Small Bathroom Solutions
Tight bathroom spaces are often more about embracing function than style. Learn how to make the most of your small bath with a little creativity and a few space-saving tricks.
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With limited wall space, small bathrooms require creative thinking when it comes to decorating. Transform a plain mirror into a standout feature with decorative trim. This ornate mirror frame echoes the traditional European vibe of this pint-size powder room.
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A vintage wooden pedestal lends the perfect base for a small vessel sink and wall-mount faucet in this glamorous powder room. The narrow countertop offers a place to perch toiletries, and the large mirror that spans the length of the vanity wall prevents the small space from feeling cramped and crowded.
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Seeing the Light
Want to make your bathroom feel bigger without expanding the square footage? Try extending the sight lines so your eye can travel farther through the space. Adding a window at the end of the axis is one solution for a tight space. Or nix a heavy shower curtain or cumbersome doors in favor of a simple panel of glass.
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A New Approach
A pint-size L-shape vanity proves it's not size but style that matters when it comes to bathroom decor. The modern vanity transforms an empty corner into the focal point of the bathroom. A stylish vessel sink and contemporary-style faucet complete the modern look.
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Get It Together
Similar to those used in kitchen cabinetry, drawers provide deep storage that’s always within reach. The design of the drawer helps corral cleaning supplies and other bathroom necessities. You can find roll-out drawers in the kitchen and bath departments of home improvement stores. Mount a towel rack on the inside of a cabinet door or on shelves inside a cabinet to keep towels on hand and off the countertop.
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Style your space using sleek lines, reflective hardware, and minimal accessories to create a bath you'll love. These modern floating vanities add just the right amount of contemporary flair to this bright bathroom.
Storage in Your Small Bath
Tackle storage in your small bath with these tips.
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All in the Details
A clever use of contrast can add drama to even the tiniest space. Here, brown-and-white patterned wallpaper makes a striking statement against crisp white tile and furnishings. Unique egg-shape cutouts on the doors of the vanity add another level of texture and pattern.
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Cabinets below and above the vanity maximize storage in a tiny bathroom. This vanity is long enough to accommodate both ample primping space and a pair of tall cabinets. Opaque-glass cabinet fronts leave the area feeling open and airy without displaying the contents for all to see.
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Corral dirty laundry with a space-savvy storage solution borrowed from the kitchen. An undersink pullout reveals a laundry hamper with a removable canvas liner, keeping dirty clothes cleverly stowed out of sight.
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A Sweet Fit
Furniture with flair is a great way to introduce style and storage at the same time. This tall, narrow etagere turns an awkward space between two pedestal sinks into an attractive storage space. The stainless-steel finish of the unit adds a touch of glamour to the mostly white bathroom space.
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An attic is a great place to carve out extra living space, but often the trade-off is awkward angles. This bath smooths out the rough edges with a slim pedestal sink and a mobile storage cart. The cart’s slim size and mobility ensure the homeowners can move around the tight bathroom space with ease.
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This furniture-style vanity, finished with a rich black stain and outfitted with a stylish vessel sink, fits snugly in this narrow bathroom. The open shelves below the countertop offer storage for towels and bathroom essentials while also helping the tight space feel less cramped. An upper drawer stores items best kept hidden.
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Glitz & Glam
Powder rooms are typically small by nature, making them wonderful places to experiment with bold wall treatments and eye-catching color. Here, simple, monochromatic patterned wallpaper adds character without overwhelming the tiny space. The vanity and wall mirror add a dash of glamour while also helping the room feel open and airy.
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Squeeze out valuable storage without the cost of a major remodel by turning wasted space between wall studs into handy shelving units. The unused area above this tub was fitted with narrow shelves, providing ample room for soaps and other accessories. A beaded-board treatment behind the shelves adds texture and helps the built-in blend in with the rest of the cottage-style bathroom.
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Visually expand a small bathroom with mirrors and reflective surfaces. This bathroom packs a dramatic punch with a wall tiled in mirrors, which also helps to add depth to the small space. A metallic vessel sink and shimmering hardware throughout the bathroom add to the glamorous effect of the mirrored wall.
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For a contemporary look with weightless appeal, pair a furniture-style vanity with a clear-glass vessel sink. The glass vessel prevents this small countertop from feeling cluttered. A sleek chrome faucet and sconces blend well with the clear glass.
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Expand the look and feel of a narrow bath by replacing a space-hogging vanity with a pedestal or wall-mount sink. A quiet color scheme and eye-catching diamond pattern on the floor make a great background for the textured wall paneling in this pint-size bathroom.
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For a flirty finish full of cottage charm, switch out undersink cabinet doors for elegant folds of your favorite fabric. The sink skirt boasts subtle texture, which blends well with the bold floral-pattern wallpaper and beaded-board walls.
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Vanity on a Budget
A weathered wooden table imbues this bath with character and charm that stock cabinetry could never instill. A mixing-bowl-size vessel sink and sleek faucet blend with the contemporary Asian vibe of the room. The dark stain of the table adds depth to all-white walls and neutral tiled floors.
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What this bathroom lacks in size it makes up for in sweet style, thanks to a handful of decorative touches. A tiny bench tucked under a window holds fresh-cut flowers, decorative soaps, and extra towels. The room’s gentle peach and soft green color palette keeps the narrow space feeling open and inviting.
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Warm Up White
Decorating with white is one surefire way to make a small room feel larger. But sometimes the lack of color can make a space feel cold and uninviting. This small, all-white bathroom gets a dose of warmth from bold lime green and buttery yellow accents. A black chair next to the pedestal sink adds contrast.
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