Half Bath Design Ideas

Make every inch count in a half bath with easy decorating ideas and quick storage solutions. It might be a small space, but that doesn't mean it can't be beautiful.

Don't let the small footprint of a half bath stunt its design potential. Whether guests or kids use it, make the small space work for you with smart planning and personal touches.

Get the most out of limited storage in a half bath. Baskets are a great tool to supplement storage. Tuck a pretty basket next to the sink and fill it with extra hand towels or rolls of toilet paper. Hanging shelves are another great storage solution. Set hand soap or a pretty candle on a shallow shelf above the sink. A shelf on the wall is a perfect place for decorative accessories or other bath necessities. 

Lighting is important, especially in a small space. Think outside the box and hang an unexpected fixture like an ornate chandelier or a pendant with a sleek drum shade in the half bath. If the room doesn't have a window, consider hanging an additional mirror to reflect light.


You don't have to paint the walls to bring a splash of color into a half bath. Colorful hand towels pop against a white wall. Add interest on the floor with a graphic rug. A brightly patterned window treatment or bold artwork liven up a space.

Tile is a great way to add style in a half bath. Make a splash in a small space and cover an entire wall with tile. Glass mosaic tile is available in sheets, making it easy to give dimension to the wall. If you don't want an entire wall of tile, break up the space with a tile backsplash.

Half baths have a lot of foot traffic, so choose flooring that can withstand wear and tear. Hardwood is a good-looking, durable option that works especially well if the rooms adjacent to the space have wood floors. For the look of wood at a lower price, go with laminate.

Create a cohesive look in the bath with coordinating accessories. The finish you select will depend on the style of the bath. Choose satin nickel or chrome for a contemporary look. Oil-rubbed bronze works well in a more traditional space. Once you know what finish you like, look for complementary towel bars, faucets, and light fixtures.

Add personal touches to a half bath depending on how the space is used. If it is primarily used by guests, consider setting out a tray with extra toothbrushes, lotion, and tissue. If kids use the space, stash a footstool behind the door so they can reach the sink, and hang a hand towel at their level.

A half bath is a great asset in any house. Thoughtful design choices let the space work for you.

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