Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

28 Bathroom Decorating Ideas on a Budget – Chic and Affordable Bathroom Decor

Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

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Get an Indoor Tree

Add a tree in the corner for a low-lift up0date that has a ton of transformative power. As seen in this bathroom designed by 2LG Studio, the palm leaf tree truly brings it to life.

BUY NOW Costa Farms Majesty Palm Grower Pot, $33

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Paint Everything One Color

Picking one color and sticking to it will make things a lot a easier, and this tonal look is both on-trend and visually interesting (even—no, especially—if you go for something as simple as white). In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford Interiors, even the faucet is painted white.


Rust-Oleum Ultra Matte White Paint, $17

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Choose a Colorful Rug

One of the only ways to bring warmth into a bathroom with affordable decor is an area rug. It's also a fun way to add color, print, and texture. The fringe and pops of neon featured in this mostly-marble bathroom by Regan Baker Design is the perfect case study. A bath mat will do, too.

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Swap In Eye-Catching Hardware

Always remember that extra storage is your friend in a bathroom, where you'll want to tuck away unsightly essential. Eye-catching hardware, the rose gold handle pulls in this space by Hecker Guthrie, make the cabinets look a lot more expensive. And instead of installing custom marble countertops, you can just shop for an affordable marble tray to stack your items on.

BUY NOW Burke Decor Pink Marble Tray, $61

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Splurge on Soap

When you can't afford to renovate the bathroom, focus on minor additions that can make it feel a touch more elevated. Spending thousands on installing a new marble sink for example, may be the question, but a fancy soap for guests can do more good than you'd think, and it's a fraction of the cost. Aesop is always a good call, as seen in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke.

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Use Fake Plants

This bathroom designed by Hecker Guthrie proves that you don't need a huge space to make an impact, especially when plants are involved.

Love plants but can't keep them alive or don't think the ones that eventually die are worth the money? There are actually some pretty great artificial plants and leaves that don't look totally fake, whether you display them together in a vase or bolster a bouquet of flowers with them.

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Add Something Metallic

Adding a dash of metallic can make the bathroom feel a little fancier and more polished. Even something as nondescript as a catch-all or soap dish will do the trick, but we're partial that round stool in Leanne Ford's bathroom.

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Display a Robe

Even something as simple as hanging a robe can make all the difference. As seen in this Arent & Pyke designed bathroom, it makes the space feel more lived in. The small Art Deco area rug also plays up the blue tones throughout while introducing pattern and a pop of coral.

BUY NOW Madewell Tipped Robe, $45

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Hang a Pendant Light

Leanne Ford is the master of reclaiming old items and making them feel brand new again, the shelf, mirror, antique knick knacks in this bathroom. The schoolhouse-style sink fits in with the retro look while the fresh white paint and oversized dome pendant polish things off.

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Only Wallpaper Half

Not only is it a good idea to keep wallpaper splashing range, but it can also cut your cost in half if you only buy enough for half the square footage. The white tiles in this bathroom designed by Arent & Pyke keep things feeling fresh while the wallpaper adds a little more personality.

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Warm Things Up

Design firm Alexander DB softens up the large factory-style windows and gritty concrete floors in this industrial space with a plush area rug and striped hand towels. Though they're decidedly more bohemian, they fit in with the modern black tub and warehouse vibes because they stay within that monochrome palette.

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DIY Wallpaper

Give your walls some oomph and treat it a canvas for your a collage project. Think vintage ads and magazine articles and a few records for some contrast. In this bathroom designed by Leanne Ford, the vintage magazine scraps play up the retro feel of the tiles.

BUY NOWVintage Life Magazine, $8

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Lean a Ladder

Introduce extra storage space for your towels in style by leaning a wooden ladder against the wall. It brings in more dimension than a traditional wall shelf and looks more unique.

BUY NOWLazy Susan Whitewash Wood Ladder, $58

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Craft a Narrative

The beauty of this bathroom sink area is that everything looks it has a history, even the soap dish.

While the oval hanging mirror and sink feel grounded and rustic, the sconces and gold faucet introduce a nice formal flair.

You'd never guess these old fixtures came from the house of an old friend of the designer, Leanne Ford. “It's a perfect example of how things can look so different depending on where they live,” she says.

