Small Bathroom Photos and Ideas

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    Small Bathroom Photos and Ideas

    Luxury Bathroom Interior
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    Small bathroom design has to be smart bathroom design because there is possibly no other room that needs to function as well as a bathroom. After all, one isn't required to cook or entertain, but one certainly needs to bathe!

    There are certain rules for decorating a small bath or a tiny shower, but in the right space, rules can be broken. May these inspirational small bathroom photos, along with decorating ideas and tips for small baths, help you create a bathroom that functions and looks as grand as a large one.

    For more on decorating a small bathroom, see our article.

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    There's (Almost) No Space Too Small

    We've all toured a home and heard, "Oh, we wanted a bathroom [over there, on this floor, off this bedroom, etc] but the area was just too small." Never underestimate the power of a good floor plan. It may be to your advantage to hire a designer who knows how much space a person needs for legroom, door swing, etc, and can coordinate a fully functional bath to fit your space. Oftentimes, if you can get plumbing and wiring to it, you can fit a bath.

    If you need further convincing, check out this beautiful but tiny under-the-stair bathroom featured on Home-Designing.

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    Dare to Go Dark

    We know the rule—one should always stick with light colors in small spaces—but dark colors are where the drama is. The great thing about dark colors in bathrooms is that white fixtures and/or light colored tile can provide a nice balance for darker walls, so oftentimes one can get away with a bolder color scheme.

    This bathroom featured on Lowe's came in on the budget at less than $3000. That's much lower than most bathroom remodels. The contemporary pebble tile flooring and the sophisticated color scheme is nicely balanced by a more traditional-style pedestal sink and a lighting fixture.

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    Be Bold With Brights

    Design Sponge featured this tiny, cottage style bath that got a big facelift with a bright, fresh color palette. Again, not a color scheme typically advised for small spaces, but it works with this owner's unique style and really helped to brighten up this bath's dark, outdated space.

    If you want to go with a bright color scheme in your bath, tread carefully. This works because it flows with the color scheme throughout the rest of the house and matches the homeowner eclectic style. If you like bright colors but are unsure about the all-over color, consider going with white or light walls and using bright colors as accents.

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    Neutrals Are Never Bland

    This gorgeous bath is featured on Apartment Therapy and just goes to prove that one can still create a lavish design in a small bath. Chandeliers and ornate mirrors typically go in great halls, not in tiny bathrooms, but the soft yet sophisticated neutral color scheme is what makes such opulent elements work in a small space.

    Remember that in a room's color scheme, white and black count as colors, so this bath sticks to a three-color palette and pulls it off perfectly.

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    Be the Center of Attention

    Soft pastel bathroom
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    A great way to draw attention away from the small size of your bathroom is to create a focal point or a place in the bath that immediately draws your attention. It could be a window, like in the bathroom pictured, or it could be a unique vanity or other fixture.

    The decorators of this small bathroom designed this room to highlight the window, making this a fabulous focal point for this space. Natural light has many advantages in a bathroom, and the tiered floor and claw foot tub further work to draw attention to the window's warmth and beauty.

    If you choose to create or use a focal point, keep the rest of the elements in the bathroom simple. Too many focal points confuse the eye and make a small space feel cluttered and much smaller than it actually is.

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    One Color Can Be Enough

    One color bathroom
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    When decorating, it is hard to use restraint. The more-is-better philosophy just feels so right, but in this mini bathroom, it would feel so wrong. The decor in this bath comes from the strong design and color, and adding much else would make this bathroom feel overdone. Often in small spaces, less really is more.

    The designer of this space uses a one-color palette to its fullest. When you have a great color, there's no reason to add another. Too much color in this small space would detract from the sleek modern lines and would make this bathroom feel cluttered instead of cloistered. The calm sea green and simplicity of this bath is what makes this space feel like a retreat.

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    Storage Is a Necessity

    Bathroom storage
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    When designing or decorating your small bath, place storage needs at the top of your list. In a half bath or guest bathroom, you may not need much. The rule of thumb for bathroom storage is that the more you use it, the more storage it will need.

    This small bathroom, located in an older home, was lacking in storage, but a small tower was squeezed in. Choosing storage the same color as the walls keeps it from standing out and helps it look like it is part of the room instead of an additional piece, which is a great design decision in a small space.

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    Small Spaces Rule

    Small bathroom space
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    We know we said that you could break the "small room" rules, but you have to know the rules before you can gain the wisdom to break them. Study small space design, and seek to incorporate the rules into your small bath. Then, have fun! Feel free to branch out and try a new thing or two.

    For example, this small bath makes the most of the small space rules by choosing a glass vanity (glass is great for small spaces!) with a compact design. This bath also sticks with neutral colors, which are also great for small spaces. But then this bath breaks the rules by using a lot of texture and dark colors with cool undertones. But who cares, because it certainly works!

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    Making It All Fit

    Tiled bathroom walls around tub
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    As most Europeans know, the great thing about floor to ceiling tile is that a shower door or curtain becomes optional, resulting in a shower or tub fitting into a smaller space. Most tile contractors can craft a shower pan or base in any size or shape imaginable, so feel free to place a shower in an awkward area, if needed. This may help you use your small bathroom's space to a greater advantage. Save money by removing all existing ​tile and doing any demo and finishing work yourself.