Are you faced with a small bathroom space in need of redecorating or remodeling? Don’t let the limited square footage get in the way of creating your dream bathroom. Craft a stellar, unique studio or guest bathroom that is both glamorous and functional.

Keep It Simple

The area is small and countertop space limited, so avoid adding too much “stuff.” Keep décor simple and sophisticated. Since you can’t change the size of the room, consider using the space between the studs. Ledges and shelves fitted in between the studs are ideal for stashing toiletries, towels, tissue, and other bathroom necessities. Add dimmable under the counter lighting to create a soft and warm ambiance.


Consider covering floor, walls, shower stall/tub enclosure and ceiling with the same, one color ceramic tile. You will never have to paint again. Tile cleans easily with window cleaner and the solid “one-color” look will make your bathroom seem much, much larger. To maximize the space optically, choose a light colored tile such as a creamy white or soft pastel. You can personalize your bathroom décor with artisan accent tiles. Thermostatically controlled heat tape installed under the tile will keep the bathroom floor toasty warm on the coldest of winter days.


Install a collection of different sized framed mirrors as décor accents. Hang in groups of three to five. The mirrors will reflect off of each other and make the bathroom seem considerably larger. A lighted, three-panel mirror over the vanity adds a classic touch.

Skip The Curtains

Curtains, shutters or blinds take up space and can make the bathroom look smaller. To let in natural light while preserving privacy, replace clear bathroom window glass with a frosted, opal, or etched glass and skip the curtains or window coverings which can make the room look “busy.”

Replace The Toilet

Replace your old toilet with a wall mounted modern and sleek combination toilet/bidet. Because the plumbing unit is hung on the wall, the floor appears larger, which makes the whole room look more spacious. A wall-hung toilet/bidet also makes moping the bathroom floor a simple chore.

Avoid Busy Patterns

You will want to keep all lines sleek and elegant. Bright, bold patterns make a striking statement in a large room, but will overwhelm a small space. Eliminate patterned shower curtains, rugs, or towels, opting for solid colors.

Get Rid Of That Bulky Vanity

An old built-in vanity with cabinets under the sink, takes up a huge part of the footprint of a small bathroom. Consider eliminating the bulky vanity/sink combo and replace with a slender pedestal sink.

Add A Touch Of Greenery

Ferns love diffused light and the moist atmosphere of the bathroom. Hang a couple to add a bit of nature indoors. There are many different types of ferns, from small miniature slow growing types, to large and fluffy showy plants, so it is easy to find one at your local plant nursery that is ideal for your dream bathroom.