Though we may have dreams of a spacious bathroom with a double walk-in shower, Jack and Jill basin and freestanding bathtub – the reality is, that, for most of us in the UK, we have very little room to work with.

That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t create an impact in a perfectly petite bathroom space, en-suite shower room or cloakroom – it just means getting a little creative.

There are a multitude of smaller fixtures and fittings on the market today that will help maximise your bathroom’s footprint. Choosing a vanity unit with drawers or a built-in cupboard is a great way to save on space and create extra storage. Space-saving options include our range of compact, floor-mounted vanity units. With some at only 40cm wide, these handy units come complete with white ceramic basin and storage cupboards in a range of finishes that will look great in both classic and contemporary style settings

Another great trick is to choose fittings (such as basins and toilets). This clever trick shows off more floor space and thus gives the illusion of a bigger room.

If storage is an issue in your en-suite, then a compact furniture unit could be the ideal investment. A great option for smaller style bathrooms and en-suites, our range of storage units and furniture offers ample storage for all your bathroom essentials, which makes them ultimate space saving solution.

If you are trying to squeeze a shower into a small space, it’s worth considering a quadrant or pentagon enclosure to save on valuable floor space. Choosing space-saving doors will also make an impact. Sliding and bi-folding doors are also great options, as they won’t encroach on valuable bathroom space.

If a shower unit feels too imposing in your teeny en-suite, why not opt for an open feel with a walk-in shower? This comprises a simple glass panel teamed with a low profile or recessed shower tray (or wet room finish, should you prefer), which creates a seamless transition between the floor and shower area.

Another great way to save on space is with the addition of underfloor heating. This heating option not only heats more efficiently but eliminates the need for a bulky radiator, meaning all that’s needed is a slimline wall-mounted towel warmer.

When it comes to colours, white is always a great choice for small spaces – especially when it comes to baths, basins, floors or walls. That said, there’s no need to go all white as there are plenty of lighter shades (think warm neutrals, greys and taupe) on the market that will allow you to inject some personality while continuing to keep the space as light and airy as possible.

Another simple way to create the illusion of space is to play around with light. Carefully installed light fittings (in the ceiling and around mirrors) will create a light, bright, look, while the addition of mirrors and metallic mosaics will also help bounce light around to open up the room.

If light colours aren’t to your taste, then fret not. Opting for dark colours can be equally as successful. Darker hues can be used to accent the size of a room and create a cocoon-like cosy space.

To find out more about maximising the space in your small en-suite, bathroom or cloakroom, stop by your nearest Tile&BathCo showroom where one of our design experts will be able to help you find the best fit for your own unique home project.