The bathrooms of 50m2, that only exists in TV movies or among the Kardashians. In reality, the bathrooms in our interiors are often small. And it sometimes happens that we have to rack our brains to arrange them in a practical and aesthetic way. Small space, small budget… It is not always easy to live with a small bathroom!
Small, functional, and trendy bathrooms exist
For my part, being rented, I could not arrange my small bathroom as I wanted. But it remains practical: a shower cubicle, a suspended toilet, and above all a lot of storage space, under the basin as well as next to it. As the result, even if it is a little over 4m2, it is not a cramped place.
Today we will present to you in this article 33 ideas and inspirations to decorate and furnish a small bathroom. Whether you own or rent, this article will help you see more clearly. Make this room a trendy, cocooning, and practical place, where it is good to spend time! (but not too much anyway, under penalty of seeing the other members of the family complain).
1 – Choose only furniture and elements with very clean lines
For a modern and designer bathroom, we forget all the frills and heavy furniture, too rococo. Get inspired by Japanese and Scandinavian designs: the lines are straight, the materials simple. Whether for furniture or for accessories (such as mirrors or storage), this rule prevails. A very classic white tiling completes the whole and emphasizes the lines.
Tip: install a transparent wall to create an impression of space.
2 – Use a storage unit on wheels
If you don’t have the space to install or fix furniture for the storage of all your belongings in your small bathroom, opt for a cart on wheels ( like the RASKOG cart from IKEA ), simple and practical to move. This is a very practical solution if you don’t have a lot of beauty products.
Tip: choose a cabinet with metal casters, easy to clean.
3 – Put touches of gold
In a classic bathroom, metal or golden brasses are a solution to make it more trendy and one of the key accessories of a chic bathroom. Inspired by Art Deco, gold highlights unsexy bathroom elements, such as the shower bar or the toilet flush.
Tip: If you can’t change the plumbing, opt for gold brass bathroom accessories (toothbrush holder, towel bar, plant pot, storage boxes, etc.)
4 – get inspired by the industrial style
Think about it: canopies allow you to partition a room or create partitions, without losing brightness. It is a practical solution to partition the space between the shower and the rest of the bathroom, or even to have a bathroom integrated into a master bedroom type bedroom.
Tip: DIY stores now offer easy-to-install canopies at very affordable prices.
5 – think of the pocket door
Opening a door can encroach on bathroom space, especially when it is very small. Replace your interior door with a pocket door, which slides in the wall without taking up space.
Tip: Opt for a glass partition door, to gain more light in a dimly lit bathroom.
6 – use metro tiles
The elongated subway tiling gives the illusion of a room larger than it really is. Choose a white, very classic model. Paired with a pretty treated parquet floor for the bathroom, this creates a small, but contemporary powder room.
Tip: The elongated shape of metro tiles is ideal for small bathrooms in length.
7 – opt for a suspended washbasin cabinet
To save space visually, the washbasin cabinet can be suspended. The available space below can then be left free or be optimized with storage baskets to slip in bathroom linen or beauty products.
Tip: choose hanging furniture in a narrow bathroom, to save floor space.
8 – Create a bathroom with a bathtub and a shower
Why choose between bathtub and shower? Thanks to a judicious arrangement, it is possible to have both in a small bathroom! Each space must be exploited in order to maximize the development potential. A bathtub, a shower, a toilet, and a sink area, large wall mirrors, storage niches … In short, you can have the essentials of a bathroom without giving up your desires!
Tip: Take inspiration from hotel room layouts, where bathrooms are often small but offer a certain comfort.
9 – Use the same tiles on all the walls
In order not to lose the optical illusion, choose a very classic white tile. Bright, it highlights the different elements of the bathroom, while providing an impression of length and depth.
Tip: choose a tile light enough to gain in brightness and get an impression of depth.
10 – get inspired by the boho style
The boho style puts nature in the spotlight. It also brings warmth to a small bathroom, without overloading the whole. Think about this trend especially for decorative elements such as storage, bathroom linen, or even lighting.
Tip: coconut fiber or seagrass are perfectly suited to the humidity of the bathroom.
