The Best Small Bathroom Designs


A well-planned small bathroom can add great livability to any house. For example, a home with a large kitchen and back entry usually needs a half-bath near the back door. An attic area or basement often requires a small bathroom space. Figuring out a good design will keep the bathrooms from looking like an afterthought. You want to invest time in their design, so they look original to the house and function well over time.

Invest in Good Materials

  • Create a high-quality look for small bathrooms near living space. For example, a bathroom near the living room of the house should have ceramic tile flooring or hardwood flooring. The walls should feature a nice tile design that looks appealing, especially if guests can see into the space while walking into the living room area. Use fixtures and cabinetry that fit the quality of furnishings in the living room space.

Create an Attractive Sink Space

  • A vanity area should have great artistic appeal. The vanity should be a fancy pedestal sink with high-quality hardware, or it can be a mahogany cabinet with a marble sink. One way to make the sink area special is to add an ornate mirror over it that captures one's attention. The vanity wall should be the focus of the small bathroom.

Add a Well-Designed Toilet

  • Use a costlier toilet versus a budget model. The design of the toilet should blend in rather than stand out if it's well made. Try adding a large piece of artwork, such as a print of day lilies or a nature scene, over the toilet to direct the eye to the artwork and its frame.

Incorporate Bold Color

  • Wall color can enhance a small bathroom. If you paint one wall brown or burgundy, for example, this adds a touch of sophistication to a small bathroom. Avoid using all white or light colors, even if you have to install vases or towels with a lot of color. Bright colors, such as lemon yellow, purple or lime green add artistic flair to a small space.

Space Everything Properly

  • Keep all fixtures balanced in size. A small corner shower with a glass door that looks appropriate for the room should work fine. Never buy an oversize tub or shower for a small bathroom, or this will make the room seem crowded. Look at showers with curved fronts that take up less room in a corner. Leave room to move about easily in the space, or the balance will be lost.

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