For no cost, something as easy as a strategic placement can offer a beautiful reflection and color in a small bathroom, says Atlanta interior designer Alice Cramer. In this Atlanta powder room, she placed the mirror in just the right spot to reflect a piece of art for an eye-catching result that added depth and interest.
The window behind the bathtub in HGTV Dream Home 2015 features remote-controlled blinds, and the lovely blue curtains match the curtains in the master bedroom. “It is a very luxurious, spa-like experience in the bathroom,” says the home’s interior designer Linda Woodrum. “And we have beautiful drapery, so it is a very elegant and very tailored room.”
Vintage rugs not only have classic appeal, but their timeworn quality means they were handcrafted to last for generations. "I love using vintage rugs in bathrooms, since they add great color and texture. They soften a space that can sometimes feel cold and sterile. Select a soft rug, something that feels good under your bare feet in the morning, for the vanity or common area of the bathroom," says Ashley Clark of sKout.
Sometimes, a storage unit can play more than one role in a space, as in this contemporary master bath designed by Alisha Hillary. “The towel caddy was installed between the vanity and the toilet primarily to stop the view straight to the toilet when walking into the bathroom,” says Hillary. “It also serves as a great spot to store hand towels or candles and other small decorative items. The small stone feature tile running up behind the caddy references back to the travertine on the floor.”
Make your storage do double duty as decor. While the vanity cabinet in this 2016 National Kitchen + Bath Association Competition winning powder room is custom made, a standard vanity without doors on either side can add decorative storage to any small bathroom, says designer Stephanie A. Bruntz of Studio B Design. Bruntz says the diagonal slats in her custom cabinet are one of the more expensive elements, so adding a horizontal shelf or no shelf at all would be much cheaper. She adds that a stylish pendant can also create a designer look without breaking the bank. You can buy frosted mini glass pendants at Home Depot for under $20, while regular sizes range from $80-$100.
This room divider not only separates the master bedroom and sitting area from the bathroom, it also doubles as a headboard. "By adding a cantilevered shelf to the other side of the headboard, I was able to create a makeup vanity in the bathroom area, says Kimberley Selden, designer and owner of Kimberly Selden Design Group, Toronto, Canada.
Turn beadboard on its side for a whole new bathroom look, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build in Atlanta. The horizontal lines of the beadboard can make a small room appear wider than a traditional vertical design. You can also use mirrors in multiple spots, to increase the glamour and spacious feel of a bathroom.
The monochromatic white palette shows you don’t need to add color to the walls, countertops or floors to make a bathroom stylish, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build. The Atlanta firm renovated the outdated bathroom, removing the heavy tilework from the walls and creating a clean, modern bathroom with open shelves. They also opted against extras such as crown molding.
Choosing irregular bathroom mirrors can reflect your design style and add a lot of visual interest. “Pick something that’s not just square,” says Atlanta designer Nancy Keenan. Keenan says these mirrors were especially handy because the outlet would have been blocked if she’d used a rectangular one.
A tall cabinet utilizes formerly wasted space and makes toiletries and grooming tools easily accessible yet out of sight in this blue bathroom. Designer Tip: Designer Elizabeth Swartz says keep scale in mind when adding this type of storage unit to a bathroom to avoid overpowering the space.
For a budget bathroom update, Patti Wagner and her husband replaced the damaged green floor tiles with inexpensive hexagon-shaped white tiles in their Minneapolis home. “The white floor really makes the room look bigger,” says Wagner, a senior product designer for Target. They also maximized the small space by keeping the existing pedestal sink and large medicine cabinet. Towel hooks also are great for small bathrooms, because they don't take up much space and you can place them anywhere, she says.
Say hello to yellow - Look how bright and cheerful this family bathroom a child-friendly aesthetic with a fun colorful wall. The vibrant hue of yellow anchors the vintage white subway tile in the shower.
A spacious double vanity sprayed in a high gloss shade of aqua and a walk-in shower with an integrated seat are two of the main components of this reimagined guest bathroom. “The upstairs bathroom before had no natural light and felt like a cave,” says project manager Dan Faires.