Now This Is How to Decorate a Small Bathroom

Updated 12/06/17

Small bathrooms are both a blessing and a curse. On the one hand, it can make it challenging to navigate and organize—but on the other, with just a few clever styling tricks, you can make the most of your tiny space and learn to live as minimalistic and efficient as possible. Consider this: We all have too many beauty products and linens, but we tend to only address it if our storage space is lacking. If you think about it, a small bathroom is your opportunity to live your best, most organized life.

So how do you make the most of your tiny space? Whether you're looking to give your rental bathroom a quick makeover or you're planning a full-blown remodel, we have seven tricks that will transform the way you see your petite space. With cleverly placed hardware, the right paint colors, and adequate storage, we promise you'll love your limited space more than if you had a sprawling bathroom complete with a soaking tub. Get ready to see your space in a whole new light—this is how you decorate a small bathroom.

Hang Hooks in Dead Spaces

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom
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Do you have limited storage space? Use dead space like the back of doors to hang hooks or towel bars. Having multiple places where to hang linens will limit your need for storage baskets, drawers, and shelves. Besides, there are few things more luxurious in life than to have a dedicated space to hang your plush bathrobes—it will even make you forget how small your bathroom is.

Vernon Classic Double Coat Hook
Rejuvenation Vernon Classic Double Coat Hook $19
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PlayAround With Mirrors

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom — Mirrors
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If you're remodeling a small bathroom, consider using mirrors as a way to make your space feel larger. In this petite bathroom, interior designer Jessica Helgerson used a series of built-in mirrors facing each other to create an infinity effect. This cost-friendly solution can make your space feel like a little jewel box.

Frameless Rectangle Mirror
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Go for a Moody Paint Color

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom — Paint Colors
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We've said it before, and we'll say it again: Dark colors work wonders in small spaces, and that applies to bathrooms too. Try painting your walls a combination of moody blue hues or other dramatic jewel tones, and opt for dark slate tiles or marble mosaics instead of the traditional white subway tile.

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Carve Out Recessed Shelving

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom — Storage
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If you're remodeling your bathroom or shower, consider adding recessed shelving for your bath products. This small detail takes no space at all (it usually only carves out a few inches on the inside of your walls), and it makes a world of a difference when it comes time to use the shower. No more shower caddies needed—just prop a few key products in your recessed shelves and your space will always look clean and organized.

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Swap Sconces for Pendants

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom — Lighting
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Wall-mounted sconces are all the rage in bathrooms right now, but they can take up a lot of useful space. If your bathroom is on the petite side, consider hanging a pair of pendant lights on each side of your vanity instead. That way you'll free up wall space for hand towel holders or larger mirrors. You can even opt to have a wall-to-wall mirrored medicine cabinet, which can conceal a ton of storage space.

Barn Light Electric Circle B Flat Cone Reflector Pendant $98
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Extend Your Vanity Wall-to-Wall

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom — Vanity
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It may be tempting to buy a ready-made vanity, but in some cases, building it in to meet your specific needs can make a huge difference to your storage space and the functionality of your bathroom. If you're cursed with an awkward nook, make the most of it by building your vanity wall-to-wall, and take full advantage of the extra drawers and counter space.

pincher glass canister with lid
CB2 Pincher Glass Canister With Lid $10
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Choose Wall-Mounted Faucets

How to Decorate a Small Bathroom — Faucets
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In most cases, bathroom faucets are mounted on the vanity itself, but if you're looking to save counter space, consider mounting it on the wall instead. This will save a little counter space, but it will also save plenty of storage space within the vanity if the plumbing goes through the wall instead of through the drawers.

Elements of Design Concord Double Handle Wall Mount Sink Faucet $302 $180
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