21 small bathroom ideas to make a tiny space feel larger – Insider

  • Large patterns and tiles are a trendy way to make small bathrooms seem bigger.
  • Statement lighting is another hack for making a small bathroom bright, airy, and stylish.
  • You can also turn your decor into storage so it works double duty in your small bathroom.

Designing or updating a small bathroom can feel like a chore, but when done correctly, it will make the biggest difference. After all, having a luxurious bathroom, no matter the size, will instantly up both your daily life and your home’s resale value.

To learn the best ideas for transforming a small bathroom into a spa-like space, we chatted with a few experts. Rasheeda Gray, principal designer and owner of Gray Space Interior Design, Kelley Mason, manager of content and creative for Lulu and Georgia, and Mercedes Austin, CEO of Mercury Mosaics all reveal some of their favorite trendy and timeless small bathroom ideas.

5 trendy small bathroom ideas in 2022

A floating vanity helps add more visual space.


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  1. Choose a floating vanity. Perfect for small bathrooms, a floating vanity will create more available floor space and, therefore, openness.
  2. Mix and match patterns. Dramatic bathrooms are very on trend and mixing and matching wall and floor colors and patterns can quickly turn a tiny bathroom into a must-see spot on your home tour.
  3. Get creative with tiles. Large tiles are best for small bathrooms but the options are endless for this — marble tiles, wood tiles, patterned tiles, colorful tiles, to name a few.
  4. Statement lighting. Sufficient lighting is a small bathroom must, so get fancy with it to create a bright focal point using light fixtures like chandeliers, pendants, or sconces.
  5. Pick gold, brass, or black fixtures. Splurge on gold, brass, or black bathroom fixtures because they’ll elevate your bathroom for years to come (no matter how many times you swap out the tiles or repaint).

1. Assess storage needs

Center your design around how much storage you need.


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First call to action: determine the smartest storage solutions for your limited space, Gray recommends. Consider shower niches, linen storage, toiletry cabinets, and more. 

You may even consider forgoing a classic vanity for something that floats to create more floor space where you can use hooks, baskets, or shelves. 

Making this assessment right away will help you maximize the function of the design so it works with your overall design.

2. Befriend light, bright neutrals

Neutrals keep things light and always work.


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When in doubt, white works wonders in small spaces. The brightness, Gray notes, helps to make the space feel much larger and it keeps you from having to worry about the “right way” to incorporate color without shrinking your bathroom. 

Other light neutral tones like grays and beiges can also help small bathrooms feel bigger and warmer.

3. Liven it up with splashes of color

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