Designers Never Do This With a Small Shower—Try These Ideas Instead

Updated 04/29/19
ideas for small showers

tiny bathroom may feel like a scourge on your otherwise spacious home, but we are here to tell you that it's not the end of the world. It may seem contrary to logic, but there are actually a number of ways to make your space seem larger than it is, even when working around hardware like showers and toilets.

We polled a few interior designers who had creative ideas for small showers in order to make this essential space feel special. Their suggestions range from foundational to aesthetic changes, which all depend on the options at your disposal. Give any combination of their tips below a chance to see what works for your bathroom.

Small showers
Amy Bartlam ; DESIGN: Katie Hodges Design

"When working in a small shower, don't be scared of going big. If you have a small shower and are only using small plumbing fixtures, it makes the shower appear even smaller." — Katie Hodges, Hodges Design

Delta Windemere Shower Faucet Trim with Lever Handles $93
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Tiny showers
BHDM Design

"Cute towels and a corresponding shower curtain are a must-have for a small shower. I like mixing in color and pattern with the linens in a small bathroom, especially when I keep the materials (tile, etc.) more basic." — Max Humphrey, Portland-based interior designer

Orrin Ellis Provost Frameless Rectangle Wall Mirror
Orrin Ellis Provost Frameless Rectangle Wall Mirror $85
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Small bathrooms
Catherine Kwong

"In a small bathroom, you need pieces that pull double duty. This industrially inspired mirror has a shelf which gives you some extra surface space." — Max Humphrey

Ebern Designs Easterling Single Bathroom Vanity Set
Ebern Designs Easterling 30" Single Bathroom Vanity Set $1071 $501
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Tiny bathrooms
Claire Esparros for Tali Roth Designs

"Don't have too many design elements. I believe you should have (maximum) two main materials and then two accent materials. For example, one material for the floor, one for the walls and then the accents can be the material of the vanity and the metal of the lighting. Your space will feel bigger if there aren't too many points of interest to take in." — Tali Roth of Tali Roth Designs

Emser Tile Semplice Ceramic Field Tile in White
Emser Tile Semplice 4" x 4" Ceramic Field Tile in White $15
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Cramped bathrooms
Photo by Claire Esparros for Tali Roth Designs

"Keep storage in mind. Sometimes in small bathrooms, people try and put a wall-hung sink or a pedestal vanity in for a lighter appearance. However, they end up introducing temporary storage bins or floating shelves. Make sure you have a proper storage vanity, and if you want the appearance of airiness, do a wall-hung vanity that has a few inches of space between the floor and the bottom of the vanity so that the floor material can continue underneath it and the space looks larger.” – Tali Roth Designs

Langford Thermostatic Cross-Handle Shower
Langford Thermostatic Cross-Handle Shower $2000
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Cramped showers
Genevieve Garrupo

"Go all out with tile. Tile all the walls in the bathroom, tile the ceiling if you can. Since it’s a small space you won’t have to spend a fortune on the tile itself and it will make the room feel bigger—especially if you use a glossy tile. You can’t go wrong with white subway tile, and if you wanted to mix things up, try a 4-by-4-inch square instead of a 3-by-6-inch rectangle." — Max Humphrey

Schoolhouse Vintage Check Towels
Schoolhouse Vintage Check Towels $90
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Small spaces
Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

"Your plumbing fixtures should also be a splurge since they’ll really be seen. I'm not getting tired of the brass trend—especially antique brass, which just looks better as it ages." — Max Humphrey

Tall Industrial Shelf Mirror
Rejuvenation Tall Industrial Shelf Mirror $399
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Katie Martinez

"You need to consider every detail in a small shower—even more than you do in a giant one—and really great soap is a must-have. My favorite is from Aesop, and you’ll never be the same again once you use it." — Max Humphrey

Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser
Aesop Coriander Seed Body Cleanser 6.8oz $25
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