Small bathrooms are a common feature in most Indian apartments. Sometimes, they can seem uncomfortably cramped to the extent that you feel you don’t have elbow room or space for turning around without bumping into something. However, you can maximize the available space through clever design.
Take a look at these 10 attractive bathrooms that have managed to win hearts despite being small.
Kaleidoscope of Colour
Open the door to this small bathroom, and you might just miss crashing into the basin. However, with the clever use of a full-length wall mirror in the shower area opposite the door and narrow vertical tiles in a myriad of colours, it appears larger than it is. The overall look is modern. Don’t miss the stunning pebble-basin!
This small bathroom is pretty as a picture! A part of a Mediterranean inspired home in Mumbai, it uses colour and patterns to distract from the lack of space. A dark blue wall contrasted by a lovely white framed mirror, a combination of plain white tiles mixed with beautiful floral tiles in white, blue and yellow, and the exquisite blue hanging lamps give it a distinctly Turkish feel.
The use of dark blue walls adds depth to this small bathroom, while large white tiles on the floor and walls provide contrast and brighten up the area. The location of the built-in countertop basin with storage gives a sense of spaciousness. The tiled mosaic panel along the wall is almost like a piece of art.
What this bathroom lacks in size, it more than makes up for with ample natural light that shines in through the transparent roof tiles. Earthy shades of grey and brown contrasted by white add to its beauty.
If you can’t do without a bathtub even in a small bathroom, then a suitable distraction like this spectacular melange of black and white patterned tiles can create an ambiance of cosiness and distract the senses from thinking that it’s crowded.
The use of wood and stone in the flooring and countertops gives this small bathroom a countryside feel, taking the focus away from its small size and creating a sense of spaciousness.
The combination of chocolate brown and white gives this small bathroom a pleasing ambiance. The design makes perfect use of space with the placement of the basin, toilet and shower cubicle in three corners.
A Bit of Sunshine
This small bathroom has a rare skylight that brings in natural light and adds to the sense of space. Paired with lovely amber hanging lights that brighten up the room, it’s almost as if you have sunlight during the day and at night.
All-white bathrooms run the risk of being boring but this one cleverly uses textures to get past it. The beautiful fish-scale scalloped frame of the oval mirror and matching textured tiles in the shower area break the monotony.
The small bathroom in this beautiful penthouse uses a chequered pattern of black and white mosaic tiles to create an illusion of space. The result is modern and sophisticated.
So, have this helped you get ideas for redoing your small bathrooms to make them seem more spacious? This ideabook will give you a few more tips.
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Worried that your bathroom won’t look good if you have a small home? Designing a small bathroom can be challenging. You will want to keep as many of your personal care essentials. And it is possible with a little creativity and planning. There are several aspects to keep in mind as you design a small bathroom. From creative storage options, smart finishes and some detailing, there is a basketful of ideas to make a small bathroom look extravagant. Here are a few of our top tricks to make your small bathroom look glamorous.
Mirrors Can Do Wonders
Mirrors in a small bathroom elevate the style quotient threefolds and create the illusion of space. This is an age-old secret used by most interior designers. Double the look and feel of your bathroom with a mirror. It is especially useful if you have a narrow bathroom. Mirrors also reflect light and make your small bathroom nice and bright. See how this square shaped mirror framed in wood automatically gives you a feeling of space? Yes, that’s what we are talking about!
Wall Mounted Toilets Save Floor Space
If you have enough wall space in your bathroom a wall-mounted toilet tank can save both the floor space and legroom. This type of toilet hides plumbing related hardware because of the absence of a flush tank. Wall-mounted toilets instantly bring in sleek, clean aesthetics to small bathrooms. Also a floating commode leaves you room below to show off patterned tiles seamlessly.
Why Only The Toilet, Your Sink Can Float Too
As with wall-mounted toilets, wall-mounted washbasins are an excellent way to save floor space to make your small bathroom look larger. If you need extra storage space, then a floating vanity trolley like the one in this image gives you a dedicated place to stack all your essential toiletries. A sink atop uses this side of the wall judiciously. It is easy for a small bathroom to look cluttered. Opt for flat panelled cabinets for its sleek and streamlined design.
Small Bathroom Cabinets For Extra Storage
Since the bathroom is where you clean and wash up, it only makes sense to make it the freshest space in your home. By this we mean clutter-free basins, neatly hung towels, and no water stains. Give everything a dedicated space — makeup, toiletries, dry towels, and more — with cabinets like this that are just right for a small bathroom. Choose a cabinet design built with multiple drawers, and cupboards to organise your things that are otherwise displayed on countertops.
Rip Of The Shower Curtain, Add A Glass Panel
Let’s be honest here – nobody likes the idea of a shower curtain. Not only does it stick to your body during a shower they also lose their colour and sheen over time. Shower curtains also make bathrooms look smaller as it closes off one-third of the area visually. Swap your shower curtain with a lustrous glass panel to open up your bathroom and allow more light into your shower. Just make sure you avoid sliding glass panels that require bottom and top racks as they are hard to clean.
- Remove the bathtub as they take up twice the amount of space compared to standing showers
- Bathtubs are pretty expensive and there is the extra cost of installation
- If you need a bathtub for your kids then go for a low one as it makes getting in and out easier
Steal these small bathroom design ideas to give your space a complete makeover. Do not let a compact space be a barrier to your dream bathroom. As you can see the possibilities are endless to maximise the area and overall look of your bathroom. Let us know your suggestions in the comment section below.
Ashish Rai is a content writer at Design Cafe and believes that words have the power to change the world! He comes with five years of experience and has experimented with various roles including sales, a tourist guide, and ran a tattoo parlour too!
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1Replace Swinging Doors
“Everything feels sort of candlelit,”says designer Jae Joo of this Boston home. The elegant powder room is no exception. Ambient lighting radiates a soft glow, wood finishes emit warmth, and the green floral wallpaper brings the entire room to life; together, these elements have a cocooning effect. Replacing hinges and installing pocket doors—whether at the entrance or on a closet enclosure—saves a lot of usable space in a small bathroom.
2Stick to a Tight Palette
Interior designer Elizabeth Cooper brought out the rich blue veining in the marble surfaces with an icy pale blue paint color on the cabinet doors. Keeping some of the wall unfinished creates a calming effect that helps keep pattern-pushing small spaces from feeling overwhelming.
3Mix Different Materials
Designed by Cameron Schwabenton, this eclectic bathroom in a 1770s Charleston residence honors the integrity of the home's history with rustic wood foundations. But by incorporating more modern materials, like the marble used in the shower, it also feels contemporary and polished. The country-style elements are perfect for a quaint, modestly-sized bathroom while the white marble brightens it up.
4Only Keep Products You Love
AP Design House optimized this bathroom by installing a narrow shelf over the sink for storing small essentials like skincare products, cotton swabs, and more. But be sure to choose items with pretty packaging so there's no need to hide them out of sight.
5Make Cabinets Flush with the Wall
Customize built-in storage with a solid enclosure that's hidden in the wall to take up less visual real estate. This crisp all-white bathroom designed by Adam Leskinen features a perfect example.
6Use Your Toilet as a Surface
This bold and playful bathroom designed by Robin Henry proves there's nothing wrong with using your toilet as an extra surface for propping up bathroom accessories. How to keep it looking clutter-free? Forget the open shelving and allow vibrantly hued walls to stay clear and in the spotlight.
7Customize a Shower Bench
Even if your bathroom only has space for a small shower, you can still make it feel and look luxe. Take, for example, this one designed by Romanek Design Studio. The baby blue zellige tiles and sleek matte black and glass enclosure makes a modern statement. A floating bench adds both formal and functional value, too.
8Hunt for Space-Savers
Everything in this small bathroom by design duo Nicky Kehoe serves a purpose while also adding some decorative style. For example, even the wall hook is perfect for tiny spaces. If you look closely, you'll see that it has several swiveling prongs for extra hand towels—we love this simple one from Wayfair.
9Use Unique Materials in Monochrome
In this bathroom by Tamsin Johnson Interiors, the stone surfaces, classic striped towels, sculptural sconce, and round mirror prove that minimalism can have edge. And the easy-going, grayscale elegance is proof that taking a minimalist approach can result in a unique and quirky space without overpowering the eye.
