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Traditional-Style Small Bathrooms

Tour these compact bathrooms and find classic, traditional bathroom design ideas for your small bath.


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    • Historical Perspective

      Limited square footage doesn't prevent this small bathroom from going big on style. An arched doorway crafted with a stone-look veneer -- a feature that repeats throughout the rest of the home -- creates old-world appeal. Dark wood stains and a combination of natural stone surfaces convey drama and elegance.

    • Stone Enclosure

      The bathroom's organic and earthy palette made it easy to furnish the space with a mix of dramatic surfaces and stunning fixtures. Here, slate tiles in the shower envelop the area with style warmth. The glass door offers an uninterrupted view from the bathroom's entrance to the back wall.

    • Vanity Style

      The furniture-style vanity fits into a small niche just inside the bathroom's entrance. The piece features an open bottom, which offers storage space and prevents the small room from feeling too cramped and crowded. The stone veneer on the wall repeats the look featured in the shower enclosure.

    • Spouting Elegance

      The vessel sink's weathered texture and copper patina give it enough heft to play well with the slate accent wall and sleek granite countertop. The arched wall-mount faucet looks elegant and graceful.

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    • Opening Up

      A porthole-style window in the shower allows a steady stream of natural light into the bathroom. Paired with the glass shower door, the window offers an uniterrupted view from the bathroom's entrance to the outside.

    • Elegant Accents

      Fleur-de-lis accents scattered throughout the bathroom are a nod to the homeowner's New Orleans roots. Here, a towel bar adorned with the shape lends a subtle touch of drama.

    • Traditional and Trendy

      Traditional styling meets modern functionality in this small bathroom. Crisp whites mingle with darkly stained wood to create contrast and make the room feel more open. The clean-lined, freestanding tub creates a striking style statement along one wall.

    • A Study in Contrasts

      The vanity features simple wood cabinet doors and drawers framed with white, creating contrast and allowing the wood grain to shine. The shapely mirror above the vanity lends artistic appeal.

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      Vintage Inspiration

      Vintage-look glass knobs on the cabinet doors and drawers blend effortlessly with the room's traditional aesthetic. The glass finish doesn't detract from the dramatic contrast created between the white walls and dark wood finish.

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      Graceful Elegance

      Sconces adorned with crystals are both decorative and utilitarian. The fixtures look elegant when paired with the stylish mirror frame and pretty glass door pulls.

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      Tile Style

      Golden-tone onyx tiles, which echo the color of the cabinetry, combine with crisp white marble to add a subtle layer of pattern to the bathroom floor. Radiant floor heating keeps the tile feeling toasty all year round.

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      Get Your Fill

      A brushed-metal tub filler adds a splash of elegance to the clean-lined bathtub. Similar to the sconces and cabinet pulls, the faucet adds subtle shimmer and undeniable vintage style.

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      Modern Convenience

      The marble shower enclosure features a handheld showerhead, which is the perfect companion to a ceiling-mount rain-style fixture above. The adjustable mount is affixed to a wall bar, which provides convenience to bathers of all heights.

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      Forward Thinking

      This once-outdated small bathroom gets a big style boost thanks to a handful of traditional touches. White subway tile along the bottom half of the wall and in the shower surround reflect years gone by. Shimmering chrome fixtures throughout the room add sparkle and elegance.

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      Clean and Simple

      The bathroom's small custom vanity was painted a neutral gray and topped with crisp white marble, a surface often found in traditional-style bathrooms. The wall-mount medicine cabinet was painted the same color as the walls to blend in with its surroundings, allowing the marble countertop to stand out.

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      Fabulous Fixtures

      The shower features an adjustable showerhead mounted on a chrome bar, making the shower easily accessbile for bathers of all abilities. The fixture reflects light streaming in from the nearby window and adds subtle sparkle to the shower enclosure.

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      Convenient Shelving

      A niche in the shower provides the perfect spot for built-in shelving. A small shelf on the bottom houses a tiny bottle and bar soap, while the taller upper shelf can be used to place larger items like shampoo and conditioner.

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      Splendid Surfaces

      The shapely sink and curvy faucet add subtle feminine appeal to the vanity. Both the sink and faucet were kept relatively simple, which allows the marble countertop to take center stage.

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      Light Me Up

      A light fixture installed above the vanity mirror conveys vintage style, which enhances the bathroom's traditional look. The crisp white shades provide contrast to the bluish-gray wall color.

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      Style Meets Function

      The white subway tiles on the walls and shower surround get a splash of contrast thanks to black liner tiles that run around the perimeter of the room. The glass shower door offers an uniterrupted view from the bathroom's entrance to the back wall.

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