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12 small bathroom ideas to create a luxurious sanctuary

Maximize your space with these savvy decorating ideas

Asmall bathroom may provide some challenges when it comes to finding storage for all your essentials, but with these handy decorating ideas you can transform even the most compact space into a luxurious and practical bathroom that all the family will love.

Whether you want to find ways to make a small bathroom look bigger or are looking for savvy storage solutions, get inspiration from these beautiful bijou bathrooms…

Choose multipurpose accessories

Bathroom mirror with combined shelf

Your accessories need to work harder than ever in small rooms, so it makes sense to choose multipurpose pieces such as a mirror with combined shelf to save precious wall space and offer extra storage for your essentials. (Photo: Wilko)

Utilise the full height of the room

Small bathroom with full-height shelving

If you only have space for one slim storage cabinet in your bathroom, make full use of the space by installing shelving that reaches all the way to the ceiling to store everything from towels to toiletries. (Photo: Caffe Latte)

Switch up your sink

Christy towels wall mounted basin

There are lots of clever changes you can make within your bathroom to free up space, and switching a traditional sink for a wall-mounted basin is one that can make a huge difference. You’ll gain valuable room that can be used for other things, such as storing a stool out the way as pictured, or even hanging your hand towel underneath to free up wall space elsewhere. (Photo: Christy)

Choose a vanity to maximise storage

Small bathroom with a vanity unit

Alternatively, make your sink one of the focal points of the room by adding one with a vanity unit underneath to provide valuable storage without taking up too much extra floor space.

Choose half-tiled walls

Big Bathroom Shop tiled walls

Tiling the bottom half of your walls can help to make your small bathroom appear bigger. With a slim vanity sink unit, a moveable storage basket and clever built-in storage shelf, this bathroom ticks all the boxes. (Photo: Big Bathroom Shop)

Rethink your bath

Dunelm Oval shaped bath with bath rack

An oval shape bath can give the illusion of more space in your bathroom, while a bath rack offers a chic solution to keep your toiletries and essentials close at hand if you’re lacking on storage. (Photo: Dunelm)

Use a storage trolley

IKEA slimline storage trolley

A slimline storage trolley can be a great way to provide storage for a small bathroom on a budget, and has the benefit of being able to be moved out to make space when needed. (Photo: IKEA)

Invest in a large mirror

The Range bathroom wallpaper

Mirrors are a surefire way to make any small room feel bigger, and bathrooms are no exception. Hang a large mirror over your sink to reflect light, open up the space and make a design statement that can instantly transform your bathroom. (Photo: The Range)

Make the most of your space

Small dark bathroom with storage

Even a small bathroom or en suite can provide useful storage with some clever styling, as seen here. A shelf built in behind the toilet doubles up as a space for a diffuser and soap, while a high cabinet provides extra room for storing all your essentials without taking up valuable floor space. Meanwhile, wood accents and bright lighting provide the perfect contrast to dark bathroom décor.

Opt for light and bright colours

Small bathroom with colourful tiles

Wondering what colour makes a small bathroom look bigger? Light and bright tones are the way to go. Tiles can help to reflect light, while using these marble-effect tiles across the wall, floor and bath panel also help to give the illusion of more space.

Move your towel rail

Small bathroom with a raised towel rail

A towel rail can take up a lot of wall space, which may be at a premium in a smaller bathroom, so why not opt for a smaller model and move somewhere else, such as next to the sink (as pictured) or even at the end of your bath to free up more room for other useful furniture and accessories.

Make use of your windowsills

Small bathroom with styled windowsill

If you’re lucky enough to have a window in your bathroom, some careful styling will allow it to double up as a display shelf without looking cluttered. Put essentials like cotton wool into glass jars and baskets for a chic spa-like aesthetic. (Photo: Garden Trading)

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Updated on March 29, 2023


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7 Things You Should Never Do In The Shower, According To The Experts

After existing on this planet for a good couple of decades or longer, you may not realize that you have been showering all wrong. You’ve probably got a routine that you follow whenever you step into the shower, but there are things you should never do in the shower that you should be aware of.

Life is all about learning, especially when it comes to looking after yourself and metamorphosing from a whipper-snapper to a fully-fledged adult. Even though you may still feel eighteen on the inside, you’re not getting any younger and it’s always useful to know how to do things properly. Of course, some folks are better at certain things than others, but when it comes to personal hygiene, there are certain guidelines that will benefit everyone.

