6 Small Bathroom Decorating Tips Designers Actually Use

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Small bathrooms don’t have to pose a design dilemma. Although they may be short on space, a small bathroom can encourage you to get extra creative, flexing style and function in interesting new ways.

From tucked-away storage to working with one-dimensional elements like wallpaper, designers know the right tricks to help small baths and pocket-sized powder rooms live up to their full potential.

If you’re looking for ways to transform a small loo into a welcoming spot, you’ve come to the right place. We asked six design pros to share their best tips for making a space-pressed bath feel loads larger, read on for their best tricks.

Make the Shower Clear

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It might be tempting to cloak an old tub or shower stall in a shower curtain, but consider this: ditching the curtain in favor of a clear, unobstructed glass partition can fool the eye by “expanding” a sense of space.

When you close off a tub with a shower curtain, you also lose the decorative potential of the shower surround itself. A bold-colored tile or patterned tile shower surround is a great way to give a small bath a kick of energy.

Light Your Shower

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In a small bathroom, a good portion of your square footage is assumed by a shower or bathtub. With that in mind, it’s wise to turn the shower or bathtub itself into a statement maker. Amhad Freeman, a designer and founder of Amhad Freeman Interiors does this by adding lighting to shower niches. 

“I like to place lighting in the shower niche because you don’t need overhead lighting in the shower anymore," Freeman says. "It turns the niche into a prime place for spotlighting decorative items like premium soaps, shampoos—or even flowers.”

Move in a Medicine Cabinet

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Storage is at a premium in every room, but especially in small loos where cabinet-style vanities are often forgone in favor of space-saving pedestal sinks. To create storage out of thin air, Candace Plotz, the founder of Candace Plotz Design, is a fan of medicine cabinets. 

Plotz emphasizes the importance of making the most of limited space which is why she loves the unparalleled convenience of a medicine cabinet.

"Often dismissed in the design world, I’ve had a change of heart due to their invaluable storage benefits," Plots says. "Positioned at just the right height, they optimize accessibility.”

Keep in mind that medicine cabinets don’t need to lack style, either. Pass over generic contractor-grade models in favor of designs with unique details like arched tops, cane-panel doors, or bright-colored metal construction.     

Build in a Recessed Nook

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For those willing to roll up their sleeves a bit more, Paulina Hospod, a designer a Aha Interiors, loves what a recessed or built-in niche or cabinet can do for a small bathroom.

When it seems like there’s no space to be found, Hospod recommends looking at wall studs because there's almost always space in between them which should be taken advantage of.

Shampoo bottles and soap niches, a standby in most showers these days, are a great way of integrating additional storage. However, don’t overlook grander-scale recessed options such as built-in medicine cabinets and tall storage cabinets.

“Seamless walls without protrusions visually make a bathroom more spacious, organized, and personalized,” Hospod says.

Design a More Thoughtful Vanity

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If your bathroom has room for a full vanity, it’s worth being extra thoughtful with the design, Bianca Ecklund, a designer and founder of Bianca Ecklund Design, says. Noting that many vanities have a false drawer front at the top, which wastes space, Ecklund recommends rethinking it.

“When designing a small vanity, I opt for two doors on top and a large drawer below instead of the more traditional faux drawer at the top and doors below,” Ecklund says.

Work Wallpaper and Wainscoting

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In a small bath, your walls are one of your best assets. Splashing them with color, pattern, or texture will add style and personality while not taking up any physical space.

Keri Lainas, a designer at Keri Michelle Interiors, loves adding wallpaper and wainscot because it can completely elevate a smaller bathroom space and make it feel more expansive.

If you’ve ever fallen in love with a statement wallpaper that feels too wild for a living room or dining room, a powder room can be an excellent place to embrace it. Pairing it with solid-color painted wainscoting will help dial back the drama as well.

Do keep in mind that lighter wallpaper will make the space look larger, however.

“Keeping the space light, bright, and soft will give it a larger and fresh feel,” Lainas says.

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