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75 Stunning Bathroom Design Ideas—Small & Large Bathroom Decorating Ideas


Farmhouse Chic Bathroom

Haris Kenjar

For a bathroom that’s packed with timeless appeal, juxtapose different sources of inspiration. For her project in Bedford, New York, Heidi Caillier paired a bold and blooming wallcovering from Pierre Frey with a bamboo-inspired mirror and Urban Electric Company’s contemporary sconces. The final product: A powder room that gleefully beats to its own drum.


Divided Bathroom

Alanna Hale

For some much-needed and appreciated privacy, add a dividing wall to a larger bathroom. The key, however, is to make sure neither side skimps on style. Jessica Davis of Atelier Davis perfected the balance in this California Bay Area home with the help of bright tiles from Ipax, a custom vanity decked out with Nest hardware, and thoughtful wall sculptures, courtesy of Katie Gong.


Picture-Perfect Bathroom

Anson Smart

If you’re blessed with a spectacular sight, why not cherish it? In designer Tamsin Johnson’s Sydney home, she placed the standalone tub right next to the windows, which just so happen to feature a private vista of the city's Double Beach Bay.


Rustic Mirror Bathroom

Haris Kenjar

Anyone who peers into a mirror is often (and understandably) focused on the reflection it shines back, but this sweet powder room encourages you to stop and enjoy the fixture itself. When she was designing children’s book author Amanda Henke’s lake house, Anne Macdonald sprang for a Scandinavian midcentury mirror that commands attention.


Psychedelic Bathroom

Carmel Brantley

Hypnotic patterns take center stage in this Palm Beach bathroom, which is swathed in Voutsa’s Judy Stripe Blue and Purple wallpaper. Create the same visual impact in your space by adding your favorite feisty repeat to your area’s often-neglected fifth wall.


Le Corbusier-Inspired Bathroom

Brian Ferry

If you want to show off your good taste and your encyclopedic knowledge of interiors, look to the past for inspiration. Design darling Home Studios decked out this Fort Greene, Brooklyn, home's bathroom with Le Corbusier–inspired wall murals by artist Kimmy Quillin, a Giallo Siena marble sink base, and high-contrast tiles from Clé.


Couple’s Bathroom

Ryann Ford

Decorating a bathroom for two? No problem. In this Austin, Texas, home, Paul Lamb created a dynamic duo of matching showers, vanities, and sinks. A lone soaking tub anchors the space, offering symmetry with a twist.


Checkered Bathroom

Cerruti & Draime

Tiles are a great way to protect your walls from excess moisture—be it a steamy shower or some water droplets on the sink—but they’re also packed with plenty of design inspiration. If you can’t settle on one style, select a few and strategically place them to create an optical illusion. Fabrizio Casiraghi nailed the look in this Paris bathroom.


Blue-Trimmed Bathroom

Ricardo Labougle

For a pop of color that strikes a balance between subtle and statement, consider coating your trimmings in a vibrant hue. Designer Lorenzo Castillo employed Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue in this Menorca villa’s bathroom. When paired with crisp white walls, the blue accent pays homage to the property’s seaside location.


Hot Pink Bathroom

Kirk Davis Swinehart

Just because your bathroom is on the smaller side doesn’t mean it has to be snoozy. In this Greenwich Village studio, William Cullum made the ultimate statement with electric pink walls and a matching marbled shower curtain, courtesy of Voutsa.


Moody Lighting Bathroom

Shade Degges

Not only can lighting make or break a space, but the specific fixtures used can also influence a small bathroom’s ambience. For a moody look, add some sconces. The sleek, vintage Maison Arlus lighting used in this Martha Mulholland–designed space adds the right touch of romance.


Textural Bathroom

Christopher Stark

As Antonio Martins’s San Francisco bathroom proves, an all-white space doesn’t have to be boring. Between the subway-tiled shower, Imperial Marble trim, and Phillip Jeffries wallpaper, this space offers plenty of visual interest.


Statement-Making Sink Bathroom

Max Burkhalter

If you want to make a statement in a small bathroom, invest in one standout piece. In this apartment on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, designer Michael K. Chen made a Cassiopeia marble vanity the focal point. Rounding out the powder room is a custom mirror from Kin & Company and two Lindsey Adelman sconces.


Palm-Printed Bathroom

The Ingalls

If you want to spruce up an older bathroom—without undergoing a full renovation—take a cue from designer Mary Celeste Beall’s Knoxville, Tenn., home. In this bathroom, she pairs a glamorous wallpaper repeat by Florence Broadhurst with the opulent sink and vanity, both of which are original to the space.


Multipurpose Bathroom

Alanna Hale

Why decide between a shower or bathtub when you can have the best of both worlds? In his Miami Beach home, hotelier Barry Sternlicht deftly placed a standalone soaking tub next to his walk-in shower, complete with custom steel-and-glass doors.


Oceanic Bathroom

Chad Mellon

Designer Shannon McLaren Wilkins went through 15 design iterations before perfecting this Newport Beach, Calif., guest bathroom. With glossy green tiles and artwork by Anna Ullman, it combines California cool and a Mediterranean flair within the same four walls.


Globe-Trotting Bathroom

Simon Upton

When decorating her Upper East Side home, Patricia Greene Isen wanted to pay tribute to her jet-setting lifestyle. The guest bedroom features a global edge, thanks to a sink and fittings by Waterworks as well as a backsplash of Mosaic House tiles.


Clawfoot Tub Bathroom

Ricardo Labougle

Does it get more luxurious than a clawfoot tub? In Amaro Sánchez de Moya's new Seville, Spain, apartment, the main bathroom features a tub and fittings by Cifial. Plus, the antique chandelier and sconces are sourced from Spain and France, respectively.


Art Gallery Bathroom

William Waldron

Want to show off your art collection? Take a cue from late author Julia Reed, who incorporated a meticulous gallery wall into her New Orleans bathroom.


Oceanic Bathroom

Douglas Friedman

When designing this Bay Area–based home, Nicole Hollis looked to the surrounding property for inspiration. With glossy teal tiles and neutral finishings, this bathroom pays tribute to the lagoon near the property.


High-Contrast Bathroom

Douglas Friedman

What’s black, white, and chic all over? Jessie Schuster’s luxe bathroom in her SoHo loft. The Jean Cocteau pencil drawing, Matisse-inspired print, and bud vase warm up the slate and marble-clad walls.


Blue Tub Bathroom

Yves Drieghe

For this Belgium manor, Jean-Philippe Demeyer selected a blue bathtub, offering an unconventional twist to the bathroom staple. Rounding out the room is a vintage Scandinavian rug and walls covered in Farrow & Ball’s Lulworth Blue.


