Small Bathroom Decorating Ideas

Gather small bathroom decorating ideas, and get ready to add style and appeal to a snug bathroom space.

Small Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub and Shower

Royal Blue Bathroom With White Slipper Tub

A translucent shower curtain surrounds the freestanding white bathtub creating a functional shower. Bold blue walls pop against white trim and wainscoting. White molding placed below the line of the ceiling creates a visually smaller space, and a sparkling chandelier adds a touch of glamor to the space

If you're remodeling or installing a bathroom, you'll want to browse small bathroom decorating ideas. While the blueprint for your bathroom won't change based on how it's decorated, you can "expand" the space with a few strategic decorating ideas, creating a space that's elegant, attractive and efficient.

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White Modern Bathroom With Lush Living Wall

Luxury Bath With Blue Mosaic Tile

Traditional Bathroom With Stone Tub

Modern Red Bathroom With Bold-Patterned Wallpaper

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Contemporary Neutral Bathroom With a View

Traditional Powder Room With Brown-and-Blue Wallpaper

Bathroom with Blue Painted Walls and Black Granite Sink

Large Bathroom With Double Vanity

Blue Coastal Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Rustic Bathroom With Wood Ceiling and Walls Plus Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Stunning Contemporary Powder Room

Modern Bathroom with an Earthy Stone Shower

Custom Carved Limestone Sink and Sunburst Mirror

Rustic Cowgirl Bathroom With Distressed Red Vanity

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Asian-Inspired Bathroom With Textured Walls

Traditional Luxury Bathroom with Picture Window

Peter Rymwid View original photo.

Feminine Master Bathroom in Pale Green and Pink

Master Bathroom With Robin's Egg Blue Walls

Cheryl Clendendon

Fresh-Cut Tulips Bring Life to Tropical Bathroom

Neutral Transitional Bathroom

Dazzling Master Bathroom in Black and White

Frameless Glass Shower in Contemporary Master Bath

Neutral Bathroom With Fireplace and Sitting Area

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Rustic Bathroom with Clawfoot Soaking Tub

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe View original photo.

Warm Transitional Bathroom With Dual Vanities and Chandelier

Red Claw-Foot Tub in Green Bathroom

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo Edward Addeo View original photo.

Transitional Bathroom With Pink Armchair and Wallpaper

Rustic Master Bathroom With Exposed Brick

Bold Designer Bathroom That is Small on Space But Big on Style

Tiny Pink Victorian Bathroom

Contemporary Spa Bathroom With Hexagonal Mirrors

Transitional Bathroom With Terra Cotta Accent Wall

Light Blue Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Neutral Transitional Bathroom With Spacious White Shower

Taupe Guest Bedroom with White Fixtures and Dark Wood Accents

French Country Bathroom

Bathroom With Large Bathtub and Bamboo Framed Mirrors

Vintage Gray Bathroom With Marble And Silver Sink

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick View original photo.

Contemporary Master Bathroom with Spa Tub

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Rustic Neutral Bathroom with Exposed Beams and Stone Mosaic Floor

2013 Gibbs Smith, Allure of French & Italian Decor, Betty Lou Phillips Photo Courtesy: Dan Piassick View original photo.

Orange Accents Brighten Up a Contemporary Powder Room

Gibbs Smith, Farrow and Ball, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Teen Bathroom With Pink Mosaic Tile

Gibbs Smith, Barry Dixon Interiors, Brian D Coleman, Edward Addeo (photographer) Photo Credit: Edward Addeo View original photo.

Traditional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Eclectic Bathroom with Pocket Door

Traditional White Bathroom With Double Vanities

Elegant Traditional Master Bath

Modern Bathroom With Marble Walls and Warm Wooden Vanity

Cottage Bathroom With Soaking Tub

Modern Bathroom With Textured Gray Wallpaper and Trough Sink

Brown Transitional Master Bathroom

Hollywood-Inspired Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Elegant Vanity

Gibbs Smith, Charles Faudree Interiors, Charles Faudree, Jenifer Jordan (photographer) Photo Credit: Jenifer Jordan View original photo.

marlbe countertop and vanity

2013 Gibbs Smith, Rustic Elegance, Ralph Kylloe Ralph Kylloe

Neutral Bathroom With White Slipper Tub and Brick Columns

Blue Glass Tile Shower in a Charming Kid's Bathroom

Traditional Bathroom With Patterned Wallpaper

Master Bathroom With Calacatta Marble and Console Sinks

Marianne Brown View original photo.

