50 Small Bathroom Ideas That Increase Space
Getting inspiration and ideas for a small bathroom can be difficult when you don't know where to start.
Dealing with any small space can be challenging, especially for those who are new to interior design and DIY as a whole.
In this article, you'll discover 50 ways to increase space in your bathroom and to make things easy, we've created a navigation below in case you're looking for something specific.
Using stacking storage units can be rather convenient and decorative. Keep your soaps, shampoos and other accessories out of the way and easily accessible.
Consider a small shelf to keep your accessories on, perhaps one with draws to store your toiletries in. This will mean for an organised bathroom and you'll always know where to look for the specifics.
3. Towel Racks
Towel racks are usually found on the wall or attached to a radiator, but with a small amount of space it can be frustrating to have to use up precious space for a towel rack. Why not try installing a towel rack on the back of the bathroom door or even to the shower door?
4. Storage Cubes
Storage cubes come in all shapes and sizes, great for small spaces, and won't break the bank. Available in a range of materials, you can easily match them to your overall theme. You could even try installing a few on your walls for an easy grab and go lifestyle.
5. Wall Cabinets
Installing a wall cabinet is a must, if your bathroom doesn't already have one. Cabinets are compact and acquire plenty of storage space and can be decorated any way you'd like.
Storage baskets are another way of saving space and organising the accessories in your bathroom. They fit nicely on shelves, window ledges, on top of the toilet and even beside your bath.
7. Sleek Shelving
Industrial/vintage style shelving are often very thin in shape and fit perfectly into corners, which is the one space often wasted. You can fill the shelves with towels, bathroom essentials and even storage baskets as mentioned above.
8. Shower Caddies
Just think about the amount of space your shower acquires and how much of it is going to waste, that's where shower caddies come to the rescue. Simple over the shower racks are rather effective and easily to install.
9. Door Storage
Your bathroom door is another space just waiting to be filled, perfect for a make shift shelving unit or storage console. The woven storage consoles are usually the most popular, but more different shapes and materials are becoming readily available to suit each persons needs.
10. Floating Shelves
Depending on the shape and layout of your bathroom, this may not be relevant, but if you're renovating from scratch then this could be useful. To maximise the space you have, install "floating shelves" in between the sink/toilet and the wall. Measuring first is essential to guarantee the shelves would fit, but this is certainly a storage possibility.
11. Light Blue Walls
Decorating your walls with light blue shades naturally creates a calming atmosphere, and when the above storage hacks are put to use, naturally the entire space feels greater in size.
12. Colour Consistency
Keeping the theme simple and consistent often makes a small bathroom feel more spacious, perhaps consider a simple all-white scheme. When teamed together with glossy wall tiles and welcoming and shabby chic accessories, it can feel much more welcoming.
13. One Tile Wonder
By using a consistent tile throughout the whole of the bathroom, you make the bathroom seem more open and less restricted. Glass features like a shower door enhance this technique also.
14. Tile Vertically
Adding vertical tiles to the entire surface gives the illusion of greater space, especially mosaic tile work.
15. Iridescent Backsplash
Enlarge the space in the room with the use of an iridescent backsplash. This installation will reflect light throughout and help the space to appear much greater.
16. Earthy Colours
Nature inspired colours give off a calming and organic feel, perfect for your bathroom. But be careful, certain colours won't help in enhancing the space. We'd recommend pale greens, beige and light grey.
17. Striped Wallpaper
Did you know that when you wear stripey clothing, it actually helps you to appear taller? Well the same applies for bathrooms. Thick-striped wallpapers will give the illusion of a taller space. Warning, thin stripes and busy patterns will actually make the room appear smaller.
18. Matching Tiles
Every tried tiling the side of your bath to match the tiles on the walls? You'd be surprised how much this plays with our boundaries of perception, plus when using the right tiles it can look rather stylish.
19. Mirrored Tiles
Mirrors help to enhance the space around us in any room, and mirrored tiles takes this a step further. Even just using these types of tiles on one wall in the room will increase space perception.
20. Make a Statement
Wallpaper that makes a statement and catches our attention also enhances our space perception, plus it can transform a boring bathroom completely.
21. Tile Horizontally
We're aware that we also mentioned tiling vertically, but if you decide against it, plain tiles with a horizontal line of tiles will help to break the room up and visually enhance the space around you.
22. Character Colour
Adding just a hint of colour can make all the different in creating a larger bathroom. This works best with predominantly white bathrooms, as just a hint of colour
23. Wooden Floors
Wooden floors help to restore the image of the bathroom and also increase the width of the room.
24. Tiled Floors
Tiled floors have an elaborate effect on the bathroom, and if you keep the rest of the space simple, it will actually help the room to appear larger in size.
25. Match the Shower
Having matching shower and floor tiles actually makes the room to appear larger rather than breaking the room up with separate designs. This works really well with extremely small bathrooms.
26. Floor & Walls
Another clever way of making your bathroom appear larger is by using the same tiles on the walls and the floor.
27. Mirror Lighting
Adding simple lighting above your main mirror will help enlarge the space in the room. If you thought a large mirror alone was enough, try adding some feature lighting and see the difference it makes.
28. Wall Lights
Simple yet effective, wall lights enable us to make the entire space feel bright and more open, therefore greater in size. Install them above a mirror or near to a corner to help fill the dead space.
Lighting makes a huge difference to any bathroom but particularly those lacking in space. Consider wall sconces, perfect for those looking to portray a vintage or antique style feel.
30. Ceiling Lights
Small ceiling lights can make a huge difference in illuminating features and importantly the space in the room. These types of lights can also come with a dimming effect if you're looking to create a relaxing spa like atmosphere.
31. Natural Light
When space is cramped, natural light is too important to block out, so although fairly obvious, this is a must!
Brass is a texture that makes an entire space feel much larger due to its warmth in colour. Everything from fixtures, features and accessories will make a huge difference to a small bathroom.
33. Large Mirrors
In tight spaces having a a large mirror stretch across the wall instead of just the width of your sink/vanity can enable two or more people (depending on the size of the mirror) to use it a once. Plus, a larger reflection will influence an increased sense of space perception.
34. Tall & Oval
Oval shaped mirrors offer another effective and decorative way of increasing space perception. Since these types of mirrors stretch upwards, they make the ceiling feel taller and therefore the overall space.
35. Sliding Entrance
Rather than going with a traditional door on a hinge that will take up room when opened, why not opt for a door that slides side to side. Simple to install yourself and will stay parallel on the wall saving more space.
36. Themed Accessories
For those who have a small budget or who aren't ready to completely renovate, accessories can do wonders for compact spaces, specifically when choosing a theme. This will help in choosing and shopping for lighting, mirrors and small furnishings that will instantly transform the space.
37. Corner Features
Weirdly shaped bathrooms can be slightly more challenging, but make the most of them by adding small storage features for your toiletries and accessories, or simple ornaments to add character to the room.
38. Bath/Shower Combo
When space is at its tightest, kill two birds with one stone and opt for an over-shower bath that offers the best of both.
If you're wanting a focal feature to stand out in a small space, freestanding baths can work a treat. Many are available in smaller sizes so they aren't all appear as big as expected.
Who said small bathrooms can't be comfortable? Slipper style baths allows you rest your back and like freestanding baths, come in different sizes and work well as a focal bathroom feature.
If you're wanting to add a wow factor and modernised touch to your bathroom that will save tons of space, consider a sunken bath. Providing you have the space for such a feature below your floorboards, they look incredible and can be customised to the size you want.
42. Wet Room
For starters they look luxurious, but importantly they help save space in extremely small bathrooms. Word of warning, if opting for a wet room, make sure you have a decent extractor fan installed to avoid any potential damp and mould problems.
43. Shower Screen
Shower screens offer a simple and decorative solution to increasing space. Try matching the colour of the screen with the colour of your ceiling, this will help to make the space appear bigger.
44. Corner Shower
In many instances, there isn't enough room for a bath, therefore making use of a corner with a shower works wonders. Corner showers take up very little room, and opting for a sliding door rather than a hinged one will also save on space.
45. Just Glass
A full glass shower allows your bathroom to appear more spacious allowing light to directly reflect against the surface.
46. Floating Vanity
Floating units allow us to visually maximise the space in our bathroom and save previous floor space that could easily be used for storage.
47. Corner Sink
Make the most of those awkward corners and install a sink. The oval style shape often helps to widen the space around it, and installing in front of your toilet is advised rather than the shower (opening and closing the your shower door could be an issue).
Trough sinks are a narrow and stylish solution for those lacking bathroom space. Similar in style to a floating vanity means for a healthy dose of storage space below.
49. Wall-mounted Faucet
Mounting a faucet on your wall means your sink/vanity can be much narrower, which naturally saves overall space. Even if your bathroom is traditional, faucets work in any environment and add a touch of class.
50. Go Long
Long sinks work well even in small spaces. Often you'll be able to store your toiletries either side of the sink and could even install a lengthy cupboard beneath to keep your bathroom organised and clutter free. The possibilities are endless!