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Stay Neat and Tidy with Stylish Bathroom Cabinets

All those lotions and potions can take up a lot of space - here's how to keep them neatly stowed away

Andreia Shelley

Andreia Shelley

interiors writer, theROOMedit.com

Pick pink

Use colour to tailor your bathroom cabinet to your scheme. This storage unit has been painted pale pink to add interest to a neutral space. Any pastel shade would work well in a country-style bathroom, but bold colours are probably best avoided with this style of furniture. As the cabinet is a traditional shape, it's worth thinking about taps that will match - a wall-mounted brass design is a classy choice.

Warm up with wood

Take full advantage ofwasted space under the basin with a floor-standing cabinet in a gorgeous wood finish. If possible, choose a unit that runs along the entire length of a wall so that your cabinet leaves no space unused. Include different storage systems within one unit for a flexible approach - a mix of counter space, drawers, shelving and baskets will keep bits and bobs perfectly organised.

 
White Marble Bathroom with Dramatic Dark Florals
Photo credit: Simon Bevan for Livingetc

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Go your own way

Choose a striking piece of furniture that's sure to make an impression. Strictly speaking, this side table is not a bathroom cabinet, but doesn't it look amazing? Fun, bright and just downright loud, it would look great as the standout piece in an all-white bathroom. You don't need to have the floral wallpaper to make it work, though if you're feeling bold, give it a whirl.

 
Country Blue Bathroom with Bespoke Vanity Unit
Photo credit: Colin Poole for Ideal Home

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Pick up a paint brush

Clad your walls and bathroom cabinet with tongue-and-groove panelling, then paint them in exactly the same shade to create a cohesive feel. Aim to line up the panels as far as possible and keep everything else neutral so that the look isn't overwhelming. The low slanted white ceiling helps to create a good balance of blue and white - ideally, aim for about half and half for the perfect mix.

 
Traditional bathroom with botanical wallpaper
Photo credit: Robert Sanderson for 25 Beautiful Homes

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Upcycle an old favourite

Give a tired piece of furniture a new purpose simply by moving it into the bathroom. If you have a bedside table or cabinet that you're thinking of throwing out, stop! It could be useful in your bathroom and would be a far more affordable way to include storage than a built-in unit. A natural varnished finish will look great in a traditional space, while a coat of paint would make classic styles more suitable for a modern scheme.

 
White Bathroom with Rainbow Coloured Tiles
Photo credit: Lizzie Orme for Style at Home

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Hide away

Plan ahead to make the most of every nook and cranny. False walls are the key in this bathroom. The cistern and unsightly pipework have been boxed in behind the loo with the space above it being used for a handy storage cabinet. One side has a door, the other glass shelves. A similar false wall has also been created behind the bath to include recessed shelves - a stylish, yet practical, feature that includes coloured accent tiles. 

 
Spa-style Modern Neutral Bathroom
Photo credit: David Giles for Ideal Home

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Hang up

Choose a sleek wall-hung unit - the fact that it doesn't hit the floor will make the room seem larger. Choose one with an enormous drawer so there's plenty of space to hide away any eyesores or practical bits and pieces. Go for a neutral colour to create a tranquil scheme that's the ultimate in versatility.

 
Grey and Teal Modern Bathroom
Photo credit: Colin Poole for Style at Home

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Overcome size restrictions

Make room for plenty of storage, even in a compact bathroom. Despite its small size, this room has no shortage of storage space and it's another example of boxed-in pipework - this time with a handy shelf above the loo. The gap above the shelf is perfect for hanging a mirrored cabinet so that it's not jutting outinto the room. There's also a small basin unit and further shelving on top of more boxed-in pipework to the right.

 
Country Bathroom with Blue Painted Washstand
Photo credit: David Brittain for Country Homes & Interiors

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Open up

Go for something a bit different withan open washstand that closely resembles furniture you would find in other rooms of the house. There's plenty of scope for storage on the shelf - baskets and boxes will help to keep your things in order - while favourite trinkets can be proudly displayed next to the stunning mounted basin and tap.

 
Modern Bathroom with White Metro Tiles
Photo credit: Lisa Cohen for Livingetc

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Create the perfect fit

Triumph over an awkward-shaped ceiling with a well thought out wall of storage. From the mirror cabinets that reach up to the highest possible point and spread all along the wall, to the chest-of-drawers-style unit below, there's no lack of places to put things. There's even enough room to start moving things out of the wardrobe! Handleless drawers will help you achieve a completely streamlined look.