Depending on your upbringing, you may or may not have had the semi-embarrassing chat about how to efficiently wash your bod with a parent or guardian. If you didn’t ever get round to this conversation — lucky you — you may have missed out on some vital snippets of info. Chances are, you’re probably bathing just fine (unless you stink to high heaven) but it doesn’t hurt to have some tips up your sleeve on things you should never do in the shower. So, I spoke with an aesthetician, a dermatologist, and a hairstylist to discover the bad bathing habits we should put a stop to pronto.

1. Use Piping Hot Water

I spoke with Stalina Glot, a Senior Aesthetician at Haven Spa NYC, about things you should never do in the shower. Glot says not to take hot showers, due to the fact that they remove too many of your natural oils.

Dr. Hadley King, dermatologist at NYC’s SKINNEY Medspa, also tells me over email, “Water that is too hot can strip the skin of its natural oils and hydration and leave the skin too dry.” Instead she recommends people to, “Use water that is warm instead of hot.”

2. Shower For Too Long

It can be more than tempting to stay in the shower for just a few extra minutes, especially when it’s cold outside. However, Glot warns that you shouldn’t shower for too long, as it can make your skin dry and itchy. Dr. King seconds this, saying, “Don’t shower more than once per day or for more than 8 minutes at a time.” As someone who adores long showers, I feel your pain, but quick showers are better for your skin.

3. Use A Scrub In The Shower Stream

IMO, it’s super frustrating when you lather up your hands with a scrub and just when you’re ready to start applying it to your bod, it washes off your hands and runs down the drain. Glot says, “Don’t use a scrub in the stream of a shower: Water runs on the face [and] body and washes [the] scrub away before anything beneficial can happen.”

4. Over-Use Loofahs

If you’re a loofah lover, you’ll want to know what Glot has to say about these unusual sponges, “They are great for exfoliating but loofahs are also loaded with germs.” Glot advises, “Don’t over use your loofahs.”

5. Put Shampoo On Partially Wet Hair

When it comes to hair care in the shower, Judy McGuinness, Senior Stylist at Mizu New York, has some helpful advice. McGuinness tells me over email, “Make sure your hair is fully drenched in water before lathering up! If your hair isn’t completely wet, the shampoo won’t lather properly, and you’ll end up using more than you need…” She elaborates, “This is especially important for sulfate-free shampoo, as there isn’t any detergent in the formula to help it foam up.”

6. Shave Your Legs On The Day Of A Pedicure

Dr. King tells me, “Don’t shave your legs when you shower on a day you are going to go for a pedicure.” She explains, “It increases the risk of infection.” If you’re a lady who likes to have silky pins, make sure you shave at least the day before your pedicure appointment, so you don’t put yourself at risk of infection.

7. Use Oily Products In The Shower

Although this may seem like common sense, it’s something you might end up doing once, then never repeating again, due to injuring yourself. Glot says, “Don’t use an oily product in the shower. It make the floor dangerously slippery.” Don’t bother with oily products if you want to avoid potential accidents, because slipping in the shower can lead to disastrous consequences.

So keep your hair and skin in tip-top condition, and stay safe in the shower with this expert advice!


September 28, 2016

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What’s the best shower frequency?

In many parts of the world, taking a shower every day tends to be the norm. However, from a strictly medical perspective, it is not necessary for most people to shower this frequently.

Personal hygiene does provide health benefits, and most people do need to shower regularly. In addition to its use for routine washing and grooming, water offers benefits relating to pain relief and treatment in the form of hydrotherapy.

Baths, steam showers, saunas, and other bathing methods can:

  • improve immune function
  • ease muscle aches and pains
  • reduce swelling
  • increase blood flow
  • improve concentration
  • lessen fatigue
  • make it easier to breathe

To a lesser extent, spending time in the shower can have these same effects. Showering cleans the skin and removes dead skin cells to help clear the pores and allow the skin cells to function. It washes away bacteria and other irritants that could cause rashes and other skin problems.

However, the main reason why people shower as much as they do is that it helps them meet social standards of cleanliness and personal appearance. Meeting these standards helps people feel at home in their working and social environments and their bodies.

Showering in different seasons

Shortening shower time to no more than 5–10 minutes reduces the likelihood of dry skin.

In most parts of the United States, winters are colder and dryer, while the summer is hotter and more humid.

These changing environmental conditions affect the ideal showering frequency.