Colorful Floral Girls Bathroom

Small Earthy Bathroom With Stone Bathtub Surround

Old World Master Bathroom With Carrara Marble Floor

Japanese Master Bathroom

Matthew Coates Ellis View original photo.

Small Bathroom With Subway and Mosaic Tile

Asian-Style Bathroom With Sunken Tub

White Updated Girly Glam Bathroom

Naomi Stein View original photo.

Contemporary Bathroom With Mounted Double Sinks

Eclectic Bathroom with Patterned Wallpaper and Bold Mirror

Bathroom With Neutral Tile Walls, Contemporary Vanity and Glass Shower

Sleek Bathroom Style

Neutral Bathroom With Victorian Tub

Contemporary Master Bathroom With Dark Wood Vanities

Light Gray Tiled Bathroom With Vintage Tub

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Black and White Striped Bathroom With Dark Brown Accents

Tiny Powder Room With Larger-Than-Life Wallpaper

Yellow-Tiled Angled Bathroom Wall With Hexagonal Floors

Gray Bathroom With Subway Tile Tub Surround

Contemporary and Sophisticated Bathroom

Traditional Master Bath With Marble-Surround Tub

Neutral Cottage Guest Bathroom With Claw Foot Tub

Modern Bath in Neutral and Warm Wood Tones with Red Accents

Modern Green Powder Room With Mosaic Tile

Asian Bathroom With Kimono Fabric Wallpapper

Dramatic Asian Bathroom

Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Master Bathroom With Spacious Walk-In Shower

Crisp White Powder Room

Beautiful Master Bathroom With Ornate Column

Black and White Bathroom with Pops of Yellow

Yellow Floral Wallpapered Bathroom

Light Blue Contemporary Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Transitional Master Bathroom with Skylight

Eclectic Master Bathroom With Moroccan-Style Tile Wall

Powder Room Floating Vanity by Lori Dennis

Spacious Contemporary Bathroom

Transitional Gray Powder Room With White Pedestal Sink

Bathroom Vanity with Accessories

Elegant Transitional Bathroom With Freestanding Tub

Stylish Bathroom With Graphic Wallpaper and Salmon-Colored Vanity

Small bathrooms can be a design and decorating challenge, but with the right combination of fixtures, surfaces, colors, decor and lighting, it's possible to create the illusion of a much larger space. In recent years, bathrooms have begun to expand significantly in size — master bathrooms in newer homes can be positively palatial affairs, for example. Older homes tend to feature much smaller bathrooms throughout, and even newer construction often features half baths that can benefit from the decorating tricks that help create the illusion of more space.

One of the first tenets of small bathroom decor is to consider color and light. Generally speaking, a bathroom — or any space for that matter — will always seem larger if it's lighter and brighter. For this reason, be sure to take full advantage of any natural light available in your small bathroom. Make sure any curtains or shades are translucent, and keep windowsills free of any items that would obstruct sunlight from entering the space. Similarly, when choosing paint colors or a color scheme for the entire space, focus on lighter, livelier hues.

Your choice of an overall stylistic approach for your bathroom can also serve to expand or contract the space. Although any style can work in a small space if it's minimal enough, traditional, rustic or country styles tend to feature more adornment and decor than contemporary and modern styles, which are generally more sleek and streamlined. A great example of a space-saving fixture that works well in a more updated design is a pedestal sink. This efficient space saver can work great with a simple, straightforward style.

Lighting can go a long way towards creating the appearance of more space in a small bathroom. Task and decorative lighting can be strategically deployed to open up the bathroom, with the sink and shower areas illuminated specifically with task lights, and space over and below cabinets decoratively illuminated to create height and depth in the space.

Another way to add height and depth is with your choices for surface patterns. For walls, consider beadboard or wallpaper with vertical stripes to add a sense of height to the entire space. Hardwood floors or tile should run the length of the space to make it seem longer, and tilework on walls should be perpendicular to flooring, to create further depth in the space. Finally, for wall tilework, consider adding unbroken, continual horizontal line designs; these will serve to create the illusion of a space that keeps going everywhere you look.

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