As we prep for our move to Los Angeles in the coming months, I’ve been super pumped about moving into a new apartment. And of course, with a new apartment, comes a new bathroom to decorate!
Small space design is always a fun adventure, but the challenge really becomes apparent when you’ve got tight quarters in the bathroom. Rather than go with the same old tips like “use a pedestal sink to increase floor space”, here are some EASY ideas for small bathrooms that will make it look bigger! These tips don’t require any major renovations, and can be done with even a modest budget.
Ready to get your tiny bathroom makeover on? Look no further than these 3 great tips, that’ll help you get the most out of your little space!
Tip 1. Double Shower Curtain It Up
Why This Works:
You’ve probably heard the tip to hang a curtain above the window frame to make the room look bigger. Why not try the same technique with your bathroom shower? This is one of the best ideas for small bathrooms because the look of double curtains gives an instant upscale effect, and positioning them floor to ceiling will draw your eyes up. And you guessed it- that will make your little bathroom look bigger than ever!
All you’ll need to pull off this look is an adjustable shower curtain rod (opt for a curved one for even more added space), and two of your favorite shower panels. For a custom look, you can use two clear shower liners to use on the inside, and then buy a few yards of your favorite fabric to use on the outer area. Finish off with some classy curtain tie backs, and you’ve added an instant touch of chic to your tiny space.
Tip 2. Over The Toilet Storage Is Your Best Friend
Why This Works:
You’d be surprised how many people fill this area with a simple towel rack, or some framed photos, but this prime real estate can be a storage gold mine in a tiny bathroom! And sure, the widely popular storage cabinets that slide over your toilet are easy, but closed off cabinets can make the space feel cramped.
Instead, opt for floating shelves, that go all the way up to the ceiling. This is another one of the best ideas for small bathrooms, because it draws the eye up, and open shelves create an open feel! When styled right, this is the perfect space to show off your cute, but functional decor. Use small bins to organize hand towels, or everyday bath products. Store your cotton balls and swabs in cute apothecary jars, and top it off with a cute framed photo, or small plant to personalize the space!
Tip 3. Fun Wallpaper + Unique Mirror = Perfection
Why This Works:
Creating a focal point in your bathroom is easy with this fresh trick. All you need to do is choose a bold wallpaper to use above your sink, and pair it with a unique mirror. If you’re renting, you can also choose from a wide variety of removable wall decals and removable wallpapers that give a similar effect, without all the hard work.
Although some say don’t go bold in smaller rooms, opting for a bright fun pattern can really brighten up a tiny space. It will give your small bathroom a cheery look, and create an easy place to the eyes to rest. You don’t have to cover the whole space either, just an accent wall above the sink can accomplish this look perfectly. Simply choose a wallpaper with a fairly large print, and a unique mirror that compliments the lighting fixtures for an overall polished look.
And there you have it, 3 easy ideas for small bathrooms that’ll make it look bigger! These chic touches will invigorate your space, and breath some fresh air into a tiny living area. Have you ever tried out any of these tips in your own mini bathroom? If so how did it go? Let me know in the comments below!
And if you want more interior style inspiration, check out my suggestions for ‘Stylish Alternatives To Minimalism‘!
Taylor, great ideas. We are visiting our daughter right now and shopping for things for her apartment. Will definitely try the double curtain trick. Love the open shelves, as long as the person is organized and keeps them looking tidy and uncluttered.
Yes that is the one downside to em, you’ve gotta keep em tidy looking! Thanks for reading Lisa!
I don’t own an apartment but these are some awesome ideas
thanks so much for reading and glad you like em!
Those are such amazing tips!!! I love the idea with the mirrors
Thanks Stefanie! That one is my fav too! Thanks for reading!
Darcee || The Bucket List Project Blog says
Love these tips! Thanks so much. We live in very tight quarters here in New Orleans, and our bathroom is no exception. These are great tips. We already have over the toilet storage, but the other two we will work on.
I’m sure it’s all worth it to be in a fab city like NOLA, but every little bit helps huh?! Thanks for reading!
Natasha Botkin says
Great and cute tips! Xoxo
Thanks for reading Natasha!
Love the wallpaper and mirror idea!
Thank you! I am obsessed with wallpaper!
So cute! Thank you for all the tips
Glad you like it, thanks for reading Cassie!