Related: Small Bathroom Paint Colors
10Keep Toilet Paper In Bins
Corral toilet paper and other personal hygiene items you'd rather keep discreet in baskets and bins, then tuck them neatly under the sink, as designer Shari Francis does here.
11Use a Big Mirror
A wall-to-wall mirror is a guaranteed way to create the illusion of spaciousness. Designed by Elizabeth Cooper, the bathroom boasts an open and airy vibe despite not getting ample natural light. That's thanks to the light color scheme and sweet wallpaper.
12Install Good Lighting
The obvious highlight of this bathroom is the fun use of tile and color, but good looks aside, designer Kureck Jones also knows how to maximize function. The oversized pendant adds just enough contrast but also floods the room with light, which is an essential in a bathroom (don't forget extra lights by the sink and mirror areas, too).
13Hang Curtains Strategically
Try a curtain that looks more like a drape than your average plastic shower curtain, and hang two from either side so you can tuck them away when you want to. Heidi Caillier opted for a soft oat-meets-blush linen shower curtain to add warmth to the cool space.
14Tuck It Away
This hidden vanity in this Gail Davis-designed bathroom is such a fun surprise. The orange mirror picks up on the warmth of the curtains and wallpaper accents while the striped penny tile floor complements the navy paint. Apply this trick to your own bathroom to double its function without cramping it visually.
15Use Tile to Your Advantage
It doesn't get much tinier than this bathroom, yet it still looks elevated and functional. The key is to use waterproof materials throughout so everything can get wet (a central drain is also a must) and then swap your shower head and secure towel racks to the walls.
16Go Ham With a Gallery Wall
No room is too small for artwork. In fact, sometimes small spaces are the perfect places to display things on the walls since vertical space is all you have to show off your style. We love the eclectic artwork against the baby pink walls of Ailana Michelle Ralph's powder room. Framebridge is a great resource if you're looking for ways to elevate your art collection and family photos.
In another bathroom designed by Jae Joo, the careful balance between clean contemporary style and the 200-year-old bones of the house live in harmony. Instead of cluttering the walls and floor with shelving units and storage furniture, Joo simply leaned a framed print on the windowsill and then added a tiny vase.
By making the edge of your vanity soft and rounded, you'll gain back space and you're less likely to bang into the edge when you're in a rush (win-win!). Full of fun patterns and whimsical motifs, this powder room designed by Chango & Co. proves that small spaces can still shine.
19Find Deep Storage
Make up for a nonexistent linen closet with a strategic configuration. Whether it's a mirrored medicine cabinet or a vanity with deep enough shelving to fit towels, as Robert McKinley Studio did here. We're loving the offbeat (yet still neutral!) clay color scheme, too.
Make sure every piece has a purpose. Choose mirrors with drawers or shelves if you don't want to go for a traditional medicine cabinet, or use your wall space to build cabinets. The vibrant tangerine-painted cabinets in this bathroom designed by ETC.etera bring out the orange undertones in the pink stone vanity topper, which also ties in the pink floor tiles and area rug.
21Install a Floating Shelf
In a small powder room, a floating shelf will be a life-saver for essentials like washcloths, hand soap, candles, and tissues. Interior designer Gail Davis installed a simple glass shelf right under the mirror for a nice, symmetrical display. And if there isn't much room for fun decor, choose a texture-rich wallpaper.
22Create Outside-the-Box Surfaces
In this modestly sized powder room designed by Corinne Mathern Studios, the tiny shelf transforms an awkward corner into something chic. It's just large enough to fit a select few cosmetics or a vase with flowers. Either keep it at the same heigh as the sink, or put it right between the sink and mirror.
Interior design firm Robson Rak embraced the small size and lack of light in this powder room by making it feel snug and intimate with black tiles, mood lighting, and dark cabinets under the smoky natural stone sink. And while the mirror might be slim, its height draws the eye up and accentuates the high ceilings.
24Extend Sink Surfaces
Instead of a double sink vanity, a long design could save you serious space. The sink and countertop are all one piece and it's long enough that two people can get ready at the same time. There's also plenty of room to hang towels on this one designed by Heidi Caillier.
25Opt for Glass Shower Doors
Skip the foggy glass or dark curtain, and opt for glass doors. It'll make the shower feel like livable square footage. Emil Dervish kept this industrial space clean with white graphic square tiles but added some funk with color on the upper half of the walls and ceiling.
26Keep Things Bright
Some may say its boring, but an all white bathroom makes any tucked away space feel bigger and brighter (just look at this one by Shapeless Studio for proof). With interesting materials—like a natural stone countertop and corresponding trim, light wood cabinets, and graphic floor tiles—ensure plenty of style. And if you can, work with your designer and contractor to come up with a strategic layout that works with the odd shape of your space.
Designer Celerie Kemble's daughter's bathroom is long and narrow, so she made sure to keep proportion in mind when shopping for extra storage pieces and decorative items (tall and slim plant stands and a skirted shelving unit to be exact). To keep the shelving inline with the dainty floral theme, she found a tablecloth from eBay and turned it into a shelf cover.
28Build Shower Niches
If you need a big tub or yours just happens to take up all the space between the two walls, then make sure you're saving space elsewhere. Incorporate built-in shelves and niches into the wall behind the bathtub for towels and products. Robert McKinley used the same Heath tiles throughout so it blends right in.
29Hide Your Storage
For a powder room this small, a mirror hung at an angle above a corner sink maximizes every inch (and clutter can be stashed behind the fabric skirt). The Wedgwood plates and round accent table help counteract the boxiness, and add charm. And add a small table for your extras, just like Thom Filicia did. Choose a small table with an open base so it doesn't close off space. It'll give you a spot to set magazines, flowers, or candles.
There's a clever small-space solution everywhere you look in interior designer Shaun Smith's New Orleans bathroom. From the extra storage created by placing a tray over the hamper to the towel bars and soap dish, this bathroom proves you can go big in a small bathroom.
31Innovate With Colorful Bulbs
So you want your bathroom to be bright and unique without the hassle and commitment of paint. Well, here's a fun hack that won't overwhelm a small space: Take note of this powder room by Breegan Jane, where circadian-rhythm color lights turn the cream walls temporarily pink.
32Opt for Ledges over Furniture
If your bathroom doesn't have a built-in vanity, opt for a ledge right above the sink. This will hold all your daily essentials (toothpaste, soap) but won't take up as much floor space as a big piece of furniture. Install a floating shelf above the sink for your décor, essentials, and other small knick-knacks, as Leanne Ford Interiors did here. This is especially convenient for anyone who doesn't have a hidden cabinet behind the bathroom sink. You could also arrange a few floating shelves above the toilet, if space is an issue.
33Choose a Fun Wallpaper
In a small powder room without much access to natural light—for example, a windowless space under the stairs—embrace the moodier, edgier atmosphere with darker tones and dim lighting. In this powder room designed by Tamsin Johnson, the concrete floors, inky marble sink and modern wallpaper by Kelly Wearstler set the right mood.
34Use Bins and Baskets
If you have open shelves, keep organized with wicker baskets and bowls. Shelves are sleek, but the lack of cabinetry cut down on storage space, but bins will do the trick. Having pretty linen towels like these in a bathroom designed by Katie Hodges doesn't hurt either.
35Work Around Your Windows
No walls to hang a mirror? No problem. Just hang it in front of the window, which creates privacy with a purpose. Or, if there's a slim strip to secure an accordion mirror to between windows.
36Install a Skylight
Natural light is the key to making a small space feel bigger. Skylights are a great option for when windows aren't enough, like in Maxwell Ryan's Hamptons home.
37Stash Bottles in Niches
You could add a bulky shower caddy, but little cubbies look so much cuter. Alcoves keep soaps and sponges within arm's reach. Take note from this one by Justina Blakeney.
38Continue Floor Tile
Run tile from the bathroom floor straight into the shower stall, like Alla Akimova did here. It makes the room feel so much larger.
39Try A Floating Basin Sink
Skip bulky cabinets and install a floating basin sink to save space. Plus, it looks incredibly chic.
40Choose A Big Mirror
Don't be afraid of large pieces in a small bathroom. A giant mirror over a tub creates the illusion of a larger space. And hanging it somewhere unconventional will earn style points, too.
Inspired by showers in Europe, this is enclosed by a simple curtain and drain save serious space compared to traditional full installs.
42Get Towel Bars
Towel bars = the best way to save surface space. If you can get a washstand with towel bars, it'll look even sleeker.
