As a chronically single person who’s lived her life primarily in one-bedroom apartments, it sometimes feels like I’ve only known small bathrooms (or as I like to call them, “bathrooms”). Having lived in minuscule apartments in major cities around the world, I can tell you that virtually all tiny washrooms share the same problems: minimal storage, limited floor space and a tendency to accumulate clutter.
The good news? When it comes to small bathroom décor, it doesn’t take big changes to make them feel more spacious, stylish, efficient and comfortable to do your thang in. All you need to transform your micro powder room into one that is practical but pretty is a few thoughtful updates and a heck-yes-I-can attitude.
Looking for small bathroom ideas on a budget? From strategic organization solutions to eye-catching accessories, here are some small bathroom décor ideas to help ensure your space is only lacking in square footage — and not in sophistication.
13 Affordable Small Bathroom Ideas
1. Install Hanging Storage
Short on cabinets and counter space? Try hanging baskets and shelves to combat clutter. Install a three-tier hanging basket ($25.97) in your shower to hold soap and loofahs, or hook these decorative storage baskets ($33.99) over your door to hold hand cloths, hairbrushes and toiletries.
2. Add Pretty Mirrors
It’s one of the most cited simple small bathroom ideas for a reason: Adding mirrors helps bounce natural light around the room, creating the illusion of a larger, more open space. Go for mirrors with big, round shapes (as opposed to sharp, rectangular ones), as curved edges are slimming and can help complement the curvature of the sink, bath and other fixtures. For small bathrooms, we like frameless mirrors like this circle mirror ($84.99), which can help highlight the beauty of the room while adding a pop of elegance.
3. Swap Out Your Shower Curtain
Swap out your old, plastic shower curtain for a fabric-y one that looks more like a drape. Opt for a fabric-like canvas, linen, cotton or hemp, which are luxurious looking, eco-friendly and easy to clean. A shower curtain takes up a ton of visual space, so consider your bathroom’s current décor when deciding when to go for a solid color — like a rose gauze curtain ($30) from Target — or pattern print, like this cotton leopard one ($70.40) from Anthropologie.
4. Conceal Piping With Plants
Unsightly piping beneath your sink? Bring in a plant to conceal or draw attention away from less-than-eye-catching areas of your bathroom. As an added bonus, adding a plant to your bathroom will give the space a touch of greenery and boost air quality. To open up a tight space, look for extra-long hanging plants that will pull the eye upward. Alternatively, taller plants can be placed in the corners to soften the edges of the bathroom. Go for a plant that thrives in humidity — like a lacy asparagus fern or a tropical philodendron.
5. Update Your Accessories
To infuse your space with personality and pizazz, look for bright hand towels, vibrant rugs and elegant fixtures. We like this set of paisley bath towels ($16.99) from World Market or this soft-hued, abstract bath mat ($36 and up) from West Elm.
6. Prop up a Ladder Shelf
A big part of brainstorming small master bathroom ideas involves coming up with creative space-saving solutions. That’s why we love ladder shelves, which can maximize vertical space while adding a unique design feature. This wall-mount ladder shelf ($45.99) from Amazon, with its black frame and rustic wood rungs, is ideal for hanging your pretty patterned towels.
7. Go for a Light Color Scheme
Particularly if a bathroom doesn’t have much in the way of sunlight, a lighter color scheme can enhance and open up the space by reflecting what natural light is available. Plus, soft, neutral tones can add warmth and comfort. In addition to choosing bright-colored décor pieces, you can paint your existing furniture and fixtures colors like white and off-white, blush, powder blue, lavender and lemon.
8. … or a Bold One
Bold, quirky patterns can switch the focus from the bathroom’s size to its imaginative design elements. There’s a ton of easy-to-install, peel-and-stick options out there, like this lively bird print ($67.99) from Wayfair or this pink flamingo wallpaper ($30.89) from Amazon.
Another one of our favorite small master bathroom ideas involving wallpaper is to shake things up by wallpapering the ceiling to add a punch of personality without disrupting the décor of the bathroom.
9. Layer Your Lighting
Instead of relying on a single overhead light, try layering your lighting to soften the atmosphere. Mix lighting styles and designs — like this modern light bar with these rustic sconces ($109). If you have a vanity, consider adding an LED strip underneath to offer ambient lighting.
10. Add a Bathtub Caddy
Bathtub ledges are narrow in bathrooms of all sizes. Solve the problem of limited ledge space around your tub by adding a waterproof caddy. A bath tray or caddy provides one tidy spot for your soaps, shampoos and toiletries. We like this luxurious wood one ($44.97) from Amazon, which includes a spot for your phone, book and a glass of wine.
11. Install Decorative Hooks
In terms of ridiculously simple small bathroom ideas on a budget, this might be one of our favorites. Hooks can hang towels, linens, robes and even storage baskets. Choose hooks in metallic materials to create dimension — like these stick-on, suction cup hooks ($11.79) from Amazon.
12. Roll in a Cart
As we said — small bathroom décor ideas focus on solving the number-one problem facing small bathroom owners: lack of storage space. So here’s another one: roll in a slim, tall storage trolley to maximize vertical space and create space to store towels, toiletries, books, candles, toilet paper — you get the idea.
13. Get Rid of Clutter
OK, this super simple small bathroom idea might seem like a no-brainer, but we’ll say it anyway: Getting rid of clutter will make your bathroom seem much larger. Still, parting ways with unnecessary toiletries and makeup is easier said than done. Streamline your toiletry bottles by getting rid of the mostly empty-ones and products you rarely use — or at least, by stowing the stuff you don’t use every day out of sight — i.e., somewhere that is not the bathroom countertops and ledges.
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