The term ‘accessible bathroom’ may conjure up a dull and off-putting image of clunky bathroom aids and a clinical appeal. Luckily, that is no longer the case. Thanks to modern design, accessible bathrooms can be just as trendy as any other bathroom and be perfectly safe and easy for everyone to use.

At Mobility Plus, we don’t believe you need to sacrifice style in order to achieve a bathroom that is practical and suits your mobility needs. That’s why we’ve researched the best examples of accessible bathroom design ideas from the Internet to inspire you and help you make your space an attractive haven.

Bathroom plants and a touch of greenery

When it comes to bathroom design, we’re seeing a lot to do with plants at the moment. In fact, placing household plants in the bathroom is on track to become one of the biggest design trends of the next decade. Plants provide many mental health benefits as well as a connection to nature, helping us to feel calmer, more centred and happier.


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Of all the trends on this list, this is possibly the easiest to implement. If you’ve got a window sill, this is the perfect place to add a little potted succulent (or two) while larger leafier plants can dress up bare corners. Have a look at our selection of best plants for small bathrooms for inspiration.

Adding a statement piece such as a photograph like our_home_in_kingstone did is can also elevate the space even further.

Built-in storage

Space-saving options are yet another trend sweeping accessible bathroom design in recent years. There are plenty of smart storage ideas out there to optimise the room you do have without compromising on style.

Storage built into walls, as seen on the right-hand side of this wet room by wheely_love_living, can be particularly helpful when designing a disabled bathroom. Not only does this declutter the room, but it also eliminates the need for wall mounted cupboards and shelving units that limit movement


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Minimalistic tiles

A key disabled bathroom design trend at the moment is minimalism: clean and uncluttered spaces with flourishes of character that create a calm oasis to help you to unwind. You can achieve this look easily by selecting some chic minimalistic tiles like Maegan from Blue Copper Design did that will instantly update your bathroom’s look and feel. There are plenty of options to explore, from classic monochrome to vintage-inspired patterns.


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Have a look at our selection of minimalistic tiling trends for some ideas. Meanwhile, by choosing non-slip floor tiles or flooring, you’ll be adding an essential safety feature to prevent bathroom falls.

If you’re looking at tiling alternatives, you can also look at tile effects wallboards.

Ideal for an accessible bathroom, wall boards are 100% waterproof and do not need grout, which makes them hygienic and easy to keep clean for years to come. They also come in a range of modern designs”, says one of our bathroom installation experts at Mobility-Plus.

Floating and wall-hung sinks

Bathroom sinks mounted to the wall are perfect for everybody to use and are particularly great for those who need wheelchair access. Design-wise, they’re a smart choice to go with if you want to achieve that minimalist look with something that’s both practical and elegant to look at.

Going with a floating sink means you can fix the unit at any height to suit your needs.

We also recommend wall-hung toilets in many bathrooms. This not only gives the option to install them at different heights but also allows the floor to be easily cleaned underneath the toilet, often a difficult area to access”, says our expert at Mobility-Plus.


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Handheld shower heads

A great way of adding a touch of luxury to any bathroom is with a handheld shower. This elegant fixture is not only practical and accessible but can also serve as a focal point as part of an otherwise minimal design. Choose yours in a metallic finish like copper or gold, or opt for a more striking monochromatic appeal with an all-black unit. This is the perfect kind of feature to match with the minimalist tiles we touched on earlier.

A handheld shower can also be useful where carer access is required or may be required in the future to assist with safe bathing”, explains Mobility-Plus expert.


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Upcycled and repurposed items

Designing on a dime? One of the best ways to complete an accessible bathroom project on a budget is through upcycling and repurposing. As a trend, upcycling has been around for a while now, but now it’s extending to bathrooms now.

Repurposed items like wood and retro sinks feature heavily while designers embrace mixing luxury fixtures with more warm and natural items. Just look at how wheelieliving has repurposed a piece of wood in this design to support their custom-made sink.


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Walk-in-showers and the wet room aesthetic

More than just an accessibility requirement, the wet room is quickly becoming the sought after look for new bathrooms. In fact, wet rooms are becoming the ultimate symbol of a luxury bathroom. Not only are they perfect for all ages, but they also help to maximise limited space while giving your bathroom a contemporary minimalistic vibe.

Wet rooms can offer the safest access of any accessible  bathroom. With level access flooring throughout, there are no lips or steps to trip over”, explains our expert.

There are so many options when it comes to creating a wet room effect in your bathroom, from walk-in-showers with benches to the full wet room look. This design by accessibleplease shows how you can integrate a bench with an open wall-mounted shower.


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Hanging lights

Yet another style that’s made its mark on the home interior circuit and is now making its way into our bathrooms. Hanging lights are something you might be used to seeing more of in kitchens. Set up a couple in your bathroom, though, and we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. When matched with other fixtures, they can really pull an entire design together like shown in this example from The Handmade Home. In addition to this, they increase brightness and visibility above areas like the sink.


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With so many different interior design options available, there are plenty of opportunities to inject your personal style and contemporary design into your new accessible bathroom while making it accessible and safe for everyone.

Find out more about our walk-in showers & wet rooms, as well as our walk-in baths for disabled and elderly and what we can do to introduce accessibility features into your bathroom without compromising on style.

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