Fish scale tile is a hot bathroom trend and using it on a small shower accent wall is a great way to elevate your bathroom in a very subtle way. Bonus: Having less wall space to cover also means you’ll spend less on this crave-able tile. Finish off the shower with a sleek glass door to strut your shower’s new style.
Up the style ante and make your small bath look larger by installing a panorama of chic, colorful wall tile.
For a small space, Andy Cohen’s lamé bathroom packs quite the punch. The walls are lined with Flavor Paper’s Cherry Forever mylar wallpaper, the vanity is by Waterworks, and the vintage Milo Baughman mirror is from Chairish. An Andy Warhol portrait of Diane von Furstenburg on a framed silk scarf resides over the room.
This Connecticut weekend house with midcentury design boasts a quaint master bath with big style: The tub is by Sunrise Specialty and has fittings by Sigma, the armchair is antique, the ebonized Louis XVI commode is from Duane and the walls are painted in Benjamin Moore’s Gray Owl.
In Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei’s Manhattan apartment, a bathroom makes up for little storage space with an Empire cabinet lined with Cole & Son wallpaper. The sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the mirror is by Made Goods, the sconces are by Aerin and the wallpaper is by Sister Parish Design.
Etchings by James Brown fill this Greenwich Village penthouse’s small bathroom with character three times its size. The tile and sink are original, while the ceiling light is by the Federalist.
Your bathroom should feel simultaneously invigorating and relaxing. Designer Justina Blakeney’s jungalow bathroom is inspired by the baths she experienced on her travels to Turkey and Morocco. The blue color choice came from a family trip to Lake Tahoe.
Walk-in showers are far from your only option for high-style bathing. This bathroom features a subway-tiled tub married with a barely-there glass enclosure. The use of glass keeps the full expanse of the room visible for a spacious feel.
Sometimes bold color is all you need to make a big statement. Although this space is small, the bold salmon-pink walls give it fresh personality. A simple white vanity and sleek fixtures balance the vibrant color.
Floating shelves provide storage space for style-boosting accesories and bath necessities while making the room appear bigger.
Yes, you can make a tub work in a small bathroom! This otherwise cramped enclosure is the perfect spot for a small soaking tub. From bright, tribal pattern flooring to towel hooks that double as fun art, this is a great example of a small bathroom that gets everything right.
In fashion exec Trent Wisehart’s home in South Orange, New Jersey, the small bathroom is decked out in varying shades of gray. A 1920s Venetian mirror hangs above the sink and the tiles are by Waterworks.
For a dose of quirky decor, the tiny powder room of this Windsor Terrace home features shibori wallpaper by Amber Interiors for Studio Four NYC and a mirror by Rejuvenation.
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Small bathrooms may seem like a difficult design task to take on; however, these spaces may introduce a clever design challenge to add to your plate. Creating a functional and storage-friendly bathroom may be just what your home needs.
The small bathroom in Emmy Rossum’s renovated home features a custom vanity with fittings by Kallista, a medicine cabinet by Robern and a sconce by Circa Lighting. The walls, sink and floor are lined in Ann Sacks Marbles.
Lighten up a small space with white trim, white patterned wallpaper, white shower tile and a sweet, traditional vanity.
Small bathroom color palettes don’t have be limited to whites and grays. In a small space, you can use bright, bold colors and patterns that might be overwhelming in a larger room. This small bathroom from Dabito of Old Brand New is bursting with rich colors, quirky patterns and geometric shapes.
Adding long, uninterrupted horizontal planks to a small bathroom is also a great way to make it seem larger than it actually is. In this small bathroom, the shiplap walls maximize horizontal space and keep the room from feeling closed in.
The tub and sink fittings in the guest bath of designers Kevin Roberts and Timothy Haynes’s home are by Barber Wilsons & Co., and the paint-on-mirror artwork is by Rashid Johnson.