In the winter, cold temperatures and indoor heating both contribute to dry skin. Many dermatologists recommend that individuals change their bathing routines during the winter to protect themselves from dry skin.

The following techniques may help people reduce the likelihood of dry skin:

  • Shortening shower time to no more than 5–10 minutes.
  • Closing the door to the bathroom to capture the steam and increase the humidity.
  • Replacing hot water and soap with warm water and gentle cleansers.
  • Using the smallest amount of cleanser possible to clean the skin.
  • Drying the skin gently after bathing.
  • Applying plenty of an oil-based moisturizing cream or ointment within 3 minutes of showering to trap moisture in the skin.

Showering at different ages

A person’s bathing needs change throughout their life.


The American Academy of Pediatrics say that the common practice of bathing babies daily is not really necessary. They suggest that the time to start regular full body washes is when infants are crawling around and beginning to eat food.


According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, although daily bathing is safe for children aged 6–11 years, they only need to take a shower every few days.

Once young people hit puberty, how often they need to shower will vary from person to person. Many people suggest that daily showering is necessary at this time.


Many teenagers are very physically active, and showers are a good idea after strenuous sports events or practices, including swimming, working out, and other physical activities.

Older adults

The previously simple act of taking a shower can sometimes become more challenging for older adults.

Older adults may not require a shower every day to maintain the level of cleanliness necessary to protect their skin, ward off infection, and meet general standards of grooming. Taking a shower once or twice a week can often be sufficient to meet these criteria, and people can use warm washcloths in between to stay feeling fresh.

Older adults who can no longer bathe themselves can still maintain their independence by getting help with their daily activities from caregivers.

Showers and work

People who work in unhygienic conditions need to shower at the end of each of their shifts.

The type of work that people do affects how often they need to shower.

People who work at desk jobs and spend most of their time indoors do not have the same bathing needs as those who work with dangerous substances, animals, or in any jobs that people consider to be unhygienic.

Occupations that people may think of as involving “dirty work” include:

  • butcher
  • janitor
  • exterminator
  • miner
  • garbage collector

People who work with corrosive materials, dangerous chemicals, disease agents, and radioactive materials need to shower at the end of each of their shifts.

Horticulturalists, arborists, amateur gardeners, and anyone who spends a significant amount of time outdoors around a variety of plants can reduce their risk of rashes and other skin injuries by showering as soon as they come indoors. Doing this will help limit their exposure to plant sap, pollens, and other potential allergens, thus reducing the risk of a reaction.

A Dutch study found that showers can reduce sick days at work, but only if they are cold showers. The researchers reported that individuals who ended their showers with at least a 30-second blast of cold water were absent 29 percent less of the time than people who did not do so.

Can you shower too much?

Showering removes bacteria from the skin, which means that it also washes off the bacteria that help the body protect itself from infection.

The soaps and shampoos that people use when showering can dry out the skin and hair, leading to cracked skin and split ends. How rapidly this happens, which affects how often a person should shower, depends on the individual’s skin type, which could be oily or dry, and the climate in which they live.

If people find that their skin feels tight after they step out of the shower, this is not a sign of being clean. Instead, it indicates that the skin is too dry.

In studies focused on hand washing, researchers found that nurses with skin damage on their hands due to frequent washing and wearing gloves harbored more infectious agents than other nurses. The researchers concluded that when the frequency of washing leads to skin damage, it is counterproductive.

Showering also has a significant effect on the environment. Soaps and shampoos, not to mention added ingredients such as microbeads in some skin care products, can make their way into groundwater, lakes, streams, and oceans. The simple act of showering depletes the vital resources of freshwater.


Although showering offers physical, mental, and emotional benefits, the daily shower that many people in the U.S. are in the habit of taking is probably more than most people need. Showering dries out the skin and hair, uses natural resources, and creates an additional source of water pollution.

Trying to determine how often to shower depends on finding the right balance between using natural resources respectfully and what makes a person feel good and clean and fits with their schedule.

The medical recommendation to meet basic physical and health needs is to shower once or twice a week. People working in certain types of job and those who do lots of exercise are likely to need to shower more often.

By Danielle Dresden
Last reviewed Tue 12 March 2019
Reviewed by J. Keith Fisher, M.D.

10 Fun Facts about Showering You Probably Didn’t Know

Taking a shower may be a quick and simple activity or it may be a spa-like indulgence. Most of us rely on showering in order to feel our cleanest and freshest, but many of us don’t know fun facts about showering.

