Small Bathroom Ideas and Designs

Looking for small bathroom ideas? Even with a small bathroom, you can still make it practical, be stylish, while making the best use of the space. So, you have a small bathroom to work with and you are looking for some ideas on how to make your small space feel and look bigger. At Houzz, we have all the inspiration for small bathrooms you need to create the room you want.

Light is a great way to make a small bathroom feel and look bigger

In a bathroom, especially one that is lacking in space, this simple trick makes all the difference. Natural light is best so if possible, installing a skylight can help, particularly when windows are not enough. Keep windows clear too and avoid blocking or obstructing them. When it isn’t possible to get natural light into a room, for example in a small downstairs cloakroom, using good spotlighting will help to bring more light into the room. Mirrored and high shine surfaces are also a good way to reflect and refract light around the room. This again will add to the illusion of more space.

Use colours to brighten up your bath

Other than using light to make your small bathroom look bigger, you can also use colour and various wall coverings to create this effect. Lighter shades give the illusion of more space as they keep it feeling airy. White is the best colour to do this with and is a great colour to use in a bathroom as it also gives a clean feel. Beige or cream can also be used in a bathroom and feel a little warmer than white. Pale blues and green shades work well to reflect the light around the room, opening up the space and making it feel bigger too. In a small bathroom where the ceiling is a little low, painting the walls and ceiling the same colour will help the eye travel effortlessly throughout the room, once again giving the appearance of a more spacious bathroom. Adding vertical stripes can also have this effect by making the room feel taller. Horizontal stripes will make a room appear wider which is perfect for a bathroom where the walls are close - the stripes help the eye to travel around the room. Keep the same colour on the walls and ceiling - makes it look like the walls blend in and extends the wall height.

Storage is key in small bathrooms

With a small bathroom, you do not only want to create the illusion of more space with the tricks mentioned, but also save space by choosing furniture, fixtures and fittings that take up less room. Instead of having a bulky cabinet sink, install a floating basin. With less space, a typical vanity unit may be too big to fit in a smaller bathroom, so considering other storage options is a must. Alcoves and niches are a good way to store items without taking up lots of additional space. Radiators often take up much needed space but are especially needed in a bathroom. Consider underfloor heating to get around this issue.

With these small bathroom ideas and tips, you have all the inspiration you need to create something you can be proud of.


Whether you want inspiration for planning a small bathroom renovation or are building a designer bathroom from scratch, Houzz has 70,398 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Metre Squared Architecture and Yoko Kloeden Design. Look through bathroom photos in different colours and styles and when you find a small bathroom design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful small bathroom ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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