OMG! The wallpapers! We have a super-tiny bathroom, too… but I think I’m gonna have to start preparing my husband for crazy wallpaper winter, LOL! Thanks for the great ideas and smiles from Switzerland!
Glad you enjoyed it, and hope you have fun with that little winter project! Thanks for reading Steffi!
Great tips! I love having storage above the toilet as well as it can be an aesthetically pleasing and convenient place to store things
Bernice | IG @bunnybernice
It’s a life saver! Thanks for reading Bernice!
These are such great tips!! Definitely going to be using them
Glad to hear it! Thanks for reading!
Some great ideas! I’ve been thinking about getting wallpaper and doing a feature wall in our bathroom so found this helpful. Thanks!
I cant wait to do the same! Thanks for reading Roxsanne!
L △ U R △ says
I freaking love bold crazy wall paper in a bathroom.. really adds character and like you say, a sense of space.
Laura ¦ http://www.laurahasablog.co.uk
Goodness me too, can’t wait to pick one out! Thanks for reading Laura!
These are some great tips! I definitely want to add some open shelving in my bathrooms soon. I love the metal and wood option that is hanging from the ceiling!
That one is my fav too! Thanks for reading!
Love the doctor bow curtain tip! So dramatic!
Hahah yes, all about the drama! Thanks for reading Natalie!
Love working on small spaces because then I think you need to be more creative
Isn’t that the TRUTH! Thanks so much for reading Joanne!
I’ll defo be doing these!
Glad you enjoyed Tianna!
sam | The Rising Damsel says
I love these bathrooms !!! The butterfly wall paper is out of this world. Thanks for the inspirational post.
Isn’t it fantastic?! Thanks so much for your kind words Sam!
This was a lovely read! Thanks for tips
Glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading Kimberly!
Such great tips, loving the ideas!!
Thanks so much Leila!
These are great ideas! I love the double curtain trick, it also makes the bathroom so so elegant and luxurious!
I couldn’t agree more, and it’s super easy too! Thanks for reading Cari!
Porcelain Doll says
Great post! I’d love to try no 2 but sadly there’s a boiler over the toilet and there’s no place for storage.
Aw what a bummer! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for reading!
The OM Project says
Great ideas! Love the curtain one.
Thanks, I love that it is such an easy trick!
Jennifer Gainer says
Great tips I love the shelves with iron hooks they are fantastic!!! I wish I was bold enough to add a fun wall paper like the blue zebra one, but I think my husband would have a coronary.
Hahah if thats not the realest thing I’ve read all day! Glad you liked it, thanks for reading Jennifer!
These are fantastic tips – I especially love the storage above the toilet area. Going to buy shelves!
So glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading Rachel!
Jackie uy says
Wow thanks for sharing I’m Airbnb Hosts and this is very helpful:)::)
Chantel Elizabeth says
Oh I love this, I’ve been meaning to make my bathroom look presentable, this helped a lot. Great post!
I love these tips!! So creative.
glad you enjoyed! Thanks for reading Kassie!
OOO! Might have to try out the double shower curtain. I’m loving that look.
I am about to do one in my sisters home and I cannot wait to see how it looks! Thanks for reading Lauren!
Glenda Gomez says
I love the wallpaper idea!!! This post is so useful with simple but brilliant ideas! Thanks for sharing this
Isn’t it fun? Glad you enjoyed and thanks for reading Glenda!
I love these ideas, especially the double shower curtain! I also love the shelves, such a great idea!
Glad you like em Michelle! Thanks for reading!
I have a tiny bathroom too. Putting shelves above the toilet really helps 🙂
The Girl! x says
Love this post thanks for sharing, my favourite is the Zebra wallpaper! Totally love it!
The Girl! x
Thank you for the tips you provided I will use all of them as I redecorate my guest bath. I would like to do the wall paper idea above our sink however, our sink is not positioned in a nook like the examples above. Instead, our 36 inch vanity sit on a long wall in our restroom. So there would be a three foot strip of wallpaper and then bare wall directly to the left of it and then our toilet.
What our your thoughts on this? I wonder if the wallpaper idea would look as nice if there is a lack of symmetry.
Hi Erika! That is a great question, I think it would still look nice! As long as the mirror is centered evenly above the sink, and the wallpaper isn’t too busy, it should look great. You can even try a matching pair of sconces to amp up the symmetry in the area, making it a beautiful focal point 🙂