Mirrored walls are one of the easiest ways to create the illusion of more space. Ann Pyne, head of one of Americas oldest and most distinguished design firms, designed this petite bathroom for a Manhattan client using the age-old trick. A photograph by Luisa Lambri hangs above the bath.
Add elements of surprise in a small space with a buddha statue, hot pink towels, and out-of-this-world geometric tile
Quirky, colorful book cover wallpaper makes a major statement in this small bathroom. Simple decor, like thin brass wall sconces, a retro mirror and white marble vanity, balance the bold paperback pattern.
It’s a well-known design truth that mirrors can create the illusion of more space. The floor-to-ceiling mirror shown here is a perfect example of this tactic. The floating marble vanity and soft, clean color scheme further complete the posh, airy look of this bathroom.
A Duravit sink with Dornbracht fittings is located in the guest bath of designer Susan Hable Smith’s Athens, Georgia, home. The room is papered with old AAA maps. The wainscoting is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White.
Any kind of enclosure or barrier in a room can divide it up and make the space feel smaller. While that might be desirable in some spaces, it’s not what you want in a small bathroom. In this ultra-modern bathroom, the shower has no enclosure at all, which lends a roomier feel.
The lack of square footage is a good thing when it comes to purchasing new flooring. Even a pricey pick, like this black, gray and white marble hexagonal tile, won’t set your budget back too much.
Functionality is key for a small bathroom. Small rooms can easily lead to unwanted clutter, so make sure you’re adding only design elements that are functional. Don’t add knick-knacks or objects that don’t serve a purpose.
In a New York City home’s bathroom with limited countertop and cabinet storage, designer Katie Ridder used a medium-height antique shelf for books, towels and a plant.
Cynthia Rowley created a decidedly feminine master bath in the Greek Revival townhouse she shares with husband Bill Powers. Rowley designed the wall treatment, which is printed on billboard vinyl, and the painting is by Rob Pruitt. Touches of pink brighten up the small black-and-white room, and a Venetian-style mirror is the perfect complement to the classic pedestal sink.
The vanity is often the largest piece of furniture in a bathroom and therefore has a big effect on how spacious the room feels. In this small WC designed by Marian Parsons, a floating vanity takes up less physical space without compromising style.
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Store cotton balls and swabs in glass jars on floating shelves.Install a hamper under the sink.Minimize counter space by storing (rather than displaying) personal products.Add stackable baskets underneath cabinets and above washer/dryer units.
“Powder rooms are usually where I really go all out, break all the rules and use materials that might look ‘over the top’ in larger spaces,” says interior designer Melissa Miranda. In tiny powder rooms like this one, small, medium and large wallpaper patterns work well. In larger powder rooms and bathrooms, wall coverings featuring small patterns can look cluttered.
An alternative to painting is to add pops of color by showcasing colorful hand towels, bathroom tile, rugs or even robes to create your own ambiance and flair.
A small space, like this powder room, can be a fun place to try out bold colors or patterns. Here, green leafy wallpaper gives the space jungle fever and is imaginatively contrasted by the reds and yellows of the rug.
In an apartment on Paris’ Right Bank, a daughter’s bedroom features colorful cubby shelves that make organizing in the small space easy. The tub fittings are by Dornbracht, and the Corian sink is of a custom design.
The boathouse of a country home in Uruguay has a bathtub with views that look straight out to the lake. The bench is from Zimbabwe, and the room’s colors we custom-mixed by Claessens.
Stack floating shelves to add storage in a fashionable way.Colorful storage ladders showcase personality and are a great place to store containers.Sink skirts add flair and hide cleaning products.Wooden crates can be stacked, drilled into the wall or placed on the ground for accessible storage.
No matter how small your bath, gutting and replacing fixtures is an expensive undertaking. Save money by updating what you can yourself. For example, give a builder-basic vanity a trendy cottage-style update by stripping the paint or stain down to the natural wood, then adding a coat of whitewash.
