15 Tiny Bathrooms That Will Inspire You to Downsize + Declutter
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Surprisingly, designing a small bathroom is a lot harder than it seems. A small space limits your design decisions and can present a host of challenges. However, the good news is that it’s also often the perfect spot to experiment, go bold and take some chances in.
I’ve rounded up 15 of my favorite real-life tiny bathrooms from Instagram, and all of them feature fab design ideas that you can steal for your own space.
Tile the Whole Wall
While tile is often used on half of the wall in a bathroom, a small bath is the perfect spot to try taking it up to the ceiling. In this space, the penny tile draws your eyes up and helps to make the space much larger than it actually is.
Don't Be Afraid to Ditch the Tub
Sometimes you simply don’t have room for a tub. For a box-shaped small bath, you might want to consider ditching the tub altogether and instead putting in a beautiful glass shower. The glass really helps to open this space up and makes it feel light and airy. If you have the space (and budget) you can even add a small bench in the shower.
Use Mirrors and Go Glam
Mirrors are also a great go-to trick for opening up a small space. You could try going all in and mirroring the entire space. Or for a slightly less glam approach, try mirroring the entire wall above your sink. Another great bonus is that the glass for mirrors typically costs much less than tile.
Get Some Plants in There
Even though space is at a premium in a tiny bathroom, bringing in a bit of life is still always a good idea. A plant on a simple stool looks great, or if you truly don’t have one inch to spare, try putting a plant on the back of your toilet, in a windowsill or even hanging from the ceiling. Just remember to choose a plant that will thrive in whatever type of environment you have in your space.
Build Storage Around Your Tub
If you have the budget to add a custom element, building storage around your tub might be the perfect space-saving solution for your space. This surround provides a ton of additional storage and is completely invisible if you don’t know to look for it. You can store extra supplies, bath essentials or even cleaning supplies.
It's Time to Get Creative
If you lack counter space in your tiny bathroom, try creating some hanging storage. This pot doubles as some additional storage for smaller items such as makeup or hair supplies. If you have enough space, you could even hang several pots in a small grouping.
Ditch Shelving for a Ladder
Over-the-toilet storage is not known for being particularly chic. However, using a ladder is a stylish way to add some additional storage space for towels or magazines. A narrow, wood ladder would work well leaning against your wall, and you can easily remove the bottom few rungs so that it fits properly.
Use Baskets to Store Extra Items
While typical bathroom shelves and a cart are a fine solution, you can also use other items, such as baskets, to warm up your space a bit. Baskets are a great solution to store laundry, extra rolls of paper towels, magazines or even extra bathroom supplies.
Try a Rug Instead of a Bath Mat
Another great way to add some personality to your space is to use a small rug instead of a standard bath mat. A flat-weave rug would work best for a bathroom. (You definitely don’t want anything shaggy as it will absorb too much water.) Don’t forget to choose a rug that feels good under your bare feet!
Say "Yes" to Wallpaper
Small spaces are always a great place to start if you've been itching to experiment with wallpaper, and bathrooms are no exception. Wallpaper can help you add some color, texture or pattern to your tiny bathroom. And if you choose an economical wallpaper, it can often be less expensive than tile.
Choose a Vanity With Storage
Choosing a vanity with storage is often a clever way to stretch your space as much as possible in a small bathroom. If you can find something with closed storage, you’ll have a spot to hide away items such as hair dryers, cleaning supplies or anything else you’d like to keep out of view.
Add a Gallery Wall
An easy way to spiff up a small bathroom that you don’t want to do any major renovations in is to add some artwork. You can create a ton of visual interest by adding a gallery wall with your favorite pieces of artwork. If you need some inspiration about which pieces to include, try keeping a theme. You could do a family photo theme, an ode to your favorite city or even use pieces of your favorite wallpaper.
Find Narrow Storage Pieces
When looking for storage solutions for an itsy-bitsy bathroom, try to find pieces that are a bit more narrow. Standard storage pieces are often not sized for a tiny bathroom, so it’s worth it to measure your space and try to find a solution that works with your specifications.
Experiment With Pops of Color
If you have an all white or mostly white bathroom, try adding some fun pops of color to your space, like these bright yellow shelves. Other easy ways to add color include: artwork, colorful accessories or even some patterned towels. A bright shower curtain is always a great solution, too.
Dark + Moody Works, Too
If bright colors are not your thing, you can also go dark and moody in a bathroom for a more dramatic look. This eclectic bath goes all in on the dark and moody vibe by painting the walls and doors black and pairing it with a darker wood trim. Colors really pop against the black backdrop, and the worldly touches and accessories really help the space stand out.