Wall and Floor Ideas for a Small Bathroom


When decorating a small bathroom, it can be difficult to select a design scheme and furniture that complement the room without overcrowding the already limited space. Instead, focus on the decor of the wall and floor to create an open, airy atmosphere that will make a small bathroom feel larger.

Use Pale Paint

  • When choosing a paint color for your bathroom walls, look for a pale color. Unlike dark colors, which can make a small room feel like a cave, pale colors reflect light and give rooms a more open feeling. White is not your only option: you can add color and brightness with light yellows, greens, and even pinks. Choose a paint that will not warp when subjected to steam, condensation, and water.

Skip the Medicine Cabinet

  • Instead of going with a traditional medicine cabinet, which can stick out too far from the wall, hang a large, frameless mirror on the wall above the sink. Mirrors add the illusion of additional space to a room, and a large, flat mirror won't take up valuable real estate in your small bathroom.

Add Wall-mounted Lights

  • The brighter a room is, the larger it looks. If your bathroom doesn't have a window, or if it is naturally dark or gloomy, install a row of wall-mounted track lights high on a wall so that they are approximately level with the top edge of your mirror. The light will be reflected in the mirror, and the top part of the room will be bright.

Install Floating Shelves

  • Heavy shelving above the toilet or sink can make a small bathroom look smaller. Instead, choose low-profile, glass shelves that "float" on the wall. The clear material reduces the shelves' footprint, and the lack of surrounding base material opens up the room. Keep the items on the shelves to a minimum to reduce clutter.

Choose Bright Tiles

  • Because small bathrooms don't have much floor space, add interest to the decor by installing quality tile. Choose a bright, light tile to continue the open feeling, or look for earthy colors to ground the design. Tile is easy to clean and isn't ruined by water spills from the sink, toilet, or shower.

Add a Bath Mat

  • If your small bathroom has a shower, you can add a brightly colored or patterned bath mat for a splash of color and interest. Look for a mat that can be machine washed.

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