Stone-Clad Bathroom

Undine Pröhl

Located on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Carlos Couturier’s bathroom celebrates Mother Nature in all her glory. The sink is carved from local stone, while the copper plumbing comes courtesy of a local artisan.


Neutral Bathroom

Haris Kenjar

Heidi Caillier warms up this neutral bathroom with a custom vanity, vintage runner, and Cie Tile-clad floor. The final product is a happy medium between timeless and trendy.


Glamorous Bathroom

Ricardo Labougle

Designer Lorenzo Castillo transports this Parisian bathroom into the Roaring ’20s with Art Deco sconces, Calacatta marble moldings, and sink fittings by Devon & Devon.


Lounge Bathroom

Ricardo Labougle

Want to kick back and relax? Add some seating options to your bathroom. In Mario Connio’s former seaside retreat, a custom daybed flanks one side of the bathtub.


Penny Tile Bathroom

Kirsten Francis

Augusta Hoffman strikes the perfect balance between old and new in her East Village bathroom. The vintage dresser she placed in the powder room deftly offsets the blue penny tiles that adorn the walls.


Cement Counter Bathroom

Anita Calero

As Anita Calero’s bathroom in Colombia proves, less is more. Here, an all-white space is peppered with natural details such as a concrete counter, Thai sink, and an Agape mirror from Moss.


Terrazzo Bathroom

David Benjamin Sherry

This East Hampton, N.Y., bathroom packs a punch with floor-to-ceiling terrazzo. Here, architect Javier Robles pairs Max Lamb’s engineered marble with fittings from Boffi.


Mural Bathroom

Eric Piasecki

Steven Gambrel breathes new life into this Chicago powder room with a lively hand-painted wallpaper from Gracie. The Onyx Fantastico marble sink and floor complement the lush landscape depicted in the repeat.


High-Contrast Bathroom

G L Askew II

Ernest de la Torre brings an unexpected color combination to this Bel Air (L. A.) bathroom. Here, he pairs Schumacher’s yellow grass cloth wall covering with a custom—and undeniably striking— Brazilian quartzite sink.


Artful Bathroom

Shai Epstein

Alex Meitlis and Ivo Bisignano’s bathroom receives a museum-worthy upgrade with a standalone tub from Efraim Kastiel & Sons and abstract sculpture, courtesy of Bisignano. The result? A bathroom that bridges the gap between form and function.


Colorful Bathroom

Frank Frances

When it comes to design, a guest bathroom doesn’t have to play second fiddle. In this Hudson Valley, N.Y., home, designer Sheila Bridges covered this space with artwork from Earl Swanigan, Waterworks’ finishings, and walls covered in a custom design by Bridges herself.


Limestone Bathroom

Douglas Friedman

Designer Steven Gambrel gave this walk-in shower a rustic edge with a limestone fitting by Zucchetti and a powder coated–steel enclosure.


Soak-Friendly Bathroom

Simon Upton

Located inside a 16th-century Tuscan villa, this bathroom was designed with relaxation in mind. Designer Hubert Zandberg paired a travertine bathtub with a custom screen and vintage brass trolley, which was found at a Parisian flea market.


Onyx Bathroom

Thomas Loof

Designer Bradley Stephens infused an Art Deco spirit into this Manhattan-based powder room with vintage Murano sconces and a custom onyx-patterned wallcovering.


Desert Bathroom

Trevor Tondro

With a freestanding tub, Jason Wu for Brizo tub filler, and warm color palette, Sophia Bush’s Hollywood bathroom is soothing and sensational in equal measure.


Cool-Toned Bathroom

Fabien Charuau

In this Mumbai apartment, Srila Chatterjee and Mahesh Mathai embraced their roots with a sink made from an Indian brass wok, storage from Jodhpur, and custom wall tiles, which were made in Jaipur.


Daylit Bathroom

Joe Fletcher

When designing this home for a Silicon Valley couple, Studio Schicketanz wanted to play up the elements from the Big Sur coastline outside. Here, the bathroom is punctuated with a tub from Concreteworks and a round skylight, courtesy of Royalite Manufacturing.


Eccentric Bathroom

Douglas Friedman

Power couple Simon Doonan and Jonathan Adler’s Greenwich Village master bath is an eccentric and meticulously designed space, with a custom tub by Apaiser, vintage table by Aldo Tura, medallion from an Hermès boutique, and wall and floor tiles by Artistic Tile.


Roman-Inspired Bathroom

Trevor Tondro

In fashion stylist-turned-decorator Estee Stanley’s guest bathroom, the warm-veined marble floors and vanity are inspired by a Roman spa.


Grotto Bathroom

Joe Schmelzer

In this coastal Malibu home designed by Oliver M. Furth, the guest bathroom benefits from an exciting combination of great lighting and ocean blue paint.


Refined Chicago Bathroom

Tony Soluri

In an unconventionally glam Chicago family home, the spacious master bathroom feels bright with an all-white palette, accented with a crystal chandelier and checkerboard bordered floors.


Royal Bathroom

Douglas Friedman

A spacious master bath in hotelier Alan Faena’s Miami Beach home is covered in floor-to-ceiling marble, with a Louis XV mirror, Philippe Starck chair, and candelabra sculpture by Peter Tunney, making major impact in the luxurious space.


Floor-Focused Bathroom

Simon Upton

The master bathroom in this charming Greenwich Village apartment maintains a monochromatic palette, with eclectic flooring and large subway tile walls that create movement in the space. Gold sink fittings, sconces, and knobs take on a metallic elegance.


Rustic Poppy Bathroom

William Waldron

In a laid-back Lake Tahoe retreat, a bright and vintage-inspired powder room features a poppy wallcovering by Trustworth Studios; a reproduction of a 19th-century C.F.A. Voysey Arts and Crafts design. Moody blue trim provides a rich contrast against the pink, while the rustic industrial vanity by Bradley brings an old-world twist.


Sunny Children's Bathroom

Patrick Cline

Sunny shades and geometric tiles animate the children’s bathroom in interior designer Carolyn Kressley’s Tribeca apartment.


Boho Bathroom

Trevor Tondro

A summery boho bathroom is clad in a pretty paisley pattern, while a unique stand holds a bold marble sink. A mirror by Arteriors lends a vintage feel.


Dark and Sultry Bathroom

Julia Robbs


Revamped 1940s Bathroom

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A 1940s bathroom in Wilhelmina Models CEO Bill Wackerman’s Beekman Place apartment is modernized with marble tile and pale gray wallpaper, while original tub and sink fixtures were preserved.


