How to Style a Small Bathroom, with Fiona Gould

Three images. On the left is a close-up of different coloured towels laid on a counter. In the middle is a modern bathroom with a black vanity, oval mirror and a blue towel hanging on the wall, on the right is a folded blue striped towel. Three images. On the left is a close-up of different coloured towels laid on a counter. In the middle is a modern bathroom with a black vanity, oval mirror and a blue towel hanging on the wall, on the right is a folded blue striped towel.

If you’ve ever lived in the city, in an apartment, or in any rental property in general, there’s a good chance you’ve lived in a home with a small bathroom. It’s one of the most essential and functional rooms in a home, yet often space is at a premium. Which is precisely why we’ve enlisted the help of Interior Stylist, Fiona Gould, to help us maximise our precious space, and share her favourite small bathroom styling tips. 

For our first focus, we’re talking towels. In order to avoid unwanted damp smells or any build-up of bacteria (icky, we know), it’s important to hang your bath towels in a place where they can air dry in between pamper sessions. Fiona recommends choosing wall hooks over towel rails for a space-saving solution. Not only do they bring a satisfying minimalist aesthetic, but wall hooks have a much smaller footprint than bulky towel rails. This not only gives us one less obstacle to bump into when drying ourselves but will also help our bathroom walls appear larger and more spacious. 

Next, we turn our attention to the often-forgotten towel — our bath mats. Our new Vesper Bath Mat was designed with small bathrooms in mind, with its compact size and square shape, which Fiona describes as “great for tight, tricky spaces”. If you’ve ever found yourself having to scoot your bath mat around to avoid it getting caught under the shower or bathroom door, this one is for you. It’s the perfect size for catching any drips when hopping in and out of the shower (or tub), and not taking up a good 80% of your floor space. 

A small blue bath mat with a pair of yellow slippers sits underneath a black vanity with gold hardware and a matching blue hand towel draped over the rail.A small blue bath mat with a pair of yellow slippers sits underneath a black vanity with gold hardware and a matching blue hand towel draped over the rail.
A modern bathroom with a black vanity and oval mirror. On the floor is a small blue bath mat and a pair of yellow slippers. A blue striped towel is hanging from a brass knob on the wall.A modern bathroom with a black vanity and oval mirror. On the floor is a small blue bath mat and a pair of yellow slippers. A blue striped towel is hanging from a brass knob on the wall.

For your hand towels, Fiona recommends kitting out your vanity with a draw pull that can double as a rail. Even if you only bust out the nice hand towels when you have guests coming over, you can display them proudly without taking up any additional space. 

While on the subject of hardware, Fiona recommends making the change to wall-mounted taps. This clever swap will free up your vanity top, making the sink appear larger. Equal parts efficient and stylishwe'll be adding this one to our list of bathroom renovation ideas. 

When choosing your bathroom mirror, look for a large mirror with built-in storage. Hidden storage is a must for a space-savvy bathroom, allowing for extra space to keep your essentials tidy and tucked away. Large mirrors do wonders for any small room, reflecting light and creating the illusion of extra space. 

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