Bathrooms: the ultimate guide to planning, designing and furnishing your bathroom

Starting to plan, design, decorate and furnish a new bathroom? This ultimate guide to bathrooms has all the advice and info needed to take you from start to finish as you transform your room

Freestanding bath with floorstanding tap
(Image credit: Easy Bathrooms)
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The look you choose for your bathroom needs to not just suit the space and the fittings you've picked out, it ideally needs to complement the rest of your home's style, too. Plus, you might need help adding colour, making the room feel bigger or working with a budget. Here, we take you through the various design looks and options, all perfect for inspiring your new bathroom scheme.

When you're done here, go to page three for buying guides and DIY how tos.

Black bathroom with geometric flooring and rolltop bath by Carpetright

(Image credit: Carpetright)

Bathroom design ideas

All these bathroom ideas are practical and good-looking, with clever storage to make the most of space, colour inspiration to make the space more interesting, and tons of tricks for making a bathroom created on a budget look stylish. 

Small bathroom design ideas
Need to squeeze the maximum style out of minimum space? Use these small bathroom design ideas to get your space-stretching scheme kickstarted.

Bathroom design tricks: big ideas for small rooms
From simple, budget-friendly changes to ideas for overhauling your bathroom entirely – find the inspiration you need to improve your bathroom.

How to pick the right size tiles to make a small bathroom feel bigger
Use our design tricks to make your smallest room feel bigger. From tile laying tips to picking the right tile size to colour scheming cleverly...

Budget bathroom design ideas
Short on budget but high on style? Use our tips, ideas and advice to get the best looking, most stylish bathroom going at an affordable price.

Luxury bathroom design ideas
Whether you've got £££s to spend or want to create a bathroom that looks expensive but doesn't cost it, use these luxury bathroom ideas as inspiration.

Contemporary bathroom design ideas
Looking for ideas to make your bathroom more boutique hotel than family maintenance room? Use these ideas to get your sleek, modern scheme sorted.

Traditional bathroom design ideas
If you want to create a bathroom that's packed with character and charm, designing a space that's traditional-looking is the way to go. Use these ideas...

Colourful bathroom design ideas
If your bathroom suffers from a lack of period features, an uninteresting view or budget fittings you're saving up to replace, add a splash of zest-inducing colour.

Black bathroom design ideas
Believe it or not, using black as the starting point for your bathroom scheme can help you create a stunningly elegant space. Browse these and believe...

En-suite bathroom design ideas
Looking for inspiration for making your en-suite bathroom look like some kind of boutique hotel haven? Find it in these space-clever designs.

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On our next page we look at some of the best buys you can find at the best prices so that you can kit out your bathroom. We've also got a few basic bathroom DIY how tos covered so you can save money on your project. Don't miss our Instagram community – you'll find tons more inspiration there, too. Just use the #sorealhomes when you post.