Romantic Floral Bathroom

Paul Costello

A blossoming powder room in a New Orleans manse lets the walls do the talking. Floral wallpaper by Ellie Cashman is paired with a washstand and fittings by RH, Restoration Hardware, a mirror from Design Within Reach, and sconces by Jonathan Adler.


Zen Bathroom

Nicole Franzen; Sarah Elliott

Natural materials make a statement in this sanctuary of a master bathroom. A ceiling and walls clad in utilitarian manila rope are use to shield the bathroom from the outdoors. The soft and velvety walls envelop the space and also offer a tactile element to the room, which opens to the master bedroom.


Mirror-Lined Bathroom

Douglas Friendman

Mirrors make a narrow bathroom in this Tuxedo Park, New York, home look more spacious. The sink fittings are by Kallista, and the hamper is from HomeGoods.


Cerulean Blue Bathroom

William Waldron

Tiles by Original Style give a white and cerulean scheme a sleek twist in this Bordeaux, France, bathroom designed by Michael Coorengel and Jean-Pierre Calvagra. The room also features candle lighting fixtures, and a 19th-century painted wrought-iron washbasin.


Beachy White Bathroom

William Abranowicz

The dark window frame and flooring made of local brown stone give contrast to the all-over white of French designer Christian Liaigre’s St. Barts beach home. The white sink and its fittings are by Volevatch, and the shelves and steel-frame mirror were made by local craftsmen.


Violet Marble Bathroom

William Abranowicz

The walls and floor, sheathed in Calacatta Viola marble, give drama to the bathroom of this laid-back New York City apartment. The vanity and tub are by Waterworks, the fittings are by Lefroy Brooks and the sconces are by Ozone.


Aqua Floral Bathroom

Eric Piasecki

Bold wallpaper from Secondhand Rosein adds a splashy pop of color to a New York City home decorated by interior designer Katie Ridder. The sconces are from Liza Sherman Antiques and the sink is custom-made.


Rustic Checkerboard Bathroom

Eric Piasecki

This Northern California family home gives structure to a dainty bathroom with checkerboard-painted floorboards in Farrow & Ball’s All White. The tub is by Waterworks, sink and fittings by Lefroy Brooks and a painting by Hugo Guinness. The walls are painted in Benjamin Moore's White Dove.


Abstract Bathroom

Richard Powers

The powder room in this upstate New York ranch house features a black and white mural by Shantell Martin and wainscoting painted in Benjamin Moore’s Midnight.


Floral Ceiling Bathroom

Bjorn Wallander

Designer Patrick Punty’s Oakland bungalow skips patterned walls in favor of a dramatic ceiling covered in Cole & Son wallpaper. The bathroom sink is by Stone Forest, the faucet is by Waterworks, and the bust of Napoleon is antique.


White Marble Bathroom

Eric Piasecki

In designer Kevin Dumais midcentury modern Tribeca loft, the walls and floor are sheathed in white dolomite marble. The tub and fittings are by Lefroy Brooks, the stool is from Room & Board, and the artwork in the hallway is by Robert Janitz.


Patterned Tile Bathroom

Alyssa Rosenheck

For the master bath in designer Katie Hackworth’s Medina, Washington home she utilizes clean subway tile with marble trim, a black-and-white clawfoot soaking tub, and industrial steel and glass doors to give a crisp look, adding a balance of color with cement floor tiles.


Wood and Marble Bathroom

Richard Powers

An ornate custom-made mirror breaks up the clean lines of the guest bath in this home in Guadalajara, Mexico. The sink is by Alape with fittings by Dornbracht; the counter is Carrara marble.


Smoky Marble Bathroom

Mikkel Vang

Blue Bardiglio marble gives an ocean effect to the master bath of this northern New Jersey home. The tub by Kohler has fittings by Dornbracht.


Playful Wallpaper

William Abranowicz

California cool rules the day in the guest bathroom of this rustic L.A. home. 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.


Elegant Storage Solution

Douglas Friedman

To make up for the limited storage space in Academy Award winner Marisa Tomei’s Manhattan apartment, an Empire cabinet lined with Cole & Son wallpaper was added. 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.


Mirror-Walled Bathroom

Bjorn Wallander

Ann Pyne, head of one of Americas oldest and most distinguished design firms, designed this petite bathroom for a Manhattan client used mirrors to make a small space look larger. A photograph by Luisa Lambri hangs above the bath.


Rich Red Bathroom

Stephen Kent Johnson

The small bathroom of this Greenwich Village penthouse gets an outsized dose of character courtesy of etchings by James Brown. The tile and sink are original, while the ceiling light is by the Federalist.


Art Deco Bathroom

Douglas Friedman

In the master bath of an Art Deco pad in Chicago, the Waterworks tub has fittings by Barber Wilsons & Co. , the circa-1905 Viennese stool by Julius and Josef Herrmann is from Bernd Goeckler, and the room is sheathed in Calacatta Capri, Grigio Carnico, and Belgian Black marbles; the abstract plaster sculpture is unsigned and from the 20th century.


Slope-Side Bathroom

Stephen Kent Johnson

In a slope-side home in Big Sky, Montana, the powder room’s sink fittings, mirror, and wall light are by Waterworks, the custom sink is of stone, and the walls are clad in reclaimed whitewashed wood.


Beach House Bathroom

James Merrell

An Ibiza beach house serves as a serene family retreat designed by Cabinet Alberto Pinto. In the bathroom, Almaviva tiles in a blue-and-white stripe amplify the turquoise glow of the subterranean room, where a porthole over the Villeroy & Boc sinks provides an underwater view of the pool.


Jungle-Inspired Bathroom

Eric Piasecki

The walls in the master bath of a Manhattan apartment belonging to PR maven Christina Juarez are sheathed in a Cole & Son wallpaper, available through Lee Jofa. The stool is from Pier 1 Imports, the white vase is from the End of History, and the pho­tograph reflected in the mirror is by Dariusz Klimczak.


Eclectic Bathroom

Jean-Francois Jaussaud

In the master bath of a French countryside duplex, floor-to-ceiling galvanized-iron bookshelves are accessible by way of a metal library ladder. The sculptures and paintings are by Astuguevieille.


Country Bathroom

Stephen Kent Johnson

Amanda Seyfried’s Catskills, N.Y., country house is filled with rustic decor, which extends into the stunning master bath. Inside, you’ll find a custom vanity with fittings by Waterworks; the sconce is from Design Within Reach, the floor tile is by Heath Ceramics, and the beadboard is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Dimpse.


Vintage Bathroom

Kristoffer Johnsson

In the bathroom of this Swedish farmhouse, the vintage tub features fittings by Mora Armatur, and the floor is tiled with Carrara marble.

