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Cloakroom with cream and black patterned wallpaper

These design ideas will make the most of your cloakroom

A cloakroom is the perfect place to experiment with a new style you might not try in bigger rooms. A great area to express your individuality and creativity, a cloakroom can be a nod to your fun side, without changing the overall style of your house.

However, balancing bold design and function can be tricky in such a little space, but our experts are here to help you find the ideal style for your cloakroom, whether that's big, bright colour or one statement feature to complement a clean and modern home.

If you are working with a small, possibly awkward cloakroom, clever storage ideas and space-saving fittings are essential. Fold away cabinets and chests or towel rails under basins are just two ideas that could save you valuable inches in a tiny cloakroom.

Use your cloakroom to express your individual style: Fun, bold wallpaper, a wall mural or a printed blind will add flair and creativity to your room. Add contemporary touches, such as statement fittings in bold chrome, or exposed brick walls for an edgy, industrial feel.

And just because your cloakroom is small, that doesn't mean you can't go big on design. Choose opulent metallic wallpaper, dark pine furniture or make a real statement with a unique feature, such a blackboard walls, which the kids will love.

Of course, a cloakroom will look beautiful with a classic design too. Choose bright and light white or cream hues to open out the room and add just a splash of bright colour to stop it from looking too stark.

Pretty wallpaper cloakroom

The cloakroom is a good room in which to have a little fun design-wise - and this striking wallpaper certainly makes an impact.

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