For a small bathroom with a shower
Whether it is walk-in, in a cabin, or whether it is a simple basin, the shower is often preferred in small bathrooms. Less bulky than a bathtub, it is a real asset!
11 – Prefer a fully open shower
If you are not too freakish, the open shower is a very good alternative to conventional showers for a small and narrow bathroom. Prefer a water jet with a high head, rather than a hand shower, to avoid ending up with a flooded room after each shower.
Tip: The walk-in shower is ideal for small bathrooms.
12 – Integrate the shower behind the sink
The wall separating the shower from the rest of the bathroom is well thought out here since it allows for a real shower area and a real toilet/preparation area. Whitewall tiles make the room larger, as does use the same tile on the floor to visually extend the space in the shower.
Tip: The wall hooks allow you to hang bathroom linen while maintaining the retro style of the room.
13 – Install a shower in the attic
The converted attic offers additional space to extend the house. But the under-slope can sometimes cause space concerns. Avoid partitioning the room to keep all the light, and create an open shower.
If you prefer to have a closed shower, consider the tailor-made solutions that can be offered by DIY stores.
Tip: make sure that the space under the slope is still high enough to have a comfortable and practical shower.
14 – Tile the shower with a pattern
In a very sanitized bathroom with minimalist decor, add a decorative touch to the shower stall by tiling a walk-in shower with cement tile or a colorful mosaic.
Tip: keep the room in harmony by choosing patterned tiles in complementary shades.
15 – Create a niche in the shower
The niche is a functional and designer storage solution, to have all your toiletries close at hand in the shower. Make the niche stand out by tiling it with colored tiles or that contrast with the rest of the tiles used in the shower stall.
Tip: an open niche in the shower provides additional storage.
For a small bathroom with a bathtub
If you dream of a bathtub, know that this idea is not incompatible with the development of a small bathroom. You just need to make the right sanitary choices and have a few tips to optimize space.
16 – Install a free-standing bathtub
Slightly raised, the free-standing bathtub gives the impression of a less bulky item than a simple bathtub placed on the floor. Installed on a parquet or a light tile, the optical illusion works perfectly!
Tip: The freestanding bathtub brings a chic and retro touch to any bathroom, whether it has a retro or more modern look.
17 – Install storage furniture in the extension of the bathtub
In small bathrooms, every square meter should be used intelligently. If you have a bit of space between the tub and the wall, turn it into a storage space for your cosmetics or towels. The top of the cabinet allows you to add some decorative elements such as plants or trinkets.
Also, consider using the spaces on the walls to create niches or install storage for your beauty and toiletry products.
Tip: use tailor-made storage that fits perfectly into your bathroom. Think about it, they are more and more affordable!
18 – Choose a practical layout
In small spaces, the simplest arrangements are the most effective. Rounded shapes take up less space, especially in room corners. A simple arrangement of a small bathroom saves space and installs a small bathtub.
Tip: favor simple arrangements in small spaces.
19 – Place the bathtub in the shower cabin
In the back of the room, if you have a long bathroom, you can install the shower and the bathtub in the same place. There are two solutions for this: having two separate facilities with a bathtub and an open shower or opting for a bath-shower.
Tip: atypical layouts can be perfectly suited to small spaces.
20 – Get inspired by tubs
Get inspired by small Parisian apartments and their tub tubs to furnish your small bathroom. Round bathtubs should be installed at the back of the room to save space. Also consider installing wall shelves above, to optimize storage.
Tip: Round tubs save space and are more comfortable than tub tubs.
For a small bathroom with WC
Having a toilet in a bathroom is more and more common. It saves space in the house – since we have one less room – but it can sometimes cause some problems in terms of layout.
21 – Install high storage for beauty products
As in any small room in the house, when you lack floor space, think vertical. Wall storage such as shelves or lockers is a solution to save storage without further cluttering a small room.
Tip: wall storage saves floor space.
22 – Fix the toilet on the washbasin cabinet
As part of a long bathroom, the toilet can be installed in this direction of the room in order to save space. Create a 2-in-1 piece of furniture that combines the toilet and sink in a small space. Opt for a suspended toilet, in order to gain significant space.
Tip: a simple BA13 formwork can create a 2-in-1 cabinet.
