While they’re short on space, these small bathrooms make the most of their size with interesting designs, features and storage solutions.
This bathroom takes advantage of the oft-forgotten extra space under the stairs. The cozy half-bath all but disappears when the door is shut. Classic subway tiles and bold graphic wallpaper create an elegant visual effect.
Room to Think
Who says a tiny bath can’t make a large statement? Despite its tight quarters, this small loo is given a decidedly decorative lift with its two-toned whale-patterned wallpaper. While you might think that dark colors make a room appear smaller, they actually can take the focus off its size and onto far more interesting design elements.
This bathroom is mostly unadorned, apart from one striking design element—the tile. The black linear tile ascends from the floor up the back wall of the shower, creating a streamlined, modern look.
Nooks and Crannies
Tiny bathrooms need an extra dose of creative planning, and dead wall space beside—or above—the toilet should not go to waste. Add several narrow shelves to maximize your storage options. Secure wall brackets to mount traditional shelves or consider floating shelves for a sleeker look.
Mirrors, Mirrors on the Walls
For a very narrow bathroom, add a mirror to the tub’s built-in side panel to make it appear larger. Keep other décor to a minimum to avoid muddling the effect.
In a small bathroom, every inch matters. This vanity stretches all the way to the edge of the tub, making the most of available wall space to create the largest countertop possible.
Bold and Beautiful
This stunning, two-toned bathroom features black-painted moldings and trim, which accentuates the room’s distinct features. The slate-colored soaking tub creates an elegant focal point.
Stacks of Storage
Small bathrooms can easily look cluttered, so having good storage is extra critical. Stay organized by adding mounted wall shelves and tall, freestanding units that maximize the height of the room.
One creative and easy way to make a cozy bathroom feel bigger is to add a dramatic built-in shelf unit next to—or around—the door. This does more than maximize storage space in an area that’s usually left untouched; it also draws your eyes upward to make the room feel larger.
Put a Lid on It
Toilets often can look like a clunky eyesore in a small bathroom. Building a simple custom shelf over the top of the toilet adds an eye-catching design element, lessening the focus on the porcelain throne while adding an extra spot to showcase crafts or collectibles.
The space under a slanted ceiling can be well-utilized for a bath tub. A structural beam in this bathroom is painted black to match the tub surround and ﬂoor, making them feel like a cohesive unit. White walls and shelves lighten and brighten the space, making it feel bigger than it is.
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Corner Sink Cuteness
A small basement bathroom doesn’t have to been drab and dreary. The painted exposed brick in this room serves as backdrop to a photo gallery. An elegant black mirror and light ﬁxture frame a small sink skirted in a bold coordinating fabric making this subterranean loo seriously glam.
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