We asked our interior designers which were their favourite rooms to design. You might be as surprised as we were to hear that the downstairs cloakroom made the shortlist!

Why on earth would that be, I hear you ask? Surely as the tiniest room in the house these would be bottom of the list?

On the contrary! Designers find that their clients are 100x braver when decorating these small spaces. Not only does the size make it feel like less of a scary commitment but it's also not a room they spend long periods of time in. The downstairs cloakroom is often the first step for clients to build up the confidence to take greater risks in the rest of their home.

Add to that, it's most commonly used by guests so it's a great opportunity to show your fun and extravagant side! After all, you've got yourself a captive audience so why not let your personality shine through?

Here are 8 cloakroom designs to inspire and/or amuse you. Love or hate them - you can't deny that they'd make a great talking point at your next dinner party!


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1. Let your personality flow

cloakroom ideas

Image credit: My Bespoke Room

The running theme throughout all the examples in this blog is 'personality'. Your home should be an expression of you and your downstairs cloakroom can show your fun and adventurous side.

Very often, great design is about taking risks. Most of the time they'll pay off but if they don't - that's ok! The beauty of these rooms is that there's far less risk because it won't take lots of time or a big budget to have another go. 


2. Bog, bold and beautiful wallpaper

cloakroom design ideas

Image credit: Brian O'Tuama Architects

You'd be forgiven for thinking that in a small room you should opt for light, bright and unfussy walls. Forgiven yes, but also wrong! 

Pattern actually provides depth, tricking the eye into thinking that the space extends beyond. 

The owner of this downstairs loo has cleverly pulled inspiration from the wallpaper design and added dark coloured panelling to the lower half of the room.


3. Escape to the tropics

downstairs loo designs

Image credit: Future

The sound of  running water....palms swaying in the breeze....OK so you're not going to be fooling anyone into thinking they've had a Narnia moment and stepped into the Amazon midway through your cocktail party, but you can still embrace the escapism trend and share your love for travel with this tropical themed cloakroom design.


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4. Luxe lighting and finishes

luxury cloakroom ideas

Image credit: digsdigs

As a space predominantly used by guests it's a perfect opportunity to add some glitz and glamour to their visit! 

And no expense has been spared with the finishes in this downstairs loo design. The gold accents from the tap to even the loo handle really do add a touch of decadence. Chrome would be far too dull for these homeowners! 

The lighting choices also make a statement. A chandelier in this cloakroom surprisingly doesn't look out of place alongside that curvy wall light - the perfect height for makeup touch ups.


5. Rethink the sink

downstairs loo designs

Image credit: Real Homes

Thinking of installing a normal basin to your downstairs loo? How utterly conformist of you! In all honesty, We're not convinced of how practical this alternative would be but top marks for ingenuity and creativity! 


6. Cloakroom come gallery

downstairs cloakroom ideas

Image credit: PMQ for Two

The downstairs cloakroom is the perfect room to display some of your favourite artwork.

The owners of this bright and wonderful water closet cleverly used black as an accent colour on the frames and tiles. This helps to ground the powerful print on the walls. Choosing the same frames for your gallery wall is also a great way to link the pieces together, even when they are different styles and colours like they are here.

Take care when hanging artwork in a bathroom though as without proper ventilation, humidity can build up behind the frames.


Need an expert opinion on your cloakroom design project? Our professional designers will help you create a downstairs loo flooded with personality! Get started today by completing this 15 minute brief.



7. Under the sea

fishy downstairs cloakroom ideas

I suppose this theme needs very little explanation! However we wanted to share it as it's a good example that you don't need to go full on nautical with blue and white tiles with rope accents to make a nod to the purpose of this space. 

In this design they've cleverly pulled out the pink colour on the fish and emphasised it by painting the door in the same colour. In fact it's so eye catching that it took us a while to spot the freestanding washer and dryer in the corner!


8. Pretty pink privy

pink downstairs cloakroom ideas

Image credit: Home Designing 

Did someone say 'pink'?! We are very much feeling the Miami beach vibes in this downstairs loo design and it shows that pink can be 'cool' as well as 'cute'.

Similar to before, the black accents on the mirror and tap prevent the room from looking washed out and add a grown up sophistication to the design.

The terrazzo backsplash is also a great alternative to traditional tiles and gives added texture.


8. Dark and brooding

dark downstairs cloakroom ideas

Image credit: Ideal Home

OK, time to move away from the pretty pink bathrooms and talk about this masculine and moody one instead. Sometimes in small rooms, especially ones without natural light, you just have to embrace to the cosy and sultry vibe. 

The artwork with white frames add a great contrast to the dark blue panelling behind. They've also added a large mirror to give the illusion of space. 


Need an expert opinion on your cloakroom design project? Our professional designers will help you create a downstairs loo flooded with personality! Get started today by completing this 15 minute brief.



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