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Camouflage Toilet Paper

In this bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts, our eye is immediately drawn to the pretty linen towels, marble hooks, hexagonal floor tiles, and whimsical floral wallpaper as opposed to the toilet paper. For a similar effect, make your toilet paper blend in or look cooler than it is with a wall-mounted holder.

BUY NOW Ferm Living Black Toilet Paper Holder, $35

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Opt for an Etagere

Another great way to introduce a ton of storage without having to drill into your walls for custom cabinetry and shelving is by sliding in a etagere, as done in this bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts.

BUY NOWAntique Bamboo Shelf, $100

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Be Bold

You don't need a giant space to design a bathroom that stands out. Take notes from this one by Regan Bake Design. An accent wall with a classic toile pattern, a timeless mirror about a small sink, an artful hand towel, and a geometric light make this powder room feel complete.

BUY NOW Project 62 Round Mirror, $60

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Install a Shelf

If your bathroom is tiny, clear clutter and add more surface space by installing a shelf above the toilet or right under the mirror and above the sink, as done in this space designed by Leanne Ford.

BUY NOW Anthropologie Effa Shelf, $88

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Add a Fun Shower Curtain

A fun shower curtain with geometric shapes will spruce up a bathroom or play up existing tiles, as seen in this space designed by Studio DB.

BUY NOW CB2 Triangle Shower Curtain, $50

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Pay Attention to Details

Don't overlook the details, a a toothbrush holder, soap dispenser, and other catch-alls for thing Q-tips, cotton pads, and more. Transferring those drugstore items from their original packaging makes the whole room look so much more put-together and beautiful. Even a toilet brush can be pretty!

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Add a Wall Sconce

The turquoise tiles in this small bathroom designed by Elizabeth Roberts are balanced by a more natural rattan-framed mirror, while modern scones bring the look into the 21st century. See how the color makes those other items pop even more?

BUY NOW Project 62 x Leanne Ford Metal Sconce, $30

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Swap a Mirror for Wall Art

It's all in the details—by giving accents an ofeat twist, you'll make a big impact.

For example, instead of hanging a mirror above the sink, consider displaying artwork instead (Pro tip: shopping for your artwork on eBay and Etsy or scouring flea markets is a lot more affordable).

Then put your hand soap and lotion on a small elevated shelf above the sink and hang a single slim pendant light instead of flanking a sink area with sconces for a typical symmetrical vignette.

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Spend on Towels

Hanging a few fancy and colorful hand towels can brighten things up immensely and also elevate a space that feels rundown or outdated. These butterfly-print Missoni hand towels in a little girl's bathroom designed by Studio DB are the perfect example.

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Add a Magazine Holder

A magazine rack and custom linen curtains are both beautiful finishing touches. And the contrast between the hyper realist, gritty photograph against the classic black and white striped wallpaper and glitzy chandelier create a nice juxtaposition in this Leanne Ford-designed space.

BUY NOW EQ3 Perch Magazine Rack, $60

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Repaint Old Furniture

Want a pop of a color in the bathroom? Transform a flea market find or dated family heirloom by sanding it and then repainting it a fun color. Bonus points if it's a dresser, armoire, or something else that provides extra storage. We love the chalky look of this painted armoire in the 2LG-designed bathroom.

BUY NOW Rust-Oleum Chalked Blue Matte Spray Paint, $7

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A Waste Basket

A tasteful wastebasket and matching tissue box cover will tighten up your bathroom nicely. We also love the removable wallpaper from Chasing Paper in this bathroom by Regan Baker Design. It's temporary, affordable, and delightfully whimsical.

BUY NOW Crate & Barrel Sedona Waste Basket, $25

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Put Out a Luxury Room Fragrance

A high-end room fragrance will instantly elevate the overall feel of a powder room. In this bathroom designed by Catherine Kwong, she chose Byredo's classic yet intriguing scent, Gypsy Water. If you don't want to splurge on one of their home fragrances, opt for a candle instead—they're a little easier on the wallet.

BUY NOW Byredo Cotton Poplin Candle, $85

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Paint the Floors

Instead of laying new tiles—which can be super expensive and time-consuming—consider using paint instead. Hand-painted details add a personal touch you can't get in many other ways. Get inspired by this graphic painted floor situation by Leanne Ford if you're not sure where to begin.

BUY NOW Glidden Black Interior Paint + Primer, $40


50 Bathroom Decorating Ideas – Pictures of Bathroom Decor and Designs

Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

Lisa Romerein

We spent a lot of time in the bathroom, so give your space the design upgrade it deserves with some easy decor fixes.

