5 times bathroom shelves took centre stage (you'll want to copy these)

Create a feature with bathroom shelves and let your perfectly placed towels, plants and toiletries take centre stage

bathroom shelves: Primark bathroom
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Bathroom shelves are a must-have in your smallest room. Not just for stashing all the necessities, but for showing them off, too. So when you're designing a new bathroom, work display shelves into your scheme right from the start of the planning process. In fact, let them take centre stage.

Because while closed storage allows you to hide away toiletries you'd rather not show off, open storage lets you display a few carefully chosen pieces to let your personality shine. 

We've curated our top five bathroom shelving ideas, so you can showcase your favourite things and bring personality to your space. For more bathroom ideas, go to our hub page.

1. Laid back look? Choose ladder-style bathroom shelves

bathroom shelves leaning against a wall in a modern blue and white bathroom

Aura Bath and Spa paint in Blue Danube and Wedding Veil, each £29  for 0.94 ltrs, Benjamin Moore. For a similar bathroom shelf, try M&S

(Image credit: Benjamin Moore)

The perfect way to create ample storage whilst taking up minimal space? Ladder shelves are a happy middle ground between a shelving unit and towel ladder. Store towels on the larger shelf at the bottom and smaller decorative items on the smaller shelves up top. 

2. Modern bathroom? Pick half-hidden display

Bathroom with floating wall shelf

Storage, Tikamoon

(Image credit: Tikkamoon)

If you want to give your bathroom a streamlined look that doesn't suck all the personality out of the space, a good way to do so is with storage like this. Half-hidden, it's a now-you-see-me, now-you-don't approach to display. Love it.

3. Going natural? Have shelves made of wood

Primark bathroom

Bathroom buys, Primark

(Image credit: Primark )

If you're going for a natural looking scheme (you know, loads of plants, natural loofahs, tons of texture), you can't go wrong with shelves built from reclaimed wood, the chunkier the better.

4. Portable bathroom shelves to reposition as you please

Ikea bathroom shelves

Raskog trolley, £50, Ikea 

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Ideal for en-suites or small spaces, shelving on wheels is a great way to get the most out of your space. Simply wheel into into action when required, or hide it away when not in use. This wipe-clean design from Ikea is perfect for storing your toiletries, or could even be used in the kitchen or bedroom too. 

5. Built-in bathroom shelves to maximise space

Ludivine Broch:

For a similar mirror, try Dunelm

(Image credit: Darren Chung © Future)

One of the most charming things about older properties is the little design quirks and unusual shaped rooms. Whether you love them or hate them, use them to your advantage to maximise storage space. Here, shelving is built in to the recess, using wasted space for essential storage. 

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