15 small cloakrooms that are big on style

The rooms that are the subject of this post go by different names: cloakrooms, washrooms, water closets (WCs), powder rooms, half baths… to be clear, we are referring to rooms with a toilet and a basin.

One week into the building work for my home extension found me having to make the decision for where exactly the new ground floor drainage pipes were to be located. There would be no moving them once they were concreted into the ground. I was glad to have already planned the measurements for the rooms and know what toilet and basin size I will be getting for my cloakroom so I could determine their exact location in the room. This is a prime example for designing backwards – decisions for plumbing and electrics really do come quicker than you’d think.

In trying to make sure that I wouldn’t want to change my mind later, my builder asked if I would want to make the cloakroom bigger and the adjoining boot room smaller, but I stuck to my plans because the storage for coats, shoes and bags will be more valuable to us than an unnecessarily big loo. It will be a comfortable size for doing one’s business and much roomier than our current situation, so it doesn’t need to be any bigger. A small cloakroom doesn’t mean small style; on the contrary it is the perfect opportunity to embrace bold design. As you can imagine, I have been gathering inspiration for small cloakrooms that are big on style, and I am sharing my favourites here so you can enjoy these lovely loos too!

Cloakroom with Osborne & Little Derwent wallpaper - Brian O'Tuama Architects || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Brian O’Tuama Architects
Wallpapered cloakroom with hidden storage - Archipelles || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Archipelles
Powder room with ombre wallpaper and marble basin on stand - Space Exploration Design || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Space Exploration Design
White wallpapered powder room by Kate Marker Interiors || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Kate Marker Interiors
Cloakroom with monochrome wallpaper mural - Refined Custom Homes || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Refined Custom Homes
Dark powder room with statement bone inlay mirror || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
via Design*Sponge
Dark powder room with dramatic Ellie Cashman floral wallpaper - CM Natural Designs || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
CM Natural Designs
Floral wallpaper in bathroom - Britt Interiors || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Britt Interiors
Small dark cloakroom with feature mirror - JL Interior Design || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
JL Interior Design
Dark powder room with shiplap and wallpaper - Cortney Bishop Design || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Cortney Bishop Design
Green panelled powder room with wooden vanity - Kate Walker Design || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Kate Walker Design
Powder room with blue zellige tile - House of Jade Interiors || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
House of Jade Interiors
Powder room with green horizontal shiplap - Kate Marker Interiors || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Kate Marker Interiors
Powder room with wooden and blue Pierre Frey Indus wallpaper - Kate Marker Interiors || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Kate Marker Interiors
Traditional cloakroom with white metro wall tiles and chequered floor tiles - Minton Young || 15 small cloakrooms / powder rooms that are big on style - FIRST SENSE
Minton Young

Now I just have the small (not small) task of unpacking this inspiration to figure out the design for my own cloakroom. Do you have any favourites from here?


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