had.

This sage green is quite popular right now and seemed a good choice for this space. It’s never going to look light and bright so this time I decided to embrace that and give it a moodier feel.

Furthermore, I continued the colour on the ceiling. Although most of our ceilings are high, the little bathroom is a small add-on at the end of the house and has a lower, sloped ceiling.

Taking the colour above us has given it a very cosy, enveloping feel and helps the room have more flow. By not painting it white, the ceiling now emerges from the walls seamlessly, helping the space feel bigger in a lot of ways. 


Texture is really important to us and integral to a bathroom where many of the materials can be cold and hard. I’ve introduced wood, a whole host of plants and baskets.

Plus Christy Home has given me a beautiful set of Luxe Towels in Pearl which complements the space brilliantly. Then the Maroc Towels, also in Pearl are the icing on the cake. Soft and light they add a bright contrast in both colour and texture.

Finally no bathroom is complete without a bath mat to match your towels and this one does just that. 


Creating a sensory space means feeding all of the senses and smell is never forgotten, particularly in a bathroom.

My girls are a little sensitive to strong smells so I’ve kept them subtle. With candles, reed diffusers and a few fragranced cosmetics the room smells fresh and invigorating.


Both the girls and us adults love a relaxing bath and the addition of the bath rack makes a relaxing soak both practical and more indulgent. The baskets have magazines and a few books (no tech allowed in this room, only good old fashioned print media) and the plants change up the atmosphere and ambience, bringing nature back into this cold, unloved space.

If you’re stuck for ideas on how to create your own sensory space or want a fuller bathroom makeover, Geberit has an abundance of relevant pieces in their Bathroom Collection brochure. From clever bathroom furniture, to space saving storage solutions and even an odour extraction unit fitted in your loo. How clever is that! Click HERE to download. 

Do you have a small bathroom? Do you like or loathe this makeover – I’d love to hear your thoughts?



Creating a calm, relaxing bathroom is quite a challenge, particularly if it's a small bathroom. Ensuring it's a sensory space too is even more difficult but when you add green walls, lots of plants, beautiful bathroom fragrances and a dose of personality it all comes together. Click through to see this small bathroom makeover #lovechicliving #bathroomreno #bathroommakeover #smallbathroom #sensorybathroom

The bathroom makeover was fully funded by me. The towels were gifted by Christy Home and this post is in collaboration with Geberit. Thank you for supporting the brands that make the blog possible. 

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. lucy
    July 16, 2018 / 12:22 pm

    It looks wonderful, Jen! I love all the greenery. I think you’re right to embrace the light and go for cosy – I have done the same with a room here. Lovely Sage Grey you have there. x

  2. Kimberly Duran
    July 16, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    It looks so lovely and cosy Jen! Love the wall colour and all the plants 🙂 What a great place to relax! xx

  3. Kate Baxter
    July 16, 2018 / 2:04 pm

    Love all the greenery – the perfect way to create an oasis of calm!

  4. Oldfashionedsusie
    July 16, 2018 / 6:21 pm

    That is a gorgeous bathroom. I love those plant shelves

  5. Kara
    August 8, 2018 / 10:29 pm

    Oh this post has given me some great ideas for our new bathroom, it’s next on the list after our bedroom.

    Those towels look so soft and cozy exactly what you want after a relaxing bath.

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