Cloakroom Ideas and Designs

The cloakroom is a room where us Brits love to go to town on the decor. A place to showcase the wilder side of your personality! As well as displaying all those certificates and awards, your downstairs toilet can offer your guests a glimpse into what makes you tick, so unleash your creative side and have fun when planning the design of cloakrooms. Whilst these small spaces are often retro-fitted underneath the stairs or bolted on an extension (having replaced the outdoors toilet of yesteryear), the convenience of having a cloakroom can’t be underestimated. And because they are so often tight on space, specially designed cloakroom suites that work in the limited space are advisable – compact cloakroom vanity units or small cloakroom basins, back-to-wall toilets and bathroom wall cabinets. Browse thousands of cloakroom ideas to get inspired, or read on to get more tips on how to decorate your cloakroom.

How to find the right ideas for a cloakroom?


How do you start planning your cloakroom when you’re starting from scratch? Serving a practical purpose first and foremost, the ideal downstairs toilet is fitted with a few basic items: the cloakroom suite (a toilet and a hand basin), a storage unit and a mirror. These four are essentials and should be small enough to avoid crowding the small space. Specially-designed short-projection units are made to maximise space. If space is really tight, storage ideas are important. Consider space-savers such as corner basins and wall-hung toilets.

How should cloakrooms be decorated?


As with all small spaces, light and bright is often best – avoid decorating your cloakroom with any dark colours, although a well-patterned wallpaper can actually serve to open up the space if chosen carefully. Keep the scheme of tiles, wallpaper and decoration relatively simple, and create space with a large mirror. Also feel free to let the cloakroom reflect your personal style, whether that is sleek and modern or kitschy and cheerful, and it has become a British tradition to add liberal personal touches such as certificates, photographs, artwork and books.

However, as the cloakroom is often small and the toilet will take up most of the room, try to not go overboard with the decor. One pot plant will do, as will one large mirror. A stack of fluffy towels, a fragrant room diffuser and some nice handwash and maybe hand lotion next to your basin, will be all you need to make visitors feel pampered and welcome. Choosing a fancy wall colour is a great way to make your cloakroom exciting – soon you’ll be using your downstairs toilet more than your main bathroom.

If you're still unsure about what kind of design you'd like for your cloakroom, take inspiration from the beautiful photos and save the best one to your ideabook. You can save cloakroom ideas to an ideabook so that you can put together your vision for your newly decorated downstairs toilet.
Small classic cloakroom in London with a two-piece toilet, blue walls, a wall-mounted sink and grey floors.

Siobhan Doran
Small classic cloakroom in London with a two-piece toilet, blue walls, a wall-mounted sink and grey floors.
Fishwallpaper for boys bathroom - alyse_webster

Small traditional cloakroom in London with a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, mosaic tiles, white walls, a wall-mounted sink and light hardwood flooring.

Small traditional cloakroom in London with a wall mounted toilet, beige tiles, mosaic tiles, white walls, a wall-mounted sink and light hardwood flooring.
The colour and neatness - webuser_864754694

This is an example of a large bohemian cloakroom in Gloucestershire with pink walls, cement flooring, a wall-mounted sink, wooden worktops and green floors.

Richard Parr + Associates - Architecture and Interior Design - photos by Nia Morris
This is an example of a large bohemian cloakroom in Gloucestershire with pink walls, cement flooring, a wall-mounted sink, wooden worktops and green floors.
Like the simple shelf/sink so there’s space for soap etc - webuser_20836099

Inspiration for a mediterranean cloakroom in London with freestanding cabinets, black cabinets, a wall mounted toilet, white walls and a built-in sink.

Inspiration for a mediterranean cloakroom in London with freestanding cabinets, black cabinets, a wall mounted toilet, white walls and a built-in sink.
Love the quirky lights and mirrors - emmabrassfield

Contemporary cloakroom in London with multi-coloured walls, a built-in sink, a wall mounted toilet, dark hardwood flooring and brown floors.

Contemporary cloakroom in London with multi-coloured walls, a built-in sink, a wall mounted toilet, dark hardwood flooring and brown floors.
Use of space and shape of the room - stefania_clemente

Contemporary cloakroom in London.

Contemporary cloakroom in London.
colours and skirting - marfre1311

Inspiration for a contemporary cloakroom in Other with a vessel sink and blue walls.