While vertical stripes might make you look thinner, they can make your bathroom look bigger (and more dramatic!) Copy this nautical-inspired space from HGTV Dream Home 2018.
In John Robshaw’s Connecticut country house, the upstairs bath manages to pack in furniture and decor from around the globe. The stunning sink cabinet is from Syria, the shower curtain and rug are by Robshaw, the sconce is by Schoolhouse Electric & Supply Co., and the 19th-century Spanish encaustic floor tiles are from Michael Trapp.
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On this rustic yet refined 1870 farm in Bedford, New York, the powder room wall features a strip of modern blue shelving as simple as the bathroom itself. The photos of mummies were taken by the original owners on a trip to Egypt; the light fixture is by Schoolhouse Electric.
Instead of stuffing them in large cabinets, showcase your colorful, textured towels in open shelving. This will add warmth and playful colors to your space and eliminate unwanted large furniture pieces. Other ideas:
A yellow, footed tub framed by yellow, floral curtains create a cozy, French country-inspired bath. A wood cabinet, antique door with glass handle and a blue, distressed footstool complete the aesthetic. Design by Sarah Richardson.
When designing his 1950s ranch house on the Hudson River, Ernest de la Torre expanded his small bathroom by pulling the mural by Shantell Martin throughout the room and onto the door. The wainscoting is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Midnight.
Recreate this look for your own bathroom with this white ladder, these glass canisters and these white picture frames
A mural by Jean Horihata hangs in the dainty powder room of an Arts and Crafts cottage in Beverly Hills. The circa-1890 Tramp Art mirror is American, the stool is Chinese, and the sink fittings are by THG.
A repurposed wooden ladder adds instant charm above the toilet in this farmhouse-inspired bathroom, offering a place to hang a hand towel and a basket to store extra towels and any other bathroom necessities.
A metallic side table and teak étagère are used to store bathroom necessities in a small Martyn Lawrence Bullard-designed bathroom inside actress Ellen Pompeo’s home.
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The extravagant floral wallpaper inside the powder room of a West Village apartment turns the entire space into a piece of artwork. The sink is by Barclay and has fittings by Samuel Heath.
Try a bold, dark ceiling color in your small bathroom, such as the black ceiling in this room from Sarah Gibson, designer and blogger at Room for Tuesday. The dramatic shade also helps expand the height of this small bathroom by drawing the eye upwards.
Patterns look great in small bathrooms. Try a quirky patterned floor and see how the small square footage actually works in your favor. For another decor trick that adds interest to your bathroom without taking up space, try brass or gold fixtures instead of more common chrome.
Besides a bath mat, small bathrooms don’t necessarily need rugs. Take a tip from this bathroom that’s not much bigger than a corner and decorate your floor with a cheeky tile design instead. The message adds spunk without taking up space.
Hang bold, vibrant towels or robes to add color and personality.Display stylish soap dishes and accessories for a designer touch.Paint your mirror frame an accent color.
A circa-1950 brass mirror hangs in the powder room of the Paris pied-à-terre shared by designer Steven Volpe and his business partner, Roth Martin, who helm the San Francisco gallery Hedge. The French collapsible tripod table is vintage.
The small bathroom in French architect Jacque Grange’s Paris apartment houses a narrow étagerè holding towels and toiletries. The bathtub, sink and faucet are by L’Epi d’Or, the chandelier is 19th-century and the inlaid marble floor is based on a Byzantine pattern.
In this Manhattan apartment, brass trimming outlines the husband’s bathroom, making the space appear larger than it really is. The sink is from Urban Archaeology and the fittings are by Waterworks. The walls are clad in Saint Laurent marble and the flooring is limestone.
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An advantage of small bathrooms? Smaller prices. “Since the space is usually so small, you can get away with using higher priced materials as you need so little of them,” says interior designer Melissa Miranda. Sparkling damask wallpaper creates a stunning setting for a pair of contemporary pendant lights and golden sunburst mirror in this ultra-glam bathroom.
