Get inspired with small bathroom pictures that combine pared-down fixtures, bold paint colors and pretty decorating details.


Back in Black

Small bathrooms or powder rooms are a great place to try ultra-dark shades you might be scared to use elsewhere. “I had a lot of natural light in the powder room so I didn’t hesitate in choosing black as the main color,” says designerMelissa Miranda. Miranda chose ceiling-reaching “Woods” wallpaper from Cole & Sons to emphasize the height of the room.


small bathroom designs picture of granite & glass

Small Bathroom Glass Illusion

Glass shower enclosures give the illusion of space in a small bathroom by allowing you to see from one end of the room to the other. Design by Andreas Charalambous


Traditional Bathroom

Put It on a Pedestal

Using a pedestal sink creates the illusion of extra square footage in small bathrooms. The upholstered walls in this teeny-tiny powder room bring warmth and texture to the space. Design by Lauren Jacobsen


floating vanity makes contemporary statement

Add Floating Storage

A floating vanity takes up less space without compromising style. Design by Joseph Pubillones


Look Up

If the floor space is limited, don’t forget to look up! Make your bathroom seem larger by emphasizing the height of the room, like designer Shirry Dolgin did here with staggered mirrors.


Change the Floor Plan

A cramped floor plan and outdated finishes prompted the remodel of this small master bathroom. Relocating the toilet to the rear wall and adding a wall-mounted sink maximizes the space. The glass mosaic tile feature wall adds movement and draws attention to the high ceilings and skylight. Design by Jennifer Jones


powder room features hand carved marble sink

Go Big

An advantage of small bathrooms? Smaller prices. “Since the space is usually so small, you can get away with using higher priced materials as you need so little of them,” says interior designer Melissa Miranda. Designer Shelly Reihl David paired a hand-carved marble sink with a modern metallic damask wall covering, gold gilded mirror and amber crystal wall sconces to create this impactful space.


tone on tone contemporary bathrooom

Declutter Countertops

Under-sink storage and towel bars create a clutter-free countertop. Design by Peter Sollogub


Break the Rules

“Powder rooms are usually where I really go all out, break all the rules and use materials that might look ‘over the top’ in larger spaces,” says interior designer Melissa Miranda. Dark colors or bold patterns, like this graphic lattice wallpaper, add dimension and a bit of fun. Design by Jennifer Jones


bathroom accessories compliment granite counters

Try Warm, Inviting Colors

Warm colors make a small bath feel larger. Design by Beth Haley


gracious powder room greets guests

Bring On the Charm

Wood paneling and a chair rail add formality to this charming powder room. Design by Thomas A. Conway


Scale It Down

Oversized fixtures and mirrors can make small rooms look smaller. A small light fixture and sink-sized mirror keep this petite kids’ bathroom looking spacious (and ever-so-adorable.) Design by Rebekah Zaveloff


relaxing master bath oasis

Try Open Shelving

Open shelving makes the room appear bigger by allowing you to see all the way to the wall. Design by Joseph Hittinger


opulent red powder room

Spice It Up

Rev up a small space with vivid color. If you don’t like it, it’s easy and inexpensive to repaint. Design by Shelly Riehl David


bathroom highlights natural materials

Organize to Maximize

Organize drawers and cabinets to maximize countertop space and minimize clutter.

HGTV. Small Bathroom Design, [Online]. Web address: (Page consulted on June 21 2012)