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The best small bathroom ideas combine charm and practicality. These small bathrooms are designed to make a compact space feel not just bigger and well-functioning, but super-stylish too.

When it comes to small bathroom design, clever planning – which includes everything from layout, to fitting choices, to smart storage options – is key to ensuring that even a tiny bathroom can still feel spacious.  Stylish finishes that are also practical are the icing on the cake.

Up to recently, small bathrooms always required a compromise – often with the bathtub becoming the first victim in the battle for space – not to mention issues arising from lack of storage. 

But the latest modern furniture and fittings can still create a luxurious bathroom from the minimal square footage. Shower baths remain a popular option in compact rooms, mini bathtubs are growing in popularity and the choices in scaled-down fixtures are greater than ever – there is a plethora of bathroom ideas for tiny bathrooms to choose from.

Best small bathroom ideas

Whether you opt for a sleek streamlined look, or traditional detailing, there are plenty of ways to pack a decorative punch with your small bathroom ideas. 

1. Add clever storage to a small bathroom

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‘When it comes to adding small bathroom storage ideas think high-level rather than bulky floor-standing vanity units,' says Irene Gunter, founder, and creative director, Gunter & Co .  

'I always go the extra mile to keep the floor as clean and empty as possible, with wall-mounted loos, vanities, and low-level accessories such as toilet brushes or bins. This means thinking cleverly about storage and making the most of any niches, mirror storage units, and shelves.' 

2. Make the most of architectural details

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Arched partition walls are making a comeback and proving a popular way to incorporate on-trend curves, without sacrificing too much space. Here, the arch has been clad in simple white bathroom tiles to accentuate the contour. 

‘We added an arched niche to bring charm and a sense of history to this new bathroom,’ explains interior designer Heidi Caillier . ‘Inside, we placed a traditional clawfoot tub with a dark painted exterior, which feels unexpected in a new home, and the arch brings in more character and depth. The once plain space now feels as if it tells a story.

3. Use paint to enliven a tiny space

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Painting fitted furniture in a bathroom is a good opportunity to introduce stronger colors complemented with neutral walls or vice versa.  

'Painted bathroom paneling is still very popular and we love combining our beautiful stronger colors Malahide or Invisible Green with exquisite wallpapers,' says Edward Bulmer, interior designer and founder, Edward Bulmer Natural Paint . 'Painting an old bath is another good way to inject some color and our paints are perfect for traditional cast-iron baths: colors such as our earthy browns Brick or Etruscan Brown are favorites.’ 

4. Introduce playful pattern

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Small bathrooms are rife for decorative opportunity, so do consider introducing playful additions that will add an element of surprise and unexpected intrigue. 

‘Of course, bathrooms are practical and functional spaces but they don’t need to be utilitarian,' says Mike Fisher, creative director and founder, Studio Indigo . 'Be adventurous and give the space personality. A bold scheme will provide a conversation piece with guests and friends, particularly in a powder room. Pattern can be introduced through wallpaper, fabric, or tiles. Complement your patterns with good light – in a powder room it can be atmospheric but in bathrooms, you need light and plenty of it.’ 

Here the border tiles in this Studio Indigo space bring attention to the bathroom's height, and it is a great way to make a small bathroom look bigger.

5. Invest in sufficient lighting

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‘Within a shower design for a small bathroom it is crucial not to underestimate the importance of good bathroom lighting ideas,' says Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen, founders, Salvesen Graham . 'This should always include decorative wall lights either side of a mirror to provide a softer, more flattering light for the face as well as a decorative feature.’ 

Lighting is more than just functional; in bathroom Feng Shui, lighting ideas for small bathrooms are an integral design element that should be planned at the start of a project, if possible. The best bathroom lighting is an instant energy booster and can make you feel refreshed in the morning and relaxed in the evening.  

6. Delineate an alcove 

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‘We often find using mosaics within an alcove helps to optimize smaller shower spaces and a gloss finish adds to this illusion of grander proportions, reflecting natural light throughout the room,' says James Thurstan Waterworth, founder, Thurstan. 'I recommend pairing two distinct mosaic designs within the space, thus creating a point of interest where these verticals meet and then setting them against a cool neutral paint color that works to open up the small bathroom.’ 

7. Keep a small bathroom free from clutter

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Organizing a small bathroom demands a thoughtful approach, and it is one you should consider abiding by if you want your small bathroom to look neat, tidy and beautiful every day. See our bathroom shelf ideas for more inspiration.

'My bathroom is my sanctuary,' says Eva Sonaike, creative director, Eva Sonaike. 'I like the space clean and uncluttered, so storage solutions are an essential part of a good design here. If possible, opt for integrated storage so that the energy can flow freely. When designing a bathroom from scratch, consider all possible options. In my bathroom, a full-height mirrored cabinet spans an entire wall, providing ample hidden storage for all my beauty essentials.'

8. Use a colored bath as a focal point

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When space is tight, the key is to distract the eye, and this can be done by choosing a stunning bath in a color other than white. The vertical ribbed design seen here also helps visually. 

Barrie Cutchie, Design Director at BC Designs , says: ‘Bathroom design is all about color and a great way to slowly introduce it is through subtle pastel shades. A bath in a traditional-style design will add personality to your bathroom and a pastel shade will liven it up.

‘Color also draws your eyes in and helps to create a striking focal point. The key to making a freestanding bath a success, no matter the size, is to allow 10cm between the edge and the walls. It creates a feeling of space and also makes cleaning it much easier.’

9. Make space for a niche

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Tired of chasing slippery shampoo and body wash bottles around the shower floor? When designing a bathroom, consider including a shower niche into your design – ideal for both showers and baths. It’s one of the best small bathroom storage ideas for saving space and it looks stylish.

‘Avoid a floor of toiletries or an overcrowded caddy by installing a recessed shower shelf,’ advises Jenna Choate, founder of London-based design studio, Interior Fox

‘It’s a practical and streamlined way to add storage space, without taking away elbow room. Make a feature out of the area by using a colored trim that contrasts against the wall tiles.’

10. Match wall and floor tiles

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An all-encompassing look makes for an uber-stylish bathroom, and one that most definitely creates the feel of a luxury spa design. It also creates the illusion of space as seen in the ensuite bathroom above. 

‘Using the same tiles on the walls and the floor will enhance the feeling of space by creating a continuous look,’ explains Jo Oliver, Director at The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse

‘Pale colored tiles can make a small bathroom look bigger as they reflect more light than darker colors, giving an airy and spacious feel.