Simon Maxwell Paint colour is Farrow & Ball Oval Room Blue
Inspiration for a contemporary cloakroom in Other with a vessel sink and blue walls.
colours dark wood with this paint - cemc

Photo of a medium sized contemporary cloakroom in London with a pedestal sink, a wall mounted toilet and purple walls.

Photo of a medium sized contemporary cloakroom in London with a pedestal sink, a wall mounted toilet and purple walls.
Cool concept for downstairs toilet - michelle_dalton61

This is an example of a bohemian cloakroom in London with flat-panel cabinets and purple walls.

Jon Day
This is an example of a bohemian cloakroom in London with flat-panel cabinets and purple walls.
Bright - surjit_chopra

Inspiration for a small classic cloakroom in Sussex with grey walls, porcelain flooring, black and white tiles, white tiles, a console sink, a two-piece toilet and multi-coloured floors.

Jame French
Inspiration for a small classic cloakroom in Sussex with grey walls, porcelain flooring, black and white tiles, white tiles, a console sink, a two-piece toilet and multi-coloured floors.
remember the little touches....door handles - webuser_279274938

Medium sized contemporary cloakroom in Wiltshire with a wall mounted toilet, grey tiles, porcelain tiles, grey walls, porcelain flooring and a wall-mounted sink.

To add drama and fun to the cloakroom the clients were inspired by the WC at the hobsons|choice Swindon showroom. A back painted glass monolith wall and drop ceiling is back-lit with colour changing LED lights. The grey 'Royal Mosa' tiles with a stone pattern create contrast and visual interest whilst reflecting the remote control led light colour of choice. The wall mounted Duravit '2nd Floor' toilet floats effortlessly in front of the white glass wall operated by the chrome Vola push plate above. A Vola 1 handle mixer tap protrudes from the wall above the Alape 'WT.PR800.R' washstand and the exposed bottle trap underneath is chrome plated to ensure the cloakroom looks perfect from every angle. Darren Chung
hobsons|choice designer bathroom with wall hung WC and basin, glass wc back panel with illumination to sides and around ceiling bulkhead feature. - hobsonschoice

Design ideas for a large traditional cloakroom in Dorset with grey cabinets, grey tiles, a two-piece toilet, grey walls, grey floors and an integrated sink.

Sasfi Hope-Ross
Design ideas for a large traditional cloakroom in Dorset with grey cabinets, grey tiles, a two-piece toilet, grey walls, grey floors and an integrated sink.
Small wash basin idea in balcony - khushboonahar9

Design ideas for a small contemporary cloakroom in London with black and white tiles, white walls, porcelain flooring, a wall-mounted sink and a two-piece toilet.

David Aldrich
Design ideas for a small contemporary cloakroom in London with black and white tiles, white walls, porcelain flooring, a wall-mounted sink and a two-piece toilet.
if v small, this looks good. - webuser_818869184

Inspiration for a rural cloakroom in London.

Lighttrapper Photography
Inspiration for a rural cloakroom in London.
Colour of TV stand - jane_wambugu

This is an example of a large contemporary cloakroom in London with a wall mounted toilet, multi-coloured walls, light hardwood flooring, a wall-mounted sink, glass worktops and beige floors.

This is an example of a large contemporary cloakroom in London with a wall mounted toilet, multi-coloured walls, light hardwood flooring, a wall-mounted sink, glass worktops and beige floors.
Colour on walls and purple basin - dannii_barclay

Inspiration for a small classic cloakroom in London with a two-piece toilet, porcelain tiles, white walls, porcelain flooring, a wall-mounted sink and blue floors.

Guest cloakroom. Photo by Chris Snook
Inspiration for a small classic cloakroom in London with a two-piece toilet, porcelain tiles, white walls, porcelain flooring, a wall-mounted sink and blue floors.
everything - doreenhamusimbi

This is an example of a small world-inspired cloakroom in London with multi-coloured walls, marble flooring, white floors, a one-piece toilet and marble tiles.

Fresh flowers and the intricate wallpaper design capture the wonder of nature. Jake Fitzjones Photography Ltd
This is an example of a small world-inspired cloakroom in London with multi-coloured walls, marble flooring, white floors, a one-piece toilet and marble tiles.
Idea of marble tiles on floor and behind loo - emmaemallon

Contemporary cloakroom in London.

Contemporary cloakroom in London.
This is a very swish cloakroom. - poppey99

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