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7 Inspiring Bathroom and Cloakroom Renovation Ideas

Bathrooms and cloakrooms are often overlooked in the home renovation process, but we think they hold incredible potential for transformation. These intimate spaces can be transformed into central features of your home with just a few thoughtful upgrades. 

Whether you’re looking to make your cloakroom appear bigger, improve functionality, or modernise its appearance, we’ve got plenty of ideas for you! Keep reading for small cloakroom ideas, bathroom renovation tips, and before-and-after transformations.

1. Apply Bathroom-Friendly Wallpaper

It’s amazing how much bigger a room can look with some thoughtful design choices. One of our favourite small bathroom renovation ideas is to lay white tiles and source vinyl wallpaper in contrasting black for a feature wall. This will emphasise your bathroom’s length and achieve a chic, modern look.

We love how UK Radiators customer @doubleupper.doerupper has installed a black Zennor towel rail to emphasise her shower room’s monochrome aesthetic. What a transformation!

Before: A long bathroom in need of modernisation, complete with mint green tiles and a white bathtub, toilet and sink.After: A long bathroom featuring stylish white tiles and black and silver vinyl wallpaper, with a black and white sink, toilet, and walk-in shower.



Photo Credit: @doubleupper.doerupper

2. Replace Your Radiator Valves

If you have a radiator that you love but it doesn’t quite fit the vibe of your renovation, consider replacing the valves. Whether you go for TRVs or manual valves, you’ll find a range of colours and styles in our range.

For a classic appearance, try the Signature Wooden Head antique radiator valves. Going for a more contemporary look? Take a look at our square bold black TRVs.


Close-up of a raw metal column radiator with antique brass thermostatic valves.



3. Match Your Radiator to Your Tiles

A cohesive colour scheme is especially important in small spaces. Purchasing a radiator the same colour as your flooring, bathtub or wall tiles is an easy way to bring the whole room together.

We’re big fans of old-meets-new interior design. In the image below, @ecclesholme has matched the Arundel traditional white towel radiator to the wall tiles and the bathtub legs. Add in the modern bathroom tiles and the overall effect is incredibly classy.

A bathroom with taupe walls and modern floor tiles holds a blue bathtub with white detailing. This matches the traditional white Arundel radiator and the wall tiling.

Photo Credit: @ecclesholme

4. Create a Raised Platform For Your Bathtub

The raised bathtub platform is an interiors trend that’s in no rush to go away. Who knew you could create such a luxurious look, just by adding a bit of height? 

It’s not as hard as you might think to create a bathroom interior like the one pictured below. Ask your contractor to install the platform, add a freestanding bathtub and some opaque room dividers, and finish the look with a classy ladder towel rail. White walls make the most of this bathroom's natural light, but a brighter, more experimental wall colour would also work with this setup.

A modern bathroom with a bathtub platform and opaque room dividers separating the bathtub from the sink space and Zennor black towel rail.

5. Install Wood Panelling and Complementing Storage

Wood panelling has become increasingly popular in recent years. Incorporate wooden boards or planks into your bathroom or cloakroom to create a warm, rustic ambience. Add a wooden cabinet for a retro 70s look.

Take inspiration from @creatingcotbank and paint your wood-panelled walls a neutral shade of brown. Go beige with your tiling and install a gold radiator for a touch of glamour.

A renovated shower room featuring wood panelling, a wood cabinet, and a gold Crossmoor radiator.

Photo Credit: @creatingcotbank

6. Use Integrated Lighting

Integrated LED lighting gives an immediate impression of modernity. It’s also a great option in terms of energy efficiency. Don’t restrict yourself to pastel wall colours – go for a rich shade of red or green and bring in plenty of light to fill the room.

A bathroom in a rich red shade with integrated LED lighting coming from behind the bathtub nook, featuring an anthracite ladder towel rail.


7. Go For a Tropical Theme

A strip of tropical wallpaper and a splash of vibrant green paint are all it takes to transform your bathroom or loo into a tropical oasis. Add wooden shutters and some cacti to take it to the next level.

The tropical aesthetic looks great with many styles of radiator. Pictured below is the Crossmoor black towel rail, which is also available in silver or white. For a bold look, try the Hex mustard single-panel radiator and bring out your bathroom’s yellow tones.

A bathroom with tropical wallpaper, yellow walls, and black and white tiling, featuring the black Crossmoor dual duel towel rail.


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