'We’ve seen a huge increase in the popularity of slab or ‘large format’ porcelain tiles in recent years. These large-format designs mean fewer grout lines, and therefore less maintenance and cleaning. Slab tiles are ideal for creating a striking, high-end look, and can often make smaller rooms appear larger thanks to their seamless appearance.’

11. Paint walls and woodwork in the same shade

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Paint is such a wonderful design tool, and you can use it in this instance to make a small bathroom feel larger. 

When you paint the woodwork white, for example, it visually splits up the wall – from the skirting, window frames and any edging above like picture rails. By painting the whole area in one color you create a seamless feel that the eye can flow around without interruption. 

Painting a bath in a color also distracts and if you're looking for small bathroom flooring ideas, wide planked floorboards will make a floor space appear larger. It’s all about creating visual illusions. 

12. Find space in the eaves

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Embrace small and suddenly there's so much more scope for adding a compact bathroom. This neat little attic space has been planned into a loft conversion but it feels far from wedged in. 

A stunning Crittall-style shower screen adds drama, while a skylight and pale scheme ensure this is a light, bright room. Finishes are crucial in a small space, so it pays here more than anywhere to go for bespoke fittings and high-spec tiles and brassware. 

13. Create room for manoeuvre with pocket doors

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Where space is at a premium, pocket doors really are your friend. Here they have been used to divide an already small space to combine a bathroom with clever and compact laundry room ideas. 

Being able to close the door on piles of washing is a must if you're planning a relaxing soak in the bath. However, because the doors slide into the wall cavity, there's much more room for manoeuvre should you need it. 

14. Embrace deep colors in a small bathroom

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You rarely hear a small bathroom being described as cozy. Yet use the right bathroom color ideas and materials, and a warm, cocooning look can be achieved – creating a space you'll long to return to at the beginning or end of the day. 

Here, every designer's favorite shower tile idea – the Lily Pad tile – has been used to maximalist effect. The jewel blue shade and brass and copper detailing give the space the opulence you might not previously have thought achievable in a small bathroom. 

15. Make the most of a small bathroom layout

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When it comes to designing a small bathroom, every inch counts. It is important to measure precisely and take into account doors, windows or sloped ceilings that may dictate your bathroom layout ideas. 

Don’t be afraid to play with pattern, even in awkward spaces. In this dark bathroom from Pippa Paton , the hexagonal tiled flooring and splashback give a cohesive look, creating a backdrop for this rustic vanity that not only fits perfectly into the alcove but also gives a subtle nod to the house’s barn heritage.

Make sure to check your local building codes, however, to make sure your layout doesn't violate local laws. Small things such as how much space to leave between a toilet and a shower can land you in hot water if done incorrectly. 

16. Make a small bathroom a wet room

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While it may be a more expensive option than a conventional shower, considering wet room ideas for your space could be worthwhile.

The main cost is tanking to make the area waterproof, but the result is a roomier space as you don’t need a closed-off shower enclosure.

Instead, take note from this design by Katie McCrum which shows that you can have the same flooring throughout and a frameless shower screen 
to contain splashes without feeling too restrictive. 

17. Decorate a small bathroom with wallpaper

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One easy way of injecting character into a country-style bathroom is with patterned wallpaper, like this design from F&P Interiors . 

While it may not be the first choice, standard wallpaper can be applied as long as the room is well-ventilated with an extractor fan, so steam doesn’t damage it. 

Apply a strong adhesive underneath, and add a coat of decorator’s varnish on top to help protect against moisture. Or, use vinyl wallpaper designed especially for bathrooms, though it’s best to stick to tiles or panelling in wet zones such as around the bath or above a sink. 

18. Use the right paint shade

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Many people use lighter, whiter shades in small bathrooms, hoping to open up the space. Although this approach works, it is also important to get the tone of paint right. 

As a rule, cool undertones suit south-facing aspects while warmer shades work well in north-facing rooms – in both instances the shades help balance natural light entering the space. Results vary, so always test the bathroom paint ideas you are considering first to see how they look when applied to certain walls.

Here, the paint color - Salix 99 from Little Greene - flows seamlessly from walls to the eaves for an elegant finish.

19. Add a little luxury

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‘If there is one room that needs a little luxury, it’s your bathroom,’ says Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms . 

She recommends using wall-mounted furniture to keep floor space clear in a small bathroom and sticking to a neutral palette 
if you want an elegant spa-like finish. 

‘This helps avoid breaking up the room with different colors, which will make it feel boxy,’ she explains. And don’t be shy of adding 
a little glamor to your spa bathroom ideas – it’s these brushed gold fittings that really make this bathroom shine.

For instance, a bath caddy can help create a polished look if you have a bathtub. To house candles, bubble bath, and more. Otherwise, when it comes to your fluffy towels, a freestanding towel rack or rail will add sophistication to this room.

20. Choose quality finishes

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A plus side of designing a small bathroom is that you may be able to splash out on higher-quality materials and finishes than if you were having to decorate a larger room. 

In this project from Wolf Lewitt ,  a bespoke map wallpaper was commissioned to fit the room and add interest. The unusual design has been paired with smart grey panelling, which helps to box in any unsightly pipework while also creating 
a handy shelf around the walls. Authentic encaustic tiles on 
the floor complete the look. 


Create zones, even in a small bathroom

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It might be worth reconfiguring a family bathroom into zones – such as the shower and bath on one side, with the basin and toilet on the other – so that someone could pop in and brush their teeth while you’re doing bath time with the kids, for example. 

to have a wet room can actually be hugely beneficial when wanting a bath to sit in the same space,’ says Sally Cutchie, marketing manager at BC Designs . ‘If you opt for a painted bath, use exterior eggshell paint as this is extra durable around water,’ she adds.  

Different flooring can also be used to create zones – our bathroom floor tile ideas include tips for picking complementary designs.

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A powder room is usually one of the smallest rooms in your house but it’s the one most of your guests will end up seeing. This can be an ideal opportunity to experiment with color and pattern and impress visitors with your flair for design.  

Keep fixtures and fittings to a minimum, opting for a corner or reduced-depth basin, a monobloc mixer faucet and a simple towel holder. Then focus your efforts into adding impact through your powder room wall decor with a beautiful, bold wallpaper pattern or 
a few pieces of statement artwork. 

23. Use optical illusions

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When choosing small bathroom tile ideas, use optical illusion to create a sense of space in your washroom. For example, horizontal lines can help widen the appearance of your room and these metro tiles are a timeless option. 

To prevent tiles looking too bare or clinical, incorporate natural materials to add layers of texture and warmth to the space, such as real wood or plants. The gray bathroom tiles on the floor help pull together the scheme by bringing out the dark grouting on the walls.  