43Never Block Windows
Natural light is too important for cramped spaces to block with a dingy shower curtain. Instead, opt for clear glass doors instead. See more at Sarah Sherman Samuel .
44Use a Ladder
Lean a ladder right up against the wall behind your toilet to provide extra room for hanging linens or a shower caddy. See more at Jenna Sue Design Co.
45Add More Mirrors
Mirrors are useful for more than just touching up your makeup: Light bounces off the reflective surfaces and helps make rooms appear bigger. So even if you can only fit in a mini mirror (like the one on the hanging shelf in this bathroom) it makes a big difference. See more at Maison de Pax.
46Go With A Sliding Door
Instead of a door on a hinge that, when open, takes up space in your small room, opt for a door on a rail that stays parallel with the wall at all times. See more at Shades of Blue Interiors.
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Small bathroom ideas to maximise compact spaces, cloakrooms and shower rooms
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A small bathroom doesn’t have to be limited when it comes to style or practicality, with the right know-how and thoughtful small bathroom ideas it can be stylish and space-efficient.
Big bathrooms are a luxury many of us can only dream of, however true that may be, we think compact bathrooms can be just as glorious. You have to be smarter with bathroom design ideas, but there’s plenty of potential in even the smallest of spaces.
Small bathroom ideas
A small space doesn’t have to look cluttered or feel cramped when you incorporate a few clever tricks of the trade. Your compact bathroom can soon ooze style and sophistication, even if all you have is a shower room idea to experiment with.
A couple of space-saving tips mixed in with a splash of gorgeous accessories will turn the most modest of bathrooms into an enviable space in minutes. We show you how to create the small bathroom of your dreams.
1. Create a sense of space by defining zones
Image credit: Britton Bathrooms
Use the method of zoning to make a small space feel more generous. This smart bathroom is small and simple but feels much bigger, thanks to the clearly defined zones. The toilet is less than half a metre from the sink but thanks to the wood wall panelling and the tiled splashback the two areas feel very separate, which helps to put a sense of distance between them.
2. Position taps on the side of a sink
Image credit: Britton Bathrooms
Don’t let a narrow bathroom space mean you struggle to get the look you want – simply think outside the box. Choose a slimline, oblong sink that allows for plenty of volume, without taking up as much space due to its width. Adding taps to the side will help to eradicate any problems you might encounter because of the slim width, because the water will run away to the longest length.
3. Create the illusion of space with an oval bath
Image credit: Future PLC/ Chris Snook
Don’t shy away from including a freestanding bath in a small bathroom. An oval bath cuts corners to boost the impression of space. A shallow shelf to hide waste pipes is also handy for adding extra surface space to display bath salts, bathroom plant ideas and more.
4. Think like an expert
Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole
Architecturally and visually, it is best to keep a small bathroom feeling open by not crowding too many things into it. Edit your amenities often, hang your towels on bars or hooks, keep pattern to a minimum, and generally, make it simple.
The room will feel bigger if you use a pedestal sink rather than a bulky vanity, a clear glass door rather than shower curtain and reflective surfaces such as glossy ceramic tiles in a large scale.
5. Work in a wall-mounted unit
Image credit: Future PLC/ David Giles
Wall-mounted modular furniture remains a favourite for storage, due to its fuss-free, streamlined look. Available in a range of heights, widths and depths, it means that you can create semi-bespoke furniture that best suits your space.
You’ll find a wide range of colours, from soft hues to strong brave tones, available too, as well as plenty of different textures.
6. Utilise wasted wall space for a towel rail
Image credit: Future PLC/ Rachel Smith
Elevate your radiator to free up floor space, but go one further and position it above your bath or toilet to make the most of an otherwise unused section of wall.
‘We’re always being asked how to make the most out of a small bathroom,’ says Dan Nezhard, director at UKRadiators.com. ‘Our first recommendation is to look at investing in heated towel rails, or wall radiators in general. If you can remove a bulky, low-sitting radiator, it’ll open up a lot of space and instantly make the room feel bigger.’
7. Keep colours light for awkward layouts
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The general rule of thumb for small award layouts is to keep your colour pallet light and bright. ‘If you want to make your bathroom appear bigger than it is, opting for lighter colours on the walls is going to work in your favour’ says Dan Nezhard. ‘Lighter colours will reflect the light and in turn, make your bathroom feel more open and airy.’
Lighter shades of whites, neutrals and greys are all ideal to open up awkward narrow and small layouts, to bounce the light onto all walls to avoid any dark corridors or corners.
8. Reflect darker paint choices
Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme
While the general advise for small spaces is to decorate with white to create a bright and airy feel, there’s no denying how fabulous on-trend darker paint shades can be. There’s also an element of cocooning and ambience that comes from using darker paint colours in smaller rooms, so it is very much a choice of personal taste.
When using dark paint and tile choices the use of reflective surfaces can be invaluable for welcoming light to bounce around the space, to stop it feeling too flat and restricted – because dark colours absorb light, making the room feel more closed in and smaller than it really is.
9. Make use of an awkward corner
Image credit: Future PLC/ Colin Poole
If you don’t have a space tall enough for a shower in your small bathroom instead opt for a freestanding bathtub with a bath shower mixer tap. If you’re short on storage a bath tray will keep your bath time supplies within easy reach, and save valuable shelf space.
10. Be design savvy with glass
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A walk-in shower with frameless panels looks barely there in this elegant bathroom, helping to create the illusion of space. Grey marble wall tiles g and brass fixtures and fittings gives the small space a dash of glamour, without overpowering.
11. Add alternative decoration with tiling
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Avoid overwhelming a small space with too many different decorating themes. But that doesn’t mean your bathroom has t be devoid of personality. This pairing of hexagonal and Metro tiles adds interest without overwhelming this small room with pattern. The owners have used hexagons in the porch and kitchen, too – as a subtle link through the house.
12. Close in the gap between fittings
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When space is really tight closing the gap between the elements is a savvy idea. In a tiny ensuite look to make the space a watertight wet room where the toilet is directly opposite the shower, using the space wisely. Use any awkward ceiling heights to determine the best layout.
13. Work in a wet room
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A stylish wet room idea can make the most of a small space and add value to your property. If you’re converting an attic, consider a wet room instead of a bathroom. It’s a great way to make the most out of a small space and when it’s beautifully finished like this designer-style one, it’s stunning.
Ventilation is key as a build-up of moisture could lead to condensation and damp problems, so install a good extractor fan. Underfloor heating doesn’t take up any space but will add warmth and help to dry surfaces quickly. A partition wall helps add purpose without closing off different areas.
14. Double the size with mirrored wall
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Ok, so it’s not doubling the size in literal terms but it is creating the illusion of doubling the space. Mirrors can completely transform the look and feel of a room, as they reflect light and create the impression of space. It’s a winning style trick that interior designers use a lot to maximise space. Whether you install a sheet of mirror to cover an entire wall or simply hang a large mirror, the reflection is guaranteed to brighten your bathroom.
15. Stay inline
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The old green striped wallpaper was stripped out of this room and replaced with a smart tongue-and-groove wall panelling painted in white and repeated on the bath panel idea for a streamlined approach. The old carpet was swapped for an industrial-look lino flooring, which is more hygienic and pleasing to the eye.
16. Use clever paint effects to create an illusion of height
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Paint halfway up a wall to create an illusion of height, as this bathroom has done with a blue painted wall panelling idea. By lowering the eye with a darker paint shade you create a distance from the upper portion of the wall. If the wall was all one colour the room wouldn’t have as much depth. This clever, yet simple paint trick is a great way to make a small space appear larger than it really is.
17. Wall-mount the taps
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Wall-mounted mixer taps work well in compact bathroom designs as the pipework can be hidden without the need for a bulky basin pedestal. You can use that freed-up space to house shelving or a laundry basket for smart bathroom storage ideas to keep the space neat and tidy.
18. Wallpaper a cloakroom
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One of the best ways to disguise a small bathroom is to create interest and a striking wallpaper is ideal for this. If you have a bath or shower in the room (rather than it being a cloakroom), make sure you buy one that’s made specifically for bathrooms, which will cope with the damp, warm conditions.
19. Buy freestanding and multi-functional furniture
Image credit: Future PLC/ David Brittain
A limited footprint shouldn’t impact on your creative flair. If your bathroom is verging on the small side, consider using freestanding furniture that you can move around at a moment’s notice.
