How To Translate Big Design Inspiration To Your Small Space

You’re browsing Pinterest in search of inspiration for your next room project, only to fall in love with every idea that is out of budget and far grander than your modest home.

Haven’t we all been there?

So how can we translate this unattainable decor to our ordinary spaces?

When our tiny downstairs toilet room needed attention, I was determined to create a luxury boutique look in our 1m x 2m area – like I said it’s tiny.

Here are some inspiration images…

victorian bathroom
Design by Heather O’Donovan via houzz
Elledecor bathroom
Image by Elle Decor

I loved the elegance and luxuriousness of these designs but obviously, it is impossible to replicate either of these in my humble space. But rather than dismiss the idea why not break down what it is you love about them and adapt it to your own scale and situation? I think that it’s in this creative process that your own unique style is discovered.

So what are the key elements?

Patterned Wallpaper

I love the luxurious look of patterned wallpaper in a bathroom {as there’s no shower or bath here, heat and moisture isn’t a problem}.


Ornate Mirror

I already had a damask framed mirror waiting to find its home, so this would fit perfectly.

marble floor


The polished white look of marble really resonates with me, so timeless and classic. I sourced marble effect floor tiles online at a competitive price and budget friendly metro tiles for the walls. Teaming metro tiles with marble makes them less industrial and more serene achieving that bright and airy look at a lower cost.

powder room 2

Statement Lighting

Whilst a large chandelier was out of the equation, statement lighting wasn’t. This mercury glass shade brings a touch of glamour and sparkles when it’s on at night. A large statement in a small space equals big impact!


These elements paired with a few simple accessories and there you go – what do you think?

toilet room to hallway

We also decided to continue the same marble floor tiles and wallpaper into our hallway so one area flows through to the next giving the illusion of a bigger and brighter space.

I’ve tagged sources below. Have you ever created a design this way? I’d love to hear about it 🙂

Rebecca x


Pendant Light – Next

Mirror – Dunelm

Wallpaper – Laura Ashley (currently on sale)

Marble Floor Tiles – Total Tiles

Metro Wall Tiles – Total Tiles


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