Just because a bathroom is small, doesn’t mean it shouldn’t feel grand. There are endless ways to make petite spaces exude the boldness and elegance of a larger bathroom. From bold decor choices to stylish storage ideas, these small bathrooms and powder rooms aren’t afraid of making a design statement—and you shouldn’t be either.
This master bathroom has a spa-like feel thanks to the quartz countertops and the printed porcelain tile arranged in a Herringbone pattern around the tub.
Cast-iron fixtures like this salvaged sink add a feeling of vintage elegance to any bathroom—especially when paired with nickel-finished hardware.
Turns out our gravitation toward wainscoting is biological. “The human eye is wired to scan for the horizon,” explains Freya Van Saun, professor of decorative arts at the New York School of Interior Design. “Rooms dating to ancient Rome can be found with millwork defining the midline.”
“We loved this wood on sight because of its chippy, peely look,” says Jolie Sikes in her book Junk Gypsy. They knew it was just the right element for an unusual bathroom accent, which contrasts nicely with the clean and modern subway tile.
Room With A View
The designer of this California farmhouse allowed the wonderful view of the Topatopa Mountains inspire the rest of master bathroom, from the earthy limestone floor embedded with fossilized rocks and shells to the hand-embroidered linen draperies in a soft shade of sand.
Best of Both Worlds
In this North Dakota home, the husband and wife homeowners aimed to combine both of their tastes in this chic bathroom. The wife picked out the simple black-and-white palette, while the husband chose the wooden ceiling.
Gilded sconces, antique mirrors, and English countryside prints make this petite powder room feel curated—”like you’ve stepped into a boutique hotel,” says Jason, the owner of this Catskills home.
Upcycled Dresser Vanity
This master bath’s characterless vanity got the boot and was replaced with a dresser scored on Craigslist for $35. Husband Jeff reworked it to accommodate a sink and sealed it with Waterlox to withstand splashes.
Maximizing Small Space
The owners of this charming California bungalow replaced the master bathroom door with a toile curtain to improve traffic flow in the cramped space.
DIY Bathroom Mirrors
With a whopping seven windows, the master bathroom of this California Wine Country home presented a serious design challenge: the homeowner didn’t want to hang blinds because of the light and the stunning views, but with a guest cottage located just north of the bathroom, they needed some privacy.
The ingenious solution: Suspend West Elm mirrors from the ceiling with pulleys (purchased from a hardware store and spray-painted black) and thick sisal rope (also from a hardware store).
Television star Mike Wolfe brought in a vintage Stetson cowboy hat ad and displayed his wife’s hats on antique millinery stands to incorporate found objects.
Camp Lodge Vibe
This Hamptons home’s rustic bathroom—painted in Bunker Hill by Benjamin Moore—has a camp lodge vibe.
Tucked under an antique table, the owner of this loft maximized storage space by using this vintage chest of drawers to store towels and bath supplies.
The climbing vines in this Connecticut bath look like wallpaper but are Ann Sacks tile. The tub is from Lefroy Brooks.
Though the decor in this family-friendly New York home boasts some serious bargains, there are worthwhile splurges, too, like the Victoria + Albert claw-foot tub in the bathroom, positioned next to a picture window in the master bedroom.
Rustic and Colorful
Extra-tall beadboard—painted in Benjamin Moore’s Mill Springs Blue—covers the walls of this New Hampshire home’s bathroom. The owner acquired the sink from a local gas station when they threw the fixture away; the claw-foot tub is a cast-off from a former landscaping client.
California Farmhouse Bathroom
Throughout this California house, traditional millwork, such as crown moldings and beadboard, joins modern, clean lines and a zillion windows clad in minimalist shutters. Four windows bathe the master bath’s Kohler tub in natural light, while seashells line the chair rail.
The owner of this sophisticated Connecticut farmhouse pampered the powder-room walls in an Andrew Martin print featuring Britain’s Penny Black stamp, and painted the door with Farrow & Ball Down Pipe.
A mosaic of Granada Tile transformed the bathroom of our 2013 House of the Year into a jewel box and helps the floor stand out against walls painted Decorators White by Benjamin Moore.
In the bathroom of this in this Pennsylvania home, a Victoria + Albert tub sits opposite the showers, all finished with fittings from Habitat, a local hardware store. The hanging basket, once used by miners, holds toiletries.
In the bathroom of this Arizona home, a claw-foot tub, by Aquatic, basks in the reflection of a wall’s worth of vintage beveled mirrors.
Lightness & Depth
In the bathroom of a mid-century modern California home, deep-colored tile floors are paired with crisp white walls and a large mirror, adding a depth and lightness that enlarges the space.
Fruity and Bright
A pineapple motif adds a youthful edge to this petite California bungalow bathroom.
Architect Greg Tankersley and designer Carol Egan created a spa-like escape in this Greenwich bathroom, complete with a massive window that opens up the room, filling it with light and uniting the outdoors with the indoors.
In this Santa Monica powder room, dainty furnishings like a structurally minimalist sink stand and petite mirror create the illusion of a larger square footage.
The walls of this cozy bathroom are made of lacquered oak veneer, bringing a pastoral richness to this lakeside retreat.
Sometimes a small bathroom can benefit from a statement furnishing, like this deep navy clawfoot tub. The bright white walls and large window allow for sunlight to enlarge the space.
Black and White Tile
The small bathroom in French architect Jacque Grange’s Paris apartment houses a narrow étagerè holding towels and toiletries. The bathtub, sink and faucet are by L’Epi d’Or, the chandelier is 19th-century and the inlaid marble floor is based on a Byzantine pattern.
A neutral bathroom in the Spanish-style home of Create & Cultivate founder Jaclyn Johnson is given a “Cali cool” update with the addition of Hygge & West’s Strike wallpaper and the Marabou vanity by Kohler. The space was designed by Johnson’s friend, Whitney Lee Morris.
In a New York City home’s bathroom with limited countertop and cabinet storage, designer Katie Ridder used a medium-height antique shelf for books, towels and a plant.
Narrow But Ornamental
In an imperial getaway near St. Petersburg, a narrow bathroom is given ornamental details with a mirror from the 1940s and a 1950s stool from Newel. The 1970s chandelier was found in Palm Beach, the curtains are of a silk by Manuel Canovas and the bathroom’s sink, tub and fittings are by Villeroy & Boch.
Mixing tiles is one of the easiest ways to boost a small bathroom’s visual appeal. For this design scheme in a Orem, Utah home, glass and mother-of-pearl tile from Oceanside Glasstile were used to cover the walls and play off of the geometric stone flooring. Coastal sisal wallpaper from Thibaut adds warmth to the space.