Fresh houseplants, bold rugs, and smart storage swaps will refresh a powder room in minutes, or invest in a total remodel for even bigger impact.

Add more zen to your evenings with a freestanding bathtub or make the morning routine that much easier by adding his-and-hers sinks. Laying down colorful tile, adding wallpaper, or replacing hardware can create the big visual change you're looking for.

When you're designing your bathroom, consider how to make the space function for you — whether you prefer to hide clutter in storage baskets or showcase favorite products and neatly folded linens on open shelves. Bright white walls will always look fresh and clean, but don't overlook adding vibrant tile, towels, or carpets for pops of color.

They'll warm up the room and turn it into a cozier retreat. Even painting the trim a saturated hue can create a more inviting vibe. Looking for additional bathroom design inspiration? Check out these organizing, shelving, and paint color ideas for updating your space.

Whether you're working with a teeny-tiny powder room or revamping the entire master bath, these decorating tips will make the most of your bathroom.

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Touch of Greenery

A lush plant, a colorful rug, and unexpected window treatments make the bathroom feel as decorative as the rest of the house. Try a small potted orchid or asparagus fern in a corner (either will thrive in humidity) or reach new heights with a fiddle leaf fig.


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Bathtub Shelf

A simple shelf across the tub provides a perch for fresh flowers and a scented candle — plus a glass of wine when it come time to unwind.


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Repurposed Hutch

While you'd typically find a china cabinet in the dining room, this one gets a new life in the bathroom as a storage hub for towels and supplies.


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Garden Stool

This do-it-all piece of furniture is perfect for holding overflow items from a small shower or as a movable place to perch while bathing kids.


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Warm Pink

Think pink for an inviting place to get ready each morning. “Perhaps one of my favorite warm paint colors is a hue that dances right between blush and nude,” says Decorist designer Erika Dale. “This color is perfect for a bedroom, dressing room, or bathroom. There is a reason every Hollywood starlet is lit with soft pink light… it is so flattering!”


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Cool Blue

Try the other side of the color wheel if you want a space more suited for unwinding, this powder blue cabinetry. “Cool colors bring to mind water and the sky and therefore a create a more calming, focused, relaxed, restful, soothing, and refreshing feeling,” Dale says.


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Doubled Up Curtains

Frame a basic shower stall with a set of matching curtains to turn it into an artful focal point. This cornflower blue pair adds extra color while keeping water off the floor.


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Glam Mirrors

Changing your looking glass also changes the room. If you have a plain mirror now, go for a little glam, or vice versa. Or just add a sleek smart countertop makeup mirror, Simple-human’s Sensor Mirror, to see yourself in your best light.


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Dramatic Lighting

Dining rooms shouldn't have a monopoly on chandeliers. Glam overhead lighting can set the mood in the bathroom, too.


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Fresh Paint

A simple coat in a fresh shade can make the bathroom feel new. Use your existing decor as a color guide, but if resale is important, stick with a crisp white Benjamin Moore’s Simply White. Always look for a mold- and mildew-resistant formula that stands up to humid conditions.


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Floral Wallpaper

Here's your chance to add bold blooms to your bathroom. Pick the peel-and-stick kind for a low-commitment makeover.


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Untraditional Tile

Instead of laying them in straight rows, mix up the orientation of your mosaic for a fresh take, this diagonal herringbone pattern on the wall.


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Polished Fixtures

Give your vanity personality by dressing up the sink with a new faucet. Stylish options include polished chrome or copper, brushed nickel or bronze, and even brass or matte black. If you don’t want to replace the counter or sink too, make sure to measure the existing holes and match them.


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Sparkling Marble

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Metallic Touches

Mixed metals – gold scones and silver cabinet pulls — balance each other out in this luxe bathroom.


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Bold Shower

Save an unexpected pattern — such this honeycomb- tessellation — for inside the shower. It's also a less-expensive way to feature a luxe design without splurging on the whole room.


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See-Through Storage

Put your favorite bath salts on display by transferring them into clear decorative bottles. It's instant decor and a reminder you should take a nice, relaxing soak.


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Wood Washstand

Create a one-of-a-kind sink (with the help of a contractor) by outfitting a vintage piece with a basin. Look for one with a bottom shelf or cabinet for extra storage space.