Going for freestanding storage and seating allows you to move your scheme around whenever you like and, unlike fitted bathroom units, you can take freestanding pieces with you when it’s time to move out.
20. Trick the eye with tiles
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The amount of space you have and what the eye perceives aren’t necessarily the same thing. Play with the boundaries of perception by tiling the side of your bath and the wall with the same design – it makes it hard to distinguish where each begins, thereby making your space feel larger.
Marble is particularly effective here for a smart bathroom tile idea , as it looks almost like one huge sheet and the individual tiles aren’t very obvious.
21. Invest in tall tiered storage
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Freestanding pieces are a godsend in small spaces. Tiered wire storage keeps luxuriously packaged lotions and practical wash bags on show and easy to grab. If space is limited, you can take the stand from bedroom to bathroom when needed.
22. Use the same tiles on the floor and walls
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A clever trick to making a small bathroom look bigger is to use the same tiles on the walls and the floor. ‘Use wall panels or matching floor and wall tiles in large-scale sizes for a seamless look,’ suggests Nicky Taha, Visual Stylist, VictoriaPlum.com.
Not only does the natural stone in this family bathroom add a spa-style touch, but the continuous run of tiles creates a spacious feel, along with the wall-hung fixtures that save on floor area.
If natural stone feels too neutral, you can easily pep it up with strong colour pops with your towels, storage and accessories – an on-budget way to add personality to your bathroom.
23. Make the most of a sloping roof
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Use every inch of an attic space by building a bath into the eaves. If you have an awkwardly shaped ceiling – like this loft bathroom – turn it into a decorative feature.
Paint the ceiling white to contrast with the statement wallpaper behind. It’s a great way to add character in a confined space. Consider adding a skylight, if possible, to open up your bathroom and create a light and airy space.
Your bathroom lighting ideas are key. Include task lighting next to mirrors and dimmable options in alcoves or behind a bath to create drama and mood. Make sure all light fittings have the correct IP rating for safe use in wet areas.
24. Furnish to scale
Image credit: Future PLC/ Lizzie Orme
Large items of furniture can dwarf a small room so always buy pieces that suit the scale of your space. In a small bathroom, stick to the basics of a vanity unit and storage rack that you can either hang on the wall or rest on the edge of a bath. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t pack on the personality. Paint a vanity unit in your favourite colour and opt for patterned tiles on the floor.
25. Choose furniture and accessories wisely
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Bring a nostalgic touch to the bathroom by upcycling a narrow console table to incorporate a small basin. Space-saving wall-mounted taps provide a neat solution. The more of the floor you can see, the more spacious your bathroom will feel, so go for a freestanding basin unit.
Plus, you can pop a few baskets underneath if you’re short on storage space.
26. Tile halfway up the wall
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Unsure how to tile a sloping ceiling? Then try tiling halfway up the wall. It’ll save on tiles and make the space feel larger. Choose a dark neutral tile and paint the ceiling above it white to maximise brightness from roof lights.
27. Add a hint of colour to a white suite
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While a white bathroom colour scheme is the best choice for opening up a small space, it can sometimes feel a little stark if the whole room is white. That’s why a hint of colour on the walls is the perfect compromise: light enough to create an airy feel, but with bags more character.
Here, the storage alcoves were built from tongue-and-groove panelling, then painted in white to contrast with the raspberry walls and striking cobalt-blue tiles.
28. Accessorise white with black or blush
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If you don’t have the budget to give your entire bathroom a makeover, accessories will do wonders for a compact space. Choose a theme – monochrome is bang on trend and easy to implement, or you could choose blush tones for another up-to-the-minute look.
Apply the style of your chosen trend to lighting, mirrors, smaller accessories and soft furnishings and instantly transform the space.
29. Invest in made-to-measure fittings and fixtures
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A well-thought-out design can fit all the essentials into as little as two square metres for a bathroom and even less for a shower room. The key is not to squeeze too much in.
If you only have a small space, it’s much better to make a focal point of a walk-in shower or a beautiful bath, rather than ending up with a cramped bathroom.
30. Distract from the size with feature wallpaper
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Wallpaper will make a statement in any room and the bathroom is no exception. A downstairs cloakroom is a prime space to use a quirky bathroom wallpaper idea, as bathrooms with a shower or bath will require specialist paper to prevent steam damaging it.
Opt for a unique, bold or interesting print to maximise the impact in a small space like this. Fit a sheet of Perspex as a splashback behind the basin to prevent water damaging the wallpaper.
31. Reposition your shower valve
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Where space is tight, opt for an over-shower bath that delivers the best of both worlds. Rather than positioning your shower against the short side of the bath, try placing it along the longer side for a more luxe feel. Use a bold tile design around the bath to contrast with the rest of the room.
32. Stick to a monochromatic palette
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Keep to a monochrome scheme and add colour, texture and pattern with out-there accessories. White will open up a bathroom like no other colour, making it feel as spacious as possible. White tiles and black grouting can be a winning combination in a small bathroom.
34. Characterise with accent colours
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This compact modern bathroom uses a number of techniques to create real wow factor, despite the small square-footage. Add a hearty dose of colour to inject vibrancy and personality into a white bathroom otherwise at risk of feeling clinical and characterless. A bright yellow ceiling and shower screen give this small bathroom a real focal point, while downlighters and white tiles keep the space feeling light and bright.
35. Have recessed shelving built in
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Recessed shelves are a great space saver, both practically and visually, keeping toiletries neat and off the surfaces. Building the shelves into false walls that hide pipework is a clever use of a necessary feature. Also consider recessed light fittings – either spot or linear.
36. Keep it simple
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If you’re in a quandary over how to decorate your small bathroom, just keep it simple with soft, natural shades. Choose furniture and accessories with clean lines and keep the room as clutter-free as possible to create a feeling of space.
37. Make it appear larger with mirrors
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Tile a wall in mirrored tiles to add reflections and light, while also adding design details. These metro tiles offer a fragmented take on a mirrors, which feels more design focused than a flat sheet of mirror would.
38. Make your bath the star
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Go for a freestanding bath – it can work really well as a focal point in a small space. They’re not all as big as you think and you can even buy smaller versions that will fit into tighter spaces. Add a pretty stencil on the wall above to draw the eye up and create the illusion of space.
39. Place a shelf for storage above panelling
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Tongue-and-groove panelling visually frames the bath and the handy shelf at the top acts as a mantelpiece to a host of trinkets, toiletries and accessories. The eau de nil colour is a relaxing choice for the bathroom, and adds interest to this compact space.
40. Fit a sunken bath
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If you’re renovating your bathroom or en suite, consider installing a sunken bath. Provided you have the space for it below your floorboards, a sunken bath will streamline your bathroom, giving it a luxurious, hotel-style feel.
41. Make space beneath the eaves
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Compact fittings are a big help in awkward-shaped loft spaces. Don’t worry about trying to fit a bath – go for a luxurious glass shower enclosure instead. It’s common with loft conversion ideas and attics to box in parts of the room that have a reduced ceiling height for storage. But instead, why not look at ways to work around the reduced heights? A toilet or basin is a smart idea.
42. Be smart with furniture
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Make the most of space in compact bathrooms and opt for a tallboy unit that reaches up to the ceiling for maximum storage. Choose a mirrored unit that will give the illusion of space to a compact bathroom.
43. Factor in a slipper bath
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If you can’t squeeze a standard roll-top bath into the bathroom, consider a shapely slipper bath – many come in short versions and they’ll let you rest your back in style. And if you crave traditional fittings in small space, the latest roll-top baths are available in smaller dimensions.
44. Draw the eye with statement tiles
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Having only a small area to decorate really opens up your options with wall coverings that may be out of your price range in a larger space. These chevron bathroom tiles dance across the wall, creating a bespoke pattern behind the bath.
45. Keep clutter at bay
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Choose a couple of large decorations to adorn your small bathroom and keep the rest of the bathroom clutter-free to create the feeling of more space. The shape of this curved countertop basin adds an interesting focal point without dominating the basin area, and when teamed with a striking houseplant the space becomes full of interest.
46. Be bold with a dark colour
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In a small room it’s tempting to use pale shades to bounce the light around for the illusion of more space. However, dark colours like these grey bathroom walls create an intimate feel (which is just what you want in a tiny bathroom). In this space bright books, mirrors and decorations break up the solid blocks of colour and light marble slabs break it up to prevent the room from feeling stifling.
