There are plenty of ways to take your small bathroom to new stylish and functional levels. But first, there are few rules to consider. Got a jewel box-sized powder room? Consider going dramatic with vibrant colors and textures. On the flip side, hardworking full bathrooms with showers or tubs are at their best when they are chock-full of durable and more practical materials that are a cinch to keep clean. There are plenty of more ideas for you to ponder. The following small bathrooms are all brimming with smart updates.
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Create a Dramatic Powder Room
Dark colors can certainly add drama to any space. Here Black Lacquer Design combines sleek black subway tile with vibrant floral wallpaper in this statement-making small bathroom. Gorgeous stained wood lends natural texture to the mix—white fixtures, such as the basin balances the striking color scheme.Continue to 2 of 9 below.
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How to Decorate a Bathroom Around a Theme
Sticking to a decorating theme can really pull together a small bathroom, as shown in this example by Alisberg Parker Architects. A few simple elements, most notably seaworthy lighting and a coordinating mirror, anchor the nautical-inspired space.Continue to 3 of 9 below.
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Powder Room Light Fixtures for Dramatic Impact
Bold wallpaper punches up this compact bathroom by Ann Lowengart Interior Design. Painting the ceiling white keeps the small space from feeling too moody. If you don't need bright task lighting, consider more ambient options. The mid-century modern-inspired sconces shown here add to the powder room's stylish and nightclub-like appeal.Continue to 4 of 9 below.
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Spice Up a Traditional Bathroom With Exciting Textures
Going with a traditional vibe is anything but boring in this small bright bathroom. With a spacious walk-in shower, this room by interior designer Ann Lowengart incorporates a variety of materials with subtle textures, which gives the space a big dose of one-of-a-kind style. First, there is the handmade pale green brick tile in the shower. It provides the bathroom with a spa-like appeal. While the shower floor looks like natural wood, it's actually durable porcelain tile. The countertop surrounding the sink basin is another practical material that is also incredibly chic—concrete.Continue to 5 of 9 below.
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Wallpaper Your Powder Room
Wallpaper just may be the easiest way to transform a small powder room. The interior designers at Park and Oak installed an abstract black and white wall covering. Keep in mind the best wallpapers for bathrooms should stand up to moisture.Continue to 6 of 9 below.
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Tricks for Maximizing Space in Your Small Bathroom
This bathroom by interior designer Ann Lowengart is packed with smart tips for making the most of limited square footage. The sink and the toilet are both appropriately-sized small space fixtures that add both function and style. Both are wall-mounted, leaving the floor open, which adds to the sense of overall spaciousness. Take a good look at the faucet and knobs over the basin as they are also attached to the wall. It is a winning solution that made it possible to install a slightly larger sink without giving up additional elbow room.Continue to 7 of 9 below.
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Use a Vanity to Make Room for Storage
If storage is at the top of your bathroom remodeling list, consider installing a large bathroom vanity. In this example, by Style by Emily Henderson, a broad, double-basin vanity makes the most of this small bathroom's narrow footprint. Gorgeous white wall tile, marble flooring, and a green stone shower surround pour on visual interest. Gold fixtures and cabinet knobs lend a luxurious touch.Continue to 8 of 9 below.
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Perk Up a Neutral, Small Bathroom With Striking Flooring
Liven up a small bathroom with eye-popping floor tiles. Fiona Leonard Interiors did just that in this space. If you are not a fan of the maximalist style, pair graphic tiles with a neutral and coordinating wall color, like shown. Metallic accents like the gold cabinet knobs and pictures frames add a splash of bling.Continue to 9 of 9 below.
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Get Creative With Your Bathroom's Layout
When square footage feels limited, it provides an opportunity to get mighty creative. The design team at Studio McGee made room for a sizable vanity with a narrow shower. The glass partition keeps the bathroom feeling open and airy instead of cramped and cluttered. We love features that make any bathroom feel more luxurious, such as the handy shower bench shown here. Bathrooms are the perfect spaces for patterned tile. Sticking to monochromatic hues as shown will keep things from feeling too busy.