Small Bathroom Updates: Keeping it Warm and Cosy

One of the biggest issues I face with bathroom design is how to make it welcoming. With all that ceramic, porcelain and clinical white fittings, it’s hard to make the room feel cosy and warm. Funnily enough, I think small bathrooms are harder to get right, even though on paper they should probably be easier.

So, with that in mind, I thought I’d do a small bathroom update post with some of my ideas and thoughts on how you can decorate the space to keep it inviting and cosy. Do let me know if you’ve anything else to add, or other ideas you think we should all be considering.

Small Bathrooms: How to Keep them Warm and Cosy:

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A small bathroom is a nightmare to decorate. It’s true. I have one, and it’s been a pain for many years. I thought I had it right but looking at it now it definitely needs some improvement. The suite is fine, fitted 10 years ago, it’s still on trend and perfect for the space. BUT, the rest of the decor needs improvement, so what could I focus on?

Tiles and Texture:

Now you might think that tiles aren’t going to add to the warmth and cosiness of your small, or even larger bathroom. but I think you’d be wrong. Whilst a flat white tile isn’t going to do much to create a welcoming space, tiles with pattern, colour and texture will. Designing bathrooms now is much more about using the tiles as your main style statement, whether that’s on the floor or the walls. Combining the 3 elements, colour, pattern and texture together will give your room both a wow factor as well bringing it to life. No more dull, cold and lack lustre design for you. Take my advice, be bold when it comes to the choice of your bathroom tiles.

And to help you out, take a look at Bathrooms By Design, a luxury brand with stunning pieces, who, at the time of writing are also running a sale! Perfect timing if you’re about to start a renovation or wanting to update a few key features in your bathroom.

Make it Bright:

Keeping the room well lit is tricky, particularly in a small space. Bathrooms are notoriously hard to light and there are rules and regulations to follow too, but always remember it’s a room that needs to be bright, whether that’s from artificial or natural light. So, add plenty of lights. Wall lights are great, if you can install them at the time of major renovation, and offer task lighting when needed. Of course bathroom cabinets are often lit these days too, and help the ambience as well as provide much needed extra brightness. And LED strip lighting is a great way to add to a contemporary design and subtle ambience in the room.

Underfloor Heating:

Ok, so this isn’t necessarily something that you see, but it is an element that affects the ambience of the room, and in turn, how you feel about it. Think about walking into a chilly, maybe even icy bathroom late at night when you’re getting ready for bed with bare feet, and how grumpy that can make you. Now imagine that same room, with a warmth on your feet that was unexpected. It lifts your mood, right? That’s exactly what a good design should do, lighten your spirits and make you feel welcome. And of course, the bonus of adding underfloor heating to a small bathroom, is the lower cost.

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So, there you have 3 tips for updating your small bathroom, and creating a much warmer and cosier environment now the weather is turning colder.

What will you do to update your bathroom this Winter? Let me know, I’d love to hear your tips below.

Jen x

Images: Houzz || Patterned bathroom via Shutterstock

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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. Pillow Treasure
    October 11, 2017 / 12:48 am

    They look nice and very warm, especially the second bathroom, I love it!

  2. Sarah
    October 11, 2017 / 12:20 pm

    Wonderful decor!! I was looking for some fresh design inspirations in white shades for my bathroom, and I think these design ideas will be perfect..Thank you so much for sharing this post …Feeling Inspired!

  3. Isaac Inegbenehi
    October 11, 2017 / 5:35 pm

    Wow! Beautiful bathrooms. I really love them. However, I go with the second one

  4. Sarah
    October 11, 2017 / 7:09 pm

    Whilst I would agree that bathrooms are best in light, a slight shadow allowing warm yellow lights to do their thing is so important for a chic bathroom! The way the light looks on the textures in picture two is so wonderful. But it’s the idea of underfloor heating which I think really is important – bathrooms should be places to relax, not shiver in the freezing cold. The contrast between being in and out of the bath shouldn’t be harsh; it should be gentle and underfloor heating can certainly aid that. It really is a sign of luxury as well, which lifts the spirits just like heated seats in a friend’s car – unexpected but very, very welcome!

  5. Charly
    October 13, 2017 / 11:21 am

    The lightening behind the mirror is amazing. The bathroom looks much bigger… and the white tones!

  6. Emily
    October 15, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    This site has got a lot of really useful stuff on it. Thanks for informing me. Great blog post and nice discussion among the comments.

  7. Daniel Dan
    February 25, 2018 / 11:53 am

    Nice. I really love the second one.

  8. Michael
    July 2, 2019 / 1:21 pm

    Wow! Beautiful bathrooms. I really love them. However, I go with the second one and I wish I could have them hahaha ha.

  9. Mike
    July 15, 2019 / 4:02 pm

    Wow! Beautiful bathrooms. I really love them. However, I go with the second one

  10. kido
    January 9, 2020 / 6:39 am

    This has really given me a great idea to the new apartment I am getting into… Thanks… The bathroom is beautiful

  11. Sandra
    February 21, 2020 / 9:37 pm

    This site has got a lot of really useful stuff on it. Thanks for informing me. Great blog post and nice discussion among the comments.

  12. Itel Mobile
    February 27, 2020 / 1:52 pm

    I really love the second image, the tiles and everything are looking fine.

  13. joyner Lucas
    May 18, 2020 / 1:50 pm

    love the second image, the tiles and everything are looking fine

  14. Ene
    November 18, 2020 / 8:16 pm

    It’s the all white for me.

  15. David
    May 21, 2022 / 5:57 pm

    Love the images of the Bathroom

  16. Inna
    May 23, 2022 / 9:11 am

    The simplicity of the bathroom is fascinating.

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