24. Build in storage to use space wisely

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Good bathroom storage ideas can go a long way to making a small bathroom feel less cluttered and crammed in.  

It may seem counterintuitive to put more things in to a small room. But shutting lotions, potions, loo rolls and even towels inside slim built-in cabinetry will streamline the space. To help your furniture blend in, panel the walls to the same height all around the room.

25. Wall mount to make a small bathroom feel larger

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Conversely, if you don't have a lot of bathroom clutter to hide, try to keep furniture and sanitaryware to a minimum. Wall-mounted basins and WCs clear the floor area and have minimal impact on your walls, so they will make a small bathroom seem bigger. They're also much easier to keep clean.

Be inventive about where you place your sanitaryware, too. This basin fits perfectly in the gap between wall and window and because it's in a corner, it's less intrusive. 

26. Use mirrors to make a small bathroom feel larger

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Antique mirrored walls can be an effective way to create the illusion of a much wider space.

Also, if the passage between a master bedroom and its adjacent small bathroom is wide enough, consider adding a shower enclosure. 

‘Ensure it sits seamlessly in the background by using clear glass – possibly with a modesty panel – and a flush-to-floor tray,’ says Kirsten Wain of West One Bathrooms.

27. Make the most of an odd-shaped small bathroom

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Awkward ceiling shapes in loft conversions can be cleverly turned into stylish walk-in shower ideas with fixtures such as shower heads built into sloping walls. 

In this scheme, sandblasted glass panelling neatly partitions the bathroom from the sleeping area.

28. Simple solutions are more streamlined

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‘Architecturally and visually, it is best to keep a small bathroom feeling open by not crowding too many things into it,' explains Barbara Sallick, Co-founder, Waterworks . 'Edit your amenities often, hang your towels on bars or hooks, keep pattern to a minimum, and generally, make it simple.

'The room will feel bigger if you use a pedestal sink rather than a bulky vanity, a clear glass door rather than shower curtain and reflective surfaces such as glossy ceramic tiles in a large scale,’ adds Barbara.

This wet room idea is the perfect example of keeping things streamlined. 

29. Pick a bathtub that is made to fit

By The Albion Bath Company

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A small bathroom can cater to a tub – and a good-looking bathtub that is center stage-worthy - provided you pick a design that has been created specifically for the space. 

There are plenty of reduced-width models to choose from. Thanks to its clean lines and simple design, this tiny slipper tub from The Albion Bath Company is equally beautiful in a period home as it is in a contemporary-style space. 

Its Tubby design, meanwhile, comes in a 59inch/1500mm size while still boasting a double-ended roll-top look. 

Also look out for built-in models that are attached to the wall but have the appearance of a freestanding bath from the front.  

30. Choose minimal fixtures to boost a small bathroom

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In a small space, it's important to avoid closing it off too much with excessive furniture. Opt for frameless glass when choosing a shower screen in a wet room to ensure the space remains light, bright and uncluttered. 

31. Hang a mirror to make your bathroom feel larger

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Decorating with mirrors is essential in any cloakroom, both practically and aesthetically. They bounce natural light around a room, making the room seem instantly larger and brighter. 

Ornate options look fantastic in guest cloakrooms and are great statement pieces. If you prefer to keep things simple, then a mirror with a bevelled edge is an effective but subtle detail.

32. Light a small bathroom to make it feel bigger and brighter

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Bathroom lighting zones are a key consideration, as getting the lighting right can make all the difference to the ambience created in your bathroom. Try installing a dimmer switch so that you can control the intensity of light, depending on your mood. 

For bathroom ceiling lighting ideas, spotlights, either recessed, fitted to a track, or as part of a multi-light fitting, will instantly brighten a room.

33. Be adventurous with small bathroom decor

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A small bathroom or cloakroom need not be dull or boring. Small spaces can be elevated with bold decorating choices, like this compelling pictorial terrarium wallpaper idea, used with moody moss-green tongue-and-groove panelling.

34. Pick a cohesive style that suits your home's period

Paul Raeside

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Many people shy away from classic styles as they assume that they can crowd a room and can be too oppressive, but this isn’t the case. 

By using light colors and tones and embracing traditional fittings such as an Art Deco style, you can achieve a period look in your bathroom despite its small size.

35. Keep floors clear

Carolyn Barber

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Wall-mounted modular furniture remains a favorite for storage, due to its fuss-free, streamlined look. Available in a range of heights, widths and depths, semi-bespoke small bathroom storage ideas allow you to create storage that best suits your space. 

You’ll find a wide range of colors, from soft hues to strong brave tones, available too, as well as plenty of different textures. 

36. Keep the decor simple but add elegant fixtures

Jonathan Gooch

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In lieu of being able to enlarge room dimensions, the clever use of surface finishes can maximize the feeling of space. In a small dark space, you could keep the space light and bright with minimal pattern or color.

‘Use reflective finishes on joinery and recessed handles,’ says Nick Stuttard, co-founder of London Projects . ‘They reflect light back into the room and streamline surfaces, minimizing any awkwardness in moving around a narrow space.

37. Be brave with bold pattern

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While wallpaper is an excellent option for adding pattern to a cloakroom, depending on the level of extraction you have in your bathroom, it may not be the best choice if you use to it to bathe or shower often. 

An excellent alternative to wallpaper is patterned tile, whether in a simple repeat or a mural-style design like this one by Surface View .

38. Invest in a vintage washbasin

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Worried your bathroom design may look to contemporary and cold? Mix the old with the new for a relaxed, organic look. A vintage wash basin or compact vanity unit will offset the modern fixtures that are often necessary for a scaled-down scheme, giving the room a more lived-in look.

39. Choose luxe surfaces and accessories

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'Cleverly chosen surfaces can completely transform the look and help you make the most of even the smallest space,' says Leila Roberts from Fired Earth .  

Luxurious, tactile finishes such as polished marble, make a space space feel a lot less utilitarian. The addition of accessories like decorative lighting and a beautiful mirror, also ramp up the feeling of luxury.

'Using large-format tiles means there are fewer grout joints, making walls and floors easier to clean, too,' Leila adds.

40. Pick a washbasin that's a decorative focus

The London Basin Company Scalloped Lorelei

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Like a more traditional look? Demonstrating the perfect balance between classic design and contemporary color palettes, the vibrant blue hues of the Georgiana and Lorelei countertop washbasins will sit beautifully against any backdrop.

Whether you pick watercolour teals or contrasting, marble-effect dusty pinks, these bathroom vanity ideas will steal the limelight in a small bathroom – distracting from the rooms diminutive proportions.

