Sharing one family bathroom between four or more people means you will require a clever design that can cater for so many needs. While you might want an elegant or luxurious bathroom, you will probably also need somewhere to store toys, with a durable design that will withstand regular use and maybe even a little chaos.
But get your bathroom design just right and you will be able to create a space that the kids can enjoy, before transforming into a relaxing haven where you can chill out and find a little calm after the storm.
Storage is one of the most important considerations in a family bathroom. The last thing you want when you are about to relax and unwind is to come across a mass of toys on the floor. If you have the space, choose extra-wide vanity units. Not only will these amount to double the storage space, they will also look fantastic. Or, for smaller rooms, try a built-in cubbyhole. A peg rail or string shopping bags are also great decluttering options.
If you want to ensure that your bathroom is decorated with the whole family in mind, why not opt for a splash of colour? A printed blind and bright accessories will instantly transform a utilitarian bathroom into a child-friendly haven. Choose a theme the whole family will love, such a nautical colour scheme. A coastal design with plenty of storage options will bring a fun and frivolous element to any bathroom. For more seaside inspiration, check out our nautical bathroom ideas gallery.
Horizontal stripes painted on one wall create the illusion of width in this compact but organised bathroom. A navy-blue and white colour scheme with coastal-style accessories create a nautical mood.
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A colourful patchwork blind and co-ordinating accessories are ideal for younger members of the family and brighten up this small, all-white bathroom.
An extra shower room in an unused loft space will ease the morning queue for the bathroom. A built-in shower cubicle under the eaves maximises space efficiently, while a wall-hung basin leaves more floor space clear.
This painted wooden peg rail blends into the wall panelling and incorporates extra hanging space into a family bathroom. A colour-coded ribbon system is a great way to make a batch of all-white towels easy to identify for each family member.
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An unused alcove is an ideal area to turn into a cubbyhole for bathroom storage. Slimline glass or metal shelves are an ideal choice for subtle shelving for toiletries.
Walls and Floors
The kids' toys cluttered around the bath are the last thing you want to see when you settle down for a relaxing soak - a string shopping bag fixed to the wall makes a great storage solution for toys.
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Provide plenty of handy storage that children can reach, too. Baskets on open shelves
are brilliant for clearing away toiletries in a dash, and if you
allocate a basket per member of the family then the tidying up will be
Treat your bathroom like any other room and hang family photos on the wall so it feels as friendly and welcoming.
Rubber flooring is super-practical for a family bathroom as it's anti-slip and easy to clean. Plus it comes in so many jazzy colours, such as bubble gum pink, that will transform your bathroom into an enjoyable space for children.
Encourage kids to have a good scrub by giving them their own personal letter soaps. Decorating with letters is always fun, so spell out their name with the soaps and they can use them one by one.
Funky motifs, such as this fun and cheerful flamingo, will get kids into the shower quicker. Then continue the colour theme around the room for an even brighter feel.
Kids will love the softness of these hooded towels made from natural terry towelling - not to mention the funny faces. Hang them on low hooks so they can help themselves.
A bathroom stool with foot grips makes it easy for children to reach the basin. Add a splash of colour with bright-red units and accessories against stark-white walls.
Double basins are a great way of making a family bathroom space work harder. With two children brushing their teeth at the same time you'll have them ready for school and out of the door in half the time!
Choose a selection of brightly coloured towels in contrasting patterns and assign a different one to each family member. This way everyone will know which is theirs and you can instantly identify who has left their wet towel on the bathroom floor!
Keep your bathroom floor clutter free by hanging laundry bags from a towel rail. Assigning a small laundry bag to each family member is a good way of keeping everything in order if you don't have the floor space for a large basket.
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Make bath time more fun for little ones by getting a waterproof radio for the bathroom. Singing along to your favourite station might also make cleaning the bathroom afterwards seem less of a chore.
Create a fun effect with a statement wallpaper. Bold patterns make an impact in a small space and this frame pattern just begs to be coloured in. To prevent water damage place a clear glass splashback behind the sink and ensure you don't hang wallpaper near a shower.
Graham and Brown
An oversized glass jar is a fun way to store essentials. If you have a large family you will be used to buying products in bulk but even cheap everyday products can be transformed when displayed in quantity. So why not elevate the ordinary with a pretty display of soaps, cotton wool or even toilet rolls.
Large glass jars
The White Company
Don't be scared to display paintings in a bathroom. As long as they are correctly framed and kept away from direct contact with water or steam they should be fine (although it's obviously not a good idea to hang a priceless original in a bathroom). So why not frame and group sketches and drawings by family members to create a cheerful display.
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Bright colours and subtle vintage inspiration combine style and function in this fresh, bright bathroom.
Graham & Green
This bathroom uses hits of green on walls, window treatment and bath as a
counterpoint to white paintwork and sanitaryware, producing a carefully
balanced and cohesive look in a large space.
An illustrative shower curtain will add interest to a simple scheme.
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Towel rails arranged at even intervals on the back of a bathroom door make for efficient storage.
A large wallpaper panel design can be used alone as a focal point or joined together around the room to create overall impact.
Cole & Son
Mix and match different bathroom tile designs for a signature look.
Favourite fabric can be used as a shower curtain - just add a plastic liner.
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