Even though our bathrooms are expected to act as both a practical space and a place to relax, they are often one of the smaller rooms in the home.
Until the early 20th century, only the homes of the upper classes had a dedicated bathroom, with the average household making use of their local public baths, or opting for a tin tub in front of the fire. As a result, many bathrooms in older homes have been carved from a bedroom or slotted at the end of a galley kitchen extension, making for small and awkwardly shaped rooms.
Take some inspiration from these beautiful, small bathrooms in period houses which show that a restful spot can be created even in the tiniest of spaces.
A narrow en suite
This bathroom may be narrow, but the owners still managed to squeeze in an antique, freestanding bath. The small dresser and basin were from a reclamation yard. Soft, neutral colours help reflect natural light around the room to enhance the space.
A loft space bathroom
A sloping ceiling in this loft conversion bathroom reduces the useable floor space. The owners have made the most of the room, by adding a bright red slipper bath with a shower attachment, instead of a full-height shower.
A bathroom with country colour
A reconditioned freestanding bathtub sits at the far end of this comfortable, rustic family bathroom, using the space in front of the low window. The natural stone floor tiles add warmth to the space along with the apple green wood panelling on the walls.
Tiny Victorian bathroom
This modest bathroom, with its traditional toilet and simple metro tiles is a wonderful example of Victorian style. The terracotta floor tiles add pattern and interest to the room and the traditional fittings reflect the history of the home. A fitted bath sits in an alcove, creating a cosy private sanctuary.
A bathroom with underwater treasures
The bathroom in this renovated warehouse in Amsterdam is more like an art installation than a washroom. Across the back of the bath, shelves are filled with shells, coral and starfish. The bath sits perfectly in what would have otherwise been an unused space, turning an awkward spot into a feature.
Clever design has created character in this traditional bathroom. Not often do you see a small space that so confidently uses dark colours. Warm, dark wooden floorboards layer texture against the patterned wallpaper and freestanding cast-iron bath. All of the plumbing is concealed below a raised step in the floor, hiding pipework and making a feature of the suite.
Victorian luxury bathroom
This small neutral bathroom in a south London Victorian house is the perfect example of a little bathroom done well. The light colours make the room feel bright, whilst the champagne paint on the walls adds warmth to the room. The etched glass in the windows creates a pretty feature of the windows and the chair, inlaid with mother of pearl, adds a touch of luxury along with the gold mirror.
Light and bright bathroom
Natural light makes all the difference in small bathrooms and stops even the tiniest of spaces from feeling pokey. This room is not much wider than the sash window, but the owners have still been able to spare room for a luxurious tub.