41. Create a focus – with pattern

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A small bathroom always runs the risk of being characterless but you can easily rectify this with a single wall of patterned tiles, placed strategically to draw attention to an end wall or a feature wall.  

'Whether it’s stars or stripes, monochrome patterns or colors that pop... pattern and print play a big part in bringing personality into any home – it injects life into small spaces,' says Hamish Smith, Ca’ Pietra Creative Director. 'Think that pattern tiles are just for contemporary spaces? Think again and opt for a Victorian-inspired patterned tile, or a trellis pattern for a shower space to make it timeless.'

42. Draw the eye up

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A saving grace of some small bathrooms is that, while they're not big on floor space, they can make up for it with ceiling height. If that's the case, add features that encourage you to look up and take in the roominess above.

The trick employed here is to simply hang a bathroom chandelier – being sure to check IP ratings.

43. Squeeze in shelving to boost storage in a small bathroom

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It doesn't matter how small your bathroom is. If you look carefully there are opportunities for space-saving storage everywhere. Take this little alcove of shelving in an attic bathroom. 

Don't overload your shelves, however. Instead curate little vignettes and use house plants or ceramics to add pops of color.

44. Hang artwork wisely to distract from small bathroom proportions

Cole and Son wallpaper

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Wallpaper is one way to bring a small bathroom to life, and carefully positioned artwork is another. Here, the owner has used clever bathroom art ideas by hanging each canvas high, emphasising the clear wall space rather than the room's size.

45. Clash patterns

(Image credit: London Basin Company)

One way to detract from a room's scale is to give it energy and vibrancy through clashing patterns. A cloakroom like this is the perfect place to experiment. 

Featuring Grecian inspired ogee wallpaper, warm brass accents and and a richly decorated basin by London Basin Company , it makes a big statement.

46. Shock with pink

(Image credit: Emily Murray of @pinkhouseliving / Photography Susie Lowe)

There's something both moreish and Moorish about this delicious pink shower room, which demonstrates how going bold in a small space can pay off.

The brass shower and taps from Perrin & Rowe will develop their own unique patina over time, enhancing the vintage bathroom vibe that's already been created with polished plaster walls.

47. Clad a wall or two with texture

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For those who fear color may overwhelm their small bathroom, introducing texture may be a more palatable way to introduce feature walls. Cladding is a good way to achieve this – you could pick roughly hewn timber cladding or, for something more modern, a fluted finish.

According to George Holland at Victorian Plumbing, 'Fluted cladding is a great choice for smaller bathrooms prone to lots of condensation. The fluted design helps eliminate wall moisture, especially when using water-resistant ribbed tiles.' 

48. Reveal the floor to stretch space

'When planning a small bathroom, it is important to create a sense of openness even if your actual space is limited,' advises Yousef Mansuri, Head of Design at C. P. Hart. 'Revealing as much floor as possible gives the impression of a larger room, so consider wall-mounting your basins, WCs and radiators. This will also make cleaning hard-to-reach areas much easier.

'Corner cisterns for wall-hung toilets are a great option for tight bathrooms, as they take up much less space than regular ones. Paired with a compact, wall-hung toilet (50 to 45cm depth) they can really maximize the space.'

49. Boost light levels

'Lighting zones are a key consideration in a cloakroom bathroom, as getting the lighting right can make all the difference to the ambience created,' continues Yousef Mansuri. 

'I always recommend installing a dimmer switch, so that you can control the intensity of light depending on your mood. Mirrors are an essential part of any small space, both practically and aesthetically. They bounce natural light around a room, making the space seem instantly larger and brighter, while also providing a great statement piece. '

50. Clad a wall with mirrors to cheat a bigger bathroom

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An easy and effective fix – mirrors really help exaggerate space, so simply hanging a large mirror in a small bathroom will make it feel far larger. 

Combining a mirror with a dark or dramatic color scheme will help too. Shape the space you want with different kinds of frames – frameless mirrors will feel luxurious while round ones will make a room feel softer.

Expert tip – if you can’t fit one big mirror in, put up smaller ones for a similar effect.

51. Use vertical space in a small bathroom

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Instead of the usual bulky towel racks and rails, look for longer, thinner versions, designed to go up the walls. Invest in ladder shelves, or open shelves. This will add a relaxed feel to the space and the bathroom won’t feel so boxy. Take advantage of dead space you wouldn’t usually fill and stretch out your furnishings to save space.

Expert tip – tall and sleek corner fitting cabinets are an ideal small bathroom idea.

52. Stretch space in a small bathroom with wall lighting

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Lighting is often forgotten when it comes to bathroom design, and many people rely on the single ceiling bulb to do the job, but adding pools of light around the room – particularly with wall lights – is one of the easiest ways to make a small bathroom feel bigger.

Expert tip – a light around a mirror will make a room feel brighter and bigger still.

53. Go big with tiles

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Think a small bathroom would need smaller tiles? When it comes to tiny bathrooms, the bigger the tiles the better. Smaller tiles mean more grout lines, which will make the space feel tight and grid-like. Wider tiles will make a bathroom feel bigger, especially if you choose light colors. Go big with tiles to create a real illusion of space.

Expert tip – if you do want to include smaller, mosaic-style tiles limit them to an area that’s already small such as the shower or an alcove.

54. Hang a bold and daring wallpaper

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'Bathrooms are somewhere you can indulge in strong pattern and color without upsetting the flow of your overall interior design,' says Ruth Mottershead, creative director, Little Greene. 'For a luxurious haven to unwind in, consider adding a textural element with the use of wallpaper. Our wallpapers can be used in well-ventilated bathrooms on walls that don’t come into direct contact with water.’ 

If you're pondering how to design a small bathroom, the truth is that every aspect needs to be carefully considered. But that doesn't mean you need to compromise on style. 

Clever storage solutions can make all the difference, and thankfully there are now many compact options for bathrooms – from reduced-depth bathtubs and basins to slimline shower trays and frameless screens to enhance the illusion of space.

Also, bear in mind that wall-hung designs will optimise floorspace, and reflective surfaces can help bounce light around the room.

What is the best color for a small bathroom?

So, what's the best color for a small bathroom? The truth is that it depends on your own space.

First, take account of the natural daylight in your small bathroom: if it is poor or if the bathroom is north- or east-facing, you would be better choose a bathroom color that reflects light and has a touch of warmth to it.

If your bathroom is flooded with daylight thanks to a large window, there's no reason not to choose a dark color.

Consider how the bathroom color will look on all four walls – in a small space, it may be over-powering if it is dark or bold; or it may make the room feel entirely characterless if it is pale – and this is where you need to be clever with adding pattern and texture to complement that color. 