23 – Install a corner toilet
In a small room, angles can be wasted space. So think about corner furniture or sanitary facilities optimized to be installed in these spaces, especially if you have a very small bathroom.
Tip: a wall-hung corner toilet takes up less space than a conventional toilet.
24 – Choose a toilet with an integrated hand basin
WCs with an integrated hand-basin is a solution to save space. They also save money and reduce water consumption.
Tip: Multifunctional furniture saves considerable space in a small bathroom.
For a small, colorful bathroom
Who says color is forbidden in small bathrooms? Whether it’s tiling or painting, here are some tips to add color to this room without overloading it!
25 – bet on pop colors
The advantage of the bathroom is that most of the elements that make it up are white. This allows you to dare some fantasies on the walls or the floor, adopting bright colors, without the whole being too overloaded. Still, make sure that the colors are complementary to keep consistency.
Tip: Apart from red, bright colors add to the brightness of a room.
26 – Get inspired by boutique hotels
If you have a really very small bathroom, take inspiration from boutique hotels, which often offer original concepts. Futuristic decoration, pop colors, bathroom open to the bedroom… The originality here is a real asset.
Tip: do not hesitate to have custom furniture made.
27 – Go for a contrasting color
Use color on items like the vanity unit, shelves, and cupboards in the room. These will be highlighted. This contrast works perfectly well in a bathroom furnished in a classic style: white wall tiles, pine furniture, round mirror, etc.
Tip: to not get bored, opt for a timeless color like blue, taupe, khaki, etc.
28 – Choose a colorful shower curtain
Affordable, the shower curtain is a decorative element that adds color to the bathroom. You can change it according to your desires, the style of decoration you want to have, or even decoration trends.
Tip: choose a fabric shower curtain, easier to clean and maintain.
29 – Select brightly colored furniture
In a small bathroom, bright colors such as red, yellow, green, fuchsia, or even turquoise bring a bohemian touch to the room. Do not hesitate to select a maximum of 2 or 3 pieces of furniture in bright colors, to furnish your completely white bathroom.
Tip: you can simply repaint existing furniture, home-staging style.
30 – Install vintage tiles
Vintage tiles often have faded or pastel colors, which add color without overdoing it. It is a solution to decorate a small bathroom without being afraid of getting bored of the chosen color.
Tip: freshen up your splashback with tile stickers, if you are renting.
31 – Put plants
Placed on shelves, the windowsill or even on the floor, in a basket, houseplants are a very easy way to add color to a small bathroom without having a big budget.
Tip: Tropical plants are particularly suited to the humid atmosphere of a bathroom.
For a small bathroom with a washing machine
The washing machine is found more and more in our bathrooms. And this, even in small spaces! With a few tips, your machine will fit perfectly into this small room.
32 – Create a place for the washing machine
In apartments, the washing machine generally finds its place in the kitchen or the bathroom, since these rooms have water inlets. And in a small bathroom, you can easily install your machine!
Above the machine, install a work surface to save space. It is thus used to put your beauty products. If possible, choose a washing machine that visually fits into your decor. Manufacturers now offer white machines, but also black or gray.
Tip: consider built-in washing machines if you want to hide it behind a cabinet door.
33 – Make a mini laundry room in the bathroom
Above the washing machine, install a few wooden or tiled shelves (depending on the style of your bathroom) to store your household products, laundry, etc. Install a few storage boxes to decorate the ensemble while organizing this laundry area.
Tip: Install open shelves for easy access to storage above the machine.
With an optimized layout and a few good tips, small bathrooms are nothing but a bad memory! Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, pick from the 33 ideas presented in this article to furnish and decorate this room of the house.
How to arrange AND decorate a small bathroom?
A real cocooning living room, the bathroom must be practical and aesthetic. In a small space, there are often toilets, the laundry room and obviously the necessary for the toilet.
Owners, you can optimize the layout of your bathroom according to your desires and your needs. Some smart furniture such as corner toilets or with integrated hand-basin, small bathtubs, or even walk-in showers saves space.
What are the cheap ideas?
For small budgets, think of accessories such as storage, shower curtains, towels, or even plants to make your small bathroom a modern room.
However, keep one idea in mind when setting up the room: small bathrooms should be bright and functional.