47. Confined spaces and sloping ceilings
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Make the most of all areas in your home by creating a shower enclosure under an angled piece of ceiling or hidden bit of space. This shower has bespoke Crittall style doors designed to fit in with the sloping roof of this house, but teamed with lots of plants and concrete it still works as a tiny, zen-filled bathroom.
How to plan a small bathroom – need to know
Kitting out a tiny bathroom might seem a challenge, but there’s no need to comprise on style. Decide what bathroom features are important to you, be that a bath or extra storage. Then draw out a scale plan, allowing space around the fittings for moving around the room.
Keep the loo in place if possible as moving the soil stack can be a costly job. Don’t forget to include those luxurious touches, such as statement tiles or underfloor heating for chilly mornings.
Is it better to use small or large tiles in a small bathroom?
‘While larger tiles help to open up a space thanks to the need for less grout lines, we believe that homeowners should embrace smaller rooms and if they love a smaller tile, then go for it’ advises Hamish Smith, creative director at Ca’ Pietra.
‘A small tile, perhaps with a pattern or interesting detail will add personality to a space, if you want to embrace a small space, you also shouldn’t be afraid of smaller darker coloured tiles either, dark colours add depth to a room which can actually make them feel larger’.
Will a bath fit in a small bathroom?
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As we mentioned earlier, a freestanding bath can be a good option, as these also come in smaller sizes. D-shaped baths also get the look perfectly but have one flat side, which butts up against a wall. In bathrooms with a tricky layout, a corner bath could work well.
Can I squeeze a shower in a small bathroom?
Shower enclosures come in all shapes and sizes, including space-saving quadrant designs, which are a neat fit for a tight corner. Or, go for a wet room with a tiled floor or a low shower tray. A glass panel separates the space and contains any splashes, making the room feel bigger too.
If you can’t live without a bath fit an over-bath shower, or a smart shower bath for more room.
How do I maximise space in a small bathroom?
Fitted furniture will unlock storage potential dramatically, adapting to the most awkwardly shaped spaces. Fitted furniture can also conceal pipework. For a boutique hotel vibe, go for a wall-hung loo and basin unit with drawers and tall cabinets to match. This will free up floor space, giving even the smallest bathroom a clutter-free feel.
Don’t let a compact room be a barrier to creating your dream scheme – we’ve got all the tips, tricks and expert advice you’ll need. Let us know how you will be visually expanding your bathroom. Will you be using any of these small bathroom ideas?
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How Much Does A Bathroom Remodel Cost?
Because bathrooms are one of the most used rooms in a home, they need regular maintenance and, sometimes, a full bathroom remodel. The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) suggests budgeting between 5% and 10% of your home’s value for a bathroom remodel.
On average, bathroom remodels cost about $10,000. The most budget-friendly remodel can be done for $2,500, while high-end projects can be upwards of $30,000. The cost will vary depending on the scope.
NOTE: The beginning half of 2021 has seen an unprecedented labor shortage as a side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with this, demand for materials and construction jobs has skyrocketed. As a result, material prices may be higher than those reported in this article, and lead times may be longer than usual for both labor and materials.
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Bathroom Remodel Cost Breakdown
The size of the room, floor plan, number of fixtures and material quality all affect the final price of a bathroom remodel. Fixtures and flooring should make up about 15% of the total budget each, while painting is less at about 5%.
DIYers on a budget can spend as little as $2,100 on materials for a bathroom remodel. Those willing to spend more on high-quality items should budget $9,000. Prioritize your wants, then use estimated price points to pick and choose where to splurge or save.
The cost of a new shower can range from $500 to $5,000, which is a relatively wide range. It depends on which features you choose and which material the shower is made from. Showers with stone flooring and integrated seats are more costly at $4,000 to $5000. Small, acrylic showers are on the other end of the spectrum at about $500.
When choosing which type of countertops to install in your bathroom, consider your needs. Bathrooms are high-traffic areas, but they often don’t need the same level of durability as kitchen countertops. Laminate countertops are a common choice for homeowners because of their low cost and easy installation.
Each manufacturer will have cabinets with different price tags, so shop around. Installing cabinets yourself isn’t the best idea as it can be costly to fix mistakes down the road. Consider hiring a contractor to help you get the job done. Installation costs can be between $1,200 and $13,000.
Both the material cost and installing a toilet are low compared to other costs involved in a remodel. Basic toilets that will get the job done go for about $80, while high-end, sleek models can cost up to $8,000.
Vanities typically include a bathroom counter, cabinets and a sink and faucet, and cost between $300 and $3,800. For custom vanities, the price can be even higher, exceeding $10,000.
The cost of redoing your bathroom floor will depend on which material you choose. Linoleum is the most budget-friendly flooring option, costing just $45 for an average bathroom. Wood flooring can be significantly higher, at least $200. Consider what look you’re going for when deciding which to install in your updated bathroom.
Experts say paint gives you the most bang for your buck. It’s one of the least expensive parts of a remodel, but it can make the biggest difference in the way the room looks. Painting your bathroom will cost between $350 to $750 and it’s a fun DIY project.
Unlike painting, water and pipes should be left to plumbing professionals. Expect to spend up to $1,450 in materials and up to $16,000 in labor. Plumbing is expensive, but having it done correctly is worth it.
Bathroom Remodel Labor Costs
Savvy homeowners may decide to install some of these elements themselves, but some projects, like plumbing, should be left to a professional. Calling in a contractor to help you complete these projects will cost thousands of dollars. Installation costs vary widely, but in general, the higher end your fixture or material is, the more contractors will charge to install it.
Master Bathroom Remodel Costs
According to the NKBA, homeowners invest the most in their master bathrooms, also known as en suite bathrooms—an average of $32,000. That cost will depend on which materials you use.
Luxury items, like jetted tubs, will be more costly than standard ones. Master baths often include a separate shower and bathtub, double vanity and more space for things like cabinets and fixtures.
Small Bathroom Remodel Costs
The cost to remodel a master bathroom is nearly twice that of remodeling small bathrooms, like a main or guest bath. The NKBA estimates that homeowners spend, on average, $18,000 to remodel a guest bath and $12,000 for a powder room that does not include a bathtub or shower.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How much does it cost to remodel a 10x10 bathroom?
Expect to pay between $12,000 and $27,500 on the remodel of a 10×10 bathroom. The average cost of a bathroom remodel is $120 to $275 per square foot.
The larger the room is, the more it will cost. The quality of fixtures will also influence the total cost, with high-end fixtures being more expensive. Find budget items at your local hardware store.
How much does a bathroom remodel increase home value?
Bathroom renovations can recoup between 60% and 67% of their costs at resale. You can get the most return on investment by adding new tile, updating cabinets and installing bright, more natural lighting.
How much does it cost to completely gut a bathroom?
You will pay between $1,000 and $2,000 to completely gut or demo a bathroom. The total cost will depend on whether you’re managing that yourself or leaving it to a professional. Demo may seem like an easy job, but you damage things you didn’t mean to change. If that is a concern, consider hiring a general contractor to oversee the project.
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20 Easy & Trendy Ways to Design Your Small Indian Bathroom
Don’t we all love our modern, urban apartments? But there is one thing that is a bane for everyone living in apartments – the size of our bathrooms! Tiny, cramped and cluttered, Indian bathrooms are a far cry from the luxury, spa-esque bathrooms we see in movies. Thus, we felt the need to highlight bathroom design India — designs and decor that are the perfect fit for compact Indian bathrooms.
What makes a luxurious, spa-like bathroom? Is it the size? Not really! Luxury completely depends on how you design and decorate your space. Even if your bathroom space is tiny, some smart style tips are all you need to transform it into your very own at-home spa! Here are some easy-to-implement tricks that are perfect for small Indian bathrooms.
Lighting is one of the easiest ways to open up a cramped space. So, if you are looking for small bathroom designs for Indian homes, the lighting is the first thing that you must consider!
#1: LED Lighting
The year is 2021 and it’s time we all go green! LED lighting is an energy-efficient option that will not only help you do your bit for the world but also save cost. This convenient lighting option is a great choice for small bathrooms. Use LED lights around your bathroom mirror to create an edgy and modern look.