What to avoid? A strong color and poor lighting, whether daylight or artificial light – the effect will be that the entire space with have a tinge of that shade, and when you look in your small bathroom mirror you might find your face reflects that shade – which is unflattering and not conducive to wellbeing.

Is it better to use small or large tiles in a small bathroom?

We asked the Ca' Pietra design team what their view was on using tiles in small bathrooms, and they offered some differing options. 

'Some say that small mosaic tiles are the best way to go in a bijou bathroom whereas others advise to go for larger tiles to open the space up,' they explain.

'What it comes down to is whether or not you want to run with the coziness of the room, emphasizing its small proportions and celebrating its size. In which case, you can go for little tiles like our Yoga Penny or Brasserie mosaic tiles.'

'But, if you want to help a small bathroom appear larger, go for 30-60 cm plain-colored tiles on both your walls and floors and they’ll blur the boundaries so your floor space isn’t so defined.'

What are the trends for small bathrooms in 2022?

Bathroom trends have undergone a huge leap in design of late, and thanks to the effect the pandemic has had on everyone's homes – with bathrooms becoming our stay-at-home spas – this trend is set to continue right through 2023 and beyond.  

Super practical, utilitarian, minimal designs have been replaced by softer lines, organic shapes and warmer colors being applied in small bathrooms, as well as large. 

Modern technology too is being utilized to the max with ink-jet printing technology allowing manufacturers to produce all kinds of tiles, from wood and stone-effect tiles that look so similar to the real thing that it's hard to tell the difference, as well colorful and intricate patterns.

Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.

8 ideas on how to make the bathroom comfortable and functional - INMYROOM


Furniture, plumbing, lighting, finishing materials and gadgets - everything is good in a small bathroom!

When planning the design of a small bathroom, it is important to take into account every little detail: that the furniture is functional, that the plumbing is comfortable, that extra details do not “eat up” space, and that cleaning does not take all day. So, what is the first thing that will help to cope with these tasks?

Finishing materials without texture

In order not to burden yourself with grueling cleaning, choose tiles or porcelain tiles with a smooth surface, without textures and bulges. And better not a dark color.

Tiles with a pattern of natural marble or granite, wood and even the usual white "boar" will save you from manipulating rags, brushes and detergents.

Smooth fronts

Continuation of the first point: the more concise the furniture is, the easier it is to maintain. So, the lack of decorative design, open shelves, handles on doors and drawers will save a small bathroom from excess visual noise. nine0003

And keep in mind: on light glossy surfaces, dirt is much less visible than on matte ones.

Design: Jacob Delafon. Madeleine bathroom furniture collection

Drawers under the sink

When choosing a cabinet under the sink, pay attention to hanging models with drawers - they are comfortable and functional.

The absence of legs will make cleaning easier, and special U-shaped drawers will not rest against communications - literally every cubic centimeter of space can be used. nine0003

INMYROOM tip: look no further than Jacob Delafon's stylish vanity units from the Madeleine collection.
Two colors, three finishes and three sizes - finding the right vanity for your bathroom is easy!

And if the bathroom space allows, add a functional hanging column to the cabinet, and you can forget about other shelves and niches!

You may find it useful:

Jacob Delafon Madeleine collection wall-mounted washbasin vanity, 100 cm, with 2 drawers and smooth closers

Jacob Delafon Madeleine collection wall-hung vanity unit 80 cm with 2 drawers and soft-closes

Jacob Delafon Madeleine collection vanity-hung vanity 60 cm with 2 drawers and soft-closes


4 Wall-hung sanitary ware

All models of wall-mounted toilets are more compact than floor-standing toilets - with them you will save some space in a small room. And the entire drain structure is hidden behind a fine finish - the absence of pipes and a large tank will give the bathroom a neat look. nine0003

And, what can I say, cleaning a bathroom with a hanging toilet is easier and faster: less dust accumulates under it and there are no hard-to-reach places.

Anti-mud coatings

Typical small bathrooms have a particularly high concentration of steam and dust, so they have to be cleaned more often. To make life easier, plumbing manufacturers have begun to coat washbasins, toilets, and even shower glass with a transparent hydrophobic compound that prevents dirt from accumulating on surfaces. nine0003

It is worth spending money on it: it is enough to wipe the sanitary ware treated with such a composition with a damp cloth and it will be clean.

Good lighting

The bathroom is supposed to have at least two lighting scenarios - a general ceiling light and a lamp by the mirror. In a comfortable bathroom, there can be more scenarios: from the presence of natural light to adjusting the ceiling. All in your hands!

However, remember that in dim light, even a freshly cleaned bathroom will look sloppy and cramped. nine0003

Towel rail with shelf

Check out this handy model! With such a heated towel rail, you can not mount an additional shelf for bath textiles. And the best part: towels and bathrobes taken from such a shelf are always warm.

Glass partition instead of a curtain

Firstly, this solution looks neat, and secondly, transparent glasses are the best friends of small-sized ones.

A glass partition built into the side of the bath, unlike a noisy and voluminous curtain, is almost invisible, but no less perfectly protects the floor and walls from drops and splashes. nine0003

Small Bathroom Design Ideas

Small Bathroom Design Ideas:

To create the illusion of more space, try playing with light to help redefine perceptions and bring ideas for a narrow bathroom to life.

  • Pastels, whites, beiges and grays help to visually expand a small bathroom and create a sense of space.

  • Adding a window in the ceiling (if that is possible in your home) or lighting around the mirror will make the room brighter and more spacious. nine0003

  • Matching the edges of the bathroom and walls with the same tiles will create the effect of flowing from the edge of one surface to the beginning of the other, which will create the illusion of a larger room.

  • Small accessories in neutral pastel colors add character and personality to the bathroom.

To create a feeling of space in the bathroom, you need to use the right lighting. If you decide to use our bathroom design ideas, first make sure that the lighting meets the safety standards for rooms with high humidity. nine0003

Bathroom Storage Design Ideas

Storage in a small bathroom is tricky, but it can be done easily with our bathroom tips. To make the most of your bathroom space while still being practical and stylish, try this: room neat appearance. nine0003

  • Another practical bathroom design idea is to add a shelf above the sink so you don't have to put anything on the floor. Thus, you will unload the space around and you will always know where all the necessary things are.

  • The space above the toilet can also be effectively used for storage in a small bathroom by installing a small cabinet above it. You can also place the toiletry basket on the toilet or on a shelf above the toilet. nine0003

  • Bathroom cabinets can be fitted with a variety of hooks and handles, as well as small boxes for storing small items in the bathroom.

  • Fold-out shelves and hanging tins for brushes and other toiletries can be a spectacular storage solution in a small bathroom.

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