Done well, small bathrooms can be case studies in ease and efficiency with a personality to spare. Get inspired by these wise storage, floor plan and window treatment ideas that can help turn your tiny jack-and-jill or primary bathroom into a showstopper.

If your bathroom is short on windows, add a skylight to flood the room with natural light while maintaining privacy. Pale-colored walls also visually expand the space by eliminating the division between wall and ceiling.

Floating Vanity

Mounted on the wall, these sleek units free floor space and make small bathrooms feel bigger. They’re a natural fit for modern design styles like those from Bathrooms by RUPP but work with traditional, eclectic and boho-inspired looks.

Use a floating vanity as a stylish surface for classy toiletries and attractive decor items like an edited trinket tray or stack of pretty hand towels. A narrow ledge can display a potted plant and a few choice accessories in tight spaces.

Add visual depth to a narrow bathroom with a patterned wallpaper that stretches up the wall. A chevron pattern (with flecks of cool and warm colors) elongates the room and blends seamlessly with the marbled vanity. An octagonal mirror is another simple way to add visual length and lighten the mood.


Adding mirrors is a simple way to brighten up any space instantly. Opt for an eclectic mix of shapes and designs (like the framed and ornate styles used here) to create a dazzling display. Whether it’s the reflection of a wall or the sparkle of silver, a mirror adds visual interest to a bathroom and can enhance any design style.

Consider using a pale-colored tile to make small rooms feel larger, as it will reflect light. You can also paint the woodwork white, such as skirting and window frames, or edging above, like picture rails, to maximize brightness from ceiling lights.

If you’re short on room for windows, consider installing a skylight to flood the space with natural light. This clever small bathroom idea is especially effective in bathrooms without natural light.

Natural Light

Ample natural light is one of the biggest benefits you can bring into a small space. Exposure to daylight has been linked to better health and mood, and it helps rooms feel brighter and bigger.

To welcome more light into a bathroom, ditch dark block colors in favor of neutral shades. They reflect light beautifully and dispel darkness while offering a fresh look. Cool undertones work well in south-facing bathrooms, while warmer hues work best for north-facing rooms.

Another way to add a splash of color is through carefully positioned wallpaper or patterned tiles. Alternatively, a stunning bath in a pastel shade can distract the eye and create a visual impact. This cloakroom from Studio Indigo is perfectly complemented by its Grecian-inspired ogee wallpaper and richly decorated basin from London Basin Company.

Floor Tiles

The flooring in a bathroom demands a more practical approach than almost any other room in the house. It has to be durable, hygienic and at least partly waterproof to offset the likelihood of dampness or mold setting in.

However, the flooring choice doesn’t have to be boring – many floor tile design options add character and personality to a compact space in Tigard Oregon. A simple checkerboard pattern in contrasting colors works wonderfully here, or try a tessellated geometric pattern to make a small room feel larger.

Hexagon and octagon-shaped tiles are all the rage, but even standard 4″ square porcelain floor tiles can look great when laid on a diagonal for a bold parquet effect. Using the same tiles on both walls and floors creates a wrap-around effect, making the room feel larger.

Open Shelves

If you’ve been browsing Pinterest or dog-eared shelter magazines, chances are you’ve seen open shelving popping up everywhere. While it has its detractors, there’s no denying that it’s an effective way to add personality and practicality to a bathroom.

Storing items off the counter frees up space for frequently used products like shampoo, conditioner and lotion while keeping less-used ones out of sight. Remember that dust can accumulate quickly on open shelves, so be careful when curating vignettes of objects. Instead, try putting items on display that are easy to grab, or opt for built-in storage solutions such as cabinets behind toilets and wall-mounted sinks. These types of storage are more streamlined than traditional furniture and help to eliminate clutter.