#2: Cove Lights
Who doesn’t want a bathroom that looks like a spa?! But is that even possible in a compact bathroom, and that too within a budget? It definitely is! With cove lighting, you can transform a basic bathroom into a 5-star one! You can conceal these subtle lights behind mirrors and false ceilings. The resultant look is soft, intimate and warm.
Looking for something simple yet distinctive for your bathroom? Spotlights are an easy way to light up your space without going overboard. The best thing about spotlights? They will enliven your bathroom without drawing attention to the small size, cracks, clutter etc.
#4: Profile Lighting around Mirror
We Indians love some pizzazz in our home décor! Needless to say, when it comes to bathroom design India, there has to be some ‘WOW’ element! Profile lighting can give you that opulent look even if you have a small bathroom design. Add it around your mirror as backlighting and instantly transform your bathroom into a spa.
#5: Statement Wall Lights
Revamping your bathroom should not create a dent in your wallet! A great low budget option is to add some pretty wall lights in your bathroom. Available in different styles and varieties, you can easily pick a couple up from a thrift store. Use them beside your mirror to create a statement effect.
When it comes to Indian bathroom designs for home, your wall décor is of utmost importance. When space is small and cramped, the walls provide the only way to create a stunning look.
When we say wall designs, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? If your answer is wallpaper, then you’re on the right path! Wallpapers are the easiest way to remodel the look of your bathroom. This convenient option is available in a variety of designs and colours. And the best part? You can get gorgeous designs without emptying your pockets!
#7: Floating Shelves
If you have a small bathroom, vertical space is your best friend! Make the most of your bathroom walls by installing floating cabinets. This not only keeps the floor space clutter-free but also provides ample storage. At the same time, you can also keep candles, plants and curios in these cabinets to create a laid-back and plush look.
#8: A Statement Mirror
Here’s a tip from experienced designers — reflective surfaces like mirrors can create the illusion of a large space. Mirrors are your answer to small bathroom designs for Indian homes. Generally, Indian bathrooms come equipped with a small face mirror above the sink. However, if you really want to open up the space, consider investing in a large statement mirror. A designer statement mirror will make your bathroom look trendy while also opening up the available space.
Imagine this — you are bathing in a waterfall in a tropical rainforest, surrounded by lush greenery. An impossible dream, we know! While you cannot go to a tropical rainforest, you can add some greenery to your bathroom. When it comes to bathroom design India, greenery is an easy way to revamp the entire look. Just add some potted plants to your bathroom windowsill. And if you want to go all out, get yourself a vertical garden for your bathroom wall.
#10: Moroccan Tiles
When we talk about bathroom design, the tiles are one of the primary factors to consider. Moroccan tiles are a great way to add some brightness and colour to your bathroom. The vivid patterns can make even the smallest of bathrooms look striking! These tiles are available in a wide price range starting from Rs 65/sq. ft.
One of the deciding factors of the overall look of your bathroom is the colour. If you have a small bathroom, the theme and colour are the easiest ways to make the space look beautiful and spacious.
#11: Pop of Sea Blue
Doesn’t this zesty sea blue bathroom design remind you of a luxe spa? Blue is a versatile colour that looks amazing wherever you use it. Keep it elegant by matching sea blue with beige tones and pristine white bathroom ware.
#12: Rustic Wonder
Another great bathroom colour is rust. A warm shade reminiscent of autumn leaves, this colour palette is a much-needed change from the cool tones generally used in bathrooms. Combine it with wood-like ware for a cosy and snug bathroom design.
#13: Bright and Colourful
Why just choose one colour when you can choose many?! Colourful walls may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but when used judiciously, they can look stunning. Colourful walls are generally the first choice for kids’ bathrooms. However, you can even use this scheme in the main bathroom. Keep it muted by only having one wall or part of a wall in multiple bright colours while keeping the rest of the walls neutral.
#14: Fresh Greens
This bathroom looks so luxurious and royal! Pastel green is a soothing colour that can make even the smallest of bathrooms look plush. To keep it from looking tacky, avoid painting the walls green. Instead, opt for green tiles and bathroom ware. Pair it with gold accessories and a pretty floral flooring design for that complete spa-esque look.
#15: Bold in Black
You might be thinking, “Don’t dark colours make a space look smaller? Yes, they do, but not if you use them smartly! Black is a bold colour that looks amazing in bathrooms. But to keep it from making the space look smaller, consider choosing a softer shade than dark black. Also, use bright white bathroom ware to keep things balanced.
Now, we come to design styles. There are multiple small bathroom designs for Indian homes that you can try. Here are a few:
It goes without saying that the contemporary design style looks perfect in modern bathrooms. Clean lines and a subtle palette; it’s easy to see why contemporary design is a great option for small bathrooms. Choose light colours to open up the space and use backlighting or accent lighting for a ‘WOW’ factor!
The Scandinavian design style has taken the world of interiors by storm! The defining characteristic of this style is the ample use of white. This makes it perfect for small Indian bathrooms as white makes a space look large. Also, remember to keep it minimal and clutter-free. You can add an accent wall in warm natural shades as Scandinavian design revolves around nature.
If you are looking for Indian bathroom designs for home, the Bohemian style is a great look. Vivid and free-spirited, Boho design has only one rule — do what you love! This mix-and-match style is quite easy to achieve. Just throw together different things — shower curtains, towels, tiles, ware — anything that you think will look good. And don’t forget to experiment with colours, designs and patterns!
Not keen on experimenting? Then choose a traditional approach for your bathroom design India style. But ‘traditional’ does not have to be boring! Wood-like finishes, pristine whiteware, statement lights and a dash of greenery — the recipe to a hotel-like bathroom design.
Why not go with a themed look for your small bathroom design? We love the idea of a tropical-themed bathroom! But how do you go about it when your budget is small and so is your bathroom? Greenery and straw items are the answer! Visit your nearest thrift store to find some straw knick-knacks that you can add to your bathroom counters. And fill up your bathrooms with potted plants and greenery. This will not only look amazing but also fill up the space with clean air.
Having a stunning bathroom design is just the first step. You also have to maintain it. The secret to a luxe, spa-like bathroom is a combination of the two — stunning décor and utmost cleanliness.
#1: Clean the Toilet
This might seem like the worst job to you but it has to be done! A dirty toilet is not only disgusting to look at but also a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Experts advise that you must regularly clean your toilet with the help of a cleaning agent and scrub. Also, do check the base and back of the toilet to avoid any emergency visits from the plumber.
When you have a small bathroom, clutter can make the space look even more compact. If you don’t have some already, invest in sturdy cabinetry. When space is restricted, opt for wall-mounted shelves. Proper cabinets and storage units in your bathroom are essential for both a clutter-free space as well as your convenience.
#3: Clean Walls and Floor
Before you start decorating your bathroom, you must ensure that the floor and walls are spotless. Bathroom floors are a high-traffic area and hence require regular cleaning. Do a daily scrub-down to remove all grime and dirt. If you have a bathroom mat, wash it at least once every month to avoid mould.
#4: Clean Sinks
Sinks, if not cleaned on a regular basis, can get very dirty. Thoroughly scrub and clean your sink at least once a week. Also, the sink drain can get clogged up with gunk and mould. Use drainage cleaners to clean the drain as much as possible.
A small bathroom design should not stop you from having a spa-esque bathroom to relax in. If you are looking for more bathroom design India ideas, check out the 3 types of bathrooms and how to design them.
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These small bathroom ideas are designed to make a compact space feel not just bigger and well-functioning, but super-stylish too.
When it comes to small bathroom design, clever planning - which includes everything from layout, to fitting choices, to smart storage options - is key to ensuring that even a tiny bathroom can still feel spacious. Stylish finishes that are also practical are the icing on the cake.
Up to recently, small bathrooms always required a compromise – often with the bathtub becoming the first victim in the battle for space - not to mention issues arising from lack of storage.
But the latest modern furniture and fittings can still create a luxurious bathroom from minimal square footage. Shower baths remain a popular option in compact rooms, mini bathtubs are growing in popularity and the choices in scaled-down fixtures are greater than ever – there is a plethora of bathroom ideas for compact spaces to choose from.
Brilliant small bathroom ideas
Whether you opt for a sleek streamlined look, or traditional detailing, there are plenty of ways to pack a decorative punch with you small bathroom ideas.
1. Use a colored bath as a focal point
When space is tight, the key is to distract the eye, and this can be done by choosing a stunning bath in a color other than white. The vertical ribbed design seen here also helps visually.
Barrie Cutchie, Design Director at BC Designs, says: ‘Bathroom design is all about color and a great way to slowly introduce it is through subtle pastel shades. A bath in a traditional-style design will add personality to your bathroom and a pastel shade will liven it up.
‘Color also draws your eyes in and helps to create a striking focal point. The key to making a freestanding bath a success, no matter the size, is to allow 10cm between the edge and the walls. It creates a feeling of space and also makes cleaning it much easier.’
2. Make space for a niche
Tired of chasing slippery shampoo and body wash bottles around the shower floor? When designing a bathroom, consider including a shower niche into your design – ideal for both showers and baths. It’s one of the best small bathroom storage ideas for saving space and it looks stylish.
‘Avoid a floor of toiletries or an overcrowded caddy by installing a recessed shower shelf,’ advises Jenna Choate, Founder of London-based design studio, Interior Fox.
‘It’s a practical and streamlined way to add storage space, without taking away elbow room. Make a feature out of the area by using a colored trim that contrasts against the wall tiles.’
3. Match wall and floor tiles
An all-encompassing look makes for an uber-stylish bathroom, and one that most definitely creates the feel of a luxury spa design. It also creates the illusion of space as seen in the ensuite bathroom above.
‘Using the same tiles on the walls and the floor will enhance the feeling of space by creating a continuous look,’ explains Jo Oliver, Director at The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse.
‘Pale colored tiles can make a small bathroom look bigger as they reflect more light than darker colors, giving an airy and spacious feel.
'We’ve seen a huge increase in the popularity of slab or ‘large format’ porcelain tiles in recent years. These large-format designs mean fewer grout lines, and therefore less maintenance and cleaning. Slab tiles are ideal for creating a striking, high-end look, and can often make smaller rooms appear larger thanks to their seamless appearance.’
4. Paint walls and woodwork in the same shade
Paint is such a wonderful design tool, and you can use it in this instance to make a small bathroom feel larger.
When you paint the woodwork white, for example, it visually splits up the wall – from the skirting, window frames and any edging above like picture rails. By painting the whole area in one color you create a seamless feel that the eye can flow around without interruption.
Painting a bath in a color also distracts and if you're looking for small bathroom flooring ideas, wide planked floorboards will make a floor space appear larger. It’s all about creating visual illusions.
5. Find space in the eaves
Embrace small and suddenly there's so much more scope for adding a compact bathroom. This neat little attic space has been planned into a loft conversion but it feels far from wedged in.
A stunning Crittall-style shower screen adds drama, while a skylight and pale scheme ensure this is a light, bright room. Finishes are crucial in a small space, so it pays here more than anywhere to go for bespoke fittings and high-spec tiles and brassware.
6. Create room for manoeuver with pocket doors
Where space is at a premium, pocket doors really are your friend. Here they have been used to divide an already small space to combine a bathroom with clever and compact laundry room ideas.
Being able to close the door on piles of washing is a must if you're planning a relaxing soak in the bath. However, because the doors slide into the wall cavity, there's much more room for manoeuvre should you need it.
7. Embrace deep colors in a small bathroom
You rarely hear a small bathroom being described as cozy. Yet use the right bathroom color ideas and materials, and a warm, cocooning look can be achieved – creating a space you'll long to return to at the beginning or end of the day.
Here, every designer's favorite shower tile idea – the Lily Pad tile – has been used to maximalist effect. The jewel blue shade and brass and copper detailing give the space the opulence you might not previously have thought achievable in a small bathroom.
8. Make the most of a small bathroom layout
When it comes to designing a small bathroom, every inch counts. It is important to measure precisely and take into account doors, windows or sloped ceilings that may dictate your bathroom layout ideas.
Don’t be afraid to play with pattern, even in awkward spaces. In this dark bathroom from Pippa Paton, the hexagonal tiled flooring and splashback give a cohesive look, creating a backdrop for this rustic vanity that not only fits perfectly into the alcove but also gives a subtle nod to the house’s barn heritage.
9. Make a small bathroom a wet room
While it may be a more expensive option than a conventional shower, considering wet room ideas for your space could be worthwhile.
The main cost is tanking to make the area waterproof, but the result is a roomier space as you don’t need a closed-off shower enclosure.
Instead, take note from this design by Katie McCrum which shows that you can have the same flooring throughout and a frameless shower screen to contain splashes without feeling too restrictive.
10. Plan small bathroom lighting early
In the early planning stages, it is important to get placements of every aspect of a small bathroom right and this includes picking your bathroom lighting ideas promptly.
‘The most overlooked part of planning a bathroom is all the different types of lighting needed,’ says Marketa Rypacek, managing director at Industville. Ensure you have overhead lighting, as well as task lighting around the mirror.
Consider where natural light comes into the space and remember that all bathroom lighting needs an appropriate IP rating.
11. Decorate a small bathroom with wallpaper
One easy way of injecting character into a country-style bathroom is with patterned wallpaper, like this design from F&P Interiors.
While it may not be the first choice, standard wallpaper can be applied as long as the room is well-ventilated with an extractor fan, so steam doesn’t damage it.
Apply a strong adhesive underneath, and add a coat of decorator’s varnish on top to help protect against moisture. Or, use vinyl wallpaper designed especially for bathrooms, though it’s best to stick to tiles or panelling in wet zones such as around the bath or above a sink.
12. Use the right paint shade
Many people use lighter, whiter shades in small bathrooms, hoping to open up the space. Although this approach works, it is also important to get the tone of paint right.
As a rule, cool undertones suit south-facing aspects while warmer shades work well in north-facing rooms – in both instances the shades help balance natural light entering the space. Results vary, so always test the bathroom paint ideas you are considering first to see how they look when applied to certain walls.
Here, the paint color - Salix 99 from Little Greene - flows seamlessly from walls to the eaves for an elegant finish.
13. Add a little luxury
‘If there is one room that needs a little luxury, it’s your bathroom,’ says Louise Ashdown, head of design at West One Bathrooms.
She recommends using wall-mounted furniture to keep floor space clear in a small bathroom and sticking to a neutral palette if you want an elegant spa-like finish.
‘This helps avoid breaking up the room with different colors, which will make it feel boxy,’ she explains. And don’t be shy of adding a little glamor to your spa bathroom ideas – it’s these brushed gold fittings that really make this bathroom shine.
14. Choose quality finishes
A plus side of designing a small bathroom is that you may be able to splash out on higher-quality materials and finishes than if you were having to decorate a larger room.
In this project from Wolf Lewitt, a bespoke map wallpaper was commissioned to fit the room and add interest. The unusual design has been paired with smart grey panelling, which helps to box in any unsightly pipework while also creating a handy shelf around the walls. Authentic encaustic tiles on the floor complete the look.
15. Create zones, even in a small bathroom
It might be worth reconfiguring a family bathroom into zones – such as the shower and bath on one side, with the basin and toilet on the other – so that someone could pop in and brush their teeth while you’re doing bath time with the kids, for example.
‘Choosing to have a wet room can actually be hugely beneficial when wanting a bath to sit in the same space,’ says Sally Cutchie, marketing manager at BC Designs. ‘If you opt for a painted bath, use exterior eggshell paint as this is extra durable around water,’ she adds.
Different flooring can also be used to create zones – our bathroom floor tile ideas include tips for picking complementary designs.
16. Make a statement
A powder room is usually one of the smallest rooms in your house but it’s the one most of your guests will end up seeing. This can be an ideal opportunity to experiment with color and pattern and impress visitors with your flair for design.
Keep fixtures and fittings to a minimum, opting for a corner or reduced-depth basin, a monobloc mixer faucet and a simple towel holder. Then focus your efforts into adding impact through your powder room wall decor with a beautiful, bold wallpaper pattern or a few pieces of statement artwork.
17. Use optical illusions
When choosing small bathroom tile ideas, use optical illusion to create a sense of space in your washroom. For example, horizontal lines can help widen the appearance of your room and these metro tiles are a timeless option.
To prevent tiles looking too bare or clinical, incorporate natural materials to add layers of texture and warmth to the space, such as real wood or plants. The gray bathroom tiles on the floor help pull together the scheme by bringing out the dark grouting on the walls.
18. Expose a brick wall to give a small bathroom character
In a narrow bathroom, avoid a corridor feel by giving opposite walls different finishes. Here, a rustic exposed brick wall has huge impact and brings visual warmth to what is so often a clinical and cold space.
Pop a feature at the end of the room to draw the eye through – this roll-top bath has been placed on a platform to highlight its importance (and possibly add some extra support to the floor below).
19. Build in storage to use space wisely
Good bathroom storage ideas can go a long way to making a small bathroom feel less cluttered and crammed in.
It may seem counterintuitive to put more things in to a small room. But shutting lotions, potions, loo rolls and even towels inside slim built-in cabinetry will streamline the space. To help your furniture blend in, panel the walls to the same height all around the room.
20. Wall mount to make a small bathroom feel larger
Conversely, if you don't have a lot of bathroom clutter to hide, try to keep furniture and sanitaryware to a minimum. Wall-mounted basins and WCs clear the floor area and have minimal impact on your walls, so they will make a small bathroom seem bigger. They're also much easier to keep clean.
Be inventive about where you place your sanitaryware, too. This basin fits perfectly in the gap between wall and window and because it's in a corner, it's less intrusive.
21. Use mirrors to make a small bathroom feel larger
Antique mirrored walls can be an effective way to create the illusion of a much wider space.
Also, if the passage between a master bedroom and its adjacent small bathroom is wide enough, consider adding a shower enclosure.
‘Ensure it sits seamlessly in the background by using clear glass – possibly with a modesty panel – and a flush-to-floor tray,’ says Kirsten Wain of West One Bathrooms.
22. Make the most of an odd-shaped small bathroom
Awkward ceiling shapes in loft conversions can be cleverly turned into stylish walk-in shower ideas with fixtures such as shower heads built into sloping walls.
In this scheme, sandblasted glass panelling neatly partitions the bathroom from the sleeping area.
23. Simple solutions are more streamlined
‘Architecturally and visually, it is best to keep a small bathroom feeling open by not crowding too many things into it,' explains Barbara Sallick, Co-founder, Waterworks. 'Edit your amenities often, hang your towels on bars or hooks, keep pattern to a minimum, and generally, make it simple.
'The room will feel bigger if you use a pedestal sink rather than a bulky vanity, a clear glass door rather than shower curtain and reflective surfaces such as glossy ceramic tiles in a large scale,’ adds Barbara.
This wet room idea is the perfect example of keeping things streamlined.
24. Pick a bathtub that is made to fit
A small bathroom can cater to a tub – and a good-looking bathtub that is center stage-worthy - provided you pick a design that has been created specifically for the space.
There are plenty of reduced-width models to choose from. Thanks to its clean lines and simple design, this tiny slipper tub from The Albion Bath Company is equally beautiful in a period home as it is in a contemporary-style space.
Its Tubby design, meanwhile, comes in a 59inch/1500mm size while still boasting a double-ended roll-top look.
Also look out for built-in models that are attached to the wall but have the appearance of a freestanding bath from the front.
25. Choose minimal fixtures to boost a small bathroom
In a small space, it's important to avoid closing it off too much with excessive furniture. Opt for frameless glass when choosing a shower screen in a wet room to ensure the space remains light, bright and uncluttered.
26. Hang a mirror to make your bathroom feel larger
Decorating with mirrors is essential in any cloakroom, both practically and aesthetically. They bounce natural light around a room, making the room seem instantly larger and brighter.
Ornate options look fantastic in guest cloakrooms and are great statement pieces. If you prefer to keep things simple, then a mirror with a bevelled edge is an effective but subtle detail.
27. Light a small bathroom to make it feel bigger and brighter
Bathroom lighting zones are a key consideration, as getting the lighting right can make all the difference to the ambience created in your bathroom. Try installing a dimmer switch so that you can control the intensity of light, depending on your mood.
For bathroom ceiling lighting ideas, spotlights, either recessed, fitted to a track, or as part of a multi-light fitting, will instantly brighten a room.
28. Be adventurous with small bathroom decor
A small bathroom or cloakroom need not be dull or boring. Small spaces can be elevated with bold decorating choices, like this compelling pictorial terrarium wallpaper idea, used with moody moss-green tongue-and-groove panelling.
29. Pick a cohesive style that suits your home's period
Many people shy away from classic styles as they assume that they can crowd a room and can be too oppressive, but this isn’t the case.
By using light colors and tones and embracing traditional fittings such as an Art Deco style, you can achieve a period look in your bathroom despite its small size.
30. Keep floors clear
Wall-mounted modular furniture remains a favorite for storage, due to its fuss-free, streamlined look. Available in a range of heights, widths and depths, semi-bespoke small bathroom storage ideasallow you to create storage that best suits your space.
You’ll find a wide range of colors, from soft hues to strong brave tones, available too, as well as plenty of different textures.
31. Be rid of shower enclosures for a more open space
Transforming a small bathroom into a wet room is an excellent choice – you make the room look bigger by not closing it off with unnecessary screens.
Bathroom tile ideas that stretch from the floor right up the walls can give the space a cozy cocooned look, too.
You can of course also consider incorporating a generous shower into a large tub instead – giving you the option of both.
32. Keep the decor simple but add elegant fixtures
In lieu of being able to enlarge room dimensions, the clever use of surface finishes can maximize the feeling of space. In a small dark space, you could keep the space light and bright with minimal pattern or color.
‘Use reflective finishes on joinery and recessed handles,’ says Nick Stuttard, co-founder of London Projects. ‘They reflect light back into the room and streamline surfaces, minimizing any awkwardness in moving around a narrow space.’
33. Be brave with bold pattern
While wallpaper is an excellent option for adding pattern to a cloakroom, depending on the level of extraction you have in your bathroom, it may not be the best choice if you use to it to bathe or shower often.
An excellent alternative to wallpaper is patterned tile, whether in a simple repeat or a mural-style design like this one by Surface View.
34. Invest in a vintage washbasin
Worried your bathroom design may look to contemporary and cold? Mix the old with the new for a relaxed, organic look. A vintage wash basin or compact vanity unit will offset the modern fixtures that are often necessary for a scaled-down scheme, giving the room a more lived-in look.
35. Choose luxe surfaces and accessories
'Cleverly chosen surfaces can completely transform the look and help you make the most of even the smallest space,' says Leila Roberts from Fired Earth.
Luxurious, tactile finishes such as polished marble, make a space space feel a lot less utilitarian. The addition of accessories like decorative lighting and a beautiful mirror, also ramp up the feeling of luxury.
'Using large-format tiles means there are fewer grout joints, making walls and floors easier to clean, too,' Leila adds.
36. Pick a washbasin that's a decorative focus
Like a more traditional look? Demonstrating the perfect balance between classic design and contemporary color palettes, the vibrant blue hues of the Georgiana and Lorelei countertop washbasins will sit beautifully against any backdrop.
Whether you pick watercolour teals or contrasting, marble-effect dusty pinks, these bathroom vanity ideas will steal the limelight in a small bathroom – distracting from the rooms diminutive proportions.
37. Create a focus – with pattern
A small bathroom always runs the risk of being characterless but you can easily rectify this with a single wall of patterned tiles, placed strategically to draw attention to an end wall or a feature wall.
'Whether it’s stars or stripes, monochrome patterns or colors that pop... pattern and print play a big part in bringing personality into any home – it injects life into small spaces,' says Hamish Smith, Ca’ Pietra Creative Director. 'Think that pattern tiles are just for contemporary spaces? Think again and opt for a Victorian-inspired patterned tile, or a trellis pattern for a shower space to make it timeless.'
38. Draw the eye up
A saving grace of some small bathrooms is that, while they're not big on floor space, they can make up for it with ceiling height. If that's the case, add features that encourage you to look up and take in the roominess above.
The trick employed here is to simply hang a bathroom chandelier – being sure to check IP ratings.
39. Combine dark floors with pale walls
You may be surprised to learn that dark flooring can help to make your room look bigger. Once paired with the right cooling shade for wall colour, a space really can appear much bigger than it is.
The most obvious combination is black and white, as seen here. But you could also combine a deep gray or emerald green with blush. Or dark wood with pale sage green.
40. Squeeze in shelving to boost storage in a small bathroom
It doesn't matter how small your bathroom is. If you look carefully there are opportunities for space-saving storage everywhere. Take this little alcove of shelving in an attic bathroom.
Don't overload your shelves, however. Instead curate little vignettes and use house plants or ceramics to add pops of color.