25 Tips for Decorating a Small Bathroom

Your powder room might be small in size, but that doesn't mean it has to be lacking in style. Limited square footage simply means you have to strategize when adding personality to your bathroom's decor. Here are 25 ideas.

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Wonderful Walls

Decorate your small bathroom in a manner worthy of the pages of a fashion magazine. This one, decked with a gilded mirror and black and white typography wallpaper, shows how wall coverings can make a big impact, at an affordable price.

Splurge Worthy

A bonus of a small space? It requires fewer furnishings. For this reason, half baths and powder rooms are the perfect places to splurge on high-end pieces, like the copper vessel sink featured here.

Slide Aside

Pocket, sliding or barn doors are ideal options for small spaces. Since they don't open wide, they don't take up any extra valuable space.

Storage Solutions

Hang extra towels flush against the wall, as to not take up extra storage space. This particular rack features a warming function, so it's extra cozy.

Look Up

When dealing with a small space, don't forget the ceiling is up for decorating grabs! Painting the ceiling allows for adding a color pop, without closing in the small space.

Unexpected and Colorful Tile

Boring tile? Why? Add a dash of fun to any size space by playing with the tile color or shape, like with this gorgeous green version.

Shed Some Light

Add some light to a room to open it up and make it feel more spacious, as seen on DIY Network's Bath Crashers

Worth Talking About

Just because you are dealing with a small space, don't be afraid to go outside your comfort zone. This bathroom features a custom vanity with built-in nightlights, making it unusual and a showstopper.

From DIY Network's Bath Crashers

A Sink with Style

Don't get stuck with a standard sink. A flat-bowl sink delivers a modern and sleek feel to this bathroom vanity. From DIY Network's BATHtastic!

A Clean Palatte

If you keep it simple on the walls and floors, you can play with the colors and patterns of accessories. Opt for white subway tile, which is best used with a dark color grout like gray or black. 

From HGTV's Fixer Upper.

Fancy Footwork

What's underfoot counts. Opt for a fun tile pattern as flooring, or a fun rug if you are not ready for a long-term investment or committment. In this case, the tile floor is heated, making it not only stylish, but also luxurious.

Daring Features

Choose the unusual. A small space is ready for something fun and daring like this square toilet, as opposed to the standard oval shape usually found. 

From DIY Network's Bath Crashers.

A Wall Collection

Fill a small space of empty wall with a collage of artwork or framed photographs. It packs a lot of visual punch in a small space. 

From DIY Network's Bath Crashers.

Walk Right In

A zero-threshold shower makes a small space feel larger. Two added benefits? Easy accessibility and modern style.

Embrace the Curve

Use a tight, curved corner for your vanity. What is usually wasted space becomes a true countertop saver!

From DIY Network's Bath Crashers.

Free-Standing Sink Space

Take out a long and crowded bathroom vanity and opt for a stand-alone sink space. It will open up the room and give added elbow room.

From DIY Network's The Vanilla Ice Project.

Minimize Extraneous Stuff

Don't over clutter. A small space can't handle too much decor, so add fresh flowers, guest towels and soaps and leave it at that. A little goes a long way! 

Furniture with a Function

An upcycled end table is a smart solution for supporting a sink in a small space. If you choose one with a built-in magazine shelf, you can stack bath linens underneath. Plus, this option is an instant one-of-a-kind!

Contain It

In a small space, woven baskets or metal containers can offer much-needed storage solution for extra towels. Choose a container, like this one with chalkboard labels, that adds to the style of the room.

Low Down Shelving

Below the counter? That's not where people typically think to place shelving. Use this unexpected space for added storage and decor.

From DIY Network's I Hate My Bath.

A Magical Trick

In this space-challenged powder room, the subway tile was installed vertically, instead of the traditional horizontal method. This small change draws the eye upward, making the ceiling appear higher and the room feel larger.

Add-On Storage

Are you missing a medicine cabinet and needing a place to store all of your bathroom amenities? Consider adding a cabinet above the toilet or on any free wall for the perfect accessory to contain and conceal.

Power Room Pizazz

If you've been wanting to experiment with bold colors and patterns, a small bathroom is the ideal spot. Just be careful to find the right balance by not overdoing it with too many accessories.

From: Brian Patrick Flynn

Sleek Storage

Keep distractions at a minimum. Opt for glass shelving that keeps the lines of the room clean and unbroken, while providing additional storage.

Faucet That Floats

A floating basin and vanity combination keeps a small space uncluttered and airy. An added perk? It allows for additional space underneath.