If you want to learn some interesting, shower-related facts, be sure to read our list.

1) Showers are Fairly Lengthy – People in the USA shower for thirteen minutes on average. They would like to spend more time in the shower, just relaxing, but usually don’t, perhaps because of busy schedules or concerns about wasting water. While thirteen minutes is a fairly long time, it’s safe to say that most people step out of the shower a little sooner than they’d like to.

2) Morning Showers are Common – Of course, this fact may not be that surprising. The truth is that most people shower in the morning, probably because they need to get clean before they head out to work. Current statistics show that fifty-eight percent of people take their showers in the morning. Lots of people shower later in the day, too, but the bulk of showering happens earlier, rather than later. Showering is a great way to wake up and start the day fresh!

3) People Wash Their Hair A Lot– People wash their hair 5.7 times every week. This means that most people choose to shampoo every time that they have a shower. They might skip a day, on Sunday for example, but they definitely make shampooing a part of their shower experiences most of the time. This interest in hair care helps to fuel the billion-dollar health and beauty industry!

4) People Get Pensive in the Shower – Since the shower is such a great place to relax and unwind, it makes sense that a lot of people do their best daydreaming while they are under the gentle spray. In fact, sixty-seven percent of people use their shower time to reflect, dream and plan. Showering is definitely therapeutic and it’s a good way to ponder the past, present and future!

5) People Like to Croon While They Get Clean – If you enjoy singing, there’s a sixty-three percent chance that you do some crooning in the shower. Lots of people love to sing songs as they soap up, probably because they shower is a private place to emote and to go for those hard-to-reach high notes! Singing is also a form of therapy, so never be ashamed of singing in the shower. It’s a great way to express yourself and to de-stress!

6) Women May Worry in the Shower – Many women wear a lot of hats in life. This means that they nurture others, while also taking care of any array of career and home-related tasks. For this reason, women are sixteen percent more likely to ruminate over problems and things that they need to do while they get clean. If you’re a woman and you use your shower time to think about all that you need to do, or to ponder problems in relationships, it may be time to clear your mind instead! Daydreaming or singing may help you to manage stress more effectively and to use your downtime to better effect.

7) Showering Isn’t Always a Solo Activity – People who have partners tend to be quite open about sharing their shower time with their significant others. Statistics show that seventy-three percent of men and women have partners around while they shower, shower with their partners or otherwise share their shower spaces with other people.

8) People Step Out of the Shower to Dry Themselves – While some people may towel off while they’re in the shower, after they’ve turned off the water, most vastly prefer to get dry outside of the shower stall. It’s possible that people want more space while they’re drying off, or simply associate the shower stall area with being wet. Whether your bathroom in tiny or huge, you likely step out and grab a towel, like most other people do.

9) Men Don’t Clean Shower Stalls as Much – Women who share shower spaces with guys tend to have issues which relate to their partners or male family members failing to clean their showers after usage. In fact, forty-five percent of ladies find that men don’t pull their weight in terms of cleaning showers! If you’re a guy and you haven’t been doing your share of the cleaning, it may be time to take the pressure off of her by doing a little scrubbing, rinsing and polishing.

10) Most People Wish for Bigger Showers – In the age of HGTV, we see dream homes on a regular basis and these typically have huge and glamorous shower stalls. In real life, most people don’t have these luxurious and roomy shower spaces…but they wish that they did. Forty-eight percent of people who own their own homes wish that their shower stalls were larger. A home renovation will be the best way to enjoy the ultimate shower experience.

How to Enhance Your Shower Experience

Now that you know ten fun facts about showering, you’ll see how your own shower experience compares to that of other Americans.

If you want more from every shower, consider choosing a brand-new shower head with exciting and practical features. For example, some modern shower heads offer a true spa experience, by providing different settings, from massage spray to gentle “rainfall”. It’s possible to change your mood and enhance your well-being just by choosing the perfect setting.

Also, making your bathroom more beautiful and functional may help you to enjoy showers which are more decadent and pleasurable and less workmanlike.

Energy-efficient shower heads will also help you to enjoy long showers without wasting too much water. These days, a lot of manufacturers make shower heads which provide awesome shower experiences, while also maximizing energy efficiency. There are tons of styles to choose from at an array of price points.