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Bold Ceiling

Dark paint up above adds an unexpected element to this wallpapered bathroom. Pick a more saturated version of what's already on your walls for a no-fail pairing.


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Soothing Lavender

Purple conjures up associations with luxury and royalty, so what better hue to upgrade your space with?


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Hanging Plants

Mini succulents look cute on the counter, but train pothos or ivy to grow trailing vines for a whole wall of green.


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Pops of Color

Let what's on your walls — whether it's patterned plates or a pretty print — dictate your color palette, this room's assortment of red, blue, and aqua.


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Updated Hardware

If you’re not ready to invest in a new vanity, swapping out drawer pulls can give your bathroom a brand-new look. Go for a modern, sleek feel with a bar pull, or add some personality with colorful ceramic knobs.


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Relaxing Eucalyptus

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Wall-Mounted Faucet

Moving hardware up onto the wall offers a sleeker look — and makes it easier to clean the back of your sink without knobs in the way.


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Navy Trim

Painting the molding, door, and vanity the same rich blue hue elevates this sleek master suite. (We're also loving the matching cushy chair for getting ready in style.)


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Spa Essentials

If you're lucky enough to own a freestanding tub, turn it into a little zen zone with a padded stool and silky-soft towels. Decanting bath salts into a clear jar will inspire you to pamper yourself that much more.


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Handy Bar Cart

Roll in a wheeled cart for instant storage space. Cute catchalls corral toiletries (and extra TP) on the shelves below, while apothecary jars have a new home up top.


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Painted Tub

The walls aren't the only place you can take a brush to. A cool blue on the underside of a clawfoot tub reinvigorates a spa- space.



25 Professional Small Bathroom Design Tips

Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

Small bathrooms can be tough to design. On the one hand, because they are compact, you save money on materials because you are using fewer materials.

On the other hand, small bathrooms are small, and no one s being cramped. That's why it helps to have professional advice.

Twelve home decorators, designers, architects, and remodel professionals convene to give you their best advice on how best to remodel a small bathroom.

Protruding items in any room create or add to a feeling of heaviness or complexity. “Avoid having anything that sticks out from the walls especially in very narrow bathrooms” advises Dawn Falcone of Dawn Falcone Lifestyles.

Dawn elaborates: “This means that maybe you forgo a towel bar and mount one on the back of the door. Go with built-in toilet paper holders and magazine racks. Even try to avoid decorative shelves. All of this takes away precious square footage.”

What could be more infinite than the sky? You can have the sky in your bathroom, but you don't need to install a skylight.

Designer Emma Levine advises: “If you have a small space with a tall ceiling, play that up by painting the ceiling a light blue with some small clouds to draw attention up.”

“To give the illusion of more space eliminate as much visual clutter as possible when selecting fixtures and materials: Clear shower enclosures with minimal hardware; swinging doors rather than bypass if possible.” This advice is from Faulkner House Interior Redesign, LLC.

“Storage must-haves: towels, toilet paper, daily supplies (teeth supplies, cleansers, makeup, etc.),” says storage and organizing expert Helene Segura, M.A. Ed., CPO.

“Wasted space: Pedestal sinks (beautiful, but not functional if you have limited space).

Consider: Behind the door hooks for towels and robes or over the door pouches for holding small supplies (hair, makeup) and medicine cabinets and/or shelving set inside the walls, in between the studs.”

Bathroom vanities are notorious space-wasters. “Choose smaller bathroom vanities. Many companies now make apartment size vanities. Or go with a simple pedestal sink or wall-mounted sink,” says Dawn Falcone.

Everyone wants a larger bathroom. If you can't make one, you can at least make the illusion of one.

Pegasus Lighting recommends: “You can use design tricks through lighting to visually enhance the space in a small bathroom. To make the room appear larger, try up-lighting the ceiling with wall sconces or cove lighting. It will create the impression of higher ceilings and more expansive space. For a narrow room, illuminating one wall with light will give the illusion of a more open area.”

Regimented, grid- tile makes your bathroom, or any room, feel smaller. “Place floor tiles on a diagonal,” says Dawn Falcone. “This will give the room the illusion of being larger. Larger tiles with thin grout lines will also give the appearance of more square footage.”

Conventional toilets are mounted on the floor. But when floor space is at a premium, “A great way to maximize a small bath's space is the use of wall hung cabinetry and toilets with oversized floor tile,” says Banner Plumbing Supply.

Banner goes on: “Today's product offering in both of these areas is much more expansive than in years past and there are styles to suit everyone's taste and decor. The wall hung toilet and cabinetry show more of the floor and give the illusion that the room is larger than it appears.”

“Another great space saver,” continues Banner Plumbing Supply, “is a fully mirrored recessed medicine cabinet.

Once installed the cabinet looks a stylish flat or beveled mirror but has hidden storage of 4 inches which is the depth of a standard wall.

These cabinets come in a variety of heights and widths to accommodate most applications and the best part about the cabinet is it's fully mirrored inside so you can easily see what product is behind the bottle of mouthwash!”

“Instead of towel racks,” recommends Emma Levine, “I've designed custom murals with hooks integrated into the picture, a tree painted on a wall with hooks installed over the branches. It's when you go camping and hang the towels on tree branches to dry.”

Oddly enough, large tiles help make a small bathroom feel larger. Says Bloom Designs: “Select larger floor tile to open up the space. Lesser grout lines give the illusion of a bigger space.”

“Open up the room with glass,” says Dawn Falcone. “If your bathroom only has a shower stall consider not only a glass door but partially taking out another wall & replacing it with glass. Even a small tub area will benefit from some clean, clear glass doors. If glass is not an option, then use clear shower curtains that will allow light in.”

“Keep it simple,” continues Dawn Falcone. “Busy wallpaper, too many paint colors, patterned fabrics and accessories will make the room feel cluttered and smaller. Two colors will work great in a small bath. One for wall color and another for accessories.”

“Longer medicine cabinets are available to take advantage of vertical space behind bathroom doors,” recommends Faulkner House Interior Redesign, LLC.

Faulkner House gives this advice about over-crowding your bathroom with too many details: “When selecting materials, be aware of the cumulative effect of patterns.

Veining and designs in tiles and flooring, decorative details on hardware and cabinetry can “crowd” a room. On the other hand, using only small-scale patterns can emphasize that the room is small.

Incorporating larger scaled moldings or architectural features sparingly can give the room more importance.”

“Adding art to the walls can also increase the sense of space,” recommends Faulkner House. They go on to say: “Landscapes, in particular, can give the walls dimension. Finally, lighting effects can highlight architectural features, illuminate “dead” corners and art and make the room more comfortable and functional.”

MEC Design Studio agrees: “Hang a beautiful painting. Just make sure it isn't valuable since water and humidity can damage art.”

“Incorporate cabinets and niches into wall cavities to create extra storage. The space will feel larger if you can carve into the walls as opposed to having shelves and cabinets project them,” says Workshopapd.

“Bring in texture, not color,” continues Workshopapd, “to add interest without it getting too busy. Add one unique element such as a cool mirror, a unique piece of art, a funky sink. One carefully chosen focused piece can transform it from small and boring to cute and chic.”

“Pay attention to the lighting,” says Idée Chic Designs. “Well lit space always looks larger, so if the budget allows smart redistribution of lights and placing them on the dimmer or preset mood control will create the desired ambiance.

Eliminate pendants that dangle at the head/eye level, they typically 'drop' the ceiling and make the room look even smaller.

Wall mount fixtures are usually the best decorative application for a small bathroom, just make sure no one will bump into them.”

In small bathrooms, a common theme is to try to make the ceiling look taller. Dawn Falcone says that one way to do this: “Tiling the walls all the way up to the ceiling will make the ceilings appear higher. Place a colored or decorative tile near the upper wall and ceiling line to draw your eye up.”

Wildly mismatched scale can look garish and even a bit surreal. From Idée Chic Designs: “The scale of other elements; depending on the precise size of the room installing too large or too small tile all over will look proportion to the room's parameters and thus accentuate its small size.

Accent small tiles work well, just make sure you pay attention to the main floor or wall tile size that is installed.

For modern/transitional places installing rectangular tile vertically will visually increase the height of the room; glass tile or similar size also creates a nice depth to the walls and when used in calmer shades extend the room's size.”

“Be sure your bathroom door swings out, not in,” recommends Pamela Bayer of Pamela Bayer Interiors. “Or, better yet, use pocket doors.​”

Concurs MEC Design Studio: “If there isn't much space, make sure the door doesn't open in front of the toilet. It's better to open towards a wall than the toilet if possible.”

“One recommendation I would offer is to take out the clunky sink cabinet and replace it with a floating countertop with a vessel sink,” says Brooke Coe of Huh? Designs.

“You can then incorporate either hanging or floating shelves below for storage (include baskets for those items you don't necessarily wish to display).

This takes the visual weight up and off the floor while still providing for ample storage in a small space – something much needed in every bathroom.”

While it “depends on the space,” says Emma Levine, “I've even designed powder rooms to tuck in under a stair. But, if you have a typical rectangle space, have the tub/shower area on the far wall. This allows you to make maximum use of the space. Try to have a window on this wall. Have the sink as you come in and the toilet between.”

“Many designers will suggest lighter, pastel paint colors or whites or grays for small bathrooms. Yes, these colors are easy to work with and will make the space feel light and airy. But, you can choose a deeper hue as long as you go with a semi-gloss finish. The sheen in the semi-gloss paint will reflect light and help the room look bigger.” This advice comes from Dawn Falcone.


15 Tiny Bathrooms That Will Inspire You to Downsize + Declutter

Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

Small space living is all the rage these days. And while it’s not a guarantee, most small spaces usually come with small bathrooms, too.

Surprisingly, designing a small bathroom is a lot harder than it seems. A small space limits your design decisions and can present a host of challenges. However, the good news is that it’s also often the perfect spot to experiment, go bold and take some chances in.

I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite real-life tiny bathrooms from Instagram, and all of them feature fab design ideas that you can steal for your own space.

While tile is often used on half of the wall in a bathroom, a small bath is the perfect spot to try taking it up to the ceiling. In this space, the penny tile draws your eyes up and helps to make the space much larger than it actually is.

Sometimes you simply don’t have room for a tub. For a box-shaped small bath, you might want to consider ditching the tub altogether and instead putting in a beautiful glass shower. The glass really helps to open this space up and makes it feel light and airy. If you have the space (and budget) you can even add a small bench in the shower.

Mirrors are also a great go-to trick for opening up a small space. You could try going all in and mirroring the entire space. Or for a slightly less glam approach, try mirroring the entire wall above your sink. Another great bonus is that the glass for mirrors typically costs much less than tile.

Even though space is at a premium in a tiny bathroom, bringing in a bit of life is still always a good idea.

A plant on a simple stool looks great, or if you truly don’t have one inch to spare, try putting a plant on the back of your toilet, in a windowsill or even hanging from the ceiling.

Just remember to choose a plant that will thrive in whatever type of environment you have in your space.

If you have the budget to add a custom element, building storage around your tub might be the perfect space-saving solution for your space. This surround provides a ton of additional storage and is completely invisible if you don’t know to look for it. You can store extra supplies, bath essentials or even cleaning supplies.

If you lack counter space in your tiny bathroom, try creating some hanging storage. This pot doubles as some additional storage for smaller items such as makeup or hair supplies. If you have enough space, you could even hang several pots in a small grouping.

Over-the-toilet storage is not known for being particularly chic. However, using a ladder is a stylish way to add some additional storage space for towels or magazines. A narrow, wood ladder would work well leaning against your wall, and you can easily remove the bottom few rungs so that it fits properly.

While typical bathroom shelves and a cart are a fine solution, you can also use other items, such as baskets, to warm up your space a bit. Baskets are a great solution to store laundry, extra rolls of paper towels, magazines or even extra bathroom supplies.

Another great way to add some personality to your space is to use a small rug instead of a standard bath mat. A flat-weave rug would work best for a bathroom. (You definitely don’t want anything shaggy as it will absorb too much water.) Don’t forget to choose a rug that feels good under your bare feet!

Small spaces are always a great place to start if you've been itching to experiment with wallpaper, and bathrooms are no exception. Wallpaper can help you add some color, texture or pattern to your tiny bathroom. And if you choose an economical wallpaper, it can often be less expensive than tile.

Choosing a vanity with storage is often a clever way to stretch your space as much as possible in a small bathroom. If you can find something with closed storage, you’ll have a spot to hide away items such as hair dryers, cleaning supplies or anything else you’d to keep view.

An easy way to spiff up a small bathroom that you don’t want to do any major renovations in is to add some artwork.

You can create a ton of visual interest by adding a gallery wall with your favorite pieces of artwork. If you need some inspiration about which pieces to include, try keeping a theme.

You could do a family photo theme, an ode to your favorite city or even use pieces of your favorite wallpaper.

When looking for storage solutions for an itsy-bitsy bathroom, try to find pieces that are a bit more narrow. Standard storage pieces are often not sized for a tiny bathroom, so it’s worth it to measure your space and try to find a solution that works with your specifications.

If you have an all white or mostly white bathroom, try adding some fun pops of color to your space, these bright yellow shelves. Other easy ways to add color include: artwork, colorful accessories or even some patterned towels. A bright shower curtain is always a great solution, too.

If bright colors are not your thing, you can also go dark and moody in a bathroom for a more dramatic look. This eclectic bath goes all in on the dark and moody vibe by painting the walls and doors black and pairing it with a darker wood trim. Colors really pop against the black backdrop, and the worldly touches and accessories really help the space stand out.


Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

Small bathrooms are both a blessing and a curse.

On the one hand, it can make it challenging to navigate and organize—but on the other, with just a few clever styling tricks, you can make the most of your tiny space and learn to live as minimalistic and efficient as possible.

Consider this: We all have too many beauty products and linens, but we tend to only address it if our storage space is lacking. If you think about it, a small bathroom is your opportunity to live your best, most organized life.

So how do you make the most of your tiny space? Whether you're looking to give your rental bathroom a quick makeover or you're planning a full-blown remodel, we have seven tricks that will transform the way you see your petite space.

With cleverly placed hardware, the right paint colors, and adequate storage, we promise you'll love your limited space more than if you had a sprawling bathroom complete with a soaking tub.

Get ready to see your space in a whole new light—this is how you decorate a small bathroom.

Hang Hooks in Dead Spaces

Do you have limited storage space? Use dead space the back of doors to hang hooks or towel bars. Having multiple places where to hang linens will limit your need for storage baskets, drawers, and shelves. Besides, there are few things more luxurious in life than to have a dedicated space to hang your plush bathrobes—it will even make you forget how small your bathroom is.

Rejuvenation Vernon Classic Double Coat Hook ($19)

PlayAround With Mirrors

If you're remodeling a small bathroom, consider using mirrors as a way to make your space feel larger. In this petite bathroom, interior designer Jessica Helgerson used a series of built-in mirrors facing each other to create an infinity effect. This cost-friendly solution can make your space feel a little jewel box.

Rejuvenation Frameless Rectangle Mirror ($249)

Go for a Moody Paint Color

We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Dark colors work wonders in small spaces, and that applies to bathrooms too. Try painting your walls a combination of moody blue hues or other dramatic jewel tones, and opt for dark slate tiles or marble mosaics instead of the traditional white subway tile.

Farrow & Ball Cook's Blue ($99)

Carve Out Recessed Shelving

If you're remodeling your bathroom or shower, consider adding recessed shelving for your bath products.

This small detail takes no space at all (it usually only carves out a few inches on the inside of your walls), and it makes a world of a difference when it comes time to use the shower.

No more shower caddies needed—just prop a few key products in your recessed shelves and your space will always look clean and organized.

Grown Alchemist Intensive Body Exfoliant With Activated Charcoal ($59)

Swap Sconces for Pendants

Wall-mounted sconces are all the rage in bathrooms right now, but they can take up a lot of useful space.

If your bathroom is on the petite side, consider hanging a pair of pendant lights on each side of your vanity instead. That way you'll free up wall space for hand towel holders or larger mirrors.

You can even opt to have a wall-to-wall mirrored medicine cabinet, which can conceal a ton of storage space.

Barn Light Electric Circle B Flat Cone Reflector Pendant ($98)

Extend Your Vanity Wall-to-Wall

It may be tempting to buy a ready-made vanity, but in some cases, building it in to meet your specific needs can make a huge difference to your storage space and the functionality of your bathroom. If you're cursed with an awkward nook, make the most of it by building your vanity wall-to-wall, and take full advantage of the extra drawers and counter space.

CB2 Pincher Glass Canister With Lid ($10)

Choose Wall-Mounted Faucets

In most cases, bathroom faucets are mounted on the vanity itself, but if you're looking to save counter space, consider mounting it on the wall instead. This will save a little counter space, but it will also save plenty of storage space within the vanity if the plumbing goes through the wall instead of through the drawers.

Elements of Design Concord Double Handle Wall Mount Sink Faucet ($180)

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