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7 Big Ideas For Small Bathrooms

By Katie Carlson on Jan 14, 2016
7 Big Ideas For Small Bathrooms

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The fact that your bathroom is small doesn’t mean you can’t make it look like a big deal. Small bathrooms are more common than you think, and there are many great design layouts to help maximize their capacity.

With the right colors, design elements and materials, your small bathroom will appear larger. You’ll also enjoy the space that much more and stop obsessing about the size. See seven big ideas that are sure to prove to you that small bathrooms can be beautiful and fancy too.


1. Zen Escape/Retreat

Yes, you’re aware that your bathroom is tiny, but it’s an important room in the home and you want it to be nice. You can complain about the size and ignore the clutter, or you can turn your small bath into a Zen escape for any day of the week.

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Tile is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think about a bathroom retreat. Neutral is a great color to select for your tile, and wood and stone are a few materials that will work well in this style bath. Your goal is to create a room that is calming and peaceful. Designers are installing oversized shower heads and accessories to create the perfect bathroom retreat. Also, make sure you have the proper lighting installed, such as dimmer switches, so you can easily adjust the brighteness of the room.

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2. Bright Neutral Pallet

Maybe you don’t really care that much about Zen, but you know you want your bathroom to radiate charm. Bright white and neutral pallets are perfect for creating a chic and attractive powder room. Install wood paneling and a chair rail if you’d like to add formality to your small bath.

You’ll also be happy to know that light color schemes, such as pastels, neutrals and white are all colors that will give the illusion of a larger room. Using these tips, you can easily create a soft and sophisticated bathroom in your home.


3. Backsplash & Fancy Flooring

Since you’re dealing with less square feet in a small bath, you’ll also be dealing with less wall and floor space. One way you can bump up the appeal of a small bathroom is by splurging on a backsplash or fancy flooring, since you won’t need a ton of material to get the job done.

Adding a fancy backsplash is also a great way to step it up in a small bathroom. If you select a backsplash that has reflective properties, it will help open up the space. This is the perfect opportunity to get something you might not normally invest in.

4. Creative & Colorful Storage

Take a good look at your bathroom and see where you can replace pictures or blank wall space with built-in shelving or cabinets. One spot that I’ve seen a lot of homeowners take advantage of is the empty space above the toilet.

I love this next idea. Make stashing your stuff a little more fun by adding an unanticipated splash of color to the inside of your vanity and drawers. You can do this by adding paint or a brightly colored adhesive paper. Who said a small bathroom has to be boring?


5. Windows & Glass

Adding windows, glass and reflections should be a main objective when it comes to making a small bathroom look bigger. Install a glass shower door and multiple mirrors to create the effect of an extended space.

Also, take note of where your natural light is coming from and see if there’s anywhere you can add more windows. If there’s no room to install a new window, then create the illusion of a window by hanging four smaller mirrors in the shape of a square on the wall.

6. A Pocket Door

A swinging door takes up more real estate in a bathroom than a pocket door. A pocket door slides from left to right, instead of in and out like your standard door. This type of door still gives you privacy in the bathroom, while freeing up floor space. This might be one of my favorite space savers that homeowners often forget to consider installing.

Sink Skirt

7. Skirt the Small Sink

When you’re tight on space in your bathroom, installing a pedestal sink is your best option. Skirting is such a cute idea for any small bathroom that has a pedestal sink! It’s a great way to cover-up unattractive hardware and exposed plumping that often comes with this design.

Adding a skirt will also create another hidden spot for storage! A sink skirt is both functional and stylish. What more could you ask for?


Don’t let a small space crush your dreams of having a spectacular bathroom. If properly executed, these practical tips are sure to take your mind off the size of your bath, and refocus your attention on the beauty. If you do try any of these ideas out, let us know. We’d love to hear details about your experience in the comments section below!

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