Why You Should Design Your Next Bathroom with a Rain Shower

Some people like chocolate, others vanilla. Some prefer coffee, others tea. None are wrong. None are right. It’s the same way with shower heads. Designer bathrooms of all kinds have many different styles of shower heads. Some have small nozzles for a more pointed, powerful stream, while others have a rain shower nozzle to provide more of a voluminous, rain-like experience. No option is really “better” than the other. It’s really all about personal preference.

If your personal preference is more of a powerful, massage like spray, you may wish to steer away from the rain shower nozzle. But what if we told you – you could have both?

To take the rain-like experience even further, shower heads have recently began being engineered using airstream technology. This advanced technology draws in air which is then mixed with every droplet of water emerging from the shower head, resulting in an increased volume of water – even more closely mimicking the refreshing and invigorating feel of being in a rain shower. The more voluminous drops of water also allow for an especially efficient cleanse that is still gentle and exfoliating for your skin. So, you get the best of both worlds.

Additionally, it’s most likely a rain shower head would be installed with a hand-held version, so you can get a more direct blast of water instead of standing under the rain shower head, which is all encompassing.

With the increased water flow and the added options of both a rain shower head and handheld, you will have to take increased water flow consumption into consideration. Rain shower heads are larger and produce more water, which leads to an increased need for efficient drainage. To effectively drain the water, linear drains are increasingly being used, especially in new modern luxury residences.

This is because a linear drain not only adds a functional benefit to a bathroom, but also presents a superior level of elegance. These two super-functional items – of designer quality – are being paired in gorgeous bathrooms all over the world. And why not? It’s not often when something which works so well also looks so sweet.

Unless of course, you are talking about a chocolate sundae that satisfies a sweet tooth while looking like a work of art. (Or should that be vanilla?)


5 Times Taking A Bath Is Better Than Taking a Shower

We’re all for efficiency, but sometimes a good soak is just what your body ordered.

Here’s the truth: taking a bath is way less practical and efficient than taking a shower. It’s like taking a cross-country sleeper train when you could fly in a fraction of the time, not to mention that you’re basically floating in a mixture of your own dirt and whatever was at the bottom of the tub. Plus your fingers and toes are going to get prune-y. But sometimes the body demands a prescriptive dunk—to calm muscles, nerves, and even skin. And those are the times when filling the tub and taking it slow is absolutely necessary. Here’s your guide to knowing which of them require a good soak:

1. When Your Body Aches

For athletes and the generally achy, an Epsom-salt soak is like aspirin for the entire body. If your muscles or joints are sore, draw a hot bath and pour in some EPSOAK SPORT, or a similar Epsom mixture. The magnesium and sulfate blend reduces inflammation, speeds up the recovery time of sore muscles, and in turn helps minimize future injuries. Take one before bed, go to bed relaxed, and you may wake up the next morning feeling just as calm and pain-free.

2. When Your Skin is Parched

A hot, steamy shower can dry out your skin by stripping its natural, nourishing oils. This happens a lot in winter especially: Guys will counter the cold weather with a piping hot scrubdown, which yields dry, patchy skin. Don’t do that. Instead, take a bath with warm water and skin-soothing bath oils, like from Sisley Paris. The blend of essential oils seeps deep into your skin, hydrating the entire body.

3. When Your Mind is Racing

While bath bombs are also a skin savior, they’re just as good at calming the nerves. If you’re unfamiliar with aromatherapy, the idea is pretty simple: A smell can make you feel instantly better. It’s deeply personalized. So for some it might be lemongrass-scented candles and for others gasoline. But we’re going to endorse a petrol bath. But, imagine soaking your whole body in a pool of Lush’s lemongrass goodness, and then see if you aren’t a billion percent more soothed.

4. When Your Hair is Just Right

It is possible to shower without getting your hair wet. But there’s the splashing and the steam working against you. If it can get wrinkles out of your shirts, it can compromise a good hair day, too. Besides, if your hair is the perfect amount of oily—like a day before you really need to wash it, so that it falls in that perfectly disheveled way—then you may want to preserve the perfection and forego any rinsing. In that case, you should be taking a bath.

5. When Your Throat Needs Whiskey

Shower beers are great in theory. Most of the time you open the beer with the intent of a super chillaxed shower, then you wash, rinse, dry off, and realize you left the beer on the ledge the entire time. Now, it’s just lukewarm and slippery. If you really want to imbibe while you bathe, then do it while literally bathing. Draw a bubble bath, put some whiskey on the rocks, and soak in your own excellence.

By Adam Hurly

March 25, 2017