A drawing by Robert Longo makes a big statement in the small powder room of this New York City home. The sink is by Toto, with Lefroy Brooks fittings.
Create a neutral color palette to form the base theme of your bathroom.Utilize textures and patterns in neutral tones to add creativity and depth.Remember that the color white is associated with cleanliness.
In an imperial getaway near St. Petersburg, a narrow bathroom is given ornamental details with a mirror from the 1940s and a 1950s stool from Newel. The 1970s chandelier was found in Palm Beach, the curtains are of a silk by Manuel Canovas and the bathroom’s sink, tub and fittings are by Villeroy & Boch.
The right lighting choices in a small bathroom can maximize the space and provide the adequate light you need for your daily bathroom routine. This bathroom combines recessed lighting with a retro fixture for task lighting over the vanity.
This bathroom by architect Achille Salvagni in a storied palazzo in Rome plays with color and texture using a royal purple wallcovering by Ralph Lauren Home. The tub fittings are by Lefroy Brooks.
Coordinating your paint colors across your entire home can really help create a cohesive look.
This small master bath in a historic New York house has a tub, sink, fittings and black limestone flooring by Waterworks. The kilim is from West Elm, the sconces are by Vaughan and the artworks are from London and Paris.
Luxury can be found even in a small space. This bathroom has just a standard-sized tub, but the black tile, glass shower and brass accessories turn it into a retreat.
While you’d never want clothes lying all over the floor even in a palatial bathroom, it’s especially important to keep things neat and tidy in a small bathroom like this one from the HGTV Dream Home 2017. The rolling wire laundry basket shown here is a great design choice that blends function and style.
The metallic-and-marble shower door and vanity in this Steven Gambrel-designed Manhattan home are custom-designed, and the floors and shower feature tiles by Mosaic House.
This rustic L.A. home masters California cool decor, even in its petite guest bathroom. The chair is upholstered in the California state flag, the sink and fittings are by Waterworks, the custom wallcovering is by Nathalie Lété, and the door is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green.
Small bathrooms can’t afford to be cluttered. If your bathroom doesn’t have space for large amounts of storage, the storage you do have should pull double duty as an accent piece like these sleek natural wood shelves with well-placed essentials and decor pieces.
To emphasize the beachy feel in this surf retreat in East Hampton, the small bathroom forgoes the shower enclosure for a more casual feel. The sink is by Vermont Soapstone Co. and the shower fittings are by Samuel Heath. The light is by Restoration Hardware, the wall is lined in Nemo Tile, and the ceiling is painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball.
From the mesmerizing floor tile to the slanted ceiling, this bathroom is nothing but first-rate design inspiration. One of designer Emily Henderson’s tactics for decorating this small bathroom (photographed by Tessa Neustadt) was to match metals, from towel bars to faucets, for a more cohesive appearance.
Careful attention to design ensured that this already-small bathroom would not feel closed in. Wine boxes add beautiful, warm color and create easy storage. A skirt for the sink provides extra storage underneath, and the pages of an old book are taped to the wall for inexpensive and effective decoration.
Even petite bathrooms can benefit from an accent wall such as this forest green wall featuring a vintage map. Instead of making this small bathroom seem smaller, the accent wall adds much-needed color to an otherwise neutral space.
When it’s time to paint, make sure you have planned your color palette. Keep in mind that painting a wall an accent color takes time. Use neutral colors to make your bathroom feel calm and aesthetically pleasing.
Small bathrooms unfortunately call for smaller fixtures. Instead of overwhelming your bathroom with a large sink and bulky vanity, choose a smaller, vintage-inspired sink. This piece serves its purpose while allowing extra room underneath to stow two small step stools.
Discover brilliant bathroom decoration and storage ideas for even the tiniest spaces. From bold colors to fabulous textures, these small bath and powder rooms aren’t afraid of making a statement — and you shouldn’t be either.