Whether you’re dealing with a tiny powder room or a shower stall that’s basically on top of the toilet (been there!), a small bathroom can make morning and evening routines a lot less glamorous and—more importantly—less efficient. But you don’t have to let limited space stop you from living large. Before you throw in the towel and call a broker to help you find a new place, consider these words of wisdom: All you need to make your small bathroom look as good (and work as hard) as its much larger counterparts are some strategic styling tips and a can-do attitude. Here, we’ve rounded up 46 easy storage and styling solutions that’ll make you forget how small your bathroom actually is.
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Replace 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.
Stick 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.
Mix 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.
Only 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.
Make 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.
Use 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.
Customize 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