Want to give the smallest room in the house a makeover? Check out our powder room edit.

If you’re making plans for a home spring makeover, don’t overlook the smallest of rooms in the house: the cloakroom, the W.C, the powder room, the downstairs loo. Whatever you call it, it’s often the one place that homeowners can really let loose, lose their interior inhibitions and show off their design flare. We’re not talking embarrassing school photos and dusty old trophies; rather, we mean those design details and finishing touches that will really elevate your bijou space into a fancy hotel-worthy powder room. Soon we will be able to invite guests into our homes once more, so make sure yours is ready to show off with some of these statement buys.


Hema is great for inexpensive bathroom linens. Pick your colour from a rainbow of hues and textures and roll a basket of individual hand towels for a luxurious – and hygienic – spa feel. We love this terracotta bundle (£10). Buy it here.

Zara Home

Zara Home carries a great mix of styles that are a delight to shop when you’re considering accessorising your bathroom sink. There’s everything from brasserie-style ribbed glass tumblers and storage jars to warm woods and sleek monochrome resin. We love this luxe-looking marble-effect set for a calming neutral that’s the perfect foil for busy wallpapers or tiles. We think it looks much more expensive than its high-street price tag (£19.99 – £25.99). Shop it here.

Petri Prints

Specialising in original and reprinted antique artworks, Petri Prints’ framing is a work of art in itself. It sources vintage book plates, adverts and prints specialising in food and science, plus there’s a curiously charming edit of anatomical drawings, botanical studies and retro ads. Perfect for adding character and colour to your bathroom. We have a particular soft spot for this sunny, mood-lifting sweetcorn (£100), which you can shop here.

Barneby Gates Wallpaper

Whether you’re bold enough for statement palms, or you lust after whimsical botanicals there is a paper for you at Barneby Gates. Based in Wiltshire, the independent wallpaper brand has a contemporary, yet quintessentially English feel. It also has a knack for taking heritage motifs and giving them a 21st-century makeover for ‘talking point’ wallpapers your guests will love. We’ve got our eyes on the Fresco Birds motif (£93 per roll), which you can purchase here.


The sumptuous curves of this mango wood mirror (£79) from Made.com will add movement and drama to a small angular space. Bathroom cabinet storage isn’t necessarily a must in a downstairs bathroom, so take advantage and go for style over practicality, just this once. Buy it here.


Hand-blended in the most idyllic Suffolk setting, Join’s reed diffusers come in a range of 10 scents, all crafted using 100 per cent natural and essential oils and botanical ingredients to beautifully scent a room for at least nine months. For a bathroom we love High Tide (£27), a zesty mix of mandarin and lemon verbena. Shop it here.

100 Acres

This heavenly scented hand wash from 100 Acres (£16) will have your guests hooked from their first visit; it has garnered more cooing delight than any other we’ve tried. Taking deep breaths of the aromatic lemon myrtle and grapefruit as you rinse makes an essential everyday ablution all the more pleasurable. Shop it here.


These Post-Poo Drops (£20) are pretty self-explanatory and the perfect, discreet yet stylish option for a communal bathroom. Buy them here.


Depending on which side of the hygiene stakes you stand, this Magazine And Toilet Paper Holder (£78) is either genius or a shuddering no-no. If you are the type to offer reading material in your cloakroom, it could be a great space-saving storage solution.

By Lydia Mansi
April 2021

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Lydia Mansi

Lifestyle Editor

Lydia is an all-round lifestyle guru, tireless